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Sri Malayalappuzha Devi Temple

The temple has a small Namaskara Mandapa, a chuttambalam and a Balikkalpura inside the temple. The ancient inscriptions and beautiful carvings on the outer wall of the sanctum are worth seeing. The temple is believed to be more than 3,000 years old. The temple is medium-sized with a majestic gopuram on the eastern entrance. When you enter the temple complex, the temple exudes a peaceful environment in contrast to the fierce form of the main deity. The inner sanctum is rectangular with a mukhamandapam (entrance porch). The idol has been made using a technique called Kadu Sarkara Yogam. Several types of wood pieces, clay, Ayurvedic herbs, milk, ghee, jaggery, turmeric, sandalwood, camphor, gold, silver, sand and natural glue are used to make it. All the parts similar to the human body are included in it. At the time of the consecration of the image, the priests endow the figure with the power and energy by Tantric methods in a ritual called Prana Prathishta (life-giving ritual). There is a Sivalinga in the temple which is a swayambu (self manifested) and is believed to be growing in size. There is no shrine for this linga but a flowering Konna tree (Casia fistula) provides shade to it all year round. Just before entry to the sanctum, there is a small idol of Veera Bhadra and another peculiarity of the temple is the statue of Parvathi , on whose lap is the baby Ganapathi suckling her. Unlike other Bhagwathi temples, there is no practice (asked to be discontinued by the Goddess ) of drawing her figure using rice powder, turmeric, saffron etc but the usual singing of her story is done there without it. Another peculiar custom of the temple is that the procession carrying the deity turns left (ie clockwise) and because of this people called this Goddess Idathattil Bhagwathi( Bhagawathi of the left).

Location : Malayalappuzha Devi Temple Malayalappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kerala

Gods : Bhadra Kali Devi

Landmark : Thiruvananthapuram airport is the closest to Pathanamthitta. Tiruvalla is the closest railway station and from there Malayalappuzha is an hourís journey. Pathanamthitta is well connected to all major cities in Kerala.

Festivals :

Vinayaka Chathurthi, Navarathri, Sivarathri and other major festivals are celebrated in a grand manner. Tuesdays and Fridays are important days in all Devi temples. The heavy rush on those days can make you wait for darshan (viewing). The annual festival of Malayalapuzha Devi Temple starts on the day of the star Thiruvathira in Kumbham (February–March). Aarattu (dipping the deity in the temple tank or river) is performed on the eleventh day.

Offerings :

Offerings include Thoniyari Payasam (sweet rice), Ney Vilakku (lighting of ghee lamps), Nirapara (offering of rice, paddy and sugar to the brim of the measuring vessel called para). Ablutions are done with white ash, sandal, oil, milk, ghee and tender coconut water too.

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