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Cheruvally Devi Temple Near Chirakkadavu – Ponkunnam In Kottayam - Festival

Cheruvally Devi temple is located at Cheruvally village, around 7 km from Ponkunnam, in Chirakkadavu, Kottayam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The Goddess worshipped here is the Paradevata of Thekkumkoor. The temple is famous for a unique pratishta known as Judgiammavan.

The murti of the Devi worshipped in the temple is 4 feet and is carved in wood. The darshanam of Cheruvally devi is towards east.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Vishnu, Shiva, Ganapathy, Subrahmanya, Sastha, Yakshi, Kodunkali, Veerabhadra, Rakshas and Durga.

Judgi Ammavan is an Upa Devata in the temple. It is believed that this is the arukola of Govinda Pillai who was a judge in Sadar court. A belief is that the judge happened to kill a relative. He accepted the crime and got capital punishment. A unique ritual and offering known as Vellam kudi vazhipadu is performed for Judgiammavan. This is performed to win court cases.

The 9-day annual festival in the temple begins on Rohini nakshatra and ends on Uthram nakshatram  in Meenam month with arattu.

The temple was under the control of Naduvazhi Karthas. When Thekkumkoor kingdom merged in Thiruvithamcore, the temple came under the control of Travancore.