The Thirumandhamkunnu temple is veritably the heart of Angadipuram which was the capital of Valluvanad, a medieval state in the pre British era. an oasis of peace and in situated on a top of a hill. The principle deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. Other dieties include Thirumandham kunnu devi and Lord Ganesha. The idol of thirumandham kunnu devi is very big and is made of wood.
The temple is very famous for the following:
Sree moola sthanam - The sivalinga here is still in split condition .Its position is below the “peedam” and “Prabhamandalam” and can be seen only during the abhisheka before the ushapooja and “Malarnivedia” to the deity.
Mangalya pooja - The famous offering to the god for marriage. If a person decides to do this offering then it has be done three times (once a year) even he/she gets married in those three years.
Angadippuram pooram - This is the 11 day old festival and it is very colorful. I haven't seen such a long temple festival celebrated anywhere else in the world. The site of the elephants carrying the goddess is a treat to watch when they go through all of the steps to reach down to take the ritual bath and poojas for the diety.
Things to note for first-time visitors:
1. Non-Hindus are not allowed in the temple.
2. Pants and salwars/churidars are not allowed in the temple. There are several shops nearby where you can buy a good kasavu mundu on the way to the temple.
3. Cell phones are not allowed in the temple, please respect the temple rules and either don't take them to the temple or leave them in the safekeeping of the temple officials - people have done so and got their belongings back safely. Please do not hide phones in handbags - they are searched thoroughly.
4. To get a close look at all of the deities, it is necessary to take a ticket for any pooja/naivilakku - which can be procured for a very nominal amount at the entrance or further into the temple just before entering the inner sanctorum.
5. Men has to taken off upper shawl, if any, while paying respects to deity as its part of royal rites of Kerala and all must make half bent and retain in same position, untill exit from the main mandapam.
6. If you wish to get the prasadam of some offerings like thrumaduram, Nai payasam,palpaayasam, you may have to book it the previous day or get it from the booking office.
Things to see in the temple complex once you have got a darshan:
1. Go to the Sree moolasthnam
2. Mandhadhavu maharshi
3 Paara kadavu - backside of the temple hill. Be prepared to get down all of the steps down to the pond and get back.
4. The big aal maram and the kodi maram.
5. The mandapam where kaliyattam, ottan thullal etc are conducted during pooram.
6. Ambala vedi which is done after each pooja.
This is perhaps only Hindu temple in the world to perform 5 poojas everyday.
Usha pooja - morning around 6.00 AM
Pantheeradi - morning around 9.30 AM
Ucha pooja - morning around 11.30 AM
After Ucha pooja, the temple closes and re-opens for Thirunju pantheeradi
Thirinchu pantheeradi - evening around 4.30 PM
Atthazha pooja - evening around 8.00 PM
Kalampattu - This happens if someone has prebooked for this or during the mandalakalam when it happens for 41 days. This offering starts after Athazha pooja.
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