ABOUT KADAMPUZHA TEMPLE
The origin of the Kadampuzha Temple is associated with the Mahabharatha. However, the temple was founded by Sree Shankaracharya, and the month he consecrated the Kadampuzha Temple, on Karthika in Virshchikam is considered the most auspicious day.
STORY BEHIND THE TEMPLE
Sree Shankaracharya, during his Deshadanam, came across this place while he was going to Chottanikkara Temple. After his Darshan at Mookambika Temple. When he reached the place now known as Kadampuzha, he found that he could not walk across. His way was blocked by a Divine Presence. Even with the superior Sight that could “See” or “Understand” Divine presences, he could not fathom it.
Very puzzled, he meditated to understand why he failed to know the Divine Presence. And within himself discovered that having attained the “Sarvaknanapeedhom”. His ego had somehow crept in to make him feel superior. His ego was being shunned by the Divine Presence, making him unable to fathom it. The Divine Saint immediately set about cleaning his mind. This made him as humble and pure-minded as an innocent child. He approached the Divine Presence again with the most devotion and supplication and immediately perceived what the presence was. Marveled at the Divine Presence of the Devi very strongly he decided that the place should be treated with reverence.
He discerned that the Divine power has sensation from the hole in the ground and took steps to consecrate the place as a temple and also constituted Lord Narasimha and Sudarshana Chakra in front of the Devi and also decided to place Dharmashasta and Nagakanyaka on either side of the temple. And he also conducted poojas that must be conducted at the temple and these stipulations are followed to date.
He discerned that the Divine power is emanating from the hole in the ground and took steps to consecrate the place as a temple and also constituted Lord Narasimha and Sudarshana Chakra in front of the Devi and also decided to place Dharmashasta and Nagakanyaka or either sides of the temple. He also stipulated the poojas and rituals that must be conducted at the temple and these stipulations are followed till date.
Devi is worshiped here in three forms. In the mornings she is worshiped as Vidya Durga (Saraswati) bestowing knowledge and excellence in career to all. In the afternoon she is worshiped as Vanadurga (Durga) in the Twaritha Devi form blessing the devotees with health, early marriage, and domestic harmony and in the evening as Aadi Durga (Mooladurga – Lakshmi) bestowing the devotees with wealth and overall prosperity.
Here, the self manifested Divine Presence, is worshiped as a presence only. Unlike other temples, Kadampuzha is unique in that there are no idols for the Devi.
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