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Mamanikkunnu Sri Mahadevi Temple Irikkur – Information - History

Mamanikkunnu Sri Mahadevi temple is located at Irikkur. The main deities worshipped in the temple are Shiva and Goddess Bhadrakali. The darshanam of Shiva is towards east and that of Mamanikkunnu Sree Mahadevi (Bhadrakali) is towards north. The shrine is on the eastern bank of Irikkur River.

Although the presiding deity is Shiva, importance is given to Bhadrakali. The prathishta of Bhadrakali is peedom and sword. The pujas to Goddess Kali are performed at noon and evening. The puja at night is as per Shakteya rules (Shakti puja). The puja is performed by Peedaranmar.

The Upa Devatas worshiped in the temple are Sastha and Kshetrapalan.

The most important festival in the temple is held on pooram nakshatra in meenam month. Navratri and Shivratri are the other important festivals.

A unique vazhipadu or offering known as Muristhambhanam is held in the temple. Coconut is broken with sword in the ritual. The offering is done to remove difficulties and obstacles in life.

The temple is managed by Kalliyattu Thazhe Veettil Yashmanmar.

As per history, the ancient temple was destroyed by Tipu Sultan. The Hindus of the region especially Brahmins were killed and the temple remained in a dilapidated condition for several years. Kalliat Thazhath Veettil family later acquired the temple. The family was worshippers of Devi and this led to the development of the temple.

In a Devaprasnam held here it was revealed that Mamanikkunnu Sri Mahadevi wanted her to be worshipped in Saktheya method. The pujaris were performing Sattvik puja. The aradhna and puja were changed to Saktheya system. Special priests from Pidarar (Moosad) community were invited and settled in the surrounding of the temple for the purpose.