The presiding deity is vana durga known as "thanikkudathamma"
The very famous temple in thrissur district. Believed to be most powerful devi presiding here. The Presiding deity is Vana durga known as Thanikkudathamma. The Thanikkudam Bhagavathi Temple in the Thrissur district may look like any other temple in Kerala but there is a difference. The idol of the main deity is taken to a nearby pond on special occasions for a holy dip, called Aarattu in Kerala generally. However, things work the other way round in the Thanikkudam Bhagavathi temple. “The story is that the river that flows by the side of the temple overflows and makes it's way to the deity.” As the monsoon intensifies, the Thanikkudam River overflows and the water reaches the temple's sanctum sanctorum. Since the river embodies river ganga, and the day its waters completely submerge the idol within, it is considered the day for Aarattu. Devotees throng the temple to take a dip in this water, an act they believe will bring them prosperity. “Aaaraattu is held once in a year here. Devotees take a holy dip in the water along with the idol”
History says that once in chunakkathoor kavu temple there was iratta pradista. One is sree parvathi & the other our devi. A clash started between the bhramins (the priests of temple) and the nairs. Nairs took our "devi" and start travelling.The divine sword of our devi was not handed over to nair’s by the brahmins. Even today we can see that the oracles of thanikkudam temple won’t touch swords with their hand in any occassion. They reached a place called thiruvan kadu and made our "devi's" prathista under a thani maram. Thus got devi's name "thanikkudam bhagavathy". Temple surrounded three sides by river. On the foots of "maaree mala"."thiru aaraattu" is happening naturally, when the thanikkudam river which flows nearby overflows to the temple once in a year. It may happen more than one year rarely.
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14 km travel from thrissur. Easily accessible by road transport. Private buses are there to thanikkudam temple stop from "vadakke bus stand" thrissur in every 5 minutes. Kerala police academy is the nearest known place. Private bus fare almost 7 rupees.
There are the upa prathistas of "kshetra palaka", " bhramaraksassu"& "gurukkal" inside the temple, "nagangal", lord ayyappa" & "malikappuram devi" on outside. Temple will be opened from 5:00 am to 10:00 in the morning & 5:00pm to 8:00 pm in the evening. Usually the "velaa" of the thanikkudam temple occurs the day before vishu.