Location: Chottanikkar, Kochi (Kerala)
District: Ernakulam (Kochi )
By Road: Chottanikkara
By Train : Nearest railway station is Ernakulam / Trippunithura
By Flight : Nearest airport is Kochi International Airport (45 km)
Chottanikkara Devi Temple, dating back to early 10th century, is situated about 18 km from the city. Here, Goddess Bhagavathy is worshipped in three forms – Saraswathi, Bhadrakali and Durga. It is believed that mentally ill patients who come to the temple and pray to the goddess will be cured by her. The temple situated in a hilly region, is surrounded on all sides by green farms. The entry is through the west and the spiritual atmosphere in the temple gives mental peace and harmony to devotees. Near the temple, one can see a tree covered with long nails. These nails have been hammered in by devotees using their foreheads only. This practice is believed to have the effect of permanently disabling the evil spirit residing in the patient’s body and causing his mental imbalance.
Chottanikkara Devi Temple Festivals:
Makom thozhal (on the Makom day- Feb / March) is the most important festival of the temple which is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Kumbham. (Feb / March). The ritualistic bath of “Devi” in ceremonial pond in the morning at the sacred pond at Onakkoor far on the northern side of the Temple. After this “Devi” accompanied by Lord Sastha on the back of the eleven caparisoned elephants march towards the “Pooraparambhu” the traditional vantage point where they remain till 11 a.m. After the mid-day the door of Sanctum Sanctorum closes. Only to re-open at 2 p.m for the “Makam Darsanam” at that time Devi who appears in her sacred full-fledged splendour and glory decked in her sacred gold ornaments, precious jewellery and innumerable garlands.
Apart from this there are other festivals also like Ashtami Rohini, Navarathri Aghosham, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Vrishchikam etc