Pattazhy Durga Bhagawathi temple (Kottarakkara)
Pattazhy is a small village in O Pathanapuram Taluq near KOttarakkara , The very famous Pattazhy Devi temple is located there,There are few stories about that temple . It seems there was an Asura called Daruka who was troubling all the three worlds . All the devas requested Lord Shiva to help them. Then fire came out pf his eyes and from that fire A very black and ferocious Kali arose. And fought with Daruka for twenty days and killed him. She had become so ferocious that several tricks were tried to pacify her. Sage Narada drew a picyutre of Kali using several colour powders and this pacified her. This procedure is called Kalamezhuthu .Lord Shiva asked her to go and live in any sacred temple of her choice. Kali came to this world and decided to stay in Pattazhi.,
There is one more story. The still angry Kali ran towards Pattazhy . The nine planets were scared and followed her in the form of children. Seeing those children Kali got pity and when she decided to live in Pattazhy, she decided to give a place from there. But these are only spiritually present there and there are no idols for them in that temple.
There is a story about how the temple was built there, .Once the head of the Kadiyam thuruthiyil Keezhe Veedu a noble family in those parts , One day when he was walking in their fields, he saw a very pretty lady apparition wearing white cloths..When he went near the lady , that form disappeared. That noble man did not get scared but devotion came to his mind. Suddenly a well appeared before him..A stone slanb had closed the half part of the well, and over that the well was closed with a red silk cloth(Pattu in Malayalam) .When he saw in side the well through the silk cloth, he found waves , IN consultations with great [people and astrologers he decided to build a temple for the goddess there.Since the well used to becalled Azhi and it was covered by silk(Pattu), that temple was called Pattazhi, Seeing the very powerful presence of Goddess there , they made a plank of jack wood tree and covered it with silver and that was consecrated in the temple. Though these indicate that it is an ancient temple , it appears to be only one thousand years old. There are several copper plate records about this temple which are kept inside the temple., The family of the person who gave the land and the Namboodiri family who formalized the worship procedures have a right in administration of the temple, apart from that there are elected representatives of Two Karas(Nair villages) had also a role in the administration. After a long time a Man with divine strength and power arose from these Karais.He was very powerful and took over the administration of the temple on himself. Various stories of this great Kambithan are prevalent in Pattazhi and Kottarakkara.. It was this time the great Marthanda Verma was fighting with kings of the northern sides to expand his kingdom. He had lot of problems in the fight with the Kayamkulam king. At that time Kambithan advised Marthanda verma to make offerings to Pattazhi Amma and start the war. Marthandaverma was able to win over Kayamkulam.After the death of Marthanda verma his son is supposed gave a huge area of land to the temple,Kambithan received the land on behalf of the temple,. THirumala Naikan the king who was ruling the Pandya country wanted to present two gold anklets to the goddess and announced that it would be handed over only to the representative of the gOddess. When Kambithan reached there he refused to give the anklets., ,It seems he had a severe small pox attack and after entrusting the ornament to Kambithan he got cured. One queen from Kottarakkara has presented the temple with golden hairs. This is invaluable and is taken out and worn to the Goddess only once in a year.The prayer room of Kamithan , has an idol of the Goddess and is now sub temple of the main temple
The Pattazhy Durga Bhagwathy faces the north..There is a temple tank which is considered very sacred by the devotees.. there are also many small temples for different gods in the temple compound..tHe temple compound also has Samadhis of two Kambithans who played a major role in the history of the temple..When you see in the sanctum , you can only see, two hairs of the BHagwathy on a wooden plank. tHis wooden plank is kept over a well. But for this there is no idol there..There is a practice of going nine times round the sanctum with the belief that the nine planets would get pleased by that.
The first of every month, Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays are important days for the temple.oN the Ayilyam day of the Month of Kanni there is a special worship to The Naga Raja,On Maha Navami day the Goddess is made to wear a golden apparel and is taken out of the temple.The Kalamezhuthu, songs and festival(Called Chirappu in these parts) start from the first of Vruschigam and extends up to the eleventh day of Dhanu., The powder from the Kalam is distributed as Prasada during these days and it is believed that it has medicinal properties,On the last Sunday of the Makara month , the ladies assemble in the temple and prepare Pongala. The five day festival of the temple starts on the Thiruvadira day of Kumbha masam(which is the birthday of the Goddess, There is also a festival of Malakkuda when the eighteen mountains around the temple are worshipped on the fourth day of the festival,A hill called Puli Kunnu is worshipped as a representative of all the 18 hills. Lot of tribal people participate in this festival.,On the fifth day of the festival there is a war between the Goddess and Darukan,The Shivarathri day and the the THiruvadira of Meena month which happens to be the birth star of Kambithan are also celebrated. The festival is known for Kambam (fire works), Aalpindi Vilakku Ezhunnallathu (Procession of small structure made out of plantain kernel and germinating leaves of coconut tree with numerous lamps on it), Ponnin Thirumudi (Devi's idol carved out of pure gold and rare precious stones) Ezhunnallathu
The temple can be contacted at
Pattazhy Devi Kshethram,
Phone:0475 2398421, 0475 2399421
Phone:0475 2398421, 0475 2399421