Does anybody know of Attukal Bhagavathi? She is believed as an avatara of Parvathi. Her temple is very near to the temple of Padmanabhaswami temple of Trivendram. Kerala people call her temple as "Sabarimala of women", for her devotees being ladies forming major portion. There are many stories on her. But, the famous one relates to the Mulluveettil family. She appeared before an old man of that family, as a small girl, seeking help to cross the river Killi. He not only helped but taken her to his home to give feest (Atithya) as he observed a divine charisma in her face. That night he dreamed of a place with three marks pointed out by her. He woke up early and with his enthusiasm he gone to the place he dreamed of. There, by a divine vision he built a temple for Attuka Bhagavathi. According to another story she is divinised form of Kannaki, the famous heroine of Chilapathikaram, written by Elenkovadikal, a Tamil poet. The story goes that after the destruction of ancient city of Madurai, Kannaki left the city and reached Kerala via Kanyakumari and on the way to Kodungalloor took a sojourn at Attukal.
Attukal pongal, also called Ponkala mahotsavam, is famous for the deity. It is conducted around february/march. Devis, devotees of the goddess Bhagavathi, prepare a sweet sacred food (charu), using earthen pots. They offer it with great devotion, at the time of which some exalted behaviors are common.
Actually I knew about her starting with a controversial matter. The temple/ board applied for copyright over the Photo of Attukal Bhagavathi with title "Sabarimala of women" and got approved for the same. Many devotees opposed it and comments went very far. Anyhow, these are few pics of her and her temple.