Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple is pious shrine for hindu people in Alappuzha and it is one of the most renowned temples in Kerala. This temple is most visited by the tourist and devotess throughout the year.
Location : This temple is located at Chettikulangara in Mavelikkara taluk of Alappuzha district. Alappuzha is located just 45 Km form this temple.
About Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
It believed that this temple is 1200 years old and presiding deity of this temple Bhadrakali or goddess Jagadambika. In this shrine you see the Goddess Bhagavathy in three forms, Saraswathi Devi in the morning, Lakshmi Devi in the afternoon and Bhadrakali Devi or Sri Durga in the evening. The adjacent of this temple there are many sub-deities or Upadevathas. Main sub deities are : Yakshini , Ganapathi, Nagaraja (King of serpents), Balakan, Muhurthi, Naga Yakshi, Thevara Moorthy, Kannamballi bhagavathi, Vallyachan and Rekshas. Special Poojas are performed on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
This temple has first place in terms of income under the control of Travancore Devaswom Board and second Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple has the second place in terms of income.
Other aspect of This temple : Other main aspect of this temple a massive oil lamp called Kathuvilakku. This lamp is made from granite and to make this lamp used thousand wicks. It is the biggest lamp of this type in India. The temple is also well - known for its many festivals which involve vibrant colours, music of the drums, traditional dance.
Design of this temple
This temple is 1200-year-old temple and it has 13 Karas (territories). In the center of this temple has four oldest Karas and name is Karas-Erezha South, Erezha North, Kaitha South and Kaitha North. And other Karas is situated surround this temple and name of these Karas are : Kannamangalam South, Kannamangalam North, Mattam North, Mattam South, Kadavoor, Anjilipra, Pela, Menampally and Nadakkavu.
Main Festival of this temple : Important Festival of that are celebrated in this temple are : Parayeduppu, Kumbha Bharani, Ethirelpu Ulasvam, Aswathy Ulasvam. Major festival at Chettikulangara is Kumbha Bharani. Kumbha Bharani festival is celebrated in the month of Kumbham. Kuthiyottam and Kettukazhcha are the two main rituals of this festival.
Facility : There are the facility for stay in this temple. Temple provides 12 room rest houses on rent for devotees at reasonable cost. This accommodation facility is managed by Sree Devi Vilasam Hindu Matha Convention or ravancore Devaswom Board.