The Sree Kunnathoor Durga Devi temple is dedicated to Durga and is located at Kuttamperoor, Kerala, India. The presiding deity is Sree Durga Devi. Other deities in the temple include Sree Sivan, Sree Vishnu, Yakshi, Navagrahangal, Saparivaram and Nagar.Kunnathoor Devi Kshetram or also called Kunnathoor Devi Mandir is a sacred Hindu temple. This sacred Hindu worship place is situated only 4 km distance from town Mannar. However, the presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Durga but there are some other sacred idols of Hindu gods and Goddess can be seen. Some of the important Hindu deities are including Lord Shiva or Mahadeva, Lord Mahavishnu, Nagadaivangal, Lord Navagraha Dampathikal, Lord Ganapathy, Murthi and Yakshi. Moreover, the temple is famous for its spiritual festival called Paraykkezhunnallippu which held every year. It is believed that during the festival, the Goddess visits every house in the village. According to local folklore, Goddess takes her spiritual share from every house. Thus villagers like to offer her various stuffs such as Sugar, Rise, Paddy etc. apart from Paraykkezhunnallippu, there is also another important ritual performed called Tirali Vazhipadu. During the Tirali Vazhipadu ritual, devotees are given sweets as a Prasad or Goddess offerings. According to temple’s sculptures, it may have been built by a Dravidian dynasty. Moreover, according to a popular legend, many centuries ago the place wherein present temple exists used to be a barren area. Once, a sacred person visited the village and worshiped Goddess for continuously 40 days. Thus he was granted ultimate salvation. After getting the salvation, the followers of holy man and Goddess Durga decided to build a magnificent temple at this place. According to local inhabitants, Devi Durga is the main Goddess or Kuldevi of neighboring villages. Moreover, there are various mysterious stories spread regarding the miracles of Devi Durga.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Trouble-free marital life
- Removal of physical ailments
- Cure from mental Problems
- Freedom from economic Problems
- Fearless disposition
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah
Meaning -Goddess Durga is omnipresent and a personification of the universal mother, who is omnipresent and who embodies power and energy. Oh great mother, who also embodies peace, I bow to you, mother, I bow to Durga and I bow to Shakti.
Ayi Giri Nandini Nandita Medini Vishva Vinodini Nandi Nute Giri Vara Vindhya Shiro Adhi Nivaasini Vissnnu Vilaasini Jissnnu Nute Bhagavati He Shiti Kannttha Kuttumbini Bhuri Kuttumbini Bhuri Krte Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura Mardini Ramya Kapardini Shaila Sute
Meaning -I offer my salutations to the mountain's daughter, who fills the world with joy, who is praised by Nandi, who lives on Vindhya's summits, who gives joy to Her brother Lord Vishnu and who Lord Indra praises, Oh Goddess who is Lord Shiva's consort and who created abundance. The destroyer of the demon Mahishasura, the one with beautiful hair and the mountain's daughter, victory to you.
Madhu Kaittabha Vidhvamsi Vidhaatr Varade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -Oh Devi Durga, we salute you for destroying Madhu and Kaitabha and granting Lord Brahma the boon of protection. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.
Mahissaasura Nirnaashi Bhaktaanaam Sukhade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -We salute Goddess Durga who destroyed Mahishasura, the demon, who bestows a lot of happiness on Her devotees. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.