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Mangaladevi Temple at Thekkady in Kerala

Mangaladevi Temple at Thekkady in Kerala is a 15 km trek from Kumily through the forest. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mangaladevi who is closely associated with Kannagi. The temple is located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve on the Tamil Nadu – Kerala border.

The temple remains closed for the entire year except for a single day – the full moon day in Chithirai month (April – May). Darshan and pujas are performed only on this day at the temple.

The temple is in a dilapidated condition now. There is proper structure. The structure existing today is made of huge granite stones.

The shrine is believed to have been built by Cheran Chenguttuvan, King of erstwhile Chera dynaty around 2,000 years ago.

Legend has it that Kannagi, the heroine of famous Tamil poem Silappathikaram - the Epic of the Anklet, reached the area after burning the city of Madurai and disappeared.

Mangaladevi Temple is around 7 km by road from Pazhiyankudi in Tamil Nadu.