Sarkara Devi Temple, Chirayinkeezhu, Thiruvanthapuram

In God’s own country, Kerala, Sarkara devi temple occupies the place of one among the prominent temples. It is located in the southern direction of Chirayinkeezhu Taluk, (towards the north –west direction in Thiruvanthapuram district). Attingal and Varkala are the closest towns. A distinct remnant is attached to this temple, which has Bhadrakali as the main deity.

The Sarkari Temple has been accorded a special status for several reasons and it became historically important after the inauguration of the popular festival Kaliyoot by the Travancore Sovereign, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma in the year 1748. The Sarkaradevi temple has some association with a temple situated in Avanavanchery Attingal which is known as Nakramcode Devi Temple.

Chirayinkeezhu Taluk was under the jurisdiction of the Attingal Swarupam. The Attingal Queens or Ranis were given the responsibility of conducting the well detailed Kaliyoot festival by the Raja of Travancore. The Attingal Rani was adopted from the royal family of Kolathunadu and in this way related to the royal family of Travancore. Since the period of Venad Kings, The Attingal Rani had remained independent in various aspects in comparison to other temples and regions in the neighborhoods and sometimes even above Venad.

King Marthanda Varma merged Attingal with Travancore and after assuming power Marthanda Varma wanted to exert power on the estate of Attingal. The ranis were given enough freedom in several aspects. Hence it is not surprising to know that Marthanda Varma wanted to entrust the task of conducting the Kaliyoot festival in the Sarkara Temple which lies in the Chirayinkeezhu division, to the Attingal Ranis. The expenses of the festival were borne by the Royal treasury of Travancore.

Address- Sarkaradevi temple, Chirayinkeezhu, Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala.

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