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Iringole Kavu – Durga Temple Amidst Forest Near Perumbavoor

Iringole Kavu is an ancient temple located 2.5 kilometer
from Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala. This is one among the 108 Durga
temples in Kerala. The Kavu or grove is one among the biggest in Kerala and is
spread across 55 acres.

The murti worshipped in the temple is swayambhu murti in shila.
The murti was discovered when a part of the grove was being cleared. The sword
struck the shila and blood started oozing out.

The murti in the shrine faces east. Sheeveli is performed in
the temple. A female elephant alone has the right to participate in the
Sheeveli.

The main offering in the temple is jaggery.

The temple belonged to Nagasseri, Ottavazhiyam and
Pattasseri Manas.

Iringole Kavu Story

It is believed that the Goddess Shakti worshipped in the temple
is the female child that escaped from the hands of Kamsa when he tried to kill
it.

It has been believed for centuries that the chaitanyam or
power of Goddess is found in the plants, trees, creepers and climbers around
the temple.

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