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Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple – Alappuzha

Mullakkal Rajarajeswari temple is located in Alappuzha town in Kerala. The Sankalpam of Mullakkal Bhagavathy temple is that of Annapoorneshwari. The darshanam of the deity is towards west.

The murti of Mullakkal Amma is chatur bahu – with four hands. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi, Hanuman, Murugan, Ayyappa, Sri Krishna, Navagrahas, Rakshas and Nagam.

The main festival observed in the temple is Navratri. Theeyattu is held on Mahanavami day. Young girls are given new clothes during Navratri. Bommai Kolu is also held as part of the festival. The karanma shanti is of Velliyottillam.

As per history, a palace of Chembakassery king stood in the place where the current temple is located. A group of Namboothiri familesfrom Malabar who were escaping the persecution of Tipu Sultan took refuge in the palace. They had brought their paradevata Goddess Annapoorneshwari with them. They had placed the murti of Annapurna in a jasmine garden (mulla poo thottam) in the palace compound. The deity got the name Mullakkal devi after this incident.

Another legend has it that the murti was brought here and kept in the jasmine garden by a group of soldiers who were exiled from Thekkumkoor kingdom.

The murti of Annapurneshwari was worshipped in the sreekovil till 1961 CE. The murti was holding a ladle and a pot. But a mentally challenged person entered the sanctum and embraced the murti of the Goddess. Later the murti developed cracks and this led to the replacement of the murti.

A four feet tall Rajarajeswari murti replaced the murti of Annapurneshwari in 1961.

Black skin urad vada is offered in the temple.

The temple observes Chirappu for 41 days during the Mandala Makaravilakku period (mid November last week of December). The last 11 days are observed as Chirappu festival.

All rituals and worship on the first Sunday of December is performed by women.