Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple

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Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is one of the most renowned Hindu temples in Kerala. Main deity Sree Bhadrakali, The temple is located at Chettikulangara in Mavelikkara taluk of Alappuzha district in the south Indian state of Kerala. The temple is situated about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west of Mavelikkara, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of Kayamkulam on SH6 (Kayamkulam – Thiruvalla Highway).

Bhadrakali, is an incarnation of supreme mother Shakthi devi, born from the third eye of Lord Shiva, to kill the demon king Daruka. ‘Bhadra’ means good and ‘Kali’ means goddess of time. So Bhadrakali is worshipped for prosperity and salvation. Devi is considered as the creator, protector, destructor, nature, power and Kundalini shakthi.

One of the most renowned temples in Kerala situated at Chettikulangara in Alappuzha district. The deity here appears as Maha Saraswathi in the morning, as Maha Lakshmi at noon and Sri Durga or Bhadrakali in the evening.

The temple has 13 territories, locally called Karas. The temple is at the centre of the oldest four karas. The temple is believed to be 1200 years old and recently UNESCO collected specifics about the temple and its customs to facilitate that the temple is eligible to be enlisted in World Heritage List.

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