Category: Bhagavathikunnu Temple

Bhagavathikunnu Temple

Sub Deity of Sree Devi Temple

Sub Deity

Sree Maladevan (Malanada)

Here Maladeva is consecrated and worshipped as Maladevatha. This shrine is situated in the eastern side, opposite of the main temple, facing west-wards. Important offerings
  1. Thampoola or Betel leaves :  It is an offering comprised of betel leaves, aracanut, chunam or quick lime, a coin etc.,
  2. Tender coconut
  3. Karutha Mundu
  4. Karuppu kacha (a kind of black rough cloth)
  5. Thrimadhuram:  Kadalippazham, sugar candy and honey are the main ingredients of this offering.
Sub Deity

Sree Maha Ganapathy

This shrine is situated in the Kannimoola at the south west of the main temple, facing eastwards.

Important offerings
  1. Ashtadravya Mahaganapathi Homam
  2. Ganapathi Homam
  3. Unniyappam (a kind of sweet cake)
  4. Modhakam (a sweet ball made of green gram and jaggery)
  5. Karukamaala [a garland made of a species of fodder grass, (a kind of grass used for rituals)]
  6. Mukkuttimaala (a sensitive medical plant which bears small yellow flowers). 
Sub Deity

Sree Brahmarakhshass

(The spirit of Brahmin who met with gruesome death)

The shrine is situated in the south-west of Ganapathi temple facing eastwards.

Important offerings
  1. Palpayasam (a sweet preparation with rice in milk)
  2. Kadalipazham (a species of plantain used in rituals).
Sub Deity

Nagaraja and Nagarani

Important offerings

  1. Sarppabali (a holy sacrifice dedicated to serpent)
  2. Aayillya Pooja [The Ninth lunar asterism, the forfeit of Leo (considered auspicious for serpent worship)]
  3. Noorum Paalum (a mixture of rice powder, turmeric powder and milk)
  4. Dhaara (uninterrupted flow of water on an idol)
  5. Sarppapooja (Serpent pooja)
Sub Deity

Yogeeswara (an assettic)

It is situated in the north-west of main temple facing eastwards.

Important offerings

  1. Ada (a kind of sweet rice cake with jaggery and coconut scrapes)
  2. Ripened banana
  3. Tender coconut
Sub Deity

Mother Yakshi

This shrine is situated in front of Yogeeswara temple facing eastwards.

Important offerings

  1. Varanivedyam (offering roasted rice powder)
  2. Tender coconut
  3. Karivala (black bangles)
  4. Payasam (sweet rice porridge)
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Bhagavathikunnu Temple History

Elanthoor, is temple hamlet lies in the lap of verdant hills and dales, about 9 kilometers away from, Pathanamthitta headquarters. Elanthoor is named after ‘Illangalude OOr’ (dwelling of Illumes). Here the spoken Malayalam has a tint of Sanskrit and Tamil.
Elanthoor Bhagavathikkunnu Devi Temple
It is believed that Sree Bhagavathikkunnu Devi Temple is 250 years old and it was taken over by Karas in 1998 and conducted a Devaprasnam. Accordingly the temple was renovated and re-installed. Brahmasree Kandaru Kandararu performed all the Pooja ceremonies according to Poojavidhi padickal and since this Devaprasnam that the devotees offer arunazhipayasam as the favourite offering of Devi. Sri Bhadra Kali, unlike all other Bhadra Kali Temple of Kerala, of Elanthoor Bhadra Kali Temple is enshrined in a benevolent pose of “Varadabhaya Mudra” facing’ Vethali’, Vethali is the vehicle of Bhadra Kali. Devi is depicted as having four hands holding ‘Kapalam’ (scull),’ vall’ (sword) and ‘Panapathram’ (goblet). The structure of the Sri Kovil is built in Krishnashila according to ‘Shadadhar’ Principle.

Elanthoor (Ellangalude Oor meaning dwelling of elloms) is a village in Pathanamthitta district in the state of Kerala. Sanskrit & Tamil influenced Malayalam is the spoken language of this famous ancient village and makes its name meaningful.

Most of the places which have ‘Oor’ in their names indicate some kind of description of the place.  Elanthoor – dwelling of Illoms.

Elanthoor was also included in Pattinamthitta District, during the time of Cheraman Peruma, under the Twelve Vazhunnavar’s ruling of Chengannoor 5000.

The stamp of royalty can still be felt due to the royal remnants inside and outside the Kottai and Pandalam even today. The Mount Kottathatti, the Pit of Nagas, the facade of mountains, stand as witness to the time when Pandavas took refuge in the village during their exile.

Thiru Aranmula Parthasarathy and Omalloor Rakthakanda Swami Temples stand as the boundary of the Elanthoor village. The great historical figure, the King of Pandalam’s Kalari and Chief of Army made alive this settlement.

One of the important and famous Goddess Abode in Thiruvitamkoor is the Bhagawati Kunnu Devi Temple. From the archaic Illom of North Malabar, at the time of Tippu Sultan’s Army, while taking the Kulabhara Devatayaya Devi (Goddess), Mullappalli Nambhoothiri disappeared after crossing many villages (Naranganam, Onthekkad, Punaikkad etc.) reached Ellanthoor.

With the help of the officials of Koikkal and the owner of Karikattu, Ummatti, the Mother Goddess was enshrined amidst the fields.

In those days, the Christians who were residing in Kazhiyundasseri used to provide the temple with cold-pressed sesame oil. Even today, they continue the ritual of providing the oil. It is said that the Devi Vilippurathamma stood as the protector for the passersby and the bullock carts that cross the dangerous route.

Today, all Hindus residing in Elanthoor West, Mannubhagam East, Valiya Pariaram, Ida pariyaram, Varyapuram have been given equal rights and claims by the Temple rulers. These people took the responsibility resurrecting and renovating the dilapidated temple. The Stone Statue of Lord Krishna, the sanctum sanctorum, obeisance courtyard, sub gods and goddesses, Ganapati, Yakshi, Rakhshas  Valyacchan, Naga Rajavu, mala nadaa have been redone beautifully. Sacrificial stone and flagpost have also been completed.

Thazhaman Madam Bhrahmashree Neelakandararu thantrikalude kaarmikatvathil  shadhadharapratishtayum pudiya chatura bahuvaya devi pratishtayum upadeva pratishtakalum , valyambalam, aanakottil, sadhyalayam,

Making of the boundary wall has also been started after the pratishtakaram.

The first flag hoisting ceremony was conducted on  24th February 1999 with much fanfare through the 10 day festivities. Padayani festival was also first celebrated then and continues to be celebrated every year on the day of Maheeram Star in themalayalam month of Kumbham.

The people of this land will remain humbled for the support from all corners of the world for the progress and upkeep of the temple.

May Devi shower her blessings, of good health and prosperity, on one and all!

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Names Birth Stars Related Trees

Birth Star Tree Common Name Botanical Name Medicinal Effect
Aswathi Kanjiram Poison nut Strychnos nux vomica Rheumatism, Gout,
Bharani Nelli Amla Embilica officionalis Body Maintaining,
Karthika Athi Fig Ficus racemosa Skin Disease, Lepr
Rohini Njaval Jamoon Syzygium jambolanum Skin Disease, Leprosy, Hemorrhage, Diabetes, Asthma, Haemopt
Makayiram Karingali Kadhira Acacia catechu Diabetes, Diarrhea, Liver, Blood, Teeth, Piles, Pimples, Glycosur
Thiruvathira Karimaram Agar Wood Aquilaria agallocha Blood Purification, Diarrhea, Cough,
Punartham Mula Bamboo Bambusa Urinary Related, To Check For Discharge Of Blood Or Mucus
Pooyam Arayal Peepal Ficus religiosa Skin Disease, Inflamatory, Sexual Disorders, Gastric Problems And More Than 50
Ayilyam Nakam Naga Champa Mesua ferrea Digestive Problems, Cancer, Ulcer, Antiseptic, Wound Healing,Inflammation, Stomach Ache
Makam Peral Banyan Ficus bengalensis Diarrhea, Dysentry, Skin Disease, Female Sterility, Leucorrhoea, Piles, Skin Moles, Pimples
Pooram Plash Flame of the forest Butea monosperma Worm Attack, Blood Purification, Sexual Dysfunction, Diab
Uthram Ithi Juvvi Ficus infectoria Skin Disease, Oedema, Ulcer, Inflamation
Atham Abazham Wild mango Spondias mangifera Rheumatism, Cholera, Earache, Night Fever, Ring Worm, Stomachache
Chithira Koovalam Bilva Aegle marmelos Rheumatism, Gout, Gastroinitial, Diabetes
Chothi Neermaruthu Arjun Terminalia arjuna Cholestrol, Blood Pressure, Angina Attack, Insomnia
Vishakam Vaiyyam Kaitha Elephant apple Limonium acidissimum Dysentery, Diarrhoea, Diabetes, Skin Disease, Nausea, Flatulence
Anizham Elanji Bakul Mimusops elengi Teeth Related, Menorrhagia, Cephallalgia, Fever, Headache
Thrikketa Vetti Pine Pinus Jaundice, Liver Disease
Moolam Ven Pine Black dammar Canarium strictum Asthmatic, Throat Problems, Diarrhoea, Rheumatism, As Emollient
Pooradam Vanji Sita Asoka Saraca indica Fever, Piles, Epilepsy, Venereal Disease, Stone In Bladder
Uthradam Pilavu Jack Artocarpus heterophyllus Cancer, Asthma, Skin Disease
Thiruvonam Erukku Milk weed Calotropis gigantia Rheumatism, Snake Bite, Fever, Ulcer, Asthma, Abortion, Skin Disorders
Avittam Vahni Shami Acacia ferruginea Itching, Leucoderma, Ulcer
Chathayam Kadampu Kadamba Anthocephalus cadaba Diabetes, Aphthae, Wound, Antimalarial
Pooruruttathi Thenmavu Neem Azardirachta indica Teeth Related, Styptic, Syphilitic Uro Rdama Gleet And 50 More
Uthrattathi Karimpana Mango Mangifera indica Rheumatism, Gonorrhea, Dysentery, Anthelminitic, Heart, Liver
Revathi Ilippa Ippe Madhuca indica Haemorrhoids, Fever, Snake Bite, Pneumonia, Tonsilitis, Itch, Emollient
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Temple festivals


Pallivetta (an item in a Temple Festival) ‘Pallivetta’ is a temple ritual.  It is performed on the 9th day of …


Aarattu (thiruvulsavam on 10th day) Sri Bhagavathikkunnu Devi ‘Aarattezhunnellippu’ (procession) starts on the 10th day around 3 p.m. from Sri …

Ponkala Festival

Ponkala (on the 6th day of celebration) This is a religious festival.  The name ‘Ponkala’ means “to boil over” and …

Padeni (Kolam Thullal)​

Padeni (Kolam Thullal) (Presented by –Sree Devi Padayani Sangam-Elanthoor East). ‘Padeni’ the favourite offering of Sri Bhagavathikkunnil Amma. Is performed …


This ten day festival is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February-March) in Makayiram (the fifth lunar asterism) with …

Mandala Pooja

It is celebrated on the 41 day in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam after Deeparadhana and Athazhapooja in the evening. …

Navarathri Celebration

It is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Kanni (the period when the sun stands on the sign of Virgo). …

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Birth Stars and its Related Trees

It is believed that, if the person recites hymn (mantra) of his Nakshathra, sitting under the concerned tree, all the problems in his life will be solved and gets good results.

Nakshatra Vanam

‘He who plants trees on the earth will never lose his place in the heaven’- from MAHASHIVAPURANAM. This statement upholds that the conservation of forest and its wealth is the prime motive. The concept of adoption of a plant is been derived from Indian cultural history. The Indian astrology is based on the concept of ‘Nakshatras’ (Constellations) and ‘Rashis’ (moon signs).  Our ancient saints were the ecologists and environmentalists of the bygone days. They realised the importance of plants and animals for human existence which led them to conserve them in the form of Gods. The Indian astrological system mentions 27 stars (Nakshatras). Each star is attributes with one tree and a presiding deity. There are all 27 stars present in a year and every individual has a star assigned to him/her depending on the date and time on which he/she is born. Each and every person born on earth will (have to) belong to any one of these 27 stars. . If you have the exact time of birth, it can easily be traced down by any astrologer. One of the foremost duties of an Indian is to protect his star plant and prevent himself from cutting down his star plant.


Each tree here keeps giving energy to that particular person born during that particular star. So any ailments or health problems are set right / healed / cured when you spend/ meditate near or under that particular tree, corresponding to their star. So the presence of the complete set of 27 trees directly creates a healthy and sound physical, mental, psychological and spiritual beings; which is the ultimate and absolute bliss to oneself and to the Earth too.

Names Birth Stars Related Trees

Each tree here keeps giving energy to that particular person born during that particular star.

Click on to see all Trees name

Birth Star Tree Planting

‘He who plants trees on the earth will never lose his place in the heaven’- from MAHASHIVAPURANAM.

Birth Star Tree Planting

See the photo of Birth Star Tree Planting
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Temple Chief Priest

Thazhaman Madom Rajeevaru
Thazhaman Madom Rajeevaru

Thazhaman Madom Rajeevaru is the priest of the temple. Narayana Potti was the former Head Priest of the temple. Kesavan Nampoothiri is the current Head Priest.


Karakkad Brahma Rakshas and Naga Devas are the moolasthanam. A special pooja is performed here in the Malayalam month of kanni and Aayilya Pooja in the Malayalam month of thulam.

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Temple Offerings

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Poojas Rate (IRS)
Ganapathi Homam 35.00
Astadravya Ganapathi Homam 500.00
Arunazhi Payasam 750.00
Raktha Puzhpanjali 50.00
Archana 10.00
Trimathuram 20.00
Pushpanjli 15.00
Payasam 35.00
Kadum Payasam 60.00
Pal Payasam 50.00
Bhagavathy Seva 100.00
Aravana Payasam 150.00
Thulabharam 50.00
Chorunu 50.00
Abhishekam 10.00 / 150.00
Sahasra Nama Pushpanjali 100.00
Udyasthamaya Pooja 1500.00
Thali Pooja 50.00
Thakkl Pooja 50.00
Anpoli 1000.00
Nirapara 70.00
Arippara 150.00
Rakshas Pooja 50.00
Bhagya Suktam 15.00
Shathu Samhararchana 15.00
Nagaraja Pooja ( Noorum Palum) 1500.00
Nagaraja Pooja 50.00
Vidagopalarchana 15.00
Sarawatha Mantrarchana 25.00
Chirappu ( Deeparadana) 2500.00
Mala Pooja & Charadu Pooja 5.00
Udayada Charth 5.00
Thiru Mukham Charth 150.00
Muzhukkappu 300.00
Pithru Pooja 25.00
Ayiwarya Pooja 50.00
Kudumbarchana ( One Day) 50.00
Devi Mahathmya Mantrarchana 50.00
Appam (Nazhiyari) 60.00
Adithya Namaskaram 25.00
Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pushpanjali 100.00
Bhagavathikunnu TempleFestivalsTemple Festivals

Navarathri Celebration

It is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Kanni (the period when the sun stands on the sign of Virgo). The nine day festival includes “Devi Bhagavatha Sapthaham”, special pooja performances, Deeparadhana in the evening, Bhajans, Discourses, and varied cultural programmes. Navarathri is a festival dedicated to the worship of Devi Durgga. The word Nava Rathri means nine nights in Sanskrit. During the nine days of Nava Rathri nine forms of Devi are worshipped. The tenth day is celeberated as Vijaya Deshami or Dessehra-the nine forms of Shakthi are Durgga, Kali, Amba, Annapoorna Devi, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalitha, Bhavani and Mookambika. Bhadrakali or ‘Good Kali’ is a Hindu Goddess popular in Southern India, in Devi Mahatmyam Bhadrakali is depicted as one of the fierce forms of the great Goddess (Devi). In Kerala Temples Bhadrakali is worshiped as Sri Bhadrakali and ‘Karimkali Moorthy Devi’. She is mostly represented three eyes, and four, twelve or eighteen hands. She carries a number of weapons (kapalam, sword and panapathram). She is also seen with flames flowing from her head small tusk protruding from her mouth. Kodungalloor Bhadra Kali temple is one of the most famous temple in Kerala dedicated Bhadrakali. It is believed that the versatile Sanskrit poet Kalidasa became what he was thanks to the Devini will of Bhadrakali. It is also believed that Vikramaditya and his brother Bhatti were ordent devotes of Bhadrakali whose blessing resulted in all the successes showered upon them. Many martial arts like Kalaripayat (a traditional martial arts forms and kalari are associated with Bhadra Kali). The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered as the sacred opportunities for the worship of the divine mother Durga. In Hindu mythology Navarathri represents the celebration of the Goddess Amba (Power). In South India Navarathri, the nine- night festival honors Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswathi. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu it is known as Navarathri and Bommla Koluvu in Andhra Pradesh. The date of Navarathri is from 25th September to 3rd October. Navarathri observed is Dasshera in Karnataka, where it is celebrated for ten days. The main event during Navarathri in South India is the display of dolls and idols-KOLU and the placing of kalash which represents Goddess. During Navarathri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of Universal Mother, commonly referred to as Durga. She is also referred to as Devi or Shakthi (Power). The nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Rudra, Chanda, Prachandha, Chandogra, Chandanayika, Chandapati, Chandaroopa, Durga and Saraswathi. It is with the help of this energy that God proceeds with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. Our worship of Shakthi reconfirms the energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed. The last three days of Navarathri, i.e., Durgashtami, Maha Navami and Vijaya Deshami are celebrated as Saraswathi Pooja and they are considered more sacred than other days for Devi worship. In Kerala, Saraswathi Puja and Ayudha Puja are performed. On the Durgashtami day a ceremony called “Poojavaipu” is performed in the evening. On the Vijaya Deshami day after Pooja in the morning, the books and implements are taken out from the pooja room and this ceremony is called “Poojayeduppu”. Vijaya Deshami day marks the beginning of learning and work. At this auspicious moment, the tots are for the first time, given instructions to write the first few alphabets on rice or sand. Thus they are ushered into the world of knowledge. This is called ‘ezhuthiniruthu’ or ‘vidyarambham’. Saraswathy Temple, also known as Dakshina Mookambika, in the Panachikkadu village of Kottayam district, Kerala, is significantly noted. Even though, many Saraswathy Temple perform pooja only during the Navarathri period. This Temple offers pooja throughout giving “darshan” to the devotees. The Mookambika Devi temple at Kolloor, Uduppi district in State of Karnataka, India, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Mookambika Devi. Here, Parvathy is worshiped as Parvati Devi. The establishment of the temple is attributed to Parameswara (Lord Siva) who has brown a chakra with his toe. On Durgashtamiday special poojas like suvani or suhasini pooja are performed at the Lord Aiyyappa Temple at Sabarimala. Devotees from far and near visit the Aiyyappa Temple on the auspicious day.
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Offerings of Presiding Deity

Arunazhi Payasam

It is a sweet porridge prepared with six nazhi (seer) raw rice, six nazhi ghee, six kilogram of jiggery, dried ginger, cardamom, raisings and six coconut as ingredients.



It is a special Pooja with kumkumam, kalabham are performed during temple festival seasons. Pooja is a prior ritual performed by Hindus to worship one or more deities. In Sanskrit the word “pooja” means “reverence” or adoration. The two main areas where pooja is performed in the home and temples to mark certain stages of life or some festivals like “Lakshmi Pooja and Durga Pooja”.


It is one of the favourite offerings of Devi. This payasam is prepared with twofold of all the items used in arunazhipayasam.


This includes ashtothara archana, sahsranama archana, sree sooktham archana, Devi mahatmyam archana etc., this archanas are performed with chanting the holly mantras.

Padeni Kolas

It is a kind of rustic humorous rivalry usually performed during festivals in Devi Temple. It is performed in connection with Thiruvulsavam as an offering to the deity. The devotees can dedicate this eight-day long festival as an offer. The festival is concluded on the eighth day with “Valiya Padeni”


Red flower like hibiscus, red nerium and exora are mainly used for this offering.


It is a special Pooja with kumkumam, kalabham are performed during temple festival seasons. Pooja is a prior ritual performed by Hindus to worship one or more deities. In Sanskrit the word “pooja” means “reverence” or adoration. The two main areas where pooja is performed in the home and temples to mark certain stages of life or some festivals like “Lakshmi Pooja and Durga Pooja”.


Different flowers are used for this offering. This archanas are performed with chanting the holly mantras too Different flowers are used for this offering. This archanas are performed with chanting the holly mantras too

May Devi shower her blessings, of good health and prosperity, on one and all!