Mangala Devi Kannagi temple

Devi (Amman) Temple

 

Overview

The Mangala Devi Kannagi temple is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is located about 7 km from Pazhiyankudi in Theni district and 15 km from Thekkadi of Idukki District, Kerala.Mangaladevi temple is situated inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve near Kumily in Kerala. Pilgrims are allowded to visit Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple only during Chitra Pournami festival in May. Cheran Chenguttuvan, the king of ancient Tamilakam, had erected the temple for Kannagi around 2000 years back at Vannathiparai and called it Kannagi Kottam or Mangaladevi Kannagi temple and performed regular pujas. Its sits at an altitude of about 1337m above the sea level. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival.At other times tourists can still view it by getting a special letter from the forest ranger. The view from the temple premises is spectacular and one can see part of eastern ghats and some villages from adjacent state of Tamil Nadu.
 
There is a mind boggling legend behind this divine temple of Mangaladevi. Kannagi, the devoted wife of Kovalan, took revenge against killing her innocent husband by accusing him as a thief. It is said that she burnt the whole Madurai city and later she reached the Suruli hills. From here she went to the heaven in Pushpaka Vimana along with Kovalan. Getting inspired from this story, Chera Chenguttuvan, the ancient Tamilakam King, erected this temple of Mangaladevi here. The story of Kannagi was narrated to the Tamil poet, Illango Adigal by Chenguttuvan and later Illango wrote the famous book 'Silappathikaram', the story of Kannagi and Kovalan.
 
The temple is famous for its Pandyan architecture. The boundary walls and the steps leading to the temple are made up of huge stones. The location of the temple on the top of the hill itself proves the effort taken to complete the structure there. Apart from Mangala Devi you can also sight some other idols there. Entering the complex you can see the idol of Karuppuswamy, on the left side there is Lord Shiva and you can also sight a sanctorum for Ganapathy too. You can also find an underground passage from this temple. Numerous stories revolve around this passage. According to the local people, the passage leads to the Madurai town and some says that the passage will take you to the Pandya Kingdom.
 
Like the other temples in Kerala, Mangaladevi temple is not opened all the year round. The devotees can only worship the Devi during the time of Chitrapournami festival which falls on the month of April/May. This festival which occurs on a full moon day is jointly organized by the Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments. The priest from both the states comes to perform rituals during the festival. As the temple is in the edge of ruins, the panchaloham idol used for the festival is bought from Kambam.
 
Goddess Mangala is decorated with flowers, silks and poojas are performed. Thali  and bangles of women is kept for pooja here. This festival is very auspicious for women and the women folk offer pongala to the Devi.
 
 
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Theni
Location
Periyar Project
Address
Mangala Devi Kannagi temple, Inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Pazhiyankudi, Theni district, Tamil Nadu.
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Perriyar Project
Nearest Railway Station
Madurai Jn (MDU)
Nearest Airport
Madurai Airport
IN
latitude : 9.834509850 longitude :78.093399050
Corporation : Madurai
GPS Code : VOMD
Open Year
1000-2000 years od
Dedicated To
Cheran Chenguttuvan,

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