Chottanikara Makam Thozhal is an important festival celebrated at the famous Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala.
The ritual is celebrated during the annual temple festival which falls in the month of Kumbham (February – March). It is believed that the Goddess gave darshan on Magha nakshatra to Vilwamangalam Swamiyar in her full attire with glittering clothes and ornaments with four arms in Abhayam, Shank, Chakram and Varam mudras.
On this day the diety appears in full splendour and embellishment, adorned with jewels and ornaments. Prayers offered during the auspicious day are believed to get fulfilled.
Legend has it the Vilvumangala Swamiyar had a darsan of the goddess at the temple this time of the day (mithuna lagna on Makam) and so, the sighting of the goddess at this time is believed to bring prosperity into the lives of faithful.
And hence having a darsan on the Makam nakshatra in Kumbha masam is of great importance to devotees. In 2019, Chottanikara Makam Thozhal is on February 20.
Makom Darsanam of Chottanikara Amma between 2 pm and 8 pm is considered to be most effectual for Mangalyam (long married life) and for getting best marriage for girls.
Chottanikkara Bhagawati Temple is located near Ernakulam in Kerala.