Meenkulathi Temple Pallassana

The Meenkulathi Temple is located in Pallassena, a village in southern India. Meenkulathikkavu is the oldest temple in Pallasena. Tradition has it that centuries ago three families belonging to the Veerasaiva Mannadiar clan worshipped the goddess Meenakshi as their deity.

An acute drought in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) drove them to seek greener pastures. Whenever they went on business, they offered their customary prayers to the family deity. An aged member of their clan went for his customary bath before leaving on a trip home. He left his valuables and a palm leaf umbrella in the care of two youths. When he came back, he was shocked when he could not lift the things he had left with the youths. An astrologer said that Meenakshi had manifested herself under the umbrella and that was why it could not be moved. Huge crowds came there to witness the miracle. The place came to be known as Kudamannu.

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The present Meenakshi temple and the adjacent temple tank were constructed over the next four centuries. A Thirumandiram was written as a testimony to the event. The Mannadiar clan has grown into 110 manais (veedus).They conduct Navarathri, Pongal and Bhairava festivals.


Navarathri, Karthigai, Mandala Vilakku, Maasi Thiruvizha, Pallivettai and Bhairava Pooja are the most celebrated events in the temple. The eight-day maasi festival includes Ottamthullal and Kathakali programs depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is customary that the deity's sword and lamp are taken in procession by the descendants of the youths who stood guard over the valuables and the palm leaf umbrella.

Though the Mannadiar clan is given a privileged place in the activities of the temple, members of the entire community participate in the conduct of the temple festivals. The unique structure of the temple and its mode of worship have gained immense popularity among the natives of the village. Devotees firmly believe that the bath in the tank (known for its abundant fish) rids one of all chronic ailments.

Address: JMP4+56R, Karipode Pallassena Road, Vadakkethara, Pallassana, Kerala 678505

Phone: 04923 268 495

Meenkulathi Temple Pallassana Entry Details

Meenkulathi Temple Dress Code:
For Men: Dhoti or Mundu without shirts or banyan
For Women’s: Saree and Pavada are allowed. (Salvar sets and modern dresses are not allowed)

How to Reach Meenkulathi Temple

By Air:
Meenkulathi Temple is 2 hr 11 min (98.2 km) via NH544

By Rail:
Meenkulathi Temple is 38 min (19.0 km) via Palakkad - Koduvayur - Meenakshipuram Hwy

By Road:
Meenkulathi Temple is 16 min (8.3 km) via Pudunagaram Kollengode Rd

 The place came to be known as Kudamannu

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