Mangla Devi Temple

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Mangla Devi Temple Situated at an altitude of 1337 m above the sea level, Mangala Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Mangala. The temple lies in Kerala-Tamil Nadu boundary and is 13 km from Kumily. Built in the Pandian style of architecture, this ancient temple stands amidst thick forest. Devotees from in and around Thekkady throng this place on the Chithra Pournami festival day which held once in a year. Special permission is required from the Chief Conservator of Forests, Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram to pay a visit to the temple. The temple can be reached only by means of jeeps from Kumily. The temple which is of utmost historical importance is built with huge rocks with beautiful carvings. Among the remnants available today, there are visible evidences to prove the existence of a big structure before the arrival of temple-invaders. The saddest part is that, none of the Governments are willing to preserve the temple for coming generations.It is a pity to note that authorities are doing nothing to preserve and renovate the temple. It is trees and weeds grown all over the ceiling and compound walls, the idol of main deity Kannaki is missing - so bad is the present plight of the temple. An idol of Ganapathi also can be seen among the ruins, which if not preserved immediately will be lost forever.

Responsible governments must take immediate measures to protect and preserve a Temple that holds the gateway to a past golden era which significantly indicates the growth of art and sculpture in past.To deviate from it's responsibility will be a crime committed towards a great civilization and history.

Mangala Devi also reminds us of a greater conspiracy in the name of secularism, that denies rights to the majority Hindus to protect their places of worship as the Temple is owned by Government and not by devotees.



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