Vadakkanthara Thirupuraikal bhagavathy temple :

God and Godess :

Bhagavathy — Kannaki (Kannagi)

Location :

Vadakkanthara Thirupuraikal Bhagavathi Temple
Thirupuraikkal Bhagavathy temple, Vadakkantara, Palakkad city,
Palakkad district – 678012
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning 04:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Evening 04:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Temple History :

Vadakkanthara Thirupuraikal Bhagavathy Temple is in Vadakkanthara, Palakkad and is dedicated to Goddess Shakthi, the powerful goddess representing feminine power. This is the most ancient temple built centuries ago.It is believed that goddess is Kannaki (Kannagi) who came to Palakkad after burning Madurai. Her people called Moothans, a merchant community combining Tamil and Malayalam culture, accompanied Goddess Kannaki and settled at Nadupathi Mannam. Thirupuraikal Bhagavathy Temple was demolished and ransacked by Tipu Sultan, the son of Hyder Ali when he was controlling Palakkad Fort. Fearing for the safety of the goddess’s idol, the devotees carried her away from here. The only temple where Kannaki’s full idol is still worshiped is at Kannaki Amman Temple, Moothanthara. This holy place is also known as Vadakkanthara Kavu/Vadakkanthara Thirupuraikkal Temple.

History: Goddess Kannaki Amman Temple, Moothanthara is connected to the story of Kannagi, the chaste heroine of the famous Tamil epic, ‘Silappadikaram’. Her husband Kovalan was accused of theft and wrongly sentenced to death by the king of Madurai. Kannagi came to his court and asked for justice. The king, realizing his mistake and died instantly. Kannagi burnt the city of Madurai in a fit of revenge against the injustice meted to her husband. She left the Madurai area and settled down in Palakkad in Kodsungaloore where she is worshiped as a Pathini (chaste and honorable wife) goddess. However, on her way to Kodsungaloore (Kodungallore), she rested under a fig tree at Vadakkanthara, Palakkad and at this spot an idol was formed. Since no roof was built over the goddess, she was called Thiru Purakkal Bhagawathy. Even in the rainy season when there is a heavy downpour and gusty winds, the oil lamps burning in front of the goddess are not extinguished. This shows the power of Goddess here.

There is another story that Lord Shiva created Kannagi along with Kannu Kottu Bhagawathy and Kannadathu Bhagawathy to kill Dharuka. After killing Dharuka, Kannagi was born as a human being, who burnt the city of Madurai. She came to Kerala accompanied by her two sisters. A king called Kesari Verma built a temple for the three of them. Locals say that later the Kannadathu and Kannu Kottu Bhagwati’s settled in a place called Pirayari. The temple for Kannu Kottu Bhagawathi is still there. A temple was later built near Thirunallai village of Palakkad for Kannadathu Bhagawathy. Only Kannagi remained in a place called ‘Nadu Pathi Mandil’. When a Padayottam (war/ encounter of armies) took place in Palakkad, the Kannaki Amman Temple, Moothanthara was shifted to Vadakkanthara. Another story says that the image of Kannagi was brought to Kerala by a community of merchants called Moothaan from Tamil Nadu when the Pandya king wanted to marry Kannagi. The Moothaans worship Kannagi and have built a temple for her in a place called Moothan Tharai, in Palakkad itself. The goddess is worshiped at Vadakkanthara under a tree close to Sri Vishnu Temple and other objects belonging to her are worshiped in other temples of Palakkad.

Festivals :

  • Makara Sankranti
  • Thiruvathira
  • Pradosham
  • Chaturthi Vrutham
  • Shasti
  • Navaratri

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Nirmala – Rs 2750
  • Deepasthampa(Big) – Rs 1500
  • Oru divasathe pooja – Rs 4500
  • Aalila vilakku – Rs 1200
  • Pushanjali – Rs 10
  • NeiVilakku – Rs 10
  • Kathina – Rs 10
  • Saraswatha Pushpanjali – Rs 10
  • Pushanjali – Rs 10
  • astothathara archana – Rs 25
  • EnnaVilakku – Rs 5
  • Mala – Rs 5
  • Palpayasam – Rs 30
  • Koottupayasam – Rs 50
  • Rakthapushpanjali – Rs 80
  • Trumadhuram – Rs 20
  • Trikala Pooja – Rs 225
  • VellaNivedyam – Rs 25
  • MalarNivedyam – Rs 15
  • Choroon – Rs 100
  • Bhagavathseva – Rs 75
  • Dheepaspandham – Rs 400
  • Dheepsthampam(SMALL) – Rs 800
  • Kettunira – Rs 10
  • Thullabaram – Rs 200
  • VahanaPooja – Rs 150
  • Saraswatha Pushpanjali – Rs 10
  • Sahasranamarchana – Rs 50
  • AikamathyaPushpanjali – Rs 10
  • Bhagyasookathapushpanjali – Rs 10
  • Ganapathihomam – Rs 50
  • Swayamvara Pushpanjali – Rs 10
  • Purushasooktham Pushpanjali – Rs 70
  • Ayursooktham Pushpanjali – Rs 70
  • Sree Sooktham Pushpanjali – Rs 70
  • Mandalavilakku – Rs 400
  • Special Raktapushpanjali – Rs 125
  • Navakabhishekam – Rs 100
  • Mahanavagam – Rs 250
  • Mumbagavilakku – Rs 700
  • Laksharchana – Rs 160
  • Kondamala – Rs 35
  • Special Trumadhuram – Rs 100
  • Swayamvararchana – Rs 25
  • Saraswatham Archana – Rs 25
  • Bhagyasooktarchana – Rs 25
  • Aikyamatyasookta Archana – Rs 25
  • Special [ayasam – Rs 75
  • Mrutyunjaya pushpanjali – Rs 70
  • Devi sooktam – Rs 70
  • Swasthi sooktam – Rs 70
  • Vivaha sooktam – Rs 70
  • Yakshahanana sooktam – Rs 70
  • Pitru sooktam – Rs 70
  • Gosooktam – Rs 70
  • KArukamala – Rs 25
  • Otappam – Rs 65
  • Chuttuvilakku – Rs 500
  • Chandanam charthu – Rs 600

Nearest Temples Around Vadakkantara Thirupuraikal bhagavathi temple :

  • Haripad – Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja
  • Noornad – Padanilam parabrahma temple
  • Haripad – Subrahmanya swamy
  • Kanichukulangara – Kanichukulangara devi
  • Thuravoor – Thuravoor mahakshetram
  • Varanad(Cherthala) – Varanad devi temple
  • Thangassery – Ammachiveedu moorthy temple
  • Kalady – Sri Krishna temple
  • Aluva/Manappuram – Aluva mahadeva temple
  • Chottanikkara – Chottanikkara bhagavathy temple
  • Anicad(Muvattupuzha) – Thiruvumplavi mahadeva temple
  • paravur – Mookambika temple
  • Adityapuram – Surya deva temple
  • Chirakkadavu – Sri mahadeva temple
  • Ethumanoor – Mahadevar temple
  • Kumaranalloor – Kumaranalloor devi temple
  • Malliyoor – Malliyoor sri maha ganapathi
  • panachikadu – Saraswathi temple
  • Perunna – subrahmanya
  • Achan kovil – Achankovil temple
  • oochira – Oochira para brahma temple
  • pandalam – Pandalam maha deva temple

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Palakkad – 2 km
  • Chittur-Thathamangalam – 18 km
  • Malampuzha – 10 km
  • Kollengode – 23 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

Palakkad – 2 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 37 km
  • Cochin – 107 km
  • Calicut – 101 km
  • Kannur – 216 km
  • Coimbatore – 70 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 274 km
  • Mangalore – 368 km

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