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Malikappuram

Malikappuram

MalikaAround 100 yards (91.4 metres) to the right side of the Sree Ayyappan shrine in Sabarimala rests the shrine of Malikappurathamma.

It is said that the Malikappurathamma is Madhura Meenakshi, the Kula Paradevatha of Pandalam Royal Family which has conections with Pandya Dynasty.

The main rituals at Maalikappuram temple are Pattudayada, Pottu, Chandu, Kanmashi, Vala and Bhagavati Seva. Rolling of coconuts (thengai urutt) is another major ritual which is performed in this temple.

The sub deities in this temple are Nagaraja, Navagrahas, and KochuKadathuSwami. Malikappurathamma is taken from MalikapuramTemple to Saramkuthi in a pageant every year. This procession is adorned with traditional music including pandy melam. The same procession will return to Malikappuram in a silent manner which symbolizes the grief of Devi who sees thousands of arrows at Saramkuthy. This is a symbolic ritual to know whether any Kanni Ayyappas have visited to Sabarimala.

After seeing thousands of arrows at Saramkuthi, the Devi sadly returns to her shrine and will wait till next season commence. The Manimandapam, where Ayyappa meditated to become the Moorthy is also situated here.

There was only a Peeda Prathishta (holy seat) at Malikappuram till the fire disaster in Sabarimala. The idol of Malikappurathamma was installed by Brahmasree Kandararu Maheswararu Thanthri. The Devi at Malikappuram holds a Sankh, Chakram and Varada Abhya Mudras. Now the idol is covered with a gold Golaka.

The temple also was reconstructed in the last decade and now the conical roof and sopanam is covered with gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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