Karthyayani Devi Temple, Cherthala

The main deity is Karthyayani Devi and the sub deity 'Dharma Sastha' who is Ayyappan is also having importance in this temple. Lord Shiva and Krishna is also worshipped here.Karthyayani Devi Temple, Cherthala is a famous Hindu temple located at Cherthala. Iratti and Thadi are the famous vazhipadu, Cherthala pooram is the second famous pooram in Kerala.Kalabham, in familywise, can be held on there, kalabham is a famous vazhipadu.

It is believed that the famous Indian Saint Vilwamangalam Swamiyar consecrated Devi in this temple. While he was going back after consecrating 'Padmanabha Swamy' at Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram.he saw Devi at this place and consecrated her in this place is the popular belief. The deity 'Cherthala Karthyayani Devi' is famous as 'Mangalya Dayini' in the sense she provides welfare and prosperity for her devotees and removes obstacles for the marriage of young girls.

Karthyayani Devi Temple, Cherthala

Cherthala Karthyayani Temple is one of the popular temples dedicated to the deity Karthyayani. The temple follows many rituals and customs to worship the deity. There are many festivals celebrated in the temple but the annual festival is known as Aarrattu and the Karthika Star is widely celebrated. Cherthala can be easily reached through the boats along the backwaters or one can hire private vehicles to get the chance of darshan (to get the scenic view of the deity). Devotees flock to the temple to worship the mother goddess Karthyayani.


Usually in other temples of Kerala, during the annual festival, 'Aarattu' is a ritual held once annually. At Chottanikara Devi Temple Aarattu is held every day during festival. At Cherthala Karthyayani Temple 'Aarattu' is held twice every day during the annual festival. Karthika Star day in the Malayalam month of Vrichikam is also well celebrated.

Address: Cherthala Rd, Kodathikavala,
Kerala 688524

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