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Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy Temple For Marriage Problems

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This unique temple located in Angadippuram in Malappuram district, is famous for its Mangalya Pooja, an offering done to get rid of all the problems related to marriage. The prime deity of the temple is Thirumandhamkunnilamma who was the official Goddess of the feudal kings of that region during the Middle Age.

The major deities here include Lord Shiva, Parvathi, Ganapathy and Bhadrakali. The legend behind the existence of this temple is interesting.

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple in Kerala
Photo Courtesy: Kerala Tourism 

King Mandhata of Surya dynasty was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He prayed till the Lord was pleased with his penance. When asked for a boon, the King requested for a shivaling from the Lord that can be worshipped till death. On his request, Lord Shiva gives him a shivaling, which he takes down from Mount Kailash.

On his journey, the King passes through jungles and find that the birds, animals and the whole nature was happy and chirping. Listening to this natural harmony around him, he keeps the shivaling down to marvel the surroundings. It is believed that the shivaling gets stuck to the ground, which could not be moved from there.

Meanwhile, Goddess Parvati comes to know that the shivaling that she had worshipped so dearly was given to the King by her husband when she was away for bath. As Lord Shiva had no objection on Parvati acquiring the shivaling back, the Goddess reached the Thirumandha hill (where the temple is today situated) along with Bhadrakali and bhoothas to get the shivaling back. They couldn't reach near the shivaling due to the bright light that emanated from the stone. This battle is believed to have lasted for 15 days, and the shivaling gets split into two when Kali tries to acquire it forcefully.

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple

A view of the temple
Photo Courtesy: Kerala Tourism 

Later, Parvati appears and enters the shivaling as it was difficult for her to stay away from it. The Goddess also instructed that Kali also be worshipped here. Since Parvati had appeared at the spot with infant Ganapathy, Unni Ganapathy (baby Ganapathy) is also worshipped here.

The Mangalya Pooja at Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy Temple for marriage related problems, is an offering made to Unni Ganapathy with banana, appam, payasam and ada which the Lord is fond of. It is believed that those who face problems for getting married, should be able to get rid of them and get married before their third visit to the temple for the offering.

The annual Pooram festival is held here in March/April.

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