kodungallur bhagavathy temple thrissur – historical importance, location and festivals
kodungallur devi temple or sree kurmba bhagavathy temple
kodungallur devi temple dedicate to bhadra kali worshiped in the form of kali as in roudra bhava, the principal deity is kodungalluramma for the devotees.kodungallur devi temple located at thrissur in kerala state. the principal deity is in eight hand posture, head of demon darika, sword, anklet, bell are the features of the deity which holds in hands. kodungallur has a prominent place in ancient kerala history, in old days this place is known as musiris, there is only seaport in kerala was musris during chera dynasty, kodungallur port destroyed by the great flood of periyar in 1343. it was known as port city in early days.
According to hindu legend the story chilappathikaram, kannaki reach here to pray bhadrakali, by the force of his devotion she became absorbed in that deity, it is believed in old days shiva was the principal idol of the ttemple. there is temple structure with stone beside the temple called samadhi of vasoori, it is believed that the deity give the relief from contagious diseases, in old days small pox, leprousy are common among ordinary peoples, they give the offerings like turmeric powder mainly pepper from different places for cure. kumbha bharani festival of the temple is very popular it falls in malayalam month kumbham normally february, the fast lasts for 7 day, kozhikkalu moodal is the initial process of the festival, kavu theendal is another part of this festival. thalappoli festival hosts during malayalam month makaram. the temple is administrated by cochin devaswom board.
How can we reach at kodungallur bhagavathy temple.
1) by air- cochin international airport at a distance 27 kilometer
2) by rail- irinjalakkuda and chalakkudy stations at distances 14 and 17 kilometer respectively
3) by road – regular buses connect to thrissur and to kodungallur by private services