The deity of Goddess Shakti is worshipped at the holy Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy Temple which is located at Neerattupuram in Kerala. The town of Neerattupuram is almost 20kms away from Ambalapuzha. This temple is one of the oldest temples of India as it is almost 3000 years old. The rivers of Manimala and Pamba flow near the temple.
The festival of Pongal is celebrated in the temple during the Vrischikam month observed in the month of November or December. Thousands of female devotees visit this temple during this festival and gather around it one week prior to the celebration. The queue extends to the length of 20kms while the offering of Pongala is taking place. The devotees offer coconut, rice and jaggery with earthen pots to the Goddess. The head priest then lights up a fire inside the temple which is used to light up other lamps in the temple.
The festival of Panthrandu Noyampu is also celebrated in the temple with great joy. The devotees keep a fast and pray in front of the Goddess to get her eternal blessings. The fasting period begins from the first day of Dhanu, the Malayalam month till the twelfth day.
How to Reach
The Cochin International Airport is nearest to the temple.
The Thiruvalla Railway Station is nearest to the temple as it is only 9kms away.
Frequent bus service is available to reach the temple. The devotees can take the Kerala State RTC bus from Thiruvalla to reach the temple.
Chakulathukavu Bhagavathi Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To have children
- For cure from prolonged illness and mental ailments
- For relief from agony
- For recovery from business losses
- For freedom from fear
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
The temple is open from 4.30am to 1pm in the morning and from 4.30pm to 8pm in the evening.