Ammankovil Devi / Bhadrakali Temple
Dedicated to the Goddess Durga and Bhadra Kali is situated in Sathamcotta Manakkara, one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Kollam. This temple has a difference with other temples that Devi is looking towards North direction. Kuthiyottam is the famous vazhipad here. Kaaliyoot, Pooppadathullal, Manjaneeratu, Kuruthi, Marakara pongal, Manjapongal etc are some of the important follow here. Come and experience a special form of happiness as you get a darshan of Goddess Bhadrakali at this temple. Ammankuda Maholsavam (Yearly Temple Festival for 8 days) is celebrated during the Malayalam month of Meenam; Starts on 2nd Tuesday of Meenam and ends on 3rd Tuesday of Meenam every year.
Ammankovil Devi temple opens regularly on all 1st day of Malayalam month, Tuesdays and Fridays. Other than this, temple opens on all special occasions like Deepavali, Thiruvonam, Durgashtami, Mahanavami, Vijayadasami etc. Mandalakalam is on Malayalam month Vrischikam. 41 days of Chirappu will be happening every year. In the 41st day Pooppadathullal will happen, and then temple will close for 1 week. After the week temple open along with “Manjappongal” (Yellow pongal).
Kuthiyottam at Sasthamcotta Ammankovil
Kuthiyottam is one of the main offering at the Ammankovil Devi Temple. Young boys between 4 to 14 years are taught Kuthiyottam, a ritual dance. After the circumambulation the boys stands at a position facing the Sreekovil and begins to dance.
MAKARAPPONGAL is another important offering at Ammankovil Devi Temple. This will happen every year. The offering is made on the the Malayalam month Makaram last Sunday. The offering ‘Pongala’ is prepared using rice, jaggery and coconut and is cooked in two to three hours’ time.
The people born under Viswakarma community perform the religious rituals at Ammankovil Temple.
Location and Contact details: Temple situated in Manakkara, Sasthamcotta (Near Excise Office). It is in the Petrol Station – Filter house road. Phone : 00 91 9287 983381.
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