Manakkattu Bhadra Temple
Manakkattu Sree Bhadra Temple is a Hindu temple located in Chirakkadavu village near Ponkunnam in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala. Goddess Bhadrakali presides there in the form of manakkattuamma. Devi provides Sree (wealth/prosperity) and Bhadratha (security) to the devotees equally.The present structure is believed to be built in the early 19th century. According to the legend, once a saint lived in Chirakkadavu village and he belonged to the Thaingannoor family. He was mastered to control certain supernatural forces like Yakshis, Gandharvas and ghosts. He was often invited to distant regions to perform rituals to control them. He used to place these spirits in a Kanjiram tree (i.e. nux-vomica tree) or in an idol and consecrate them at appropriate spots. One day, a Yakshi who was installed in an idol begged to the saint to release her. She promised him that she wouldnt do any harm and will accompany him to his house.
Location : Ponkunnam - Mannamplavu Rd, Chirakkadavu, Kottayam Kerala 686520
Gods : Bhadrakali
Landmark : The temple is located 4 km from Ponkunnam and 10 km from Erumely, on Ponkunnam - Mannamplavu road
Mandala festival in December and Pongala in April are the noted festivals of the temple.Thiruvutsavam or annual festival is hosted in the Malayalam month of Dhanu (i.e. December).