Monday 28 July 2008

Meenkulathi Bhagavathi // Pallassena // Palakkad // Kerala









Sri Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Amman Temple is in Pallasena Village, Palakkad District of Kerala. We
visited this during Thai Vellaikkizhamai [1st feb 2008], but posting in the blog before Aadi Vellikkizhamai [1st aug 2008]. The nearest town is Kollengodu. This place can be reached from Coimbatore in three ways... via Pollachi or via Palakkad or direct to Kollengodu after crossing Ettimadai in NH-47 towards Palakkad.

The presiding deity is MEENAKSHI..

The details of the temple as found in the net is as follows :

Meenkulathikkavu is the oldest temple of Pallasena with a mysterious origin. Tradition has it that centuries ago three families belonging to the Veerasaiva Vellalar Mannadiar clan worshipped Goddess Meenakshi as their deity. Acute drought conditions in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) drove them to seek greener pastures. Soon after their worship of their destiny in Madurai one of them took a stone from there along with their other possessions. Worshipping their stone as their friend, philosopher and guide, they trekked several places before reaching Pallasena. Enchanted by the sylvan surroundings of the villages they settled there and prospered in the diamond trade. Whenever they went on business, they offered their customary prayers to the family deity. An aged member of their clan as was his wont, went for a dip in the tank, before leaving for Madurai. He left his saleable goods and palm leaf umbrella in the care of two youths. When he came back, he was shocked when he could not lift the things he had left with the youths. An astrologer said that goddess Meenakshi had manifested herself under the umbrella and that was why this umbrella could not be moved. The place came to be known as Kudamannu.

Huge crowds came to the place to witness the miracle. Reports claim that only after four centuries, the present Meenakshi temple and the adjacent temple tank came into being on a four-acre plot. A Thirumandiram stands in testimony of the event. The Mannadiar clan has grown into 110 manais (veedus) and they conduct Navarathri, Pongal and Bhairava festivals with fervor.

A majestic structure in the Kerala style of architecture at the entrance greets the visitor. There are two entrances to the, one in the north and the other in the west. The temple tank is next to the western entrance. It is unique in that the shadow of the wall never falls on the ground. Crossing the imposing dhwajasthambha made of teakwood and covered with copper, the devotee enters the sanctum sanctorum to stand before the divine beauty and the indestructible sublimity radiating from the face of Meenakshi Amman. Devotees are not allowed to ago around the Garbhagriha. Around the main idol, the Saptha maathas or several female deities - Brahmi, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavai, Indrani, Chamundi and Varahi are installed. There are separate shrines for Ganapathi, Veerabhadra, Durga, Shiva, Bhairava, Brahma Rakshas and Ayyappa. In the adjacent hill called Vamala there are shrines for Muruga, Ganapathi, Siva, and Shasta. Navarathri, Karthigai, Mandala Vilakku, Maasi Thiruvizha, Pallivettai and Bhairava Pooja are the most celebrated events in the temple. The eight-day maasi festival includes Ottamthullal and Kathakali programs depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is customary that the deity's sword and lamp are taken in procession by the descendants of the youths who stood guard for the articles and the palm leaf umbrella. Though the Mannadiar clan is given a privileged place in the activities of the temple, members of all communities stand by one another in the conduct of the temple festivals. The unique structure of the temple and its mode of worship have gained immense popularity among the natives of the village. Devotees firmly believe that the bath in the tank (known for its abundant fish) rids one of all chronic ailments.

33 comments:

Refresher said...

very nice presentation and this blog can be used for posting your various temples visits with details too.
in fact you can add the earlier ones too, so that all can be seen at one place.
Raman.

GC said...

Very interesting posting on Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Temple. Details of Madurai Meenakshi taking HER position at Pallassena in Kerala is a real boon to the devotees who are unable to visit Madurai and have darshan of Meenakshi there.The photos are very good and brings alive the place.

Shoba Ramesh said...

Beautiful pictures and very useful and nice information...

Keep up the great work and we look fwd to continued reading...Thanks.

NARA'S NOTEPAD said...

VERY GOOD IDEA OF STARTING A BLOG.
IN FACT I LIKED TO TELL YOU LONG AGO.
ANYWAY YOU HAVE REALLY DONE IT.
IT WILL BE WONDERFUL TO SEE THE VARIOUS TEMPLES YOU VISIT IN ONE PLACE. I WELCOME YOUR BLOG. IT IS EXCELLENT. KEEP IT UP.
NARA

Lakshmi said...

very good keep it up . send details of templesin and around ekochi








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Bala said...

Very vivid presentation on Meenkulathi Bhagavathi temple with pictures.

krishnaswamy

narayanan said...

My family hail from Kollengode and Sri Meenkulathu Bhagavthy is our family deity. I consider as blessed on viewing this blog at the time when we are planning a visit to the temple in the near future.

I could gather finer information about the temple from this article that was hitheto unknown to me...

Good work; keep it up....
AVN

K. V. said...

Very Nice. Keep it up.

Jayanti said...

AWESOME!

alamelu said...

BEAUTIFUL

Raja said...

Very nice photos and info on the amman.Hats off to Mr Srinivanan.

muralidharan k said...

I belong to a well respectable family of Pallessana and this is our family deity. Every year I find time to visit at least once here. The holiness that one feels once visited is immense. The deity is very powerful . The role of my father in one of the earlier settling issues of the temple is memmorable. I seek all the blessings of the Bhagavathi always.

KRISHNAN said...

dear everyboday,
I GOT MY TOTAL LIFE BACK TO NORMAL AFTER MAJOR PROBLEMS IN FAMILY AFTER VISITING GETTING BLESSINGS FROM MEENKULATHI AMMA. I HV GONE PRAYED AND GOT EVERTHING TO NORMAL IN MY FAMILY LIFE. AMMA IS GREAT!

C.V.Ramasubramanian said...

Sir,

Originally we are brahmin and this temple is our ADIMAI KAVU (Called KULATHEIVAM).
Normally we are visiting this temple by one in year with our family.
Now a days I am visiting by once in 3 months.The Bhagavathi is very powerfull and also given informations are very useful for younger gereation like us.

Thanks for your given meesage.

C.V.Ramasubramanian
Coimbatore
0422 2423903

Krishnan said...

I am basically from Pallesana Theke gramam. However, we had our education a nearby town Tattamangalam[ Chittoor Municipality] I used to visit temple practically on every visit of mine to Kerala. Photographs are very nice.

P H Krishnan

Ambika said...

happy to see this sight-have visited temple so many time
brings in mind of all that

suresh said...

Sir,
Im very happy with the your Meenkulattu Bhagawathy temple visit and pictures you have posted in the Blog.
Actually i was in a search of temples details,you have provided a great help in finding out my Kuladaivam temple info.
I want few more info about the temple, how to reach the place and how to get to that place either from Palakkad or from Coimbatore.
Im a resident of Hyderabad, settled in Hyderabad 20 years ago.
Im a Tamil Brahmin, my ancestors are from Palakkad dist,but they migrated to Hyderabab 20yrs ago.

I will be very thankful if you could provide some more info about the temple.

Thanks
Suresh
Suresh.palakad@gmail.com

kanna said...

Thank you for the valuable information.

Careerlink Management said...

Very nice. Only the photo of Deity is not available.

Careerlink Management said...

Very nice. Only wanted the photo of Deity which is not available anywhere.

Careerlink Management said...

We recently visited this temple. Very nice. But i dont have photo of this amman. This happens to be our Kula Deivam also. Can anyone send a photo to my email id - lathapak97@rediffmail.com
Kothandaraman.

Kanchana said...

Sri Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Amman Temple.....
I never forget such a wonderful temple.. I really felt good changes after visiting ths temple... Nice Pictures.....

brameshbabu said...

BEAUTIFUL

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I never forget such a wonderful temple.. I really felt good changes after visiting ths temple IM going on monthly ones im rameshbabu singanallur coimbatore tamilnadu 9500994400

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kicha said...

Nice photograph, and write up of this very powerful deity. I never knew the histroy of this Goddess, but thanks for highlighting.

Meenkulati Bhagavati is our kuladevam, and we have been visiting this place for the last 20 years, and my father used to do it some 40 years before that.

Presently, we have a photograph of this amman in our puja room, and perform a daily pooja.

Could someone please send me the bank account no. of the trust so that i can deposit some amount regularly, since i live in Bangalore.

Warm regards to all

Krishna Aghoram

geetha said...

I'm basically Iyer and this temple is my adimai kavu.I am from Bangalore n i visit temple every month on 2nd sat n sun.
i feel very peace under the blessings of Amman.my problems are diminishing day by day and i am much happier now.Its a boon for me to have Amman as my adimai kavu

Careerlink Management said...

Very nice temple. Can anyone send me Amman's photo to my email id - lathapak97@rediffmail.com

Thanks

kanna said...

My family hail from Thennalapuram ,and v have setteled in Bangalore from past 30 yrs .Kavilamma is my family diety.Im Basically Iyer.I visit temple every month wen i find time.The holiness that one feel once is immensible.I am blessed to have her as my family diety. my problems are diminishing day by day and im very much happy now

krishna said...

I stay at Malleswaram Bangalore.
Kavilamma is my family diety.I visit the temple every now and then wenever i find time.This godess help me wenever im stuck with some problem.She is very powerful.She takes care of me as her own child.IM blessed in this way to have her as my family diety.

V.P.Prabhakar said...

The presentation is lucid and informative. The comments posted by many really imbibes more and more eagerness in me to have a darshan of goddess Meenakshi in Pallasena.I have lots of problems and I hope the goddess will clear them all.

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