Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Mangala Devi Kannagi

Built in the traditional Kerala style, Mangala Devi at the height of 1337m
above the sea level is located on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu. Hidden amid the dense woods and lush greenery, the temple is closed rest of the year, except during the Chitra Pournami Festival. 

It is an ancient temple which was built 2000 years back by the King of ancient Tamilakam and was named as Kannagi Kottam or Mangaladevi Kananga Temple. 

In order to visit this temple, one has to get a special permit from the forest ranger or can visit during the festive season of Chitra Purnami, where visitors as well as locals in an around Kerala are welcomed for pujas and holy ceremonies.

History

Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple was built by Cheran Chenguttuvan, some 2000 years back in the traditional Kerala Style. It if from this temple the word Mangalore is anglicized. According to the legend, it is believed that distressed Kannagi had burnt down Madurai town as her husband Kovalan was wrongly accused and killed. 

Kannagi after burning down the town went to the Suruli hills and stood under the Vengai Tree and after that Kannagi went to heaven on pushpaka vimana. When the king came to know about the story of Kannagi, he built the temple dedicated to Kannagi and a stone as an idol, was brought from the Himalayas in the mark of the temple for construction. 

After the construction of the temple, an imposing shrine of Sri Mangaladevi stood on the hallowed place. Even today at this temple, various pujas and ceremonial rituals are performed by Brahmins on regular basis and during Navaratri, special pujas are organized for all the 9 days in the memory of the Goddess.

Architecture

Mangala Devi Temple is beautifully designed in Kerala style of architecture and thanks to the mind blogging craftsmanship. Use boulders and rocks were used to build the temple which boasts the rich and splendid carvings that on your visit, you will surely savor.

Religious Significance

Being an important ancient temple, it is believed that women who pray here will find prosperity and happiness in lives. 

It is also believed that maidens and young girls who performed Mangala Parvati Vrata are blessed with suitable match. The temple also acts as the wedding arena and couple’s who get married in this temples are blessed and their wishes are fulfilled.

Mangala Devi Facts

The temple is very famous for its grand celebration of Navaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi, where the idol of the deity is adorned with jewels, flowers and the 9 days puja is organized and celebrated with great pomp and joy. During the Navaratri Festival, huge gathering are seen near the temple for celebration and aratis.

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