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Meenkulathi Temple

Meenkulathikkavu is the oldest temple in Pallasena. Tradition has it that centuries ago three families belonging to the Veerasaiva Mannadiar clan worshipped the goddess Meenakshi as their deity. An acute drought in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) drove them to seek greener pastures. One of them took a stone from there along with their other possessions. Worshipping their stone as their friend, philosopher and guide, they trekked to several places before reaching Pallasena. Enchanted by the forests surrounding the villages they settled there and prospered in the diamond trade. Whenever they went on business, they offered their customary prayers to the family deity. An aged member of their clan went for his customary bath before leaving on a trip home. He left his valuables and a palm leaf umbrella in the care of two youths. When he came back, he was shocked when he could not lift the things he had left with the youths. An astrologer said that Meenakshi had manifested herself under the umbrella and that was why it could not be moved. Huge crowds came there to witness the miracle. The place came to be known as Kudamannu.

Location : Pazhayakavu Devaswom Pallassana. P.O., Palakkad (Dist) Pin: 678 505, Kerala.

Gods : Bhagavathy

Landmark : Distance between Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Amman Temple and Palakkad Bus Stand is 19 kms

Festivals :

The eight-day Masi festival includes Ottamthullal and Kathakali programs depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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