Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram

The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is a Hindu spiritual shrine at Attukal in Kerala, India. Goddess Bhadrakali (Kannaki), set up over ‘vethala’, is the primary deity in this temple. Bhadrakali, a shape of Mahakali, who killed the demon king Daruka, believed to be born from the third eye of lord Shiva. ‘Bhadra’ manner true and ‘Kali’ manner goddess of time. So Bhadrakali is considered because the goddess of prosperity and salvation. Goddess ‘Attukal devi’, itself is the very best mother ‘Bhaadrkali devi’, (in soumya thing) the goddess of power and braveness. She is frequently referred as Kannaki, the heroine of Ilanko Adikal’s ‘Silapathikaaram’. The temple is renowned for the annual Attukal Pongal competition, in which over 3 million ladies take part.A festival that has figured within the Guinness ebook of world records for being the unmarried biggest collecting of girls for a non secular hobby, the Attukal Pongala continues to draw millions of women with every passing 12 months. In step with the Attukal Temple trust, around 4.Five million devotees are anticipated to wait the pongala in 2016. Attukal Temple is located close to the heart of the metropolis, 2 kilometres faraway from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, East fort in Thiruvananthapuram. Devotees believe that each one in their desires can be fulfilled with the aid of the goddess, offer prosperity and may achieve salvation. Attukal devi is often worshipped in three forms along with Maha Saraswati (goddess of know-how), Maha Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and Mahakali/ Durga/ Parvathy (goddess of energy).

The Goddess Kannaki (Bhadrakali) is the primary deity on this temple. The mythology behind the temple, relates to the story of Kannagi who was married to Kovalan, son of a wealthy merchant. After marriage, Kovalan met a dancer Madhavi and spent all his riches on her forgetting his wife. But when he become penniless, he went returned to Kannagi. The only treasured thing left to be bought became Kannagi’s pair of anklets. They went with it to the king of Madurai to promote it. However an anklet turned into stolen from the Queen which regarded just like Kannagi’s. When Kovalan tried to promote it, he became wrong for the robbery and beheaded via the king’s infantrymen. Kannagi got infuriated while she heard the information and rushed to the King with the second one pair of anklet. She broke one of the anklets and it contained rubies even as the Queen’s contained pearls. She cursed the metropolis of Madurai, and it’s far said that because of her chastity, the curse got here authentic and Madurai burned. Kannagi is said to have attained salvation after the Goddess of the town seemed before her.

It is said that on her manner to Kodungallur, Kannagi passed Attukal. She took the form of a little girl. An antique guy was sitting on the banks of a move, while the woman went to him and requested him whether or not he ought to assist her cross it. Surprised to locate the younger girl alone, he took her home. However she disappeared. She got here again in his sleep and asked him to build a temple where he observed three golden strains in his grove. He went in advance and did the same, and it’s far stated that this is at the place of the existing Attukal temple. Goddess Attukalamma (Bhadrakali/Kannaki) is assumed to be gift at Attukal all through the competition days. Ponkala is obtainable to have a good time the victory of Kannaki over the king Pandya. Any other tale says that ‘Attukal devi’ is Bhadrakali, born from the third eye of lord Shiva to kill the demon king Daruka. Mother Bhadrakali is a form of Shakthi devi (Mahakali) worshipped specially in Kerala. ‘Bhadra’ method correct and ‘Kali’ manner goddess of time. So Bhadrakali is regularly referred as the goddess of prosperity, time and salvation.

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How to reach

  • By Road: Trivandrum Central Bus Station located at Thampanoor is about 2 Km from the shrine and the City Bus Station located at EastFort is about 1.5 Km form the shrine.
  • By Train: The nearest Railway station is Trivandrum Central Railway station located at Thampanoor is about 2 Km from the shrine.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, located at Valiyathura is about 7 Km from the shrine. Many international air carriers operate daily international flights to Middle East, Male and Sri Lanka from Thiruvananthapuram.
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport
  • Nearest railway station is Trivandrum¬†
  • Nearest bus stations are Trivandrum and Thampanoor
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