A temple on an isle between the Arabian sea and a national waterway
Earlier it was hard to spot the Kattil Mekkathil Devi temple while travelling on the national highway or through Kollam – Alappuzha national waterways as there was no sign of a temple there. The temple is located in an isle like place at Ponmana in Kollam district. But today, things have changed. Now, the importance of the temple is clear and the number of vehicles parked nearby even early in the morning proves it. Now, it’s hard to see this temple without devotees and tourists.
Boat and Ro Ro services are available to reach the temple from Ponmana. Then a brief walk on the sand leads to the temple. The temple premise always has a festive mood with sellers and crowd. A heap of sand nearby was made by Rare Earth factory by dumping waste sand after filtering mining sand. Wild plants and flowers add colour to the heap of sand. Alappad that grabbed the attention recently due to black sand mining is close to the temple.
The deity here is Bhadrakali, locally known as ‘Kattil Mekkathil Amma’. Devotional articles can be bought in the counter, among which a bell is most sought after. Bell that is blessed from the temple should be tied on the banyan tree after encircling the tree seven times. According to believes, doing so will actualize ones dreams. The number of bells prove how deep the belief is.
To the west of the temple is the Arabian sea and to the eastern side is T S Canal. The captivating view of the temple located on an isle filled with coconut trees attracts non-believers too. Temple festival here is during Vrishchika month. Many including Tamilians arrive here for the 12-day long festival. Devotees stay here for bhajans in small tents. Thousands of tents will be made here for this purpose.
Other programmes are thottampattu, visheshal pooja, annadhanam, thankayanki procession, vrishchika pongal and thirumudi aarattu. The number of devotees for pongal has increased over time. Aroma of payasam spread the area.
As we arrived at the beach, fishermen were reaching the shore with fishes in their fibre boats. They empty their nets and collect the fish and crabs in baskets. Lorries with black sand were also running there. It was by 8 pm we took a bath in the sea. Ro Ro service would witness a rush at this time with devotees and tourists.
How to reach Kattil Mekkathil Devi temple
Those reaching by train can go to the temple by an autorickshaw from Karunagappally. If it is by bus, visitors can get down at Chavara and take an autorickshaw to Kottaram Kadavu. Ro Ro service will be available from there to the temple. KSRTC local buses also conduct services to the destination from Karunagappally and Kollam.
At the eastern side of the temple is the national waterway. A boat journey to the temple from Kollam or Alappuzha would also be interesting.
Contact numbers of the temple: 8296620092, 9446286690