Attukal Devi Temple Trivandrum Kerala

Attukal Devi Temple, also known as Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, is situated about 2 km to the south-east from Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. One of the ancient Devi Temples of South India, Attukal Temple is situated on the banks of the Killi River. The presiding deity is Goddess Bhagavathi who is one of the forms of Goddess Parvati. Devotees considered Goddess Parvathi Devi as Amma, Attukal Amma (Attukalamma), and also Kannaki. Popularly called as the “Sabarimala of Women”, the Attukkal Temple is renowned for its most important annual festival called Attukal Pongala Mahotsavam, celebrated on the Malayalam month of Makaram – Kumbham (February - March). Attukal Pongala festival, mainly confined to the women folk, reached Guinness Book of World Records, when 1.5 million women offered Pongala in 23rd February 1997. Attukal Pongala Festival 2015 is on 5th March, Thursday.

Attukal Temple Architecture

Attukal Bhagavathi Temple is notable for its architectural magnificence. The temple structure is a blend of both Kerala and Tamil styles of architecture. Attukal Devi Temple corridors are carved with numerous sculptures of Hindu Gods, Goddesses and the stories of Dasavataram (ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu). Also seen here are the depictions of Mahishasura Mardhini, Goddess Kali, Goddess Rajarajeswari and Sree Parvathi with Lord Paramasiva, and Lord Hanuman. The gopurams in the front are designed with beautiful icons from the story of Goddess Kannaki. The mythology of Dakshayaga, depicted in sculptures, is seen on the southern Gopura. Added attraction is the decorated gate at the entrance of the temple.

Attukal Devi Temple in Trivandrum Kerala

In the sanctum sanctorum, there are two idols of the Goddess. The main idol of Attukal Bhagavati is decked with gold ornaments and gems and another idol is installed by its side.

The temple also has separate shrines for Lord Shiva, Lord Ganapathi, Madan Thampuran, and Lord Nagaraja.

History of Attukal Devi Temple

According to mythology, Attukal Bhagavathy is the divinized form of Kannaki (Kannagi Amman) the famous personality of Chilappatikaram (also spelled Silapathikaram), a sangham work of Tamil Literature written by Ilamkovadikal. It is believed that after destructing the ancient city of Madurai, Kannaki left that city and reached Kerala via Kanyakumari. She took rest at Attukal when she was on her way to Kodungalloor. Thottampattu which is sung during the annual festival is based on the story of Kannaki (Kannagi). Attukal Devi Temple was build at the place where Kannaki took rest.

Read the Story of Attukal Amma Here

Attukal Temple Legend

Traditions say that Goddess Bhagavathi gave darshan to her ardent devotee of the Mulluveettil family, as a 12-year-old girl. She appeared in his dream and asked him to create an abode for her in the nearby ground at a spot marked by three lines. Accordingly, this temple was built at the spot.

Attukal Devi Temple Festivals


Attukal Pongala, Kuthiyottam, Thalappoli, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Aiswarya Pooia, Mandala Vratham, Pooja Vaypu (Saraswathy Pooja and Vidyarambham), Akhandanama Japam. Sivarathri, Karthika (Karthika Deepam), Nirayum Puthariyum (Ramayana Parayanam), Ayilya Pooja, and are other Hindu festivals and rituals celebrated at Attukal Devi Temple.

How to reach Attukal Devi Temple, Thiruvananthapuram

By Road / Bus Station

Trivandrum Central Bus Station at Thampannor is just 2 km away from Attukal Devi Temple. While Thiruvananthapuram City Bus Station is located at East Fort is just 1.5 km from the temple. 

By Train / Railway Station

Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station at Thampannor is the nearest railway station to reach Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

By Air / Airport

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, located at Valiyathura, is about 7 km from the temple.

Attukal Temple Contact Address / Location

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple
Manacaud PO
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 009
Kerala, India
Phone Numbers +91-471 - 2463130 (Office) 2456456 (Temple)
Fax +91-471 - 2456457

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