Kadakkal Devi Temple

Kadakkal Devi Temple

Kadakkal Devi Temple

Kadakkal Devi Temple

 

 

 

 

 
Kadakkal Devi Temple
Temple Information

Kadakkal Devi Temple is one of the foremost Devi temples in Kerala. The Temple is renowned for its unique mythology and belief. It is believed that one who worships and offering rituals to Devi (Kadakkalamma), will be protected from evil and their life will be filled with prosperity and wealth.
Kadakkal Temple has three main temples situated equal distances in three directions from the Temple Pond (Kadakkal Chira). Main Temples are Devi Temple, Siva Temple and Taliyil Temple.
The uniqueness of the main Devi temple is there no Idol and Pujari. Read Mythology of Kadakkal Temple for more details. The temple festival ‘Kadakkal Thiruvathira Mahotsavam’ is very popular. During Festival thousands of devotees come to Kadakkal to worship ‘Devi’. The first day of the Festival, Thousands of Ladies Offer Pongal to Devi at the Temple Ground. The Festival Start with “Kuthirayeduppu’ which is a grand procession followed by ‘Kuthiyottam’ and various forms of pageants. The festival ends with ‘Guruzi’, a spiritual ritual performed in the last day of Thiruvathira festival
Mythology

Kadakkal temple has a very unique mythology related to its existence.
It is believed that Kadakal Devi came from Tamilnadu along with her sister. Kadakkal Devi situated in Peedika (a small kind of Trade Shop made of wood) near by Kadakkal and Anchal Devi Situated in Kadayattu Kalari near by Anchal.
Another story is related with Panayappan, a tamil trader who have been killed by Kadakkal Devi as a revenge towards exploitting her family. After that she situated in Kadakkal Peedia, That became the sactum Sanctorium of the Present Kadakkal Temple.
The Nettur Kurup, who was the eyewitness of this incident got the permission from devi to do offering and Pooja for Devi in the Peedika. Every Year Devi’s holy birthdate ” Thiruvathira” of Kumbha ( According to Malayalam Calendar) is celebrating as ” Thiruvathira Festival” . Devotees celebrate it as the regional Festival of Kadakkal.
Pooja & Offerings
Morning
4:30 Palliyunarthu (Waking up of the Goddess)
5.00 Nirmalyadarsanam
5.35 Abhishekam (Ablutions of the idol in oil, milk etc.)
5.45 Ganapathy homam (Specific offering to God Vinayaka)
6.05 Deeparadhana (Burning incense and lighting lamps to the honour and glory of the almighty)
6.30 Usha Pooja (Morning Rite)
7.05 Deeparadhana
7.15 Usha Sreebali (Morning Sreebali)
8.00 Kalabhabhiskekam (Consecration bypouring liquid sandal)|
10.00 Deeparadbana

Noon
11.00 Ucha Pooja (Noon Rite)
11.30 Ucha Sreebali (Noonsreebali)
12.00 Nata adappu (Closure of Sreekovil)

Evening
5.00 Nata Thurappu (Opening of Sreekovil)
6.45 Deeparadhana
7.15 Seva (Special rite to the Goddess)
7.30 Athazha Pooja (Night Rite)
8.00 Deeparadhana (Night Rite)
8.25 Nata Atappu (Closure of Temple Sreekovil)

Special Pooja Details
Thaliyil Temple – Nirum Palum Ootu, Pushparchana
Siva Temple – Vazhipadu, Payasam, Poovu Charthal, Pattu Charthal
Devi Temple – UshaPooja – Sandya Pooja, Vedi Vazhipadu
Special Pooja – Kalamezhuthum Pattum, Vijaydashami Puja, Chuttu vilakku, Navakabhishekam, Sreebali

The very inmportnat days of Kadakkal Devi Temple is Thiruvathira Nakshathram(star) of Malayalam Month Kumbha. This day celebrating as the holy birth day of the mother goddess “Kadakkalamma”. The Important events are listed on the table below:
Kadakkal Thiruvathira
Thiruvathira’ day in ‘Kumbham (According to Malayalam Calendar) celebrates as the holy birthday of Kadakkal Devi. Kadakkal Thiruvathira attracts a large number of devotees from far and near. People celebrate it as the festival of Kadakkal. Every year Thiruvathira come in February- March month.

During Festival thousands of devotees come to Kadakkal to worship Devi. The Festival Start with “Kuthirayeduppu’ which is a grand procession followed by ‘Kuthiyottam’ and various forms of pageants.

Pongal
The first day of Thiruvathira, Thousands of Ladies Offer Pongal to Devi at the Temple Ground. Pongal starts early morning (around 5.30) on Makayiram (The day before Thiruvathira). Devotees from all over the state come for this particular Pongal Festival.Devotees from other districts come and stay nearby Kadakkal to offer Pongal at Early morning. Most of the people stay with relatives or friends. Affordable lodging and accommodation available near by Kadakkal Temple.

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Thiru Mudi Ezhunnellathu
This peculiar event happens once in a 12 year. This is a grand procession from Kadakkal Temple to Arakkal Temple (Anchal) carrying holy circlet of Kadakkal Devi (Thirumudi). It is believed that the sister of Kadakkal Devi situated in Arakkal Temple.
The last Grand Procession happened in 2002. The next Procession will be in 2014.

View the picture gallery of this Spectacular Event. Thirumudi Ezhunnallathu 2002

Guruzi
The ten day “Thiruvathira” festival ends with ‘Guruzi’. This is a spiritual ritual performed in the last day of Thiruvathira festival. Guruzi starts at midnight and continues till early morning. There will be number of pageants followed by the holy circlet procession (Thirumudi Ezhunnallippu).
Thousands of devotees gather in the temple on this day to witness this spectacle which they believe the realization and manifestation of devotion to Kadakkal Devi (Kadakalamma).
Important rituals and art forms related to the temple are listed below:
Kuthiyottam
Kuthiyottam is a ritual performed during Thiruvathira Festival. The performers rhythmically steps in accordance with ballad which adores Devi. Kuthiyottam is performed in Groups of Eight to Ten People with a supportive team for ballad singing.

Kuthiyottam Groups visit all the three temples. The devotees participating in Kuthiyottam has to fast for Seven days before Thiruvathira.

Kalamezhuthu
This is a traditional art form which is a graphical representation of Temple Related Myths. This performs in the Main Devi Temple, in front of the Sanctum by Kurup (the priest).
The assigned Kurups draw the ‘kalam’ and conducts the pooja every night. Natural colors are using for Kalamezhuthu. Common Colors using for Kalamezhuthu are Green (Green leaf Powder), Red (Calcium with turmeric), Yellow- Turmeric, White- Rice Powder

Eduppu Kuthira
This is the major attraction of Thiruvathira festival. The traditionally crafted gigantic pageants carried by devotees on shoulders and revolve round the three temples.
This spectacular event attracts thousands of visitors to Kadakkal Thiruvathira.
Mainly there will be three pageants . Two starting from Altharamoodu and Third one starts from Kilimarathukavu.

Mudiyezhunnallathu
This magnificent event performs as part of Guruzi, last day of Thiruvathira Festival.

The Priests carrying holy circlet of Kadakkal Devi and Darika turn around the main Devi Temple 7 times.
There will be number of pageants followed by the holy circlet procession (Thirumudi Ezhunnallippu).
Thousands of devotees gather in the temple on this day to witness this spectacle which they believe the realization and manifestation of devotion to Kadakkal Devi (Kadakalamma).
Parayeduppu
Parayeduppu performs during Thiruvathira. This procession starts from Thaliyil Temple and reaches ArinirathumPara. Devotees offer Wheat, Coconut, and Fruits.
Pulluvan Pattu
The Pulluvanpattu is a ritual song in praise of serpent deities, performed by Pulluvan, specific community. This is ritual is performing in Nagar Kavu next to Thaliyil Temple
Kadakkal village is in the eastern part of Kollam District, Kerala. Kadakkkal is well known for the social revolutionary activities held in the Pre-indipendant period of India. Kadakkal is an agriculture village and its known for its spice production. Main agricultural cultivation include, Rubber, Coconut, Pepper etc.

Kadakkal town is an important business center of the eastern area of Kollam district. Kadakkal panchayat is a special grade panchayat and is looking forward to become a Municipality. It covers a vast geographical area and has a huge population also. Chithara, Nilamel, Ittiva, Kummil and Chadayamangalam are the neighboring Panchayats of Kadakkal.

Kadakkal Market is very popular as one of the foremost spice trading center in Kerala.
Kadakkal Town is the center of the village. There are good restaurants, National Banks, Theaters and around Kadakkal. Well oriented road Transportation Facilities available for public. There is a Government hospital with facilities equivalent to a Taluk Hospital.

History Of Kadakkal

Kadakkal has very deep-rooted place in the historical map of India.
The Kadakkal Riot is one of the major incidents in kerala history, which evoked a similar passion through out Kerala.

How to Reach Kadakkal
The nearest main bus stop in MC Road (Thiruvananthapuram – Kottarakkara Route) is Nilamel. Frequent bus service available through this route by State Transport Corporation. If you come from Thiruvananthapuram, you have to get down on ‘Nilamel’ Stop. (46 Km from Thiruvananthapuram)

 

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