The ancient Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy temple is situated on the top of the hillock in Angadippuram, Malappuram, Kerala. Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy temple is one of the ancient and famous Maha Kshethras of Kerala. This shrine is the foremost in the Bhadra Kali temples. This temple is very famous for its Mangalya puja.
Thirumandhamkunnu temple is famous for Mangalya Pooja, an offering made to Unni Ganapathy to remove all hindrances to marriage. Unni Ganapathy is very fond of kadali Banana, Appam, Payasam and Ada – and so this is the offering made to Him. The belief is that with His divine grace, all obstacles will be overcome and a perfect matrimonial alliance will be found for anyone who encounters any hindrance in getting married or whose marriage is getting unduly delayed, no later than their third annual visit to the temple.
Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Bhagavathy Temple Timings:
Morning: 6:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Evening: 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Pooja Details in Mathrusala Timings
Usha Pooja 6:00 AM (Before Dawn)
Pantheeradi Pooja 9:30 AM
Ucha Pooja 11:30 AM
Thirinju Pantheeradi Pooja 4:30 PM
Athazha Pooja (After Sunset) 8:00 PM
Pooja Details in Sree Moola Sthalam Timings:
Morning Pooja Before 7:00 AM after Usha Pooja at Mathrusala
Ucha Pooja 10:30 AM
Athazha Pooja (After Sunset) 7:30 PM
Deeparadhana According to the Sunset
Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Bhagavathy Temple History:
The legend goes that after having ruled his kingdom for several years, King Mandhatha of the Surya dynasty renounced his kingdom in favor of his successors. An ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, Mandhatha thereafter undertook intense penance – pleased with his sincere devotion, Lord Shiva appeared to Mandhatha and offered him any boon. Mandhatha beseeched Lord Shiva for a Shivalinga that he could worship until his death. Lord Shiva gifted him the holiest Shivalinga at Kailas, which was dearest to Goddess Parvathy’s heart and worshipped by her.
Bearing the Shivalinga on his head, Mandhatha began his descent from Kailas. He reached the hill now known as Thirumandhamkunnu. Captivated by the beauty and serenity of this spot, Mandhatha decided to stop for a while. He took the Shivalinga off his head and placed it on the ground. The Shivalinga immediately affixed itself to the ground and could not be removed. Mandhatha then decided to start worshipping the Shivalinga at that very spot.
Meanwhile at Kailas, Lord Shiva’s consort Parvathy returned from her bath to find her precious Shivalinga missing. Extremely upset about the Shivalinga having been given away, she spoke to Lord Shiva who told her he had no objection to her getting it back. Parvathy then dispatched Goddess Bhadrakali and the Bhoothas to Thirumandhamkunnu to repossess the Shivalinga.
However, the Shivalinga installed by Mandhatha emitted such amazing brightness that Bhadrakali and her army of Bhoothas were blinded by its dazzling brilliance and unable to ascend the hill. The power of the Shivalinga gifted by Lord Shiva and the strength of Mandhatha’s devotion was such that even after a battle of fifteen days, Bhadrakali and her army were forced to concede defeat in their mission to take back the Shivalinga.
As a last resort, Bhadrakali took on her Viswaroopam in the form of Mahamaya. Mandhatha realized that he had no option left but to surrender the Shivalinga. Unable to bear the separation, Mandhatha embraced the Shivalinga even as Mahamaya tried to forcefully take it away from him. In this struggle, the Shivalinga split and in the Jyothi that appeared from it, the Thrimoorthis (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) along with Parvathy appeared on the spot.
Parvathi then told Mandhatha that even though the Shivalinga which had been gifted to him was very dear to her, given his obvious intense devotion she could not take it away from him either. As separation was impossible for her, Parvathy decided to enter the Shivalinga and stay there forever. This spot with the split Shivalinga is the Sreemoolasthanam. Parvathy appeared facing west while the Shivalinga at Sreemoolasthanam faces east.
Since her daughter Kali was no different from her and had reached Thirumandhamkunnu even earlier to her, Parvathy instructed that Kali’s deity should also be installed near her, facing north.
Since Parvathy had appeared here with infant Ganapathy, the baby Ganapathy (or Unni Ganapathy) is also worshipped here in the Sreemoolasthanam. As instructed by Parvathy, Kali (Bhagavathy) with Sapthamathrukkal, Veerabhadran and Ganapathy were installed facing north – this is the Mathrusala.
Thus, the major deities at Thirumandhamkunnu temple are Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathy, Lord Ganapathy and Goddess Bhadrakali.
Mandhatha spent the rest of his life in meditation and prayer at Thirumandhamkunnu and when he knew it was time for him to take leave of the world, he retired to the jungle nearby called Kukshipparakkad and used his yogic powers to free himself from his mortal coils.
Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Bhagavathy Temple Poojas:
Saraswatha Sooktham Pushpanjali
Maha Mruthyunjaya Homam
Sree Rudram Dhara
Offering Of Thottil And Child
Thulabharam (thattu Panam)
Oru Divasathe Pooja
Lakshmi Narayana Pooja
Koottu Ganapathi Homam
Thrushtuppu Manthram Pushpanjali
Dwadasakshari Manthram Pushpanjali
Nagangalkku Palum Pazhavum
Valiyavilakku (oil) Mathrushalayil
Special Pal Payasam
Sivanu Kudam Dhara
Kumkumarchana (with Lalithasahasranamam)
Neijapam (without Ghee)
Manjal Podi Nagangalkku
Kalam Pattu (ghoshapattu)
Kaal Kazhukiche Oottu
Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Bhagavathy Temple Festivals:
Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Temple Dress Code:
For Men: Dhoti or Mundu without shirts or banyan
For Women’s: Saree and Pavada are allowed. (Salvar sets and modern dresses are not allowed)
How to Reach Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Temple:
The nearest airport to Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Bhagavathy Temple is Calicut International Airport which is 42 km away.
Angadipuram Railway Station nearest station which is just 2 km from the temple.
Angadippuram is 4 kms from Perinthalmanna.
Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Bhagavathy Temple Address:
Sree Thirumaandhankunnu Temple,
Kerala – 679321.