Ambika protecting Kerala from 4 sides
According to the legends, Lord Parasurama created the land of Kerala spanning from Gokarna to Kanyakumari and divided it into 64 grama. He established 108 Sivalayas and 108 Durgalayas across the land from top to bottom for worship as well as protection of the people in this land. Some of these temples also had administrative significance in the past.
Out of the 108 durgalayas, 4 of them, on the 4 boundaries – East/West/North/South – are collectively called “Ambikalayas”. Incidentally, Goddess Ambika is seen here in her 4 different forms as Saraswati, Lakshmi, Parvati and Kali.
North – Mookambika – Saraswati
East – Hemambika – Lakshmi
South – Balambika – Parvati
West – Lokambika – Kali
These temples are still very famous temples in the respective locations and has numerous stories associated with it over time. Let’s us look at where these temples are: