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Mankombu Devi Temple History - About Festival - Mankombu Bhagavathy Temple In Kuttanad

Mankombu Devi temple is located at Moncombu or Mangombu in Pulikunnu Village in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The 8-day annual festival is observed from Vishu in Medam month. This is one of the most famous Hindu temple festivals in Kuttanad. Thookam is held on Pathamudayam.

The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Bhadrakali who faces west. The murti is made out of wood – Dharu Vigraham.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Ganapathy and Ayyappan. When the temple was built no one in the region knew how to perform the pujas so a Pujari family from the Kulangara Illam from Aryakkal in Payyanur were brought to the place. Kulangara Illam still performs the puja in the temple.

It is said that an evil ruler wanted to marry a girl from a Vellala family. The family was against the marriage and therefore a day before the marriage the family tied a dog in the Vivaha Panthal and ran away from the region carrying their Kuladevata. It is said that Mankombu Devi is the Kuladevata of this family.

As per local belief, the original place of the Goddess or Moolasthanam is at Munilavu Mankombu near Pala. The Moola Kshetram is still found in the temple.

Another legend has it that Ettuveetil Kaimalmar went to the forest to cut trees for building a house. It is said that Mankombu Bhagavathy came along with them in an Anjili Tree.

Vadayatta Yakshi worshipped in the temple also came along with Mankombu Devi.




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