Thiruvarkadu Bhagavathy Temple or Madai Kavu Eripuram

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Thiruvarkadu Bhagavathy Temple or Madai Kavu Eripuram

തിരുവർക്കാട് ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം

Thiruvarkadu Bhagavathy Temple or Madai Kavu Eripuram

Thiruvarkadu Bhagavathi Temple or Madai Kavu Eripuram, is the mother temple of all Bhadrakali shrines of North Kerala. The deity is the Fierce form of Bhadrakali. The Bhagavathy is addressed by tantrics in the vicinity as Tiruvarkkad Achchi due to this. The temple, situated in Madayi, Payangadi, hence prominently known as Madayikkavu.

Madayi Kavu is believed to be the oldest one built in Kerala. The origin of the temple is ancient, and the main deity worshiped here is Madayi Kavu Amma or Thiruvarkattu Bhagavathy in the form of Maha Kali. The temple, now under the administration of Devaswom Board, was originally under the control of the Kolathiri kings. ‘Madayikavu Amma’, Goddess who is known for her blessings on devotees is worshiped as Mother Kali and it is a belief that any devotee who worship this Goddess with faith will be free from the black magic’s and witchcraft of the enemies.

The origin of the temple is ancient, possibly preexisting Vedic times. The main deity worshiped here is Madayi Kavu Amma or Thiruvar Kadu Bhagavathy who is Bhagavathy in the form of Kali. The Bhagavathy is worshiped as the daughter of Shiva. Other deities are also present. The temple also contains a Shiva shrine. The Shiva shrine faces East, while the Mata Kali shrine faces towards the West. The Brahmin priests at the temple, known as Podavar Brahmins, belong to a particular sect associated with Kali worship, and are not barred from consumption of meat. A particular aspect of the temple is Kozhi Kalasham, which is the sacrifice of poultry for the goddess which is held in high regard. The temple was spared from destruction by Tipu Sultan (whose followers destroyed the nearby Vadukunnu Temple). The Madayi Kavu temple was saved from destruction by a Nair warrior, Vengayil Chathukutty Nayanar, who received the title of Nayanar from the temple authorities for his bravery (Sthanaperu).

തിരുവാർക്കാട് ‌ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം എന്ന് പറ‌യുന്നതിനേക്കാൾ മാടായിക്കാവ് എന്ന് പറ‌ഞ്ഞാലാണ് വടക്കൻ കേരളത്തിലെ ഭദ്രകാളി ക്ഷേത്രങ്ങളുടെ മാതൃക്ഷേത്രത്തെതിരിച്ചറിയാൻ കഴിയു. കേരളത്തിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ ര‌ണ്ട് ഭദ്രകാളി ക്ഷേത്രങ്ങളിൽ രണ്ടാമത്തെ ക്ഷേത്രമാണ് മാടായിക്കാവ് എന്ന് അറിയപ്പെടുന്ന തിരുവാർക്കാട് ‌ ക്ഷേത്രം. കൊടുങ്ങല്ലൂർ ക്ഷേത്രമാണ് ആദ്യ ഭദ്രകാളി ക്ഷേത്രം.ചിറക്കൽ രാജകുടുംബത്തിന്റെ പരദേവതയാണ് ഉഗ്രഭാവത്തിൽ മാടായിക്കാവിൽ കുടികൊള്ളുന്ന മാടായിക്കാവിലമ്മ. കണ്ണൂരിനടുത്തുള്ള പഴയങ്ങാടിയിലെ മാടായിലാണ് ഈ ക്ഷേത്രം സ്ഥിതി ചെയ്യുന്നത്.

Main Offerings: Akapooja


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