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Last Updated Tuesday April 25 2017 06:01 PM IST

When the goddess answered a devotee's prayer

Of the many temples dedicated to the mother goddess, the Paravur Mukambika Devi temple in North Ernakulam is famous for Vidyarambham (initiation into letters of the young) and has a unique story about its beginning.

Kochi is not far

Around you, wherever you look, you see a vast expanse of backwaters. Far away, in a distance, you see skyscrapers dotting the skyline. We are at Kadamakudi - one of the many backwater islands that dot the waterscapes.