Mandaikadu Temple – Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Temple

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakthi near Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu. A 15 feet tall anthill is worshipped as Bhagavathi Amman. The anthill has five heads and the belief is that it is still growing. Currently the anthill has the height of 12 feet.

There is a belief that the Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Murti stands on the spot where Adi Shankaracharya performed puja to a Sri Chakra.

The face of the murti of Bhagavati Amman can be seen at the upper end of the anthill. There is also a Sri Chakra installed in the sanctum sanctorum. The temple is built in the Kerala style of temple architecture.

Major Offering in the Temple
Silk clothes and mangalsutra are offered to the Goddess for early and good marriage. Those having problems with hand or legs or other body parts offer body parts made using silver.

Those suffering from headache and other ailments associated with head offer Mandaiappam a sweet made using rice flour and jaggery.

Those couples not having children offer cradles. Those people who believe that they are suffering due to evil eye or as a result of the activities of other people perform Vedi Vazhipadu – lighting of temple crackers. Other rituals including eat monsooru – in this ritual devotees keep Prasadam received from the temple on the floor and eat it.

Festivals and Important dates
Full moon day (Poornima), Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are important days in the temple. The most important temple festival is held in Maasi month (February – March). The festival attracts a million people.

Mandaikadu Temple Timing
Morning Darshan Timing is from 5:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening Darshan Timing is from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Mandaikadu Temple Location
Mandaikadu Temple is located on the sea shore at Mandaikadu village in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. The temple is around 4 km from Colachel, 5 km from Thingalnagar, 22 km from Nagarcoil, 41 km from Kanyakumari and 70 km from Thiruvananthapuram.