Cochin - Ernakulam - Chottanikkara Temple
Devi temple of Chottanikkara near Kochi in Kerala
is well known throughout this part of the country
for the healing powers, particularly relating to
mental illness and disorders. Although popularly
called as Raja Rajeshwari, she is known by various
names such as Badrakali,
Durga, Saraswathi and Amman.
Many stories are told about the origin of the temple. All of them appear to be relating to tribal deities as being practiced thousands of years ago. However, the devotees have such firm belief in this deity and she is 'Parashakthi' capable of protecting her devotees from any type of difficulty.
The local tradition mentions that the famous saint Vilvamangalam installed the idol of Bhadrakali in a place Kizhakavu having taken out the original idol from the bed of a tank. There is no authentic record or any inscription available about the various stories related about the place and the deity. Many stories are told by the devotees about the miracles performed by the goddess.
The temple of this goddess is located on the out-skirts of Kochi and local buses are run to the place very frequently. There are many good hotels in Kochi according to the needs of the tourist and pilgrims.