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     Mangaladevi Temple


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          Mangaladevi Temple is a 1000-year-old temple inside the dense forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Made of huge pieces of graniteThe Mangala Devi temple is located in Idukki district which is about 15 km from Thekkady in Kerala. Temple is closer to Gudalur (Tamilnadu) and Kumuli (Kerala). The Temple sits at an altitude of about 1337m above the sea level and it is surrounded by lush greenery and is closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival. The complex of the temple is on the top of the Magaladevi Hills facing the Cumbam Valley of Tamilnadu and consists of four shrines of different sizes and orientation confined to a well-defined Prakara with a fairly large sized Gopuradwara.


          The temple is dedicated to the deity of Mangaladevi, who is also known as Kannaki. Even today, Kannaki remains as a symbol of the moral power that resides in an ordinary woman who is able to take on royalty because her cause is just.For centuries, Kannaki has remained a symbol of the great moral power that even an ordinary woman is capable of. Kannaki’s tale has been immortalized by the poet-prince Ilanko Adikal in the Tamil epic, Silapathikaram. Silapathikaram is one of the five epics of ancient Tamil Literature. The epic, which contains three chapters and a total of 5270 lines of poetry, revolves around Kannaki.


          Legend has it that Kannaki burnt the town of Madurai down with a curse when she came to know that the royal court had killed her husband Kovilan after wrongly accusing him of theft. It is also believed that Kannaki reached the Periyar forests after burning Madurai.


 

     Architecture

          The temple construction is in line with that of Pandyan architecture though there are no definite records of the time of its construction. The locals believe that it was the Chera king, Chenkuttuvan, who created the temple. The idol installation ceremony was believed to have been attended by many prominent personalities including the Lankan king, Gajabahu. Gajabahu also known as Gajabahuka Gamani (c.114 - 136 CE) was renowned for his religious benefactions and for his involvement in south Indian politics.


          Though now in a dilapidated condition, the boundary walls and the steps leading to the temple still have huge stones which stand in testimony to its earlier days of glory. When considering the location of the temple, one can imagine the enormity of the effort that would have been involved in bringing the huge stones and granite pieces up to the mountain.Four stone structures constitute the temple complex which houses other idols apart from that of Mangala Devi. There are sculptures carved on the stone walls. The first idol you see on entering the complex is that of KaruppaSwamy. On the left side, there is a dilapidated temple of Lord Shiva. There is also a sanctorum created for Lord Ganapathy.


          As the temple of Mangala Devi is in ruins, the idol that is worshipped during the temple festival on the day of Chithra Pournami is usually brought from Kambam. It is made of panchaloha (five metals).There had been an underground passage below the temple which, according to the local people, went all the way to the temple town of Mathura. Some believe that the secret pathway led to the famed Meenakshi temple while others say that it led to the palace of the Pandya king.


     Ambience

          Situated on the northern boundary of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the temple can be reached only by jeep. There is a 12-kilometer stretch to be covered through dense forests and high altitude grasslands to reach the temple. The surroundings of the temple are known for their pristine beauty. A wide variety of flora and fauna can be found in the area including the highly endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius). The Tahr is the state animal of the State of Tamil Nadu. The place is also known for the endemic orchid species, Habenaria periyarensis.The temple, on a hillock on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, offers a panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the small hill villages of Tamil Nadu. The view, from a distance, of the small villages scattered amongst the thick greenery is beautiful.





     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(156 km, 3 hours 41 mins )


   Directions :


1. Head west on International Terminal Road
           160 m

2. Take the 2nd right toward International Terminal Road
           280 m

3. Slight left onto International Terminal Road
           190 m

4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit
           150 m

5. Turn right onto Airport Rd Pass by Bharath Petroleum Outlet (on the left in 500 m)
           2.5 km

6. Turn right to stay on Airport Rd Pass by Kathi Ambalam (on the left in 1.5 km)
           2.2 km

7. Slight right at St George Jacobite Church onto Main Central Rd Pass by Indian Oil Pump (on the right in 4.0 km)
           8.6 km

8. Turn left at Hotel Galaxy onto Aluva - Munnar Rd Pass by Nangeli Hospital (on the left in 15.5 km)
           17.1 km

9. Turn left onto Kothamangalam Bypass Rd Pass by Imperial Castle (on the left in 1.7 km)
           1.8 km

10. Turn right at Malayinkeezhu Kozhipally Bypass Jct onto Kothamangalam Bypass Rd/Malayinkeezhu Kozhipally Bypass Rd
           1.2 km

11. Turn left onto Aluva - Munnar Rd/Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd Pass by HP Petrol Pump (on the left in 1.3 km)
           13.1 km

12. Turn right onto SH 44 Pass by Selection Hardwares (on the left in 10.2 km)
           12.6 km

13. Turn left to stay on SH 44
           7.0 km

14. Continue onto thaneermukkam Pass by C.S.I Hospital Chelachuvadu (on the left in 14.6 km)
           15.7 km

15. Slight right onto Alappuzha-Madurai Rd/SH 43
           850 m

16. Turn left onto Alappuzha-Madurai Rd/Idukki - Neriyamangalam Rd/SH 43 Pass by Ponnumpoojary Temple (on the left in 2.8 km)
           4.9 km

17. Turn right at Muthoot fin cop to stay on Alappuzha-Madurai Rd/Idukki - Neriyamangalam Rd/SH 43 Pass by homeopathic hospital and poison treatment centre (on the left)
           6.6 km

18. Turn left at Cheruthony Church onto Kumarakom - Cumbam Rd/Thodupuzha - Puliyanmala Rd Continue to follow Thodupuzha - Puliyanmala Rd Pass by IOC (on the left in 25.0 km)
           25.4 km

19. Turn right at Ashoka Kavala onto Kattappana - Erattayar Rd/Thodupuzha - Puliyanmala Rd
           3.7 km

20. Turn left at Nariyampara - Vallakkadavu Rd
           2.2 km

21. Turn left at Kadamakuzhi Road
           3.3 km

22. Continue straight onto Thekkady Rd
           1.6 km

23. Turn right to stay on Thekkady Rd
           2.4 km

24. Continue onto Anavilasam-Marykulam Road
           79 m

25. At State Bank of Travancore, continue onto SH 41
           10.6 km

26. Turn right onto munnar –kumily highway Pass by Hyundai (on the left)
           1.9 km

27. Turn left at Ganapathy Temple, Kumily onto Kollam - Theni Hwy/Kottayam Kumily Rd Pass by Kumily Post Office Pincode 685509 (on the right)
           11 m

28. Take the 1st right onto Thekkady By Pass Rd Pass by Public Toilet (on the right)
           290 m

29. Slight left onto Bypass Kannaki Tepmle Road
           260 m

30. Take the 1st right toward Kumuly - Kannaki Temple Road
           800 m

31. Continue straight onto Kumuly - Kannaki Temple Road
           5.0 km

32. Turn left Destination will be on the left
           4.0 km

33.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Kottayam Railway Station

 Road :

 From Kottayam Railway Station to spot(121 km, 3 hours 18 mins )


   Directions :



1. Head south-east on Railway Rd
           350 m

2. Take the 1st left toward Main Central Rd
           1.0 km

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Main Central Rd Pass by HSS Hospital (on the left)
           9.6 km

4. Turn right onto Ettumanoor - Erattupetta - Poonjar Rd Go through 1 roundabout Pass by Ettumanoor Town Juma Masjid (on the right)
           28.1 km

5. Turn left at Muttam Jct onto Erattupetta Muttom Rd
           500 m

6. Take the 1st right toward Erattupetta - Peerumedu Hwy
           210 m

7. Turn left at Panjayath Rd
           140 m

8. Turn left onto Erattupetta - Peerumedu Hwy
           23.4 km

9. Turn right at Pullikkanam - Elappara Road
           2.1 km

10. Turn right
           600 m

11. Turn left toward Vagamon- 4th Mile Rd
           600 m

12. Continue straight onto Vagamon- 4th Mile Rd
           4.0 km

13. Turn left
           230 m

14. Take the 1st right
           1.0 km

15. Take the 1st left
           300 m

16. Take the 1st right
           4.7 km

17. Turn left onto Hill Highway Rd Pass by St.George Church (on the right in 350 m)
           2.0 km

18. Slight right to stay on Hill Highway Rd
           2.2 km

19. Hill Highway Rd turns slightly left and becomes Kattappana - Kuttikkanam Rd Pass by phc alady (on the right in 2.5 km)
           5.7 km

20. Turn right onto Anavilasam-Marykulam Road Pass by St Mary's U P School (on the left)
           11.2 km

21. At State Bank of Travancore, continue onto SH 41
           10.6 km

22. Turn right onto munnar-kumily Pass by Hyundai (on the left)
           1.9 km

23. Turn left at Ganapathy Temple, Kumily onto Kollam - Theni Hwy/Kottayam Kumily Rd Pass by Kumily Post Office Pincode 685509 (on the right)
           11 m

24. Take the 1st right onto Thekkady By Pass Rd Pass by Public Toilet (on the right)
           290 m

25. Slight left onto Bypass Kannaki Tepmle Road
           260 m

26. Take the 1st right toward Kumuly - Kannaki Temple Road
           800 m

27. Continue straight onto Kumuly - Kannaki Temple Road
           5.0 km

28. Turn left Destination will be on the left
           4.0 km

29.Spot



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