Kodungalloor Bhagavathi temple is situated at Kodungalloor, Thrissur District, Kerala.he goddess Bhagavathi is the presiding deity of the ancient temple here.The Sreekovil is quite an artistic feat. The idol of Devi is in the guise which she had assumed when she fought Darika. Thousands of her devotees queuing up in respectful submission cry in unison, 'Oh, Mother, save us'. and prostrate before her. The Kodungallor Bhagavathi themple is one of the wealthiest temples in Kerala. “Bharani” means the second asterism of the lunar month and considered a very auspicious day of the festival. The significance of this festival is that it is the birthplace of Bhadrakali, who was born from the third eye of Samhara Rudra. In Hindu mythology Samhara Rudra is believed to have killed demon Darika. At the time of the festival a sacrifice is made and it is made through the cocks, considered one of the important features of the festival.The Bharani festival which falls in the month of Meenam (March/April) attracts the largest congregation of Velichappadu (oracles), both men and women. The term Velichappadu in Malayalam means "the revealer of light". The festival commemorates goddess Bhadrakaali's victory over the demon Daarika. The huge idol of Bhadrakaali, with eight hands, each holding weapons like swords and wheels evokes reverential fear in the minds of the devotees.

During the festival the devotees bring in stuffs like rice, salt chillies, betel leaf, turmeric and number of cocks. People also consume a large quantity of arrack and toddy.As a supreme symbol of their devotion they make a sacrificial offering of their own blood to the deity. A grand procession (Ezhunnallathu) with nine majestic tuskers is held in the evenings followed by a series of cultural programmes staged in the temple premises. Till recently the administration of the temple was in the hands of the Kodungalloor royal family, but now it is under the Cochin Devasworn Board.

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Address: Kodungalloor, Thrissur District , Kerala, India
District: Thrissur District
Nearest City: Chalakudy, Kochi, Sholayar, Kaladi, Irinjalakuda , Kunnamkulam and Kodungallur.
Best time to visit: March and April.


Bhadrakali born of the third eye of Samhara Rudra, killed the demon Darika. It is to commemorate this event that the famous Bharani festival is celebrated in the Kodungalloor Bhagavathi temple in Meenam (March-April) every year. There is a popular belief that it was Parasurama who, under the direction of Bhadrakali, had introduced the celebration of Bharani Utsavam in this temple.

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Bhagawati Temple:

The Bhagawati temple at Kodungallur is known throughout Kerala. The Bharani festival at the Bhagawati temple is one of the biggest in Kerala.

St.Thomas Church:

Jesus Christ's apostle, St. Thomas is believed to have landed in Kodungalloor (earlier Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church established by him houses ancient relics. St. Thomas is portrayed in the gospels as a courageous and brave personality.

Kottayil Kovilakom:

Kottayil Kovilakom is a small village located at Chennamangalam, near Paravur. The place is located around 40 kilometers from Ernakulam town and is a symbol of religious harmony. The beautiful hillocks of Kottayil Kovilakom are unique as the site of a Hindu temple (Dedicated to Krishna) , a Christian church, a mosque and the remains of a Jewish synagogue, all within 1 km of each other.

Pallippuram Fort:

Pallippuram Fort was built in 1507 AD, by the Portugese. It is considered to be the first fort built in India by the Europeans.It witnessed several battles between the Portugese and the Dutch. The hexagonal-shaped fort has three storeys and is now a protected monument.

Shiva Temple:

The Mahadeva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located 3 kilometers from Kodungalloor on the Ernakulam road. The temple porch is very much attractive because it is decorated with carvings depicting people and incidents in the epic Ramayana. The Lord Shiva is worshiped here in the form of 'Shivalingam' and his faithful bull 'Nandi' also worshiped here.

Cheraman Jama Masjid:

It was Founded in the seventh century, this is the first Juma masjid in India. This was Built in AD 629 , this is the first mosque in India and the second in the world where Juma prayers were started. Other places of interest nearby include Cheramanparambu, the ancient Thiruvanchikulam Temple, the Bhagavathi Temple and the Portuguese fort.

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Kodungallur Police Station
Kodungallur, Thrissur
Kerala .

Police Station
SH 22, Irinjalakuda
Thrissur, Kerala.

Police station
Kattoor Town
Thrissur, Kerala.

Koratty Police Station
NH47, Thrissur

Chalakudi Police Station
Chalakudi, Thrissur

Ayyanthole Police Station
Thrissur, Kerala
Tel: 0487 2363608.

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Kerala 680121
Tel:0480 2833859 or 0480 2833738 or 09847259139 (Mobile).

Modern Hospital Kodungallur
P.O. Box No:22,
Kodungallur Post
Thrissur, Kerala 680664
Tel:0480 2802022 or 0480 6451456 or 0480 2808422.

Madonna Hospital
Aluva Road, Angamaly
Ernakulam, Kerala 680572
Tel:0484 2452450.

Janatha Hospital
Market Road, Alwaye Aluva
Ernakulam, Kerala 680101
Tel:0484 2624931.

Electronics Diagnostics
Changampuzha Nagar
Opposite Federal Bank Atm
Kalamassery, Ernakula
Kerala 680104
Tel: 0484 2541951.

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