Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple

Mangala Devi Kannagi temple is a 1000 year old temple located on the border of Tamilnadu and Kerala. Mangala Devi Kannagi temple is located about 7 km from Pazhiyankudi in Theni district and 15 km from Thekkadi of Idukki District, Kerala. Cheran Chenguttuvan, the king of ancient Tamilakam, had erected the temple for Kannagi around 2000 years back at Vannathiparai and called it Kannagi Kottam or Mangaladevi Kannagi temple and performed regular pujas. Its sits at an altitude of about 1337m above the sea level. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival. At other times tourists can still view it by getting a special letter from the forest ranger. The view from the temple premises is spectacular and one can see part of eastern ghats and some villages from adjacent state of Tamil Nadu.

A distraught Kannagi is said to have burnt down Madurai after her husband Kovalan was wrongly accused of being a thief and killed. Kannagi after burning Madurai, to avenge the injustice done to her slain husband Kovalan, reached Suruli hills (Murugavel kundram). She stood under a vengai tree. Kannagi reached heaven in a pushpaka vimana. Chera senguttuvan camping on the banks of Periyar was informed of Kannagiís story by Koola-vanigan Sattanar. The younger prince Ilango who had renounced the world, was fascinated by the characterization of Kannagi and he authored Silappadikaram, the king as directed by his consort, erected a temple for Kannagi. It is said that the stone for the idol was brought from the Himalayas. Gajabahu Lankan ruler attended the consecration of the temple.

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