Anthinadu Mahadeva Temple - Puthiyakavu Devi Temple
Anthindau is a small village with an unmatched natural beauty, near Pala in Kottayam District of Kerala. Sree Mahadeva Temple and Puthiyakavu Devi Temple are the main attractions of this serene land.
Puthiyakavu Devi Temple
Puthiyakavu Devi Temple is situated on the northern side of Mahadeva Temple. Goddess Bhadrakali in Abheeshta Varadayini Bhava is worshipped in this temple.
The Moola Kshetra of Puthiyakavu Devi Temple is the Kizhathadiyoor Puthiyakavu Devi Temple (at Chethimattam in Pala Muncipality). Devotees from Anthinadu were regular visitors at this temple. But, the devotees were attacked by burglars many times at Payappar over a thousand year ago. After these incidents devotees were unable to make journey through that region. So they prayed to Goddess Puthiyakavilamma for a solution. Seeing the difficulties of Her devotees, Devi told them that she would come to Anthinadu. Later Goddess spread Her divine aura to Anthinadu and devotees made a temple to worship Her. They named the new temple as Puthiyakavu temple to remember the connection with Kizhathadiyoor Puthiyakavu temple.
There are many other Puthiyakavu Temples in Kerala like Kilimanoor Puthiyakavu, Kollam Puthiyakavu, Karunagappally Puthiyakavu, Mavelikkara Puthiyakavu, Ayroor Puthiyakavu, Ponkunnam Puthiyakavu, Thrippunithura Puthiyakavu, Munambam Machanthuruthu Puthiyakavu, Ancheri Puthiyakavu, Manakkalpadi Puthiyakavu, Madakkil Puthiyakavu and Kumarakam Puthiyakavu. The word “Puthiya” means new and “Kavu” means an ecosystem where typical flora and fauna exist. In Kerala context Kavu symbolizes a dwelling place of a divine deity. Goddess Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy was worshipped by many of the devotees in Kerala at Kodungalloor. During the course of time the Kali worship in Kerala became popular and Kali temples in the form of Kavus were built. These temples/kavus were named as Puthiyakavu. This is to differentiate them from the old Kali temple at Kodungalloor which is considered as the origin of all Putthiyakavus.
Thanthri and Melsanthi
Irinjalakkuda Payyappalli Illam Madhavan Nampoothiri is the Thanthri of both Mahadeva Temple and Puthiyakavu Temple. He served as Melasanthi at Thrissur Vadakkunnatha Temple and is presently Thanthri of many temples including Arppookkara Subrahmanya Swami Temple and Payyappar Sree Dharma Sastha Temple. Kallampally Namppothiri is the Melsanthi of Mahadeva temple.
Sub Deities (Upadevathas)
Rakshass, Nagraja, Naga Yakshi, Nagadevathas, Yakshi, Mahavishnu, Ganapathy, Ayyappa and Durga are the subdeities of Mahadeva Temple. Nagadevathas, Rakshas and Khandakarnan are the subdeities of Puthiyakavu Temple.
The temples are managed by Anthinad N.S.S Karayogam
How to Reach
The temple is situated at Anthinadu in Punalur – Muvattupuzha State Highway near Pala Municipality and is easily accessible. There are many K.S.R.T.C buses from Pala to Thodupuzha through Anthinadu. The bus stop is called Anthinadu Temple stop. The Pala KSRTC bus station is 6 K.M away from the temple and Thodupuzha KSRTC bus station is 18 K.M away and Kottayam KSRTC bus station is 32 K.M away. K.S.R.T.C operates chain services from Kottayam to Thodupuzha via Pala in every 15 minutes. Local private buses from Pala to Thodupuzha/Melukavu/ Kurumannu/Neloor/Ramapuram are available from Pala Town/Kottaramattam bus stands. The nearest railway station is at Kottayam. The temple is 30 kilometers away from Kottayam Railway Station. The nearest airport is the Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery about 60 KM away from the temple.
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