Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple, Kanyakumari Overview

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple, previously Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple, is a renowned temple near Colachel in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Built in Kerala's traditional temple architectural-style, it lies near the seashore. A unique feature of this temple is its' presiding deity - an ant hill with five heads, standing at a tall 15 feet. The local belief is that the ant hill grows gradually. It is also referred to as 'Women's Sabarimala'.

The main festival celebrated here is the Kodaivazha, during the month of Masi.

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Legend

It is believed that during one of Sri Shankaracharya's Srichakra puja conducted here, the Srichakra did not turn as it should have upon completion of the puja. After this, he continued to stay here and attained his samadhi here. The srichakra having been sourced to this spot last is said to have caused this ant-hill to grow, and continues to grow every year.

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