Thirumandhamkunnu Temple is a famous Hindu Temple in Angadippuram, Perinthalmanna in Malappuram District, Kerala. It is famous for the Mangalya Pooja – Marriage Oblation offered to Lord Ganesha – the remover of obstacles, son of Lord Shiva and Parvathy. The principal deity of the temple is Lord Shiva but the temple is known by Thirumandhamkunnilamma the famous deity Sree Bhadrakaali who is Sree Parvathy. It is an important Pilgrim Centre for the eleven-day-long annual festival celebrated in March and April months.
The area was once ruled by the Valluvanad Kings in the middle ages. Thirumandhamkunnilamma was the Paradevatha (official family goddess) of the Valluvanad Kings. During those times, the famous Mamankam Festival was celebrated in the banks of Thirunavaya. The Nair Warriors called as Chavers – meaning Martyrs – of Valluvanad King set out from the Thirumandhamkunnu Temple to participate in the Mamankam. You can see a memorial structure called the Chaver Thara (Platform of the Martyrs) in front of the main entrance of the temple.
Hindu devotees believe that the obstacles in getting married are overcome by offering the Mangalya Pooja to Lord Ganesha. The Mangalya Pooja is done for three years in succession. It is believed – and there are many many successful cases to prove it – that by the third year’s pooja (or before) the person who offers the Mangalya Pooja will get married. After the marriage the boy and girl must visit the temple and offer pooja to complete the offering.
Mangalya Puja, Rigveda Laksharchana, Chandattam and Kalampattu are the important religious offerings of the Thirumandhamkunnu Temple. There are ceremonies and rituals specific to this Hindu temple that are not carried out at others. Thirumandhamkunnu Temple courtyards are on a hilltop that provides a view of the countryside spread out below.
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