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Origin and History

Chakkulathukavu Sree Bhagavathy

Chakkulathamma is famously known as the Mother who answers the call of her devotees. Countless pilgrims irrespective of caste creed and colour reach the shrine. The benevolent look of Goddess unfolds a thousand lotus flowers of real bhakthi in the minds of devotees. Chanting of Her names and mantras destroys the feelings of ignorance and pride like the flames of fire that overcomes the darkness.


The ancient history of the temple has some divine connections with the story of Sumbha and Nishumbha referred to in the Devi Mahatmyam. The story goes that two demoniac characters called Sumbha and Nishumbha derived super human powers through rigorous meditation of Lord Brahma. They received a boon that they could be killed only through a battle with woman. Such a condition being almost impossible, Sumbha and Nishumbha conquered Indra and other Devas. They became the unquestioned monarchs of the three worlds. The helpless Devas under had to flee away and take shelter in remote jungles.


Saint Narada feeling pity at the misery of the Gods approaches his father Lord Brahma. Brahma reminds Narada that ups and downs are the law of life and that was what the Gods were experiencing. There was only one way out for this despicable state of affair. Only one power could restore power and prosperity to Gods and that power was none other than the very Goddess. Devas accordingly moved in search of Goddess. Reaching near Himavan, the epic King of the mountains, they started chanting powerful mantras to appease the Goddess. They plunged into a he artful tribute of the Goddess who in herself was power, knowledge, creativity, benevolence and blessings.

Goddess Parvathy had just arrived on the banks of river Ganga. Echoes of the mantras reached her. There was a touch of grief and pleading in the sounds of Devas. Goddess Parvathy grasped the pitiable plight of Devas. There emerged another Goddess from within her as if something comes out of a cover. This was the incarnation of Goddess Durga, having taken a divine form to rescue the Devas from the hardships caused by the asuras.

The story culminates in a terrible fight between the “Goddess and Asuras under the leadership of Sumba and Nishumbha. It was an encounter unheard of ever before. Needless to specify, all the asuras were annihilated by the Goddess. The Devas got back the early powers and prosperities. Sage Narada appears in front of them and exults them about the invincibility of goddess Durga. She was the cause as well as witness for the creation, maintenance and destruction the universe, told Narada.

It is believed that the Goddess residing in Chakkulathukavu is a wholesome reaction of this all-pervading Goddess namely Durga.

9 Prathista

Shaila Putri (Daughter of Mountain) 

She is the first Navdurga worshipped during the first day of Navratri and is the reincarnation of Goddess Sati. Shaila Putri is the Daughter of Mountain King Himavat and is the manifestation and form of the Hindu Goddess Mahadevi, representing herself in the pure form of Goddess Parvati.

Brahmacharini ( Mother of Devotion and Penance) 

She is the second aspect of Navdurga’s form of Mahadevi. The Goddess is worshiped on the second day of Navratri ( the nine divine nights of Navdurga). Brahmacharini is a devoted female student living in an ashram with her Guru and other students.

Chandraghanta ( Destroyer of Demons) 

According to the Shiva Maha Purana Chandraghanta is the ‘shakti’ of Lord Shiva in the form of Chandrashekhara. Each aspect of Shiva is accompanied by the Shakti, therefore Ardhanarishvara. It is believed that she is the goddess of spiritual and internal strength. It is said that people who face obstacles in life should worship this Goddess

Kushmanda (Goddess of Cosmic Egg)  

Kushmanda is the Hindu Goddess who is credited with the creation of the world with her divine smile. Followers of Kalikula believe her to be the fourth aspect of Navdurga’s form of Mahadevi. Her name signals her main role: Ku means ‘a little’, Ushma means ‘warmth’ and ‘energy’, and means a ‘cosmic egg’. It is located in the Durga Kund area of Varanasi. 

Skandamata (Goddess of Motherhood and Children) 

Her name comes from Skanda, an alternate god of war Kartikeya and Mata, meaning Mother. As one of the Navdurga, her worship took place on the fifth day of Navratri. Her abode is in Vishuddha Chakra.

 Katyayani ( Goddess of Power ) 

She is seen as the slayer of the cruel demon Mahisasura. She is also seen as a warrior Goddess who was able to bring peace to the world. Maa Katyayani is one of the fiercest forms of Maa Durga and is also called the Mahishasurmardini.

Kalaratri (Goddess of Auspiciousness and Courage) 

She is the first referenced in the  Devi Mahatmya. Kalaratri is one of the fearsome forms of the Mother Goddess. Kalaratri is sometimes called ( Kal Ratri).

It is believed that the   Goddess Chandi created another goddess from her forehead, who came to be known as Kaalratri or Kaali. 


She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. According to Hinduism, Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all the desires of her devotees. The one who worships the goddess gets relief from all the suffering in life.

Durga or Parashakti 

Parashakti is the power of this primordial Shiva, which is emanated by Paramshiva. Adi Parashakti is used to describe the ultimate form of Parvati. Parashakti is an all-pervasive, pure consciousness, power, and primal substance of all that exists and it has Mahamaya-form, unlike Parashiva which is formless.