Kadampuzha bhagavathy temple, Kadampuzha (meaning Forest River) temple is a famous temple dedicated to the mother goddess. This place is on the road between Shoranur and Calicut. The nearest railway station is Kuttipuram. One can reach the temple from Guruvayur also.
The goddess in this temple is in the form of a huntress. She took this form when Shiva took the form of a hunter to test the discipline of Arjuna, before giving him the 'Pasupathasthra'. Duryodhana in order to kill Arjuna had sent a wild boar to attack him. Both Arjuna as well as Lord Shiva in the form of a hunter shot arrows at the boar. Both claimed that the boar was killed by their arrow. A fight ensued and though Arjuna shot many arrows at the lord, all arrows turned into flower garlands. They reconciled and later, the Goddess and Lord Shiva blessed Arjuna and gave him the Pasupathasthra.
The 'Ashta Mangalya Prasnam' conducted at the temple indicates that this temple is 1900 years old. It is told that when Adi Sankara was passing this way, he saw a fierce light emanating from a cavity in the ground at this place. Through his divine intellect he could grasp that Goddess was present here in a 'roudra bhava' (very furious form). He decided to consecrate her there and he was helped in this job by a Varrier family. Even today this Varrier family lives near the temple and manages it.
Every Friday night, the idol of the Goddess is completely covered and hidden by 'Thechi' flowers (Ixora coccinea) which is the favorite flower of the Goddess. This ritual is called "Poo-moodal" (covering with flowers). The expense for this is normally met by the devotees as an offering. This is so popular that there is a waiting list for conducting this ritual till the year 2020.
Another interesting ritual here is 'Muttu Neekal' (Removal of obstacles). This is done by the priest by breaking a coconut while calling out our name and stating our problem. If it breaks properly into two equal halves, it is believed that his problem would be solved. If not, he breaks another coconut. It is believed that the water from the coconut when broken, falls into the hole where Bhagawathy is believed to be residing and being pleased she blesses for the removal of the obstacle. Muttu Neekal is done for getting knowledge, welfare of children, getting freedom from disease, getting married, owning a trouble free vehicle and so on.
The main image (of Shree-Parvathi) is made of mirror finished pancha-loha (an alloy of five metals like gold, silver, copper, tin and iron), and beside the main deity are virtual images of Ganapathi and Lord Vishnu.
Outside of the Shreekovil just in line with the image of main deity are two images of Narasimha-moorthi and Sudharshanam. It is believed that the idol of Narasimha-moothi is placed in line to soften the excessive radiation from the mirror image.
Goddess here is worshipped in three forms viz., Vidya Durga (Saraswathi), Vanadurga (Durga) and Aadi Durga (MooladurgaLakshmi).
As Durga, She blesses the devotees with health, early marriage and domestic harmony.
Saraswathi is invoked for education and career.
Lakshmi is of course Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy were wandering in the forest disguised as hunters. Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers of epic Mahabharatha, was sitting and praying to Lord Shiva in the same forest, for the sake of a boon to kill Mookasura.
Though Shiva was pleased with his devotion, he decided to test him before granting the boon. Arjun sent arrows to kill demon Mookasura, and Lord Shiva in hunter's form, also sent arrows, and finally Mookasura was killed, but they fought each other claiming the responsibility.
During the fierce fight between hunter and Arjuna, the hunter (Kirata) gets wounded. This makes the Kirata woman angry and curses Arjuna that - let the arrows from Arjuna be shower of flowers.
Legend about the origin of the temple is associated with the popular episode in the Mahabharatha where Arjuna does penance to appease Lord Siva to obtain the divine weapon Passupathastra.
Lord Siva approaches Arjuna as a hunter (Kiratha) with His divine consort Sreeparvathi escorting Him as huntress (Kirathi). Arjuna is challenged by the Lord in disguise to test the skills of the boon-seeker.
In the fierce battle between Lord Siva (Kiratha) and Arjuna, the arrows that Arjuna showered on Lord Siva miraculously turned into Thechi flowers.
Arjuna then recognises the Lord and prostrates before Him. Having found Arjuna worthy of the deadly weapon, the Lord obliges His devotee very soon, and here He is goaded by Sreeparvathi who hastened the process.
Hastening is twaritha in Malayalam and Goddess at Kadampuzha is worshipped as Twaritha or one who is quick in granting blessings and favours. The shower of arrows-turned into flowers is symbolised here by a unique offering to the Goddess, Poomoodal, the Swayambhoo Sthanam being covered completely by flowers. Petals of Thechi flowers are mandatory since they resemble arrowheads.
The quantity required is 12 Kutanna, one Kutanna being the capacity when two cupped palms are held together. During the divine couple's wandering in this forest, Sreeparvathi once felt thirsty and the Lord brought forth holy water from river Ganga through a well directed arrow ino the earth.
This event is immortalised as KaatanAmbu-eitha-ala where kaatan is hunter, ambu is arrow, eitha is shot and ala is hole. This became Katanambueithaala which was later colloquialised as Kadampuzha. Devotees thus worship the hole through which river Ganga sprouted and this is the idol sankalpa. Shankaracharya during once of his frequent pilgrimages while traversing this forest area was attracted by an all pervading 'aura' emanating from the dense undergrowth.
Finding it difficult to approach the spot due to the heat generated by the radiation, he meditated upon
Lord Vishnu as Narasimha and the Lord appeared. With the help of Sudarshanachakra of Lord Vishnu the great saint moved closer only to fmd the radiance shrinking and fmally vanishing into a hole on the earth's surface.
Through deep meditation using the 'Divyachakshussu', the Aacharya discerned the nature of the phenomenon nothing other than the divine presence of Seeparvathi in the forest. The place was consecrated as a temple and in commemoration of 'showers of flowers' , Poomoodal gained prominence due to the inherent quality and power of flower petals to contain heat. Lord Narasimha and Sudarshanachakra are honoured through depictions in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum.
There are enclosures for Sree Dharma Sastha and Nagakanyaka as upadevaas or subsidiary deities. Modalities of worship are as prescribed by Shankaracharya.
This temple is 6 am to 6 p.m, with a break in the afternoon which depends upon the puja. No body goes to the temple after 6 PM.
Moola Mantras are powerful sounds and are very rich in their meaning which when chanted produce great effects. These are chanted repeatedly and that is called Japa. Japa is a key part of Hindu prayer
While doing japa one can meditate on the mantra and its meaning. As the mind dwell more and more into that, the mind and takes up to the higher States and forms the path to the great liberation-eternal bliss
What makes moola mantras so special as compared to the normal words? Moola mantras are not human creations. Especially given that there are sages associated with the moola mantras!
District : Malappuram
Area : Kadampuzha
Exact Location : Kadampuzha
Pincode : 676553
Office Number : 04942615790
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Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Devaswam
Malappuram Dist. PIN 676 553
Kerala (Phone - 0494-2615790)
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