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Avanamcode Saraswathi Temple – Nedumbassery - Information - History - Aksharabhyasam

Avanamcode Saraswathi temple is located at Nedumbassery in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is one among the 108 Durga temples in Kerala. Although the main deity worshipped is Goddess Durga, the sankalpam is that of Goddess Saraswati Devi. The murti worshipped here is swayambhu – of divine origin. The temple is famous for Aksharabhyasam.

The murti of Goddess is like a Shivling. The murti is getting broader and taller. The original Vigraham has been covered by a Golakam (thin carved metal sheet). The utsava murti of the four-armed Devi holds a conch, a discus, an ear of rice, and a vessel. The poojas and utsavams are offered to Durga. At Brahma Muhurtham (early morning), Mother Goddess is resplendent as Goddess Saraswathi.

The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Bhadrakali, Sastha, Dakshinamurti Shiva, Ganapathi, Saptamatrikas and Veerabhadra Swamy.

The 8-day annual festival in the temple concludes with arattu on Uthram nakshatra day. Vijayadashami and Navratri are observed here in traditional way. Children are initiated into the world of letters on Vijayadasami day.

Children are initiated into the world of learning on all days of the year except on Mahanavami day, the day before Vijayadashami.

As per history, the temple belonged to Muthamana Bhattathiri.

Adi Shankaracharya was initiated into the world of learning at Avanamcode Saraswathi Temple.