Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

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District:: Kanyakumari
Address: Vanniyoor Road, Thooppra moola, Near CSI Church, Kaliakkavilai, Tamil Nadu 629153
Phone 09443108700

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple is a Hindu temple. Amman Bhagavathi is there. It is located near Colachel in the western coast of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. This is one among the most renowned and important Hindu temples in the district.

This temple is near the sea shore is a sought after pilgrim centre for both people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Kodai festival at Mondaicaudu is a major celebration in the region and this temple is called as women sabarimala. To accommodate the large populations special buses run between Nagercoil and nearby towns at the time, there are also chain services operated from Thiruvananthapuram. The idol here is unique and is earthy. The worship is also unique as it is not forbidden to cook and eat non-vegetarian foods, as in most other major Hindu temples, during the festival. One can see meat being cooked during the Ponkala days around the temple.

The goddess of this temple is also linked with Akilathirattu Ammanai, the holy text of Ayyavazhi. Though Bhagavathi is mentioned in Akilam, its view of the goddess is different from that of the other Hindu views.


Legend / Local stories

This temple on the sea shore is a sought after pilgrim centre for both people of Tamil Nadu and KeralaDue tosome unknown reasons people from Kollam district in Kerala frequent this temple and according to some versionsthis is due to the links to erstwhile Venaduan ancient kingdom whose capital was KollamVenadu traces the linksto imperial Cherasfrom the three kingdoms of extreme south India CheraChola and PandyaThese are said tobe three brothers from ancient Porkainear ThiruchendoorTravancore kings were from the Chera lineage asbelievedMany temples in the region are traced to Chera and Pandya lineagesthe former more.

The Kodai festival at Mondaicaudu is a major celebration in the region and as in Sabarimala people flock hereespecially womenTo accommodate the large populations special buses run between Nagercoil and nearby townsat the timethere are also chain services operated from ThiruvananthapuramThe idol here is unique and isearthyThe worship is also unique as it is not forbidden to cook and eat nonvegetarian foodsas in most othermajor Hindu templesduring the festivalOne can see meat being cooked during the Ponkala days around thetemple.

There is a folk history that Velu Thampia minister of Travancoretook over the temple from a local NayarTharavadu at Colachelafter a tussleand the then Karanavar cursed him and killed himselflater Velu Thampihimself driven to the same fate after his fights with the BritishThe take over of Hindu temples by the state ensuedduring the British times in Travancore later.

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