Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is situated approximately 35kms north of Cochin and 38kms south-west of Thrisur. Irinjalakkuda, North Paravur and Chalakkudi are surrounding towns.

The presiding deity of Bhagavathy or Kali is a six feet high sculpture from wood, carved out of a jack fruit tree. The idol facing north is depicted with eight arms and carries weapons and symbols like sword, spear, discus, pestle, bow etc in each hand as well as the severed head of Darikasura by the hair. Her body is entirely covered with golden attire – chain woven of gold discs, necklace etc. A cloth hung on the western wall of the sanctum serves as a symbol of the deity, and is worshiped by the devotees.

Kodungallur is of great renown throughout the state of Kerala. Kodungallur situated on the west coast, was once a great port of the Chera rulers of Tamilnadu, It was known by the Greek as the muziris. The temple is believed to have been constructed during the reign of Cheran Senkuttuvan.

It is believed to have been a Shiva temple originally, as worship is offered first to Shiva before being offered to Bhagawati, and there is a ‘mandapam’ in front of the shiva shrine. In fact there is no such ‘mandapam’ for goddess Kali at all.

Other main deities in the temple are Lord Ganesh, Ksetrapala, Mahameru, Adishankara, Vasurimala(associated with small pox), Lord Veerabhadra and the Sapthamatrukas (seven mothers).

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Route:-

By road : The coastal highway NH17 passes through Kodugallur. KSRTC and private buses are available from Kodugallur town.

By train : Nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda.

By air : Nearest airport is at Nedumbassery, Cochin international airport.