Anikkattilamma Temple is located on the banks of the Manimala River in Anicadu village, 3.5 km from Mallappally in the Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. Here, Adiparasakthi Sivan and Goddess Parvathi are worshiped with equal importance in a Sree kovil, which is one of the rarest of its kind in Kerala. Agnimahakalan and Agniyekshi are symbolized on these idols, each measuring about 4 feet and installed side by side. The demon-shaped Lord Shiva (Kiratha) has a bow and arrow in his arms and Goddess Parvati her a sword in his hand.
Anikkattilamma Temple was constructed 1600 years ago at the start of the Edapally dynasty. The are Lord Siva, Bhadra, Nagaraja, Rakshas and Yekshiamma in the ascents of the court.
Anikkattilamma Temple Timings:
Morning: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening: 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Anikkattilamma Temple History:
Anikkattilamma temple is the abode of the goddess, who is the supreme preserver and destroyer. She cares her devotees like a mother does her children.
For the devotees, Anikkattilamma is supreme power, capable of delivering all the wishes of her devotees. Several women devotees testify the supreme power of this shrine, and tell you how Anikkattilamma has blessed them with progeny and wishes of bountiful life.
Festivals The Pongala Pooja is held on the day of Pooram during the month of Kumbham. The yearly festival (Utsavam) is celebrated for eight days during the month of Kumbham and concludes on the day of Pooram star. Anikkattilammayku pongala is the most reputed festival of this temple, which attracts devotees from all parts of kerela. Thousands of women devotees throng together on the day of Pongala with their offerings to the Goddess and to seek blessings. The festival commences on Rohini day of Malayalam month Makaram-Kumbham (February-March).
Pongala festival is an eight-day long festival and on the 8th day of the festival is the famous Pongala. On that day, Thousands of women throng to the temple to offer pongala in earthen pots. Pongala is a rice porridge, which boils over. The rush of women is so intense that the Pongala ground spreads outside the temple premises and into the public roads. Women offer pongala in a radius of about 2 km, essentially turning the whole of pullukuthy and kavanalkadavu into the holy grounds for the women to offer Pongala. No number of words can do justice to frenzy of the day’s festivities, which wholly belongs to women devotees.
Devotees from all parts of India come and bow before the all powerful goddess, seeking an end to their afflictions and to receive blessings. The temple is just 4 km from the main town of Mallappally and is located at a rural-looking area, although the surroundings are highly urbanized The Pongala 2015 Festival begins on 26 February 2014 and concludes on 5 March 2015. Ponkala festival celebrated annually at the renown of Anikkattilamma Temple. Pongala Mahotsavam is not only celebrated in, the whole world is awaiting for the holy ceremony and every devotees will pray to the Devi to bless them to be a part of it.
Anikkattilammakshethram is reached through the towns of Mallappally and Karukachal by road. People who come from Southern Kerala go through Tiruvalla Mallappally and Pullukuthy. However the people coming from Northern Kerala go through Kottayam, Karukachal and Noorommavu.
The Thalathil Bhagavathy temple, ancient customarily related to the Siva Parvathi temple, is situated nearby. Santhana Gopala Vishnu and Sree chakram are the main idols here. The other deities are Ganapathy, Sastha, Bramharekshas, Nagaraja, Nagayekshi, Bhuvaneswary, fore-fathers, etc.
Anikkattilamma Temple Dress Code:
Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.
Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer, watch out for hot pavers.
Photography is restricted inside the temples.
Circumambulation the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction
Places Near Anikkattilamma Temple:
Monroe Light Kottayam Kerela.
Nattakom and Panachikad Kottayam Kerela, Kottayam, Kottayam District.
Alummoodu, Thazhathangady, Kottayam Kumarakom Road Kottayam.
Perunthenarivi Water falls Pathanamthita Kerela.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Chakranpadi, Kumarakom North (p.o), Kottayam.
Anikkattilamma Temple Address:
Phone: 094470 19088