Sri Karthyayani Devi Temple is located in Cherthala in the Alappuzha district in the state of Kerala. Sri Karthyayani Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. This temple is a historical and powerful temple in Kerala State. It is among 108 Devi temples in Kerala.
The idol of Sri Karthyayani Devi has only the head visible, we can see the holes from which hairs have been pulled out. So after abhisheka, the head part of the idol is mapped using a cloth. Flowers offered to goddesses are also covered with a cloth.
There are separate shrines for Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha and Lord Dharma Sastha on the premises. Here the goddess is famous as Mangalya Dayini she removes obstacles for the marriage of young girls. At this temple, Aarattu is held twice every day during the annual festival.
Karthik star day in the month of Malayalam month of Vrichikam is also well celebrated.
Cherthala Sri Karthyayani Devi Temple Timings:
Morning:5.30 AM to 11.30 AM
Evening:5.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Cherthala Sri Karthyayani Devi Temple Landmark:
The nearest bus stop is in Cherthala. The nearest railway station is Shertalai. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport.
Cherthala Sri Karthyayani Devi Temple Festivals:
Usually in other temples of Kerala, during the annual festival, Aarattu is a ritual held once annually festival. Karthika Star day in the Malayalam month of Vrichikam is also well celebrated.
Cherthala Sri Karthyayani Devi Temple Offerings
Archana, Rakta Pushpanjali(Flower offerings), Swayamvara Pushpanjali, Muzhukappu(adorning the deity with sandalwood paste), and so on for the Devi.
Cherthala Karthyayani Devi Temple Pooram Festival:
Cherthala Pooram starts virtually two days prior to the Kodiyettam or flag hoisting. On these two days, Thalappoli
(plates decorated with oil lamps and flowers) is carried by women and girls and offered to the Goddess. The Aarattu
ritual is held twice every day during the festival. The ritual is performed in seven different ponds unlike in other temples. The temple is beautifully decorated and special ritualistic prayers are held. Hundreds of devotees throng the temple premises during the festival days.
Cherthala Sri Karthyayani Devi Temple Address:
Sree Karthyayani Devi Temple
Near Cherthala Bus stand
Cherthala – 688524