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Mangaladevi Temple Darshan on Kerala - Tamil Nadu Border on Chithirai Pournami Day

Mangaladevi Temple, built more 2000 years ago, is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. As the temple is located inside, Periyar Tiger Reserve the temple only opens on the Chithirai Pournami day – the full moon day or Purnima in Chithirai Month. In 2024, the temple will be open on April 23.

Mangaladevi Temple is around 7 km by road from Pazhiyankudi in Tamil Nadu. From Kumily in Kerala one has to trek around 15 km through the forest to reach the temple.

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

The temple is dedicated to Kannagi who burned down the city of Madurai to avenge the death of her husband. She is believed to have attained divinity at the spot where the temple is located.

The temple is now in a dilapidated condition.