Bhagavati (meaning goddess in Sanskrit) is the general way people refer to devis (female deities) in Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra states of India. It can be used to refer any of the Hindu goddesses like Durga, Kannaki, Parvati, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali. Temples of these goddesses are referred to as bhagavati temples. The most famous bhagavati temples in Kerala state are Attukal Temple, Chottanikkara Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Kadampuzha Devi Temple, Pisharikavu, Kavaserry Bhagavathi Temple and Mangottu Bhagavathi Temple.
Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple is located near Kolachal in the western coast of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. Many bhagavati temples are found in Goa, mainly worshiped in the form of Mahishasur Mardini by Goud Saraswat Brahmin and Daivadnya Brahmin communities.
Bhagavati temples in Goa:
- Bhagavati (Pernem)
- Bhagavati Haldonknarin (Khandola, Goa)
- Bhagavati Chimulakarin (Marcela, Goa)
- Bhagavati (Parse, Goa)
- Bhagawati Temple, Reotipur, Uttar Pradesh
Bhagavati temples can also be found in Maharashtra, for example Bhagavati Devi Sansthan Deosari, Taluk Umarkhed, District Yavatmal.
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