One of the major tourist attractions of Thekkady, Mangala Devi Temple is situated at a distance of around 15 km from Thekkady. The temple is set at a height of 1337 meters above sea level. The temple offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hills. The ancient temple is all over surrounded by dense forests which add to the beauty of the place and make it more alluring for the visitors.
A number of devotees visit the temple from different parts of the country to pay homage to Goddess Mangala Devi who is also known by the name of ‘Kannaki’. The tranquility of the place makes this temple perfect for meditation. The temple offers a peaceful ambience to all the visitors which makes it a must visit attraction for all.
The temple remains open only once in a year for devotees to pay homage to Goddess Mangala Devi. The temple opens on Chitra Pournami which falls in the month of March.
The temple features traditional Pandian architectural style which is extremely beautiful. On the walls of the temple, one can find different carved sculptures.
Mangala Devi Temple is open to devotees only once a year during the month of March during Chitra Pournami. Chithra pournami is celebrated on a large scale in the temple. On this day, priests perform different prayers and rituals at the temple.
On this occasion, Goddess Mangala is beautifully decorated with flowers and silk saree. Grand Pooja of Goddess Mangala is conducted all through the day. Women cook Pongal (sweet dish made of rice) and offer it to the Goddess on this day.
How to reach Mangala Devi Temple?
By Rail: Kottayam is the nearest railhead which is located at a distance of 125 km from Mangala Devi Temple.
By Air:The nearest airport to Mangala Devi Temple is Madurai. The airport is located at a distance of 140 km from Thekkady. Nedumbassery airport in Kochi is the nearest international airport which is located at a distance of 175 km.