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Goddess Jaladurga - Information About Hindu Goddess Jaladurga

Goddess Jaladurga is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Legend has it that Mother Goddess got the name Jaladurga after she made water her abode. Mother Goddess appeared as Bhadrakali to annihilate demon Darigasura (Darika). The demon had got the boon that he will not be killed by men and gods.

Dharika believed he was invincible and created havoc on the world. The Gods took refuge at the feet of Shiva. Shiva then opened his third eye and Mother Goddess appeared as Bhadrakali. Bhadrakali, being a Goddess, was exempt from the boon granted by Brahma to Dharika that, neither man nor God could kill him.

Bhadrakali overpowered Dharika and to cool her anger (Roudra Bhavam) against demonic forces she made water her abode.

Temples of Goddess Jaladurga are found to be on the banks of ponds and rivers.

The most famous temple is Kuzhuppilly Kavu Jaladurga Temple at Perumbavoor near Kochi in Kerala. Here the murti of Mother Goddess is located inside a pond.

Another famous temple is the Chitrapura Durga Temple near Mangalore in Karnataka.

Temples dedicated to this form of Goddess Durga are found mainly in northern Kerala and southern Karnataka having border with Kerala.