Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is one of the most popular temples in Kerala, located in Chottanikkara near Kochi. The temple is managed by the administration of Cochin Devaswom Board.

The Divine Mother Goddess is worshipped here in three forms, in the morning as Saraswathi decorated in white cloths, Lakshmi at noon draped in deep Red color and Durga in the evening in Blue cloths.

Bhagavathy Amman Chottanikkara, Kerala

The Goddess Devi also called Raja Rajeswari or Adiparasakthi and the temple has long history.

Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, husband of Goddess Devi is also worshipped in this temple. So, the Deity is called with different names such as Ammenarayana, Devinarayana, Lakshminarayana and Bhadrenarayana.

The temple complex consists of other temples for Kizhukkavu (Keezhkkaavu bhagavathi), Shiva, Ganapathi (Ganesh), Sastha, Nagas. Brahma, Subrahmanya Swamy idols are there on the same pedestal in the main temple.

Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visits the temple daily. The temple opens in the wee hours of the day, at 4 AM.

The Bhadrakaali atbelieved to exorcise evil spirit from devotees, after conducting bhajanam. It is also called Ghost removing temple, as local people believe that the Goddess will cure the mentally disturbed persons.

Kizhukkavu temple puja

People suffering from mental illnesses and commonly visit the temple, as Chottanikkara devi is said to cure her devotees. Guruthi pooja is a daily ritual done at late evening (8:45 PM) to invoke goddess Mahakali.

Earlier ‘Guruthi Pooja’ was done only on Fridays. But nowadays, the puja is being performed every day.

Chottanikkara Temple Timings

Darshan Timings

Morning Darshan 4 AM to 12 PM
Evening Darshan 4 PM to 8:45 PM

Pooja/Ritual Timings

Guruthy at Keezhakavu Temple 8:45 PM to 9:30 PM
Seeveli 6 AM to 6:30 AM
Ucha Pooja 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Deeparadhana 6:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Athaza Pooja 7:30 PM to 8 PM

Prasadam (Annadanam) Timings

Prasadam Timings 1 PM to 3 PM

Devotees can have free food at Annadanam/prasadam complex from 1 PM to 3 PM.

Nivedya Vazhipaadu Timings (Naivedya Timings)

Nivideyam/Naivedyam Timings
Ellu Nivideyam Morning, Night
Vella Nivideyam & Paal Payasam Afternoon, Night
Pizhinju Payasam Afternoon, Night
Kootu/Katti Payasam Morning, Night
Ney Payasam Morning, Afternoon, Night
Appam, Ada, Ottayappam Night

Important Festivals

Chottanikkara Temple near Kochi

Tuesday and Friday are most important days for Bhagavathy temples.

  • MAKOM Thozhal – Worshiping the Goddess on Makom day in the month of Kumbham is called MAKOM Thozhal. It is the most important festival of the temple and believed that Goddess in her full attire gave darshan to Vilwamangalam Swamiyar on the Makom day and appears on the same day every year for giving darshan to the devotees in her special appearance. There is Pooram ezhunnellippu with 7 Elephants in the morning and at night. The ulsavam ends with Uthram Aarattu and Valiya Guruthi (Atham Guruthy).
  • Vrishchicka Mandala Mahotsavam – Celebrated during the Manadalam Period.
  • Thrikkarthika Festival – Birthday of Goddess celebrated for three days, Kaarthika, Rohini and Makayiram in the month of Vrishchikam.
  • Lakshaarchana and Vedamura Abishekam – Performed for 15 days starting from 1 January.
  • Navarathri Aghosham – Famous festival celebrated for 9 days in the month Kanni attracts large number of devotees. On Vijayadasami day of the Navarathri utsavam, Vidyarambham is conducted.

Vishi day in Medam, Ramayana Masam in Karkitakam, Thiruvonam in Chingam are other popular festivals that attracts large number of dovotees.

Important Offerings & Rates of Chottanikkara Temple

Below is the Chottanikkara Temple Vazhipadu list.

SL No Name of offerings Amount (in INR)
1 Mandapathil Paattu(Full)     50,520
2 Mandapathil Paattu(Without annadanam)     27,720
3 Mandapathil Paattu(Without niramala)     40,320
4 Mandapathil Paattu(only)     18,720
5 Nakshathra Pushapanjaly     650
6 Nakshathra Lalitha Sahsranamam Pushapanjaly     1105
7 Nakshathra Swayamvara Pushapanjaly     1105
8 Nakshathra Saraswatham Pushapanjaly     1235
9 Nakshathra Aikyamathyam Pushapanjaly     975
10 Nakshathra Ashtotharam Pushapanjaly     975
11 Nakshathra Bhagyasooktham Pushapanjaly     975
12 Nakshathra Moolamanthram Pushapanjaly     1235
13 Annadanam     21,600
14 Karkidakam Annadanam     28,800
15 Mandalam Annadanam     32,400
16 Nakshathra Guruthy Pushapanjaly     845
17 Nakshathra Guruthy     845
18 Valiya Guruthy 12 Paathram     28,000
19 Valiya Guruthy 7 Paathram     21,500
20 Valiya Guruthy 5 Paathram     19,500
21 Valiya Guruthy 3 Paathram     14,000
22 Nakshathra mrithyunjaya pushapanjally     1235

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Chottanikkara Temple Dress Code

For Men Dhoti and  Angavastram (no shirt)
For Women Sari, Churidar, Pavadai Chattai, Salwar Kameez

Devotees will not be allowed into the temple with Jeans, shorts, T-shirts, skirts, etc.

Approximate Time to wait for Darshan

In normal season it may take half an hour to 2 Hours. In festival season and during Ayyappa pandal season it takes 3 to 4 hours for Goddess Bhagavathy Devi Darshan.

How to Reach?

Ernakulam Railway station is around 18 Kms from Chottanikkara and the nearest Airport Kochi is around 35 Kms. Alleppy (Alappuzha) is 79 kms away from the temple.

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses will be available from all the nearest towns. Even private buses, cabs are available on hire.

Where to stay?

Temple Accommodation

At Chottanikkara, accommodation is available in Devasthan Board Sathram. Below are the available rooms and rates at Chottanikkara Devaswom Sathram!

Name Type of Rooms Rates
Narayana Mandiram Double Bed rooms – Non A/C Rs. 400
Narayana Mandiram Deluxe Rooms – Non A/C Rs. 800
Karthika Double Bed – A/C Rs.1100 + GST
Karthika 3 Bed – A/C Rs.2000 + GST
Karthika Dormitary – 10 Bed Rs. 1250 + GST
Amritha Accommodation (A Block) 3 Bed Rs. 650
Darsana Single Bed rooms Rs. 200
Sudarsana Single Bed rooms Rs. 200

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Private Accommodation

More than 15 hotels are available near Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple with one night stay cost starting from Rs. 600/- to Rs. 4000/-.


Is there any dress code for chottanikkara Temple?

Yes, Men should be in Dhoti with Angavastram (no upper clothing) and Women will be allowed with sarees, salwar kameez only. Pants, Jeans, shirts, T-shirts, skirts are not allowed.

Who built Chottanikkara Temple?

This 1500 year old temple built by Kannappan, who used to live in the dense forest along with his daughter.

Is jeans allowed in Chottanikkara Temple?

Persons with jeans, pants or skirts are not allowed in Chottanikkara Temple.

What is Guruthi Pooja in chottanikkara?

The Valiya guruthi puja is performed every day at 8:45 PM to 9 PM. The ritual involves chanting of divine verses and the offering of twelve pots of Guruthi (a mixture of lime and turmeric that turns the colour of blood) to the Goddess Devi accompanied by the sounds of drums .


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2 responses to “Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple – History, Timings, Puja Details”

  1. Am very happy and blessed after seeing with Amma information but I need cell phone number kindly help me with that for pramatham sake.


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