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Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is a renowned temple located in Kodungallur town in Thrissur District of Kerala, India. The temple is also known as Sree Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple Kodungalloor. The temple is dedicated to Bhadrakali, which is one of the incarnations of the great Goddess Devi. In Kerala, goddess Bhadrakali is believed to be auspicious form of Kali. The goddess is also well known as Kodungallooramma in this temple. The idol of the goddess Bhadrakali worshipped in this temple has eight hands. One of the hands of the deity holds the severed head of Darikasura (a demon), while the other hands hold weapons and symbols such as sword, spear, discus, bow, pestle and Chelambu. Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple follows a strict daily routine of rituals that starts from early 3 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Establishment
There is a very interesting history behind the establishment of Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple. It is said that after the formation of Kerala by Parasurama, he was troubled by a devil called Daruka. For assassination of the devil, Parasurama worshipped Lord Shiva for help. Then the Lord Shiva asked him to build a temple and to consecrate the Shakti Devi as Bhagavathi. The Devi herself is considered to be Parashakthi. Consequently, Bhadrakali killed the devil Daruka.