Pallipurathu Kavu Temple in KottayamKnown as an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, Pallippurathu Kavu temple has made Kottayam an important pilgrim center as well.
Pallippurathu Kavu Temple is another Hindu temple in Kerala which is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Popularly known as the Pallipurathu Kavu Bhagavathy Temple (Bhadrakali) is located in the southern part of the Kottayam, at Kodimatha.
The ownership of the temple belongs to kottarathil sankunny, who wrote the ‘Aithihya Mala.’ The Puthettu family is said to have an old association with the Pallippurathu Kavu Temple, and hence their ancestors were honored with the title of ‘Velichappadu’.
Dedicated to Goddess Durga, popularly known as Pallippurathamma by the locales, is believed to be another form of Bhadra Kali. The temple is especially crowded on Fridays and Tuesdays, which are believed to be the days devoted to the Goddess.
Despite of being dedicated to Hindu Goddess, devotees belonging to all walks of life visit the Pallipurathu Kavu Temple.
Theeyattu at Pallipurathu Kavu TempleA traditional form of dance performed which is a unique ritual performed in all the Bhadra Kali temples, especially in the southern part of India. Being one of the Kali temples, this dance is performed in the Pallippurathu Kavu Temple too.
Theeyattu in Bhadrakali temples is performed by the Theeyaattunnis (a Brahmin community), known to be a sub-caste of the Ambalavasi community of Kerala.
This ritual is performed to avoid the epidemics, to control, origin, the spreading and the mortality of epidemics. Devotees perform Theeyattu in the Pallippurathu Kavu temple for the well-being of their family and as a token of thanks to Goddess for all the blessings received.
Garudan Thukkam at Pallipurathu Kavu TempleAnother ritual performed particularly in the Kali temples; Gurudan Thukkam is performed at night in the Pallippurathu Kavu Temple. Garudan is the bird and the carrier of Lord Vishnu according to Hindu mythology; this ritual has its origin in Kerala.
Festivals at Pallipurathu Kavu TempleThe two major festivals celebrated in the Pallipurathu Kavu Temple are Pathamudayam and Vishnu.
- Pathamudayam is the annual festival of the Pallipurathu Kaavu Temple which marks a grand celebration than the Vishnu festival, is held on 23rd April every year.
- Kumbhakuta Mahotasva, another major festival of Kottayam, is celebrated on the tenth day of the Pathamudayam, which falls on the tenth day of the Malyalam month of Medam.
How to Reach Pallipurathu Kavu TempleNearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest and buses are easily available which will take you to the Pallipurathu Kavu Temple.
Nearest Airport: Nedumbassery Airport in Kochi which is around 80 kilometers.
Pallipurathu Kavu Bhagavathi Temple Address: Kodimatha, Kottayam South PO, Kerala 686039
Where to Stay near Pallipurathu Kavu TempleFor tourists who visit the Pallippurathu Kavu Temple and intend to spend sometime in the city can find accommodation within budget. The nearby hotels are given below.
The Pearl Regency
Tariff: 2500 INR onwards
Ph: 0481 2561123
The Windsor Castle
Main Central Road
Tariff: 3000 INR onwards
Ph: 0481 2363637