After two years the district administrations of Theni in Tamil Nadu and Idukki in Kerala have proposed to conduct the annual Kannagi festival at the famous ‘Mangala Devi Temple’ situated between Tamil Nadu and Kerala forests.
Mangala Devi Kannagitemple is a historic temple located in the Idukki District of Kerela bordering Tamil Nadu, about 7 km from Pazhiyankudi in Theni district and 15 kmfrom Thekkady in Idukki
Cheran Chenguttuvan, the king of ancientTamilakam had erected the temple for Kannagi around 2000 years back at Vannathipaarai and called it 'Kannagi Kottam' or 'Mangaladevi Kannagi temple‘.
It sits at an altitude of about 1,337 m above the mean sea level.
It is celebrated around the ‘Chitra poornima festival’.
Significance of the festival
Thousands of devotees come from the states of kerela and tamil nadu to take the blessings of the goddess.
It is celebrated on the Poornima, hence believed by the locals that the shrine was made by king on this day.
At the temple, pujas were performed with flowers, milk and honey.
Yaha puja and milk pot processions were conducted. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees.
The Department of Siddha led by Dr. Sirajudeen offered ‘nilavembu’ to the devotees as a precaution.
Nilavembu- Nilavembu is a herbal tonic that is made from herbs that helps to boost immunity and support overall body health.
This tonic has been used in Siddha medicine since time immemorial and it is considered helpful in fever, headache, body ache and fatigue.