Why How Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple Cures Mental Illness.


The three devis of Hinduism, from the philosophical perspective represent three aspects of Human nature.

The desire to act,the action part impelled by the results one anticipates and the wisdom and courage to act upon a course of action.

These three are represented by Saraswathi,Lakshmi and Durga.

Most of us not aware of the fact that Saraswathi is the One who initiates the procees of concept formation,forms words and makes one express clearly in a way that it is understood

While we take Lakshmi as only the Goddess of Wealth,we are not aware of the subtler aspect of Lakshmi.

We have Lakshmi Tantra for Self Realization.

Please read my article on this.

Even if one forms a concept for action,the human nature demands results,most of the time in terms of material comforts/wealth to impel him to act.

This is what Lakshmi does.

Then one should have the wisdom and courage to choose a course of action.

And this is in the Realm of Durga.

There are three levels of Speech.

The Concept,

The process fron Concept to Thought and

Expression of Thoughts.

These three are controlled by Gayatri,Savitri and Sarasvathi respectively.

When thoughts,concepts,the transformation process are disturbed ,we have mental disturbances,and Autism.

The Chitta,the highest level of Cognition ,when disturbed,results in mental illness.

To alleviate this,Saraswathi ,along with Savitri,Gayatri,is to be propitiated,along with Lakshmi to impel the corrective course and Durga to grant wisdom and courage.

There is one temple,where all the Three Devis are present in one Form,where the The Three Sukthas,Saraswathi,Sri and Durga sukthas,when chanted here along with Homa,cures one of Mental illness.

This is Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple,Kerala,India.

The Chottanikkara (correction of JyotiannakkaraDevi Temple (Malayalamചോറ്റാനിക്കര ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം) is a famous temple of mother goddess Shakthi devi or Rajarajeshwari known as Sree Bhagavathi. Maha lakshmi is supposed to be residing in Chottanikkara along with Lord Vishnu. ..

Chottanikkara Devi is worshipped at the temple, in three different forms: as Maha Saraswati (mother of knowledge) in the morning, draped in white; Maha Lakshmi (mother of wealth) at noon, draped in crimson; and as Sree Durga (mother of power) in the evening, decked in blue. Supreme lord Shiva, Ganesh & Lord Dharmasastha (Ayyappa) is also worshiped at the temple. People suffering from mental illnesses & commonly visit the temple, as Chottanikkara devi is thought to cure her devotees. One should not miss the ‘Guruthi Pooja’ in the ‘Keezhkkaavu’ temple at Chottanikkara. Goddess ‘keezhkkaavu devi’ is believed to be ‘Bhadrakali'(Mahakali), in her fierce form or ugra form. Bhadrakali, is a form of mother Kali, supposed to be born from the third eye of lord Shiva, to kill the demon king ‘Daruka’. Guruthi pooja is a ritual done at late evening to invoke goddess Mahakali. Earlier ‘Guruthi Pooja’ was done only on Fridays. But nowadays, it is performed every day. Mental diseases are believed to be totally cured by Keezhkkaavu Kali…

How to reach Chottanikkara.

Air: International Air Port is at Nedumbassery, near Aluva, about 22 km away from Ernakulam, Kochi.

Rail: The nearest railway station is Chottanikkara Road (KFE) which is close to the temple. But only a few trains stop at this station. The nearest station (main) is at Tripunithura railway station about 6.4 km; another nearby one is Ernakulam about 17 km away from Chottanikkara. The two railway stations in Kochi are Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town.

Road: KSRTC Central Bus station is near the Ernakulam Junction railway station. There are plenty of private buses available for travel from Ernakulam to other cities.

Temple Legend.

Another legend associated to the temple was that of the spiritual leader Shankaracharya(Adi Shankara). During the time where he lived, Adi Shankara realised that there wasn’t a single temple in Kerala that signified the worship of goddess Saraswati. As a result, he himself went to the Chamundi hills in Karnataka and meditated for many days for the goddess to appear before him. His meditation bore fruit and before him stood the stunningly beautiful goddess, clad in white. On enquiry, he said that he would like to bring the goddess to Kerala and establish a temple dedicated to her worship. This way the people from Kerala would not have to go such far off distances to worship her, as in the case for those who were old and aged. After a lot of persuasion, the goddess agreed; she would follow him by foot wherever he went, but only on one condition. If he trusts her, then he was not allowed to look back to see if she followed him or not. If he did, then wouldn’t go any further. He agrees and they proceed walking. They were walking down the Kodachadri hills, with Shankara leading the way and goddess’ anklets tinkling and letting him know that she was with him. After walking some distance, the tinkling stopped all of a sudden. Shankara waited a few moments and stole a quick look backwards to find the goddess still with him, watching him with reproach. In keeping with the condition, the goddess stopped right there. Shankara, however, was not one to give up. He apologized profusely for breaking the condition and repeatedly begged and pleaded with the goddess to go with him to Kerala. After many pleas, the goddess agrees to a compromise. From early hours of morning, she would come and appear before the devotees at the Chottanikkara temple. Then in the afternoon, she would return to the spot where she stopped. This is the spot which would turn out to be the Mookambika temple. Since then, before the doors of the main sanctum in Mookambika temple were opened, the sanctum doors of the Chottanikkara temple were opened during early morning hours in honour of worshipping goddess Saraswati, where the idol is clad in white garments.’

Reference and citation.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chottanikkara_Temple

http://www.morningkerala.com/ChottanikkaraBhagavathytemple.htmlhttp://www.morningkerala.com/ChottanikkaraBhagavathytemple.html

 

Temple timings.

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple Pooja Times

Opening of Nada (Nirmalya Darsan )
 4.00 a.m.(During Mandalam and Fridays – 3.30 a.m.)
Ethruthu pooja
 5.30 a.m.
Seeveli
 6.00 a.m
Guruthi Nivedyam at Kizhukkavu Temple
 7.30 a.m.
Pantheeradi Pooja
 7.45 p.m.
Uchapooja
 12.00 Noon
Uchaseeveli
 12.10 p.m.
Evening Nada Opening
 4.00 p.m.
Deeparadhana
 6.15 p.m.
Athazha pooja
 7.30 p.m.
Seeveli
 8.00 p.m.
Valia Guruthi at Kizhukkavu Temple
 8.45 p.m.
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2 thoughts on “Why How Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple Cures Mental Illness.

  1. Ramesh Kumar says:

    Thanks Ramanan !

    I read that when you chant the Durga sooktha with HIMA !

    IS THAT A TYPING MISTAKE, BUT THEN, WHAT IS HIMA !

    IF YOU CAN ENLIGHTEN ME ON THIS, I SHALL BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND

    REGRDS, RAMESH KUMAR

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