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The Kadampuzha Devi temple at Kadampuzha in Malappuram district, Kerala, India that is dedicated to Goddess Parvati/Durga. and where there is no God’s idol or a specified Srikovil/sanctum, has close link with India’s great epic Mahabharata written by sage Vyasa. It was in this sanctified area the great hero of Mahabharata Arjuna learned the use of various astharas – something like missiles for which the user must chant certain mantras that would energize the weapons.
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The origin of this temple is associated with the epic Mahabharata. It during the the 5th year of exile (out of 14 year long exile away from their kingdom), the Pandava brothers were moving around from place to place. One of the five brothers Arjuna, the great archer and warrior was quite interested in gaining better knowledge about the Astharas. Driven by passion and keen desire, Arjuna realized that could be achieved only through Lord Shiva. To learn about Divya Astras, Arjuna moved over to the present place in Kerala and did penance on lord Shiva with dedication, trust and devotion. He was very particular about one powerful weapon called Pashupathastra, the divine astra of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was quite pleased with Arjuna’s devotion and, he along with his consort Goddess Parvati, wanted to test Arjuna’s commitment and patience. Disguised as Kirata King and wife, respectively, they approached Arjuna. At that point of time an Asura named Mukasura took the form of a wild boar and caused destruction and desolation of the forest thus, causing disturbance to Arjuna’s meditation..
Quite infuriated, Arjuna shot an arrow and killed Mukasura. Lord Shiva also shot at the Assura at the same time. An argument ensued as to whose arrow killed the demon. Shiva, in the guise of the Kirata king finally agreed with Arjuna to have an archery contest. In the fierce contest, Arjuna was defeated and became quite dismayed. Then he placed a big stone in front of him and prayed to Goddess Adi Parashakthi. The flowers he showered on the stone fell at the feet of Kirata and Kirati. He then realized that those were none other than Lord Shiva and Devi Parvathi who wanted to test his devotion and bhakti. Pleased with this, Lord Shiva granted him the arrow – Pashupathastra, as hedesired by Arjuna.
The Kadampuzha Devi Shetram is an holy one and highly sanctified. Further, the consecration here was done by the great saint Sri Sangaracharaya of Kaladi. He was born close to Thrissur and became an authority on Advaidtha philosophy.
Strict dress code needs to be followed to enter the temple premises. Men needs to wear dhoti and has to remove shirt before entering the main temple. Women with pants, etc are not allowed inside the temple premises. Almost daily Annadaanam (free meals) is provided to devotees during noon time. Devotees are advised
not to throw the left-over in the trash.