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Sri Bhagavathi Amman temple
 
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Moolavar: Bhagavathi Amman
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Vadakkankarai
  District: Palakkad
  State: Kerala
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Chithirai Pratishta day in April-May; Velai Utsav on the last Friday of Masi-February-March (once in three years); Navarathri in September-October and Krishna Jayanthi in August-September are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  A festival of difference called Velai Thiruvizha is celebrated in the temple once in three years in which people of all religions join together. Though an Amman temple, kumkum is not used here.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Bhagavathi Amman Temple, Vadakkankarai, Palakkadu Kerala.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 491 250 0229 +91-491 250 4851  
    
 General Information:
     
  Seperate Santrom available for vishnu and bhagavathy.
 
     
 
Prayers
    
  It is the staunch belief of the devotees that listening to the Thottra Padal song in the temple would relieve them from all the evil effects surrounding them. If and when  female children are ill and a critical situation threatening their lives occur or any inconvenience caused to their education and for a good match in future, parents perform Alankara Puja to Amman with Thethi flowers dipped in sandal paste. 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees offer Payasam (porridge) nivedhana of many varieties as Iratti Madhuram Payasam, Kattu Payasam, milk payasam, Bhagavathi Sevai payasam etc. to Mother Bhagavati. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Lord Krishna graces the devotees facing west and Ambica the west.  As Kannagi lost her husband and came here as Bhagavati, kumkum, jasmine flowers and incense sticks are not used in the temple.
Thottra Padal, a song based on the life of Kannagi is sung in the temple on the last Friday of Masi month (February-March) and on the Punarvasu star day in Chithirai festival in April-May.  People with sweet tone sing the song.  Listening to the song would relieve the devotee of all the evil effect on him/her, is their staunch belief.  The story of Mother Bhagavathi is described in the song.  The singers undertake a fasting – Viradham – for 41 days.
People bring their children to the shrine for relief of Bala Peetas – health problems affecting children.  As Kannagi has come here as Bagavathi, She is particular that no woman should meet with widowhood as happened to her.  Women pray for the longevity of their Mangal Sutras.  For healthy and a happy marital life of female children, devotees perform Alankara Puja to Bhagavathi with Thethi flowers dipped in sandal, known as Raktha Pushpanjali.
Mother Bhagavathi is fond of a Payasam –Iratti Madhuram with excessive sweetness.  People offer this nivedhana to Mother on their birth star days.  It is believed that this prayer would bring fortunes beyond their imagination.  Besides this payasam, Kattu payasam, milk payasam and Bhagavathi Sevai payasam nivedhanas are offered at night pujas.
As the Pooram festival in Trissur, Velai festival is celebrated in an elaborate manner in the Vadakkankarai Bhagavathi temple once in three years.  This is a festival jointly celebrated by people of all religions.  All the people undertake a fasting during the 10 days of the festival.  Kummatti worship is famous during these days.  People dance here as Amman with Her Bhooda Ganas.  This is similar to the dance of devotees in Kulasekharan Pattinam in Tuticorin district in Tamilnadu.  This is a prayer commitment.  The event of lighting lamps in 36 cups is very famous called Palamaram Murippu.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  Kannagi, after setting ablaze Madurai, proceeded to the Malayalam region.  Kannadathu Bhagavathi, Kannu Kottum Bhagavathi and Pullukkottai Aiyan also accompanied Her.  Realizing that they possess all divine influence and powers, Malayalam people built a temple for Kannagi in Nadapathi Mannam, and a temple for Kannadathu Bhagavathi and Kannu Kottum Baghavathi in a place called Pirayari.  The temple was damaged during foreign invasions and the idols were broken to pieces.  The devotees however found the Peeta of the Bhagavathi idol and installed it near the Vishnu Temple in Tirupuraikal Vadakkanthurai.  As the Athi Tree and the Peeta were blessed with divinity, Mother Bhagavathi came here to stay.  She blessed her devotees with boons they asked.  A big temple came into being with Mother Bhagavathi installed as a small pillar.  
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The temple celebrates Velai Thiruvizha elaborately once in three years. People of all faiths join together in the celebration. Though an Amman temple, kumkum is not used here.
 
     
 
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