Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple, also referred to as Mangala Devi Temple, is a historic place positioned on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border at Thekkady within the Idukki district of Kerala. The temple is devoted to Kannagi, who was a legendary lady believed to be synonymous with energy and conviction. She is taken into account a goddess in lots of components of south India. She can also be thought-about as an incarnation of goddess Bhadrakali in Kerala. Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple and Attukal Devi temple in Kerala are additionally primarily based on the legend of Kannagi.
The temple is claimed to have been constructed greater than 2000 years in the past. The temple stands amidst the thick Periyar Tiger Reserve and is likely one of the distinctive temples in South India. It’s located 4,386 ft above sea degree. Folks go to the temple not solely to hunt blessings from the deity but additionally to expertise the wilderness of the environment.
Legend Behind The Temple
Each temple has a narrative to unfold. It’s stated that Kannagi burnt the entire metropolis of Madurai out of rage when her husband (a service provider)was falsely accused of theft and killed by king Nedunchezhiyan. Then, is believed that Kannagi walked for 14 days reached Kumily in Kerala the place now the temple is positioned and to heaven from there on Pushpaka Vimana, together with Kovalan, her husband. King Chera Chenguttavan, who was impressed by this story, constructed a temple for timeless love and dedication. As per the story, Chenguttavan introduced stones from the Himalayas to construct the temple. The story of Kannagi, later, was narrated to a Tamil poet Illango Adigar by the King. The poet later wrote as a guide ‘Silapathikaram'(the story of an Anklet) primarily based on the story of Kannaki and Kovalan.
The temple is inbuilt Pandyan architectural model. The partitions of the temple and the steps that result in the sanctum sanctorum are product of stones. The opposite idols which are worshipped right here aside from Kannaki embody Karuppuswamy, Lord Shiva Ganesha.
Mangala Devi Temple just isn’t open all year long. It’s open to the devotees throughout the Chitrapournami pageant which takes place in April-Might. Sooner or later in a 12 months. The pageant is organised by the Governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The Goddess is adorned with garlands and jewelry throughout the pageant, and monks come from each states to carry out rituals on the temple. Travelling to this place could be very adventurous and it is off-road. The gap from Kumily is 12 km (30 min). Reserving was additionally accessible to go to the temple at the moment. The journey to this place might be a brand new expertise that we are able to see two districts from the temple. And the nice expertise of travelling contained in the tiger reserves forest in a Jeep. The expertise inside a tiger reserves forest might be fantastic experiences. I’ll suggest travelling to this place in case you get the prospect.