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Mukkolakkal Bhagawathi Temple

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Country  India
Location  Sreevaraham
State  Kerala
Primary deity  Mukkolakkal Bhagavathi
Mukkolakkal Bhagawathi Temple
Proper name  Mukkolakkal Bhagavathy Temple
Address  SRA, Mukkolakkal, Muttathara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695009
District  Thiruvananthapuram district
Similar  Kamaleswaram Mahadeva Temple, Irumkulangara Durga Devi Temple, Aryankuzhi Devi Temple, Mithrananthapuram Trimurti Temple, Avanavanchery Sri Indilayap

The Mukkolakkal Bhagawathi Temple (Malayalam: മുക്കോലക്കല്‍ ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം) is a famous temple of the Hindu mother goddess Bhagawati. One of the renowned Goddess Temples in Kerala, Sree Varaham Mukkolackal Bhagavathi Temple is situated at Sreevaraham, on the south-east of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is situated on the south of the famous Sreevaraham Lakshmi Varaha Temple. 'Ooruttu Mahotsavam', the annual religious festival of the temple, is conducted in March - April every year.

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Legend

The legend says that, when a few children were playing, one of them fell down hitting on a sedimentary rock. Soon after that, the rock started bleeding. Astrological observations confirmed the presence of divinity in the stone and the people around the area started worshipping the rock which eventually turned out to a famous temple in southern Kerala.

Deities and sub-deities

Mukkolakkal Bhagavathy Temple enshrines a Swayambhu (self originated) Panchaloha idol of Goddess Parvati – a manifestation of Goddess Shakti.

The main upadevathas on the premises are

  1. Lord Ganesh
  2. Nagaraja
  3. Brahmarakshassu
  4. Maadan Thampuran
  5. Yakshi Amma
  6. Navagraha

Important Months

  • Kanni - Navarathri aghosham is a famous festival,which attracts large number of devotees. On Vijayadasami day of the Navarathri utsavam, Vidyarambham is conducted.
  • Vrishchikam - The Vrishchicka Mandala mahotsavam (festival) is celebrated during the entire period of mandalam season.
  • Meenam - The annual festival of the temple comes in Meenam. It begins with inviting and placing Bhagawathy in pacha panthal(Hut made of green palm leaves). Ooroottu is the major festival celebrated at Mukkolakkal Bhagavathy Temple annually. Also known as Ooroottu Maholtsavam, the festival starts on the Thiruonam nakshatra in the Malayalam month of Meenam. Parakkezhunnallippu (Ezhunallippu or Royal Procession of the deity atop an elephant), Pongala, Kuthiyottam, traditional music and dance programs, and colourful fireworks held at the temple premises are major attractions of the Mukkolackal Temple festival.
  • Medam - Vishu festival.
  • Karkitakam - Aadi chovva festival.
  • Temple timings

    Sreevaraham Mukkolakkal Bhagavathy Temple opens daily at 4.45 AM in the morning for Palliyunarthal ceremony and closes at 8.00 PM after Athazha Pooja and Deeparadhana. The morning worship timings are from 4.45 AM to 10.35 AM. And the evening worship timings are from 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the temple closes at 8.30 PM after special Pooja offerings.

    Distance to Mukkolakkal Temple

    From

    1. Thiruvananthapuram Airport - 5 km.
    2. Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station - 3 km.
    3. Thiruvananthapuram K.S.R.T.C. central Bus Stand - 3 km.
    4. Thiruvananthapuram City Bus Stand - 2 km.

    References

    Mukkolakkal Bhagawathi Temple Wikipedia


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