Mangala Devi Temple located about 15 kms from Thekkady is a popular destination In Idukki. The temple is situated at the top of a peak at an altitude of 1337 m above sea level.
Mangala Devi temple is dedicated to Godess Mangala. The temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of the peak and is more than 2000 years old. Built in the ancient Kerala style, the temple architecture amazes the pilgrims reaching here.
This ancient temple is located in the middle of the forest and the devotees have to reach through the forest. The journey through the dense forest, enjoying the lush greenery and fresh air makes the trip a lovely trek. Visitors can also enjoy a good time at the temple experiencing the spectacular sights of the eastern ghats and some villages of Tamil Nadu.
The temple only opens in the annual festival season, in the month of April-May. Visitors are only encouraged during this season with special permission from the Wildlife Warden,Thekkady. Hundreds of pilgrims from different of Kerala and Tamil Nadu visit the temple on the Chithra Pournami festival day.
Godess Mangala Devi, evolved from the epic character Kannaki of the classical Tamil text ‘Chilapadikaram’ written by Elankovadikal is worshipped as a form of ‘Shakthi’. The devotees strongly believe that worship of the Godess brings riches and delight. It is believed that those who conduct their marriage here will lead a happy life. ‘Mangala Parvathi Vratha’ is an important ceremony practised here by the ladies for a good married life.
Some archeologists believe that it was built by Pandians (an ancient dynasty who ruled south India until the 15th century) and some believe it was by Cholas (an even older South Indian dynasty).
Location : Mangaladevi Temple, Thekkady, Idukki, Kerala, India.
Gods : Godess Mangala
Landmark : landmark
Visitors and pilgrims are allowed inside only when the festival of this temple falls on the day of ‘Chithra pournami’ (full moon day on the month of Chithra). Large numbers of devotees visit the temple every year from both Kerala and Tamil Nadu and separate poojas (prayers) are conducted by the priests of both the states.