Bhagavatī (Devanagari: भगवती, IAST: Bhagavatī), is a word of Sanskrit origin, used in India as a polite form to address or as an honorific title for female deities in Hinduism.
The male equivalent of Bhagavatī is Bhagavān. The term "Bhagavati" can be used instead of Devi or Ishvari.
Bhagavati temples can also be found all over India, for example,
Bagavathi temple Sasihitlu Mangalore. Famous temple in Karnataka on the bank of Arabian sea. Guliga is the main Daiva here.
Shrines of these goddesses are referred to as Bhagavati Kshetram in Kerala. Some popular Bhagavati temples in Kerala are,
- Attukal Temple
- Kalluvettu Kuzhikkal Bhagavati Kshetram at Karaparamba, Calicut
- Chottanikkara Temple
- Chettikulangara Devi Temple
- Madayi Kavu
- Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
- Paramekkavu Bhagavathi Temple, Thrissur
- Sankarankulangara Bhagavathi Temple, Thrissur
- Olarikkara Bhagavathi Temple, Thrissur
- Peroor Kavu Bhagavathi
- Kadampuzha Devi Temple
- Kavaserry Bhagavathi Temple
- Mangottu Bhagavathi Temple
- Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple in Kolachal, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu.
- Lokanarkavu (Lokamalayar kavu) temple in Vatakara, Kozhikode District.
- Kalayamvelli temple, Kozhikode District.
- Shree Sasihithulu Bhagavathee Temple, Haleyangadi, Karnataka.
Many Bhagavati temples are found in Goa, where the deity is mainly worshiped in the form of Mahishasuramardini by the Goud Saraswat Brahmin, Daivadnya Brahmin, Bhandari communities. Bhagavati is also 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 (Mulgao, Goa)
- ^ Friedhelm Hardy (1990), The World's Religions: The Religions of Asia, Routledge, ISBN 978-0415058155, page 84
- ^ Sarah Caldwell (1998), Bhagavati, in Devi: Goddesses of India (Editors: John Stratton Hawley, Donna Marie Wulff), Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120814912, pages 195-198
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