The shrine of Mannadi Devi, devoted to the goddess Bhagavathy, is located in the village of Mannadi, Adoor Taluk, Pathanamthitta District of Kerala, India. Mannadi Bhagavati, is the family deity of the Pandalam Royalty. Whenever Raja went to Sabarimala would worship in this temple. The stone idols in the ancient Bhagavathy temple are extraordinary. The river Kallada is flowing closely nearer to this sacred temple. The customs and practices in this shrine are peculiar and exclusive to this temple. The shrine here is believed to be highly powerful and will realize all your wishes if you pray with devotion and earnestly.
About The Deity
Goddess Bhadrakali in the Roundra Bhava (fierce form) after killing Darika, the demon king, is the main deity.
Legend and Stories
There are numerous mythologies on the source of this early temple. According to one such belief, Bhagavathy is 'Self Appeared' in this temple. An old lady was collecting grass from the present temple premises centuries ago. When she rubbed her sickle for sharpness on a stone, blood started oozing out from it. People gathered in the place and one of them suggested to beat the sand with force on the stone from which the blood was flowing. And when they did so the blood stopped. Thus the name 'Mannady' ('annu'means Sand and 'Ady' means beating). Then the Perakkattu potty who reached the place announced that the stone is Devi "Self appeared" and the Velichappadu announced that the Devi is "Bhadrakali".
History of The Temple
Legend says that the idol contains the divine power of Goddess Bhagavathy of Pattazhy. The temple was once owned by a local ruler known as Kambithan (a Nair title) of Pattazhy. When Kambithan established a new temple, he invoked the divine spirit of Goddess Bhagavathy of Pattazhi in an idol and consecrated here.
The temple has historical significance also. It was here that Veluthambi Dalawa, the Prime Minister of Travancore between 1802 and 1809 and who rebel against British East India Company's supremacy in India, killed himself when encircled by the British soldiers. This thing occurred on 8th April, 1809. The temple is now under the managerial control of Travancore Devaswom Board.
Thrikkarthika in the month of Vrichikam (November-December) is the main festive event. Yearly festival is celebrated in the month of Kumbham (February-March). Kalabali, Pooppada, Kaliyoottu, Adu vetti kurithi, Kalamezhuthum pattum, Navarathri kuruthi, Villu Pattum Kuruthi, and Ponnummudi Ezhunnellipp are the other important festivals of the temple.
How To Reach Mannadi
The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport, about 87 km.
The nearest railway station is at Kollam, about 40 km.
The nearest bus stop is Kalluvilatathu Junction Bus Stop.
Bhagavathy Temple / Mannadi Devi Temple,
Kadambanad Enath Ezhamkulam Rd,
Mannadi, Pathanamthitta District,
Kerala, India, Pincode - 691530.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Get married to a person of a girl's choice
- Health and longevity of husband
Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii Durgaa Shivaa Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te
Meaning -We salute the Devi Kali, who is always victorious and always auspicious, we offer salutations to Bhadrakali Devi who wears a skull garland, we salute Shiva's consort and the embodiment of self-control and supports all beings, Devi Durga, who is Swaha as well as Swadha. We offer our salutations to you.
Om Maha Kalyai Ca Vidmahe Smasana Vasinyai Ca Dhimahi Tanno Kali Prachodayat
Meaning -Om the great Goddess Kali who stays in the ocean of life and burial grounds, we focus our energies on you, may you grant us our wishes and bless us
Kaalika Kalahey Gorey Paathuthvaam Parameshwari Mandapey Thathra Mathangi Thatha Sowmya Swayamwarey
Meaning -Let the ever charming, mother of the universe, protect us and stay in this mandap and bestow her blessing on us as mother Mathangi.
Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kuru Te Namah
Meaning -Oh Goddess Katyayani, the great vigour of the Lord, the owner of great magical power and the mighty one who controls all, please make the son of Nanda Maharaj my husband. I offer my salutations to you.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.