Mandaikadu Bhagavathi amman temple :

God and Godess :

Bhagavathi amman

Location :

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi amman temple,
Mandaikadu Main Road, Mandaikadu (Town),
Kanyakumari district-629702,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 4:00AM – 12:30PM
  • Evening 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Temple History :

Sri Bhagavathi Amman Temple is an important temple situated near to Nagercoil – colachel State highway in Mandaikadu.Mandaikadu is located 60 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram,100 km from Tirunelveli.23kms from Nagercoil, 5kms from Thingal Nagar and 4 km from Colachel. Bus facilities are available to Nagercoil from almost all parts of Tamilnadu. Devotees can reach Mandaikadu by road. Nearest railway stations are Eranial and Nagercoil. The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram.

This Temple was built in Kerala tradition in very simple style. Holy trees for this temple are Bo Tree and Neem. Pujas are performed four times daily. Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Temple is known as a Sabarimala for Women. The 15 feet tall anthill is the Bhagavathi Amman. Women visit the temple with the Irumudi (a bundle containing puja items for the Goddess) as men go to Sabarimala. His Holiness Sri Sankaracharya was performing Srichakra Puja with his Kerala disciples here. One day the Chakra did not turn back after the puja was over as usual.

The Acharya stayed here itself and attained Samadhi. It is on this spot where the Srichakra existed, the anthill began to grow. Children playing this side and hitting the anthill were injured. Marthanda Varma, the king of Kerala came to know of these developments and built a temple and performed pujas regularly. Gradually, the temple assumed significance among the devotees. This is the most famous temple all over Tamilnadu nowadays.Devotees offer silk cloths and Mangalsutra to the goddess. The handicapped offer limbs made of silver for cures. people also offer cradles in the temple for getting children. Crackers are fired to relief from the impact of evil looks and effects. Some use to have the food placed on the floor and eat it. This is known as Mansoru Eating.

Festivals :

  • Masi festival(Kodaivizha)
  • Valiya Padukkal
  • Odukku pooja
  • Ettam Kodai
  • Bharani Kodai

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thirupalliyezhuchi – 4:00AM
  • Nadaithirappu(opening) – 4:30AM
  • Abhishegam – 5:00AM
  • Morning pooja – 6:00AM
  • Noon pooja – 12:00PM
  • Nadai charththa (closing) – 1:00PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 6:30PM
  • Darshan – Rs 10
  • Marriage – Rs 200
  • Special darshan – Rs 50
  • Name ceremony – Rs 20
  • Tie up of wool – Rs 20
  • Earache ceremony – Rs 20
  • Food offerings – Rs 20
  • Thulabharam – Rs 30
  • Flower garland – Rs 30
  • Kuthiottam – Rs 30
  • Offering silk wool – Rs 10
  • Archanai – Rs 5
  • Mandaiyappam – Rs 4
  • Irumudi – Rs 10
  • Panner – Rs 2
  • Payasam – Rs 4
  • Muthappam – Rs 4

Nearest Temples Around Mandaikadu Bhagavathi amman temple :

  • Papanasam Papanatha swamy temple – 122 km
  • Kovil patti Poovanatha temple – 159 km
  • Tenkasi Kasi Viswanatha swamy temple – 145 km
  • Sankara kovil Sankara Narayana temple – 157 km
  • Kadayam Vilva Vananatha temple – 130 km
  • Tirunelveli Nellaiappar temple – 102 km
  • Kanyakumari Bhagavathi amman temple – 39 km
  • Suchindram Thanumalayam temple – 26 km
  • Thiruvatturu Aadi kesava perumal temple – 22 km
  • Nagarkoil Nagaraja temple – 21 km
  • (Kerala)Attukal Attukal Bhagavathi temple – 61 km
  • Trivendrum Anantapadmanabha swamy temple – 62 km
  • (Karikkom)Karikkonam Chamundi temple – 69 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Nagarkoil – 21 km
  • Thuckalay – 11 km
  • Melpuram – 27 km
  • Trivendrum – 62 km
  • Kanyakumari – 38 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Nagarkoil – 22 km
  • Kanyakumari – 38 km
  • Eraniel – 8 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore – 453 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 394 km

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