Kariyam devi temple of Sri Karyam, Trivandrum
This temple of Goddess Durga is situated near the Sri Karyam junction in the Trivandrum city, the capital of Kerala state . Her devotees consider as SArvabheeshta Pradhayini . There is a story about the origin of this temple.
People believe that the Goddess came here from KOdungallore through a back water canal in a boat. Her security called Madan c also came along with her sitting on the top most crest of the boat. He is called Vallathala Madan and was given a position in the neighboring paddy field belonging to the Panchal family. Along with her Nagaraja(serpant god) also came in the boat and he was worshipped in Kariyathu Kavu and the Goddess was worshipped in Keezhe Karuam.
Another legend says that there was a devotee of Goddess Durga who had a ghouse at this place. It seems, one day he received three guests , one lady and two men, who wanted to stay in his house for one night. He was very hospitable and gave them sumptuous food. It seems that night all the three of them vanished and there was a great divine luster in his house.A mysterious voice informed him that his guests were Goddess Durga , Madan and Nagaraja and they wanted to stay at that place., The voice also ordered him to build a Ambatheeradi Elankam(A huge divie v building). It seems though he consecrated them, he was not able to build a temple as ordered, . The task of building a temple was completed by his family later. In the main temple Durga and Ganesa idols were installed. From the day the installation day used to be celebrated every three years for seven days. But due to quarrel in the family this festival was discontinued and the temple became dilapidated. Again after forty years the devotees consecrated Vana Durga, Shanthi Durga and Kali in that temple. In the eighties tHe temple was rebuilt again and regular festival in the Bharani star of the Khumbam month.
The temple is open from 5 Am to 9 AM and 5.30 PM to 7.30 PM