history of the Chottanikkara
The temple of Chottanikkara is a living legend shrowned in magnificent
mythology and awe-inspiring truth. Its historical appeal
and traditional influence on generations of people is tremendous.
Legends say that the presence of Divinity here was worshipped
deity which is swayambhoo in latrite called Rudraksha Sila
was worshipped by divine souls like Adisankaracharya, Vilwamangalam
Swamiyar, Kakkasseri Bhattathiri and Chemmangattu Bhattathiri.
It is the cynosure of thousands of devotees swarming from
all over the world on all auspicious and festive occations.
The golden hued Idol bedecked with flowers, garlands, jewels
and bathed in myrid of light shine splendidly.
is a picturesque image bewitching everybody and embodiment
of peace dispelling fears from devotees who worship Her.
The temple is situated in hilly region surrounded on all
sides by undulating beauty, rich with its green turf, golden
farms and provides deep spritiual solace to the entire devotees.
is one of the most celebrated Hindu shrines of Kerala. Thousands
of pilgrims and devotees of the Goddess visit here and make
their reverential offerings to redeem them of their afflictions.
A visit to the temple brings relief to them from the overburdening
anguish and agonies of material life.
sacred doors of the sanctum sanctorum open in the wee hours
of the day, at 4.00 a.m. The blowing of the conch and playing
of the temple musical instruments lend an enchanting ritualistic
rhythm and peace to those who seek a sure answer to the
patient prayers. Sree Mookambika Saraswathy is also believed
as present in the temple in the morning.
is why Mookambika Temple at kollur opens only after the
Goddess Saraswathy returns to there late in the morning.
the eastern side of the temple pond stands the Kizhukkavu
idol facing westward is belived to be installed by Villwamangalam
the Athazha pooja (main pooja in the evening), the chief
priest of the principal deity comes to Kizhukkavu to perform
the famous and great pooja "ValiyaGuruthy" (great
Sacrifice). The Guruthy is prepared in 12 cauldrons (huge
vessel) and is performed at about 8.45 p.m every night.
who witness the guruthy performance, which itself is awe
inspiring and prolonged ceremony, finds it an experience
which is indescribable. Being present here during Valiya
guruthy on Fridays permanently cures women suffering from
mental abnormalities like schizophrenia.
ancient 'Pala' tree standing on the northeastern side of
the sanctum sanctorum is covered with long iron nails hammered
on by haunted victims with their foreheads.