Spiritual Tourism 42, Heavens on Earth -
The Thirumandhankunnu Kali Temple
Kalidasa was initially a fool. One minister conspired against the King and made Kalidasa marry the Princess. The Princess, knowing that he was a layman, threw him out. Kalidasa took refuge in a Kali Temple. Mother Kali revealed Herself to him and wrote on his tongue the sacred Syllable AUM, which symbolises all the three relative states as well as the Fourth, Transcendental Consciousness ! Then Poetry and Philosophy flowed out of him. The stupefied Princess asked " Asthi Kaschith Vagvilasah? " ( From whence this eloquence? ). Mother Divine had made him one of the greatest poets the world had ever known.
In Jnana Yogic terms, his mind slipped into Transcendental Consciousness, thereby contacting the Self and from him arose the Fountain of Poesy !
This magnificent Temple is in Malappuram District. Legend has it that the King of Mandhata renounced worldly life and became a Yogi. He wanted the Ellipsoid Siva Linga to worship, as the Formless Brahman was difficult to contemplate. Lord Siva gave him the Linga at Kailas. Parvathy got furious, as She was very much attached to that Linga. She sent Kali to retrieve the Linga. Kali with her warriors, went to get the Linga, but then they were held in abeyance by the Yogic powers of the King ! A truce was declared, Ganesh had come with Parvathy and we find that both Parvathy and Ganesh are the sub- deities, along with the Main Deity, Kali !
The Annual Festival occurs on the day when Moon tenants Mrigasira constellation and when the Sun is in Meena.
Devotees report amazing results and this is the most important Puja.Unmarried people book for this Puja, whicih is performed to Lord Ganesh,, with Appam, Ada, Payasam and Kadali fruits.