Chottanikkara Bhagawathy Temple Cochin

Chottanikkara Bhagawathy Temple Cochin
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Chottanikkara Bhagawathy Temple, Chottanikkara, Ernakulam, Kerala

Open & Close:

Open on all days

04:00 AM - 12:00 PM

04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Entry Fees:

No entry fees


1-2 Hours


Chottanikkara Makom Thozhal, Chingam, Kanni, Kumbam, Medam, Vrishchikam, Navratri Avghosham, Karkitakam, and Anna Prasham

Chottanikkara town is a small town located 17 kms from Cochin. The most revered Chottanikkara Bhagawathy Temple of the town is one of the most celebrated shrines of the Hindus in Kerala. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Rajarajeshwari, also known by the name of Adiparashakti. This is basically a form of Goddess Durga Bhagawathy. The locals believe that the deity was brought from the Mookambika Temple in Kullur, Karnataka. It is situated in the southern suburb of the Kochi city. The deity is worshipped in three forms – Goddess Saraswati Maa, Goddess Laxmi Maa and Goddess Durga Maa. Maa term in Sanskrit & Hindi means ‘mother’. The Goddess Rajrajeshwari is worshipped as Goddess Saraswati Maa in the morning and she wears a white cloth.The same deity is worshipped in afternoon as Laxmi Maa, goddess of prosperity, and wears crimson red garment. The Goddess Rajrajeshwari is offered prayers in the evening as Durga Maa who wears a bright blue outfit. The form of Durga is a much milder form. There are various names given to the deity as Devi Narayana, Amme Narayana, Bhadre Narayana, and Lakshmi Narayana. Narayana (a name of Lord Vishnu) is attached with various godess forms because of an idol of Lord Vishnu placed in the same celestial as that of the Goddess Rajarajeshwari. Other Hindu deities like Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh & Lord Dharmasastha (Ayyappa) are also worshiped here.

The idol of Bhagawathy, golden hued and east-facing, is 5 feet high. The idol is believed to be self born or Swayambhoo. It is of laterite. It is loaded with a lot of flowers, jewellery, garland, and lights to make it look beyond splendid. The idol of the main deity has four arms. The upper right arm holds the disc called ‘chakra’. The upper left has a conch, called ‘shankh’ in Sanskrit. The pose of the lower right hand is a boon giving sight. The lower left pose imparts fearlessness (‘abhayadaan’). Within the temple compound, there is also an image of Rudraksha Shila, red in colour and irregular in shape. The devotees believe in the healing powers of the goddess and claim that ‘she’ cures mental illness and different kinds of disorders. The ambience of the temple is so soothing spiritually that it gives harmony and mental peace to the believers. The temple is up in a hilly region along with farms, making the atmosphere even more amazing.

The best worth – notice aspect is that it is untouched by the human sculptor. Also, is image can be seen during wee hours (4 AM in the morning) when the Nada opens for Nirmalayam. The architecture of the temple, being thoroughly unique, stands out in the city. The wooden sculpture, also called as the Vishwakarma Sthapatya, is the main vibe going on throughout the temple architecture. A large number of devotees visit the temple throughout the day, keeping the temple premises crowded but disciplined.

Several festivals are celebrated in Chottanikkara Bhagawathy Temple. Some of those festivals are Chingam, Kanni, Makom Thozhal, Kumbam, Medam, Vrishchikam, Navratri Avghosham, Karkitakam, and Anna Prasham. The worship (‘puja’) at the temple starts at 4:00 AM every morning and the last ‘puja’ of the day continues till 08:45 PM every day. Guruthi Puja is the main ‘puja’ of the temple which used to be performed earlier only on Fridays but now-a-days it takes place every day. The festival celebrated in the temple with highest religious fervour is 'Chottanikkara Makom Thozhal'. It is worshipped on the Makom day in the month of Kumbham or basically in the months of February and March.

Chottanikkara Bhagawathy Temple is situated 17 km from Cochin and around 40 km from Cochin airport.

List of routine puja, aarti, religious rituals & timings



Nirmalya Darshan 04:00 AM
Dhara of Lord Shiva 05:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Ethruthu Puja 05:30 AM
Seeveli 06:00 AM
Guruthi Nivedyam at Kizhukkavu Temple 07:30 AM
Pantheeradi Puja 07:45 AM
Uchapuja 12:00 Noon
Uchaseeveli 12:10 PM
Evening Nada Opening 04:00 PM
Deeparadhana 06:30 PM
Athazhapuja 07:30 PM
Seeveli 08:00 PM
Valia Guruthi at Kizhukkavu Temple 08:45 PM

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