Chettikulangara Kettukazhcha at Chettikulangara Devi Temple.
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Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is one of the most renowned Hindu temples in Kerala. Chettikulangara Devi is the supreme mother goddess, Shakthi Devi in Hinduism.
The temple has 13 “Karas”, or territories. Recently UNESCO collected details about the temple and its customs (Kuthiyottam, Kumbhabharani) in order to examine whether the temple is eligible for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Kettukazhcha is an offering of the people of Chettikulangara to their beloved deity known for her spontaneous blessings on true devotees as a mark of gratitude, devotion, unflinching faith, and for showering prosperity and protection to their lives. Kettukazhcha displays deftly sculpted and decorated forms of six temple cars known as ‘Kuthira’ (Horses), five Theru’ (Chariots ) and icons of Bhima and Hanuman. All the temple cars, chariots, and icons are incredibly gigantic in size and are many times larger than any other similar Kuthiras and Therus built during the festivities at other temples in the Central Travancore region.
On the move, these out-of-the-world sky-scrapping colourful decorations are electrifying and will create an unforgettable artistic impression in the union, especially during the night in the backdrop of illuminated lights. Chettikulangara Kettukazhcha heralds the architectural and aesthetic acumen of the ancient people of Chettikulangara, who could convert an improbable out-of-the-world concept to an enormous artistic reality, achieved through collective hardships and willpower.
Historians attribute the concept of ‘Kettukazhchas’ – similar to the architecture of the Buddha tradition in square, rectangular and pyramid shapes, to the remnants of the Buddha culture which was widely prevalent in the Central Travancore region a few centuries ago.
Many historians cite that the famous Chettikulangara Kettukazhcha in its present form is not more than 180 to 200 years old, and was started during the early part of the 19th century.