MANGALA DEVI KANNAGI TEMPLE IN IDUKKI LOCATED INSIDE THE PERIYAR TIGER RESERVES FOREST


Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple

Located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve forest in Idukki, Kerala, India, the Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to the legendary Tamil epic character Kannagi. The temple, located on top of a hill, is a major pilgrimage centre and a popular tourist attraction in the region.

History of Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple

Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple is believed to be more than a thousand years old, and according to legend, Kannagi used to visit this temple on a regular basis. The temple is also mentioned in the works of Tamil poet Ilango Adigal, who wrote a well-known Tamil epic “Silappatikaram”.

Highlights of Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple

The Mangala Devi temple complex is spread over 8 acres and houses several shrines of gods and goddesses. The main shrine is dedicated to Kannagi and features beautiful carvings, sculptures and paintings. Other attractions include:

  • Sivan Kovil – A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Rajagopuram – A majestic entrance tower which measures 40feet high.
  • Guleshnekara Cave – A natural cave located close to the temple which is believed to have magical powers.
  • Shrine of Nagaraja – A dedicated temple of the king of snakes, Nagaraja.

How to reach Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple

The temple is located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve forest and can be accessed by taking a bus to the Adimale junction and then a jeep to the temple. The nearest city is Thodupuzha which is about 60 km away. The nearest railway station is Kottayam, about 70 km away.