Situated on the banks of River Nila (Bharatapuzha), Nhanghattiri Bhagavathi Temple is one of the 108 Durga Temples consecrated by Parasuram. It is also one of the most famous temples dedicated to the Goddess in Malabar.
Goddess Durga is the presiding deity. She is installed here in her peaceful avatar and showers blessings on her devotees. The idol faces west. The outer sanctum has shrines dedicated to Ganapathi, Subrahmaniyan and Ayyappan. Within the temple complex and outside the sanctum, there is a dedicated shrine to Darma Sastha facing west. A Hanuman idol is installed under a huge banyan tree outside the temple complex on the eastern side.
The temple festival is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Kumbam (February/March). Rohini in Kumbam is believed to be the day on which the idol was installed. The festival flag is hoisted in the evening of that day. The festival lasts eight days. The main offerings are muttarukkal (the temple priest will split coconuts open by hitting them on the ground. This ritual is performed to remove obstacles and difficulties), raktha pushpanjali (flowers and red sandal paste is offered to the goddess) and kadinapayam (extremely sweet kheer made with rice, jaggery and ghee).
How to reach
Nhanghattiri Bhagavathi temple is only about 2 kilometers from Pattambi, a major junction on the Guruvayoor – Palakkad route. You can hire a rikshaw from Pattambi bus stand and reach the temple in about 20 minutes or board a Pattambi – Guruvayoor bus and get off at Nhanghattiri. The temple is about 1 km from here. Take the road that goes in front of the Maharshi Vidyalaya.
The nearest railway station is Pattambi. The Anju Moorthi Temple at Thirumittacode is only about 1 km from the Nhanghattiri temple. Plan a visit to both temples.
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