Onamkunnu Bhagavathy Temple
Onamkunnukavilamma, the treasure of power and wisdom situates in a small hill, which belongs to koothattukulam town, is a connecting centre of triple districts, Idukki, Ernakulam and Kottayam.Onamkunnukavilamma mean, the mother of goddess. Her temple is known as Onamkunnukavilamma Temple. This temple has to tell a long history of belief, rituals and tradition. People believe that she can solve all problems and miseries in life. Onamkunnukavilamma, the treasure of power and wisdom situates in a small hill, which belongs to koothattukulam town, is a connecting centre of triple districts, Idukki, Ernakulam and Kottayam. Onamkunnukavilamma mean, the mother of goddess. Her temple is known as â€œOnamkunnukavilamma Temple. This temple has to tell a long history of belief, rituals and tradition. People believe that she can solve all problems and miseries in life. This temple has to tell a story of 800 years. Once, the king Marthanda Varma defeated the Northern small state and handed over this temple to Ambakkattu Picnickers, who were the rulers of Koothattukulam. People believe that Sree Durga is the Upasana Moorthy of Ambakkattu Lords. In 1950, Ambakkattu family gave this land and temple to Sreekrishna Vilasam N.S.S. Karayogam. Sreekrishna Vilasam N.S.S Karayogam has been ruling this temple since 1950.
Prathishta & Subordinate Deities
Bhadrakali : Bhadrakali is a Hindu goddess popular in Southern India. She is one of the fierce forms of the Great Goddess (Devi) mentioned in the Devi Mahatmyam. Bhadrakali is the popular form of Devi worshipped in Kerala as Sri Bhadrakali and Kariam Kali Murti Devi. In Kerala she is seen as the auspicious and fortunate form of Kali who protects the good. It is believed that Bhadrakali was a local deity that was assimilated into the mainstream Hinduism, particularly into Shaiva mythology. She is represented with three eyes, and four, twelve or eighteen hands. She carries a number of weapons, with flames flowing from her head, and a small tusk protruding from her mouth. Her worship is also associated with the Tantric tradition of the Matrikas as well as the tradition of the ten Mahavidyas and falls under the broader umbrella of Shaktism.
Goddess Durga is the most popular incarnation of Devi and one of the main forms of the Goddess Shakti in the Hindu pantheon. Durga is the original manifested form of Mother Adi-Parashakti. She is Adi- Parashakti herself. The Devi Gita also known as Parvati Gita declares her to be the greatest Goddess. Thus, She is considered the supreme Goddess and primary deity in Shaktism, occupying a place similar to Lord Krishna in Vaishnavism. According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Parvati accounted the name 'Durga' after she killed the demon Durgamaasura. Goddess Parvati is considered to be the complete incarnation of Adi Parashakti or Goddess Durga, with all other Goddesses being her incarnations or manifestations. Whatever deity one is worshiping, ultimately, they are worshiping her. Adi Parashakti or Mahadevi, the Supreme power, is called Durga Shakti as per Devi-Mahatmya. Adi parashakti or Devi Durga is a Hindu concept of the Ultimate Shakti or Mahashakti, the ultimate power inherent in all Creation. According to Markandeya Purana, Durga, Parvati or Chandika, the original form of Adi Parashakti is Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati in her mild form; Goddess Kali and Goddess Chandi in her wrathful form. Adi parashakti or Devi Durga is a Hindu concept of the Ultimate Shakti or Mahashakti, the ultimate power inherent in all Creation. This is especially prevalent in the Shakta denomination within Hinduism, which worships the Goddess Devi in all Her manifestations.
Bhuvaneshwari is the fourth of the ten Mahavidya goddesses and an aspect of Devi or Durga as elements of the physical cosmos, in giving shape to the creation of the World". The word Bhuvane?wari is a compound of the words Bhuvana I?wari, meaning "lord of the worlds" where the worlds are the tri-bhuvana or three regions of bh?? (earth), bhuva? (atmosphere) and sva? (heavens).Parvati is Saguna R?pa of Goddess Bhuvaneswari.The Queen of the Universe. Bhuvaneshwari means the Queen or ruler of the Universe. She is the Divine Mother as the Queen of all the worlds. All the Universe is her body and all beings are ornaments on her infinite being. She carries all the worlds as a flowering of her own Self-nature. She is thus related to Sundari and to Rajarajeshwari, the supreme Lady of the Universe.
Dharmasasta or Dharmashasta, is a Hindu deity adorned all over India particularly in Kerala. Lord Dharmasasta is the son of Lord Siva and Mohini—the female transformation of Lord Vishnu depicted in the famous story of 'Palazhi Mathanam' in epics and puranas. He is addressed as Hariharasudhan, which means son of Hari (Vishnu) and Hara (Shiva).Dharmasasta is worshiped by people belonging to both Saiva and Vaishnava denominations. Social historians view the concept of 'sasta' as an attempt to remove the conflict between the two cults by amalgamating them. This godhead is widely adorned all over India and occupies the status of 'upadeva' or sub-deity in many temples.Dharmasasta is depicted on a horse. He seeks bliss in hunting in forests, desires drinking water in the mid-days, has three eyes and is surrounded by the bhutaganas. The god is named "Bhutanatha" meaning the commander of bhutas (all those who are created).
Dharmasasta has two wives, Purna and Pushkala, and a son Satyaka. He is the protector of dharma. The aim of dharma is perfection (Purna) and prosperity (Pushkalatva) which are achieved by dharma and wisdom. Adherence to dharma enables one to achieve truthfulness (Satya) that is Satyaka.Lord Ayyappan of Sabarimala of Kerala is a major abode of this deity.