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Sree Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy Temple Festivals, Timings, Puja

Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Timings:

Morning: 4.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
Evening: 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM

Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Puja 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

Sree Moola Sthanam:

Morning Pooja Before 7.00 AM after Usha Pooja at Mathrusala
Ucha Pooja 10.30 AM
Athazha Pooja (After Sunset) 7.30 PM


About Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Festivals:

The important festivals at Thirumandhamkunnu are kalampattu from Vrischikam Ist to the Pooram festival in Meenam extending for 11 days with twenty- one Araattu from makayiram star. Other functions held in the temple are Laksharchana at Sreemoolasthanam and the Mangalya pooja on the Ist Friday in Thulam.

1) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Kalampattu:

This is traditionally a temple art known as Bhagavathyppattu or Bhadrakalippattu. The figure of Devi is developed with the judicious combination of various colors made from roots and leaves and grains. Usually a particular sect called Kuruppanmar has inherent devotional skill in this art. The menacing multi-armed goddess wielding weapons is traced in a raised platform called Pattukottil. Decorated with tender coconut leaves, flowers and illuminated by deepams the figure invites an awesome adoration. After Rituals and Poojas and Arathis the figure is deformed and the mixed powder so got as prasadam, is believed to have great healing properties.

The span of Kalampattu has a long stretch starting from the first date in the Malayalam month Vrishchikam and ending in Meenam in the Rohini star. The first Kalampattu is earmarked to the temple, the next eight to the Ettuveettil Achans, the eight nobilities whose family deity is Sreethirumadhamkunnu Devi. There are forty-one kalampattus in the Mandala seasons, the rest thirty-two going to another right families. The remaining ones are kept apart for devotees according to the prior booking preferences.

2) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Kootticha Procession:

The trustee of the temple is known as Valluvakonathiri, the king of the Valluvanad kingdom. When the head of the Royalty expires the senior in an age known as Vellalpad assumes charge. Seeking blessings from the Devi he visits the temple with all the paraphernalia, pomp and splendour and with all the royal accompaniments. This maiden arrival of the head of the family is known as Kotticha Ezhunellathu.

3) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Mangalya Pooja:

This is the pooja for Ganapathy at Sree moolasthanam with kadali Fruits, Appam, Ada and Payasam praying for the early marriage of youths and maiden. It is believed that through is grace all obstacles overcome and a perfect alliance obtained.

Three mangalya poojas one each every year for 3 consecutive years is obligatory. Even if the marriage takes place during this period the poojas remaining to be done should be performed without a break. Earlier mangalya poojas used to be held on the first Friday in Thulam. But due to rush of devotees, this pooja is performed on all Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

4) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Rigveda Laksharchana:

Reputed Vedic Brahmins chant Rigveda manthras and make flower offerings to the deity a hundred thousand times. The Laksharchana lasts for seven days and is held in the Mandala season. The sacred yagna was started in 1977 and continues every year without break from first of Danu to seventh (Both days inclusive) scholars, learned, Pandits and Multitude of devotees participate in the laksharchana. Laksharchana increases the divinity of deity and contributes to the prosperity and the welfare of mankind as a whole.

5) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Prasadam Ottu:

Formerly this ancient temple used to give food to all who is present at the temple. Somehow this custom of giving food was stopped for some years and now the Dewaswom with the co-operation and help of the devotees could start again from July 2002. Daily about 300 devotees on an average, are given food from the dewaswom in the newly constructed OottuPura.

6) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Pooram:

The annual pooram celebration at Thirumandhamkunnu is a famous temple festival in the region between Shornur and Kozhikode. From early days itself-Valluvakonathiri celebrated this festival intended for his family deity in pomp and splendour. Another version that he started this pooram festival when the rights and privileges of Mamankom were lost to the Zamorion. There is evidence to prove that the pooram festival has a history going back to the early decades of the 16th century in the palm leaf records of Calicut University.
The festival lasts for 11 days from Makayiram star in Meenam (March, April). About a week before the commencement of pooram a folk dance party moves from door to door in the locality and announces the festival. The temple and premises also get a facelift with maintenance pavilions etc. On Makayiram star, after the forenoon Pantheeradi pooja Devi’s Thidampu is taken out from Mathrusala to the accompaniment of drumbeats and wind instruments. It is mounted on a decorated elephant moves clockwise around the temple and goes down the steps in the North to the river ghats for Aarattu. Valluavkonathiri his subordinate chieftains, heroes representing the old traditional suicide squads, the komarams of Aalikkal, Vayilamkunnu and Kongadu Devi temples and a large number of devotees take part in the procession.

In olden days when the procession has gone down to Aarattu, Kavudaya Nair as the representative of Vellattiri would stand in his ceremonial dress on a nearby basement called chembakathara and hear compliments from the subjects. This practice was called Nilapadu Nilkal Valluvakonathiri was bound to redress the grievance s thus presented before his representative.

After Aarattu the procession starts back to the temple. After going around the temple three times the Thidambu is dismounted and taken to its original position in Mathrusala. The poojas are then conducted as usual. The procession is repeated in the evening also after dusk. The main event connected with pooram festival is this procession in pomp and splendour from the temple to the river and back.

The rites of pooram according to Pataha and Dhwaja customs and the rites of the festival in with Ankura custom are strictly performed in Thirumandhamkunnu. Navadhanyam- the 9 types of seed corn kept apart for germination on the 4th day of Utsav is given as prasadam to devotees on the 11th day by which time the Navadhanyam would have fully germinated and started sprouting.

Bhagavthy Temple Thirumandhamkunnu

For the evening procession on the 10th day there is one beating drum only. Devi mounted on elephant proceeds to the Vettekkorumakan kavu for royal hunt. Valluvakonathiri shoots an arrow on a large jack fruit which represents a vow, the crowd shouts in joy with hurrays and the sounds from the percussion and wind instruments, Panchavadyam, Nagaswaram, etc. Are at their climax. Fireworks also follow. The goddess returns back to the temple. After arathy in the northern Balikkal Pura the procession starts as routine for Arrattu. The 21st Arratu is on the 11th day in the evening. On return from Arrattu the procession goes around the temple 21 times and the Thidambu is then taken Mathrusala. A set of Rituals with 25 kalasas follows and then Athazhapooja and Sree Bhoothili are performed. Vellathiri is his ceremonial dress and with all royal retnue arrives on the pooram ground to give audience to the headman of pana community. The headman holding the title Malayan Kutty reaches the place in a Palanquin. It is pointed out that this meeting is to commemorate the help rendered by the tribal headman to the ruler in bygone days.

OttamThullal, Chakyarkoothu, etc. Are held on all days and eminent artists perform these temple arts. Stately tuskers and experts in percussion and wind instruments also participate in the pooram festival. Thus making it is a grand success. People from far and near irrespective of caste, creed and region take part in the pooram festival. KazhchaSiveli in the morning, in the evening procession from Puthur temple in Perinthalmanna to Thirumandhamkunnu and the procession to Thali temple nearby are recent additions on the 11th day. In olden days Thirumandhamkunnu pooram was held only once in twelve years just like Mamakom. The festival was made annual event by Mankada Valluvakonathiri who died in 1883 A.D.

7) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Valiyakandam Nadeel:

Situated a little apart from the Arattukadavu, the immensely large plot known as Valiyakandam or Bhagavathy kandam is so unique in its shape stretching to more than 1.5 acres. Planting of paddy seeds or plants is undertaken as a holy ritualistic performance done with all the rustic significance and unshaken belief. After having the torrential rain a little subsided in the Monsoon in Chingam month in the Malayalam era, the ceremonial planting yagna takes place. Devotees from all the nook and corner of the east-while Valluvanadu kingdom and far off places, irrespective of caste, creed, religion and belief throng for participating in the ritual planting, which they ardently believe to have worthy and healthy offsprings and for securing dignified labour or job openings.

8) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Attanga Eru:

This ritual practice is antique as the origin of the temple, commemorating the legendary battle between the simple ascetics and the Bhadrakali’s Bootha army. Devotees stand a top and bottom of the northern Sopanams and fling the fruit abundant with the conical seeds on Thulam first and on all new moon days. This traditional custom of Attengayeru is performed in the forenoon after the Pantheerady pooja.

9) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Njaralathu Sangeetholsavam:

Sangeetholsavam (Music festival) was started in 1997 in memory of Late Nheralath Ramapothuval, the great Sopana Sangeetha exponent of Kerala who lived in the vicinity of this temple and presented sopana sangeetham till his death in the temples all over kerala, This music festival is celebrated annually from 16th February for five days with chanting of Poonthanam Ghanasangam at the end.

Sree Nheralath Ramapothuval was a solitary traveller in his own realms who travelled through untrodden paths and eventually ascended the steps to eternity.

He was a solitary gipsy, never with a companion throughout himself. His Sopanasangeethams was, is, replete with the rustic resonance and rhythm of Sree Thirumadhamkunnu, unique in its typical style. He came alone, clad in wet clothes, tightened the strings of his instruments and sang dissolving himself in deep devotion in the almighty, the Devi, and left from the world leaving a legendary legacy behind him

10) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Chanthattam:

Chandattam is performed to Daruvigrahas in the temple during Midhunam and Karkkidakam (15th June to 15th Aug)of the Malayalam Era. Chand is a sap oozed out from Teakwood. After Pantheeradi Pooja chand is brought in Kalasas to the Mukha Mandapam of Lord Siva accompanied by devotees and all the vadyas. Prolonged Poojas are performed and the Chand along with Navakom, Panchagavyam and Kalambham in separate Kalasams. Abhishekam with Chand is done to all the daruvigrahas in the temple and Abhishekam with the other three items is done to the Bimba. Chandattam is considered a holy sublime ritual intensifying and increasing the divinity.

11) Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Nira:

Nira is actually connected with a harvest. It is celebrated in temples as a symbol of abundance and prosperity in cultivation. This is celebrated in Thirumandhamkunnu temple on the first Sunday following Karkidaka vavu (New moon in Karkkidakam). From the foot of the Peepal tree near Koothambalam, on the Eastern side, the subordinate priest proceeds to the Mandapam facing the shrine of Lord Siva with a sheet Paddy corns on his head. After performing special poojas there the sheet is separated and taken with four plantain leaf covers first to Mathrusala and then to other locations in the temple and fixed at salient positions repeating the words Nira, nira. Poli, poli. Devotees in their turn get these two items in small stripes of plantain and take to their homes praying for plentiness and prosperity.

Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Address:

Sree Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy Temple Devaswam,
Post Box No.5,
Angadippuram – 679321
Malappuram District,
PHONE: 91 4933 258820, 258555
FAX : 91 4933 253820

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