The Sri Valiya Koonambaikulam Bhadrakali Temple is one of the famous and historic temples of South Kerala.
It is located at a distance of 1 km from Pallimukku in Kollam district. The temple is located on the north-eastern side facing north. It is about 65 km from Thiruvananthapuram. This temple is far away. According to the architectural ruling, the shrine, which was built of black stone and had no roof, was rebuilt on 16-04-2000.
Here Mahaganapati, Brahmarakshas, Yogiswaran, Kantakarna, Veerabhadra and then Yakshiamma reside with the Goddess. Nagaraja and Nagayakshi rule by removing the evils of Rahu and removing the obstacles of Mangalyam.
Palms, Arattukulam and schools enrich the spiritual atmosphere of the temple.
There is also a Gurumandir dedicated to Sree Narayana Guru. Karyasiddhi Pooja is an important pooja held at the temple every Tuesday at 10 am.It is believed that any wish can be fulfilled by performing puja with fasting for 21 consecutive weeks.
The Arattu festival at the Koonambaikulam temple is on the Bharani day in the month of Kumbh. Ten days before the rule, the flag is hoisted and the defeat song is performed.Parakkezhunnallathu ,Pallivetta and Chandrapongal is also an important ceremony on the first Friday after the flag is hoisted by the devotees in new pots.
The Vattipadukka offered during the festival is a favorite offering to the Goddess. It is believed that Guruthi Puja is performed outside the North every Friday at 11 pm to get rid of enemies.
Bhadrakali was formed from Lord Shiva to slay the demon Daruka. After the slaying of Daruka, Bhadrakali came before Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva thus blessed Bhadrakali. You are called Bhadrakali, who accepts the bestiality of the whole world as a sacrifice and gives it to Bhadra. Mars will come to those who worship you.
The demons will flee when they hear your name. Thus the Goddess reached various places on earth for the good of the world. They became Kali temples. This temple is one of them.
The presence of the Goddess at Koonambaikulam is centuries old. This was the roofless temple of Kottavai, the war goddess of the Cheras. It came to be known as the Panangkavu Temple after the subsequent demolition and attacks. Panankavamma was the goddess of the Venad kings.
On that day, a day in Kollam town starts with the Panankavilamma. The Panangkavu fort and palace were surrounded by the sea around the temple. The temple was destroyed by the Dutch in 1681 AD. Somehow the sea part also dried up. Years later, a Bhadrakali Kavu was built in the area. At that time there was a large pond in front of the cave. This cave of Bhadrakali, also known as Kooramba, was thus called Koorambakkavkulam. It is believed that Koorambakkavu Pond was later renamed as Koonambakkavu Pond and later as Koonambaikulam. Koonambaikulam in Kollam, Bhagwati Temple in Kodungallur and Pisharikkavu in Kozhikode were built around the same time. All these three temples have an important place in the cultural history of Kerala. All the three temples are located at equal distances. They have the same distance from the sea.
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