Chettikulangara Bhagavathy temple is one of the significant and prominent temples in Kerala. It is located in Chettikulangara within 4 km from the west side of the Mavelikkara and 7 km from north side of Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district. It is situated on the bank of Achankovil. The temple is 1200 years old. It is the second largest temple in Travancore Devasom in the revenue level next to Sabarimala. A huge part of grains is offered to this temple and it is used to prepareprasadam like Appam and Aravana. Now it is kept under the control of Travancore Devaswom board.
The chief deity of this temple is goddess Bhagavathy. Other gods worshipped in this temple are Rakshas, Ganesh, Yakshi, ThevaraMoorthy, Naga Yakshi, Nagaraja, KannamballiBhagavathy, Vallyachan, and Balakan.
The speciality in this temple is the chief deity who appears as Saraswathi during morning time, as Maha Lakshmi at noon time and as Durga or Bhadrakali in evening time. Chettikulangara Bhagavathy temple extends over 13 territories and is the centre of territories namely Erezha South, Erezha north, Kaitha north, and Kaitha South. Other major speciality of this temple is the largest Kuthuvilakku, which is made up of granite. It is the largest oil lamp in India, which can hold thousands of wicks in it.
According to legend, group of leader went to see the annual festival at Koypallikarazhma Bhagavathi temple. While they visited Koyapallikarazhma temple they were teased and got ashamed. Therefore, they decided to construct a temple in Chettikulangara. The family heads of Karanavaras and other family heads decided to perform poojas for 12 days to please the goddess. Then the goddess appeared in dream and then they came to Chettikulangara with a holy sword offered by Velichappadu Kodungallur temple. Then they started the construction works of the temple.
According to other version, it was believed that this temple was constructed by Padmapadacharyar who is the chief follower of Adi Shankaracharya. In addition, it was constructed in 823 A.D. on Uthrittathi day of Makara month.
Festival in Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
The major festival of this temple is Kettukazhcha festival. It is celebrated during the month of February or March. It is celebrated in a grand manner with colourful procession, which attracts many devotees. Kalamezhuthu and Pattu is 41 days yearly festival celebrated during the first of Malayalam month Vrichikam. PuramKurithi is conducted on last day of the festival and it is believed the prasadam offered during this festival will cure diseases like small pox and other communicable diseases. Chettikulangara Bhagavathy temple has different types of offering prayers which are Raktha Puzhpanjali, BhagavathiSeva, Kumkumarchana, and Panthirunazhi. The prasadam offered in the temple for devotees are Kanji, Asthram and Muthirapuzkukku made up of horse gram and Kneaded coconut.
How to Reach
Nearest airports to this temple are Thiruvananthapuram international airport within 120 km and Nedumbassery international airport within 120 km from this place. Nearest railway station to Chettikulangara Bhagavathy temple is Mavelikkara railway station within 5 km and Kayamkulam railway station located close to this place. Buses are operated from Mavelikkara to Kayamkulam.