Kottayam is home to a Bhagawati temple that is associated with interesting legends.
Legend has it that
this temple was originally built to house a shrine to Subramanya. However, given the
occupation of the shrine by an image of Bhagawati, this town came to be known as
Kumaran-alla-oor, or Kumaranallur. The image of Skanda which was
originally meant for this shrine is enshrined in the Udayanapuram
temple near Vaikom.
Legend also has it
that in the famed Madurai Meenakshi
temple, the nosering of the deity was stolen and a priest was unjustly
accused of stealing the jewel. Fearful of unjust punishment, he fled from Madurai, and a
ray of light guided him through the jungles till he reached this temple in Kerala which
had originally been built for Kumara - Skanda. The ray
of light it turned out was Bhagawati who took abode in this temple.
The descendants of this runaway priest
are said to be the Madurai Namboodiris of this area. Elements of tamil (Dravidian) temple
architecture are seen in this temple.
The Kartikai festival
is celebrated here in the month of Kartikai.