Mangala Devi Temple is one of the most revered temples in Thekkady. The 1000 -year old temple lies in the dense green environs on the borders of the Periyar National Park. Located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the blessed environs of Western Ghats, the temple offer scenic views of the verdant Periyar forest from its height 1337 meters above sea level.
Much is not known about the history of the temple, though from the style of architecture it is dated back to the rule of the Pandya King. The ancient temple is constructed in huge stones and granite with intricate work of scriptures on the stone walls. The presiding deity of the temple is Mangaladevi, also known as Kannaki. The revered Goddess has been a symbol of the moral powers possessed by women, enabling them to accomplish whatever they want as long as their cause is just. The grandeur of the temple has been ravaged by time but its glory still shines through.
The temple is open to devotees only once a year during the month of April / May for the Chithra pournami celebrations. On the full moon day, priests of Tamil Nadu and Kerala conduct ritualistic prayers at the temple. Prior permission from Periyar forest department is needed to make the trek to the temple.
Best time to visit: April or May during Chithra pournami (Full moon day in month of Chithra Poornima)
Visit Timings: 2-3 Hours