Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple
Devoted to Goddess Parvati is a popular temple called “Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple” located in the Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu. It is considered to be one of the most renowned Hindu temples in the state. It is also popular in Kerala with a large number of pilgrims from the Kollam district visiting this temple on a frequent basis throughout the year. Additionally, a festival called “Kodai festival” is celebrated at this temple with a large number of people attending it especially women. Important travel information related to this “sacred” temple is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple:
The ideal time to visit this temple is in between October to March during the winters when the climate is pleasant with, the temperatures ranging from a maximum of 34 degree Celsius to a minimum of 17 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple?
Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station is located in Nagercoil. The Nagercoil Railway Station is well connected to major cities such as Tirunelvelli, Trivandrum etc. Taxi services to this temple are available from this railway station.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services that are available from Nagercoil that are well connected to major cities and town in the state.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Thiruananthapuram in Kerala. The Thiruananthapuram Airport is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.
c. Religious significance:
A myth states that once at the site of this temple Sankaracharya along with his disciples was performing the Srichakra Puja. It so happened that the chakra that is usually used during this puja apparently did not return. As a result of which the acharya stayed back at the site and attained Samadhi (i.e. a state of intense of concentration achieved through yoga just before or at death). It is at this site that an anthill began to grow. It was then a king belonging to Kerala called Marthanda Varma who was well informed about the acharya’s Samadhi who built a temple at the site of the anthill that today is popularly referred to as the “Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple”.
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