Mangala Devi Temple Idukki
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Mangala Devi Temple is one of the well – known pilgrim centers of Idukki district and is almost 15 km from Thekkady. It sits at an altitude of about 1337 m above the sea level and is surrounded by lush green forests. The temple dates back to the 9th century when king Kundavarma of Ahepa dynasty was ruling Tulunadu. The king with the advice and guidance of two saints built this Mangala Devi Temple. The view of the temple premises is spectacular and makes this temple worth visiting.
This temple generally opens only once in a year on Chitrapournami. From Kumily, the temple can be visited via jeeps and taxis. Different type of pujas and rituals are performed by the Vedic Brahmins on a regular basis. Navratri is the time for special Puja. On the 7th day, goddess Mangala Devi is worshiped as Sharadamba and on the 8th day, the goddess is worshiped as Maarikamba.
How to Reach
The visitors can reach Mangala Devi Temple either from Theni railway station (63 km away from this place) or from Kottayam railway junction (107 km away from this temple). Cochin international airport is the nearest one which is located at the distance of 142 km.
Here, the visitors can explore the history of this temple, enjoy the festival of Chitrapournami and Navrathri, enjoy the spectacular view of temple premises, and get relaxed in the spiritual environment of the temple.
Timings & Season
The temple opens from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm during Chitrapournami festival. The tourists can visit this temple at other times also but for this, they have to take the permission and a special letter from forest department officer.