Chengannur Bhagavathy Temple History, Timings, Darshan and Pooja details
Chengannur Bhagavathy Temple History
As per the Legend, Sati daughter of Daksha Prajapati married Lord Shiva against her father’s wish. Daksha decided to perform Yagna inviting all Devas but not Lord Siva and His daughter Sati. Sati who came to know about the Yagna reached her maternal house to educate her father not to go against Siva. Daksha insulted Sati before the guests in the Yagna Mandapam. Angered Sati raised high and self-immolated her in the Yogagni. Lord Siva who came to know about Sati’s death, ordered Veera Bhadra to kill Daksha. Veera Bhadra along with Kali and other Siva Ganas executed his master command. Lord Siva after collecting Sati’s corpse danced Pralaya Thandavam (Dance of Destruction). To protect the universe from the destruction Lord Vishnu sent his Chakra and charred Sati’s body into pieces. The body parts fell across Indian Sub-continent which were called Sakthi Peetas. It is believed that Sati’s Yoni Mandala or Female reproductive organ fell here. Hence the deity will have periods.
Another interesting story attached to this temple, that Lord Siva instructed Agastya to reach South to balance the Earth as all Devas are attending Lord Siva and Parvati wedding the in the Himalayas. As instructed Sage Agastya reached south and selected that part of the Sahyadri called Somadri for his meditation. Lord Siva and Parvati appeared before him in the wedding dress and blessed Sage Agastya. The Devi had menses while they reached Somadri. The divine couple, therefore, stayed here for 28 days after the purificatory bath.
Chengannur Bhagavathy Temple Timings
Morning Hours: 4:30 am – 11:30 am
Evening Hours: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
How to reach Chengannur Bhagavathy Temple?
- The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram which is 117 km away.
- The nearest railway station is at Chenganuur which is the fourth station from Kottayam.
- It is 35 Km from Kottayam and falls on the Ernakulam-Quilon railway line.
- The nearest bus station is at Chengannur which is 1 Km from KSRTC Bus station.
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