Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Visit Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to the goddess Kannaki. Observe the sculpted facades of the temple adorned with the images of hundreds of gods and goddesses, and the interior idol of Kannaki, bejeweled and furnished with ornaments of gold. This place of worship holds multiple festivals throughout the year, most famously the Attukal Pongala in February--attracting over 3 million women, it ranks as the largest religious gathering of women in the world. Add Attukal Bhagavathy Temple and other attractions to your Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary using our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner .
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  • The temple is one of the most famous in India. There is an annual festival day exclusive for women and there is a Guiness world record for the same for most number of women attending an event. A very ...  more »
  • I visited in morning hrs so it was less crowded & some pooja was going on which was interesting to watch. Inside you are not allowed to take pictures. Also one of the interesting thing was the way the...  more »
  • We were taken to this temple before going to Padmanabha swamy temple by the driver. There were banners saying this temple is called women’s sabarimala and looks like this dedicated to Kannagi. We had ...  more »
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  • Being in the Guinness world records for the most number of females gathering for a particular festival connected to the temple, one would expect a gigantic temple, but what you can see is a simple beautiful temple. The ground near the temple would host a lot of cultural programs which can be enjoyed during festival season.
  • This temple is awarded with guiness world of record for most women gathering. Lot of space for parking. Indian coffee house also available near to parking area. Temple has their own auditorium to the right side of temple entrance. Route through Manacadu is very narrow. Good to opt route from Killipalam.
  • very powerful devi temple. 'Attukal Ponagalu' is the world famous due to the guiness record it creates every year. Must visit place for everyone.
  • Amazing temple with very co-operative staff I have visited this temple for 1st time but I got the wonderful experience Tq for well maintainers
  • Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, one of the ancient temples of South India, is popularly described as Sabarimala of the Women, as women form the major portion of devotees. The Goddess Kannaki (Bhagavathy) is the main deity in this temple. Attukal Pongala is the main festival of this temple. Attukal Pongala Mahotsavam is a 10 days festival which falls on February - March every year (Malayalam month of Kumbham). The festival begins on the Karthika star with the traditional Kappukettu and Kudiyiruthu ceremony, the idol of Devi, is embellished with Kappu. The 9th day of the festival, 'Pooram day' is the major attraction, The Attukal Pongala day and the festival will conclude with the Kuruthitharpanam at 10th day makam star night. Millions of women gather every year in the month of Kumbham around this temple and prepare Pongala. Mythological BackgroundThe story goes that the Goddess Bhagavathy revealed herself to a fervent devotee of a notable family viz. Mulluveettil family. It is said that one evening a young girl appeared before the head of the family while he was performing his oblations in the Killi river and requested him to help her cross the river. Impressed by her charismatic demeanour, the- old man bent before her with awe and reverence and not only helped her cross the river but took her to his house nearby. Strangely enough, while the household members were amidst preparations for intending a warm welcome to the young girl, she vanished. That very night she appeared as an icon before the old man in his dream and demanded that he should establish an abode for her in the nearby sacred ground of shrubs and herbs (kavu), at a consecrated spot marked by three lines. The next morning the old man went to the spot revealed to him in the dream and to his great surprise he did find three marks indented on the ground. He lost no time in erecting a temple on this consecrated spot to house the Goddess. Many years later, the building was renovated by the local devotees. They also installed a beautiful and majestic icon of the Deity with four arms, bearing weapons of destruction in each, like spear, sword, shield etc. The consecration ceremony of this Exalted Being was performed by no less a person than the high priest of the Badarinath Temple.

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