Bhagavati is a popular deity in the Indian states of Kerala, Goa and Konkan. It can be used to refer any of the Hindu goddesses like Durga, Kannaki, Parvati, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali. In Goa, Bhagavati generally refers to the Mahishasurmardini form of Shakti.
Bhagavati temples in Kerala
Shrines of these goddesses are referred to as Bhagavati Kshetram Kerala. 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, Lokanarkavu (Lokamalayar kavu) temple in Badagara, Calicut District, Kalayamvelli temple, near Badagara(Calicut District).
Bhagavati temples in Goa
Many Bhagavati temples are found in Goa, where the deity is mainly worshiped in the form of Mahishasur Mardini by Goud Saraswat Brahmin, Daivadnya Brahmin, Bhandari communities. Bhagavati is worshiped as one of the Panchayatana deity in most of the Goan temples. Shrines specially dedicated to Bhagavati are:
- Bhagavati (Pernem)
- Bhagavati Haldonknarin (Khandola, Goa)
- Bhagavati Chimulakarin (Marcela, Goa)
- Bhagavati (Parse, Goa)
Bhagavati in other parts of India
Bhagavati temples can also be found in Maharashtra, for example Bhagavati Devi Sansthan Deosari, Taluk Umarkhed, District Yavatmal, Bhagavati temple at Ratnagiri, Bhagawati Temple at Reotipur, Uttar Pradesh.
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