Temple opens at 5 .00 A.M in the morning and closes after morning Poojas at 10.45 AM.
In the evening temple opens at 5 P.M and closes at 7.45 P.M
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Manakkattu Sree Bhadra Temple is believed to be built in early 19thcentury. But there is no dependable or authentic documents to prove this beyond doubt mainly because our forefather's least interest to record the details.
As per Grandma Stories
Once upon a time this area was spread by contagious small pox and a lot of people especially small children began to die. As the local Doctors(Vaidhyans) failed to suppress this vast spreading disease, local chieftains' set out find a way to rescue the villagers. After a few weeks of fruitless wandering they were spending a night under a banyan tree. They were much disappointed and tired. Then an old man came asked about their depression. Impressed by the personality of the old man, they told him about the disaster that fell upon their native place. The old man consoled them and lead them to a near by house and asked to take rest at the outhouse (Padipura).He promised that they will get the solution next day morning. The travellers felt relaxed and they fell in to the sleep with a light mind. Next morning the Head of the House (Karanavar) came and enquired about them. They told him all thestory. After listeningthem, he went to the puja room and after spending some time in meditation(dhaynam) returned to inform that this disaster could be avoided only be the help of Goddess Bhadrakali. If they build shrine at their native land he will come there install the idol of Bhadrakali. He reveled that he belongs to thanthric family (Manakkattumana) who had power to install idol in Temples. The travellers become happy and as per his instruction returned to their birth place ie Chirakadavu. When they reached the present temple spot a heavy rain & lightening came and all the trees in this spot were burnt.Taking this as sign the local chieftains with the help of natives build a Sreekovil (shrine). The Thanthri from Manakkatu Mana came and installed the idol of Bhadrakali the temple known as Manakkattu Temple.
The idol is KanadiBimbam made of Panchaloha. (KannadiBimbam had no specific image - but plain like a mirror. Panchaloham is a compound of 5 metals: Copper - 52.5 %,Silver 25 % Gold 12.5 %, lead 7.5 %, iron 2.5 %).After tantric rituals he invoked the energy of Bhadrakali to the new idol from the idol installed at their family temple (Sreeporkali temple).Then he appointed Velichapadu (representative of Goddess). This Velichapadu visited all the diseased families,showered Guruthitheertham and Manjalprasadam (Turmeric Powder) all over the body ailing people. Very soon the disaster suppressed. Afterwards whenever any disaster came, this velichapadu will visit the suffering family and shower Guruthitheerthamand they will get cured. The local chieftains - they were known as Ettuveeder is the Eight families (Mulavelil,Thenganamattom,Kadampanattu,Thaingannoor/Thaithazhattu, Perumbrakunnel, Anikkattu/Thevalakkattu, chittadam. Mannthani,Mazhuvancherri Vallikuzhimattom) brought a Poojari (Santhi) from Thambalakadu for conducting pooja.
There is another version of the above story is also popular and the story is as follows.
Once upon a time there lived a Saint in the family of Thaingannoor in Chirakkadavu.He had many divine powers and had capacity to control and suppress evil powers like Yakshi,Gandharvas,Ghost etc.Being very kind to everybody irrespective of cast and creed he was liked and respected by all the villagers. Often he was invited even to distant places for conducting rituals to destroy or suppress Yakshi,Gandharvas or other evil spirits.Usually he used to nail these evil spirits to a Kanjiram tree(Nux Vomica Tree) or invoke them to an idol and install at a suitable spot. These spirits will have to lie in that position for years.On one occasion one Yakshi pleaded to the Saint to spare her.She promised to come with him and stay at his house without doing any harm to anybody.
The Saint felt pity on her and took to her to his house as per her request and allowed her to stay in the “Arapura” (the main central room of old type wooden house), but put a magical knot on her to prevent her from harming others.The Yakshi didn’t like this magical knot without considering the word she had given (will not harm anybody).So she also put some conditions that the Arapura and premises must be kept pure like a Temple.When coming from outside nobody should enter the house without taking bath, unclean, and low cast people must not enter or touch the Saint within the padipura.If any of these conditions were violated the magical knot will automatically break & she will escape & had freedom to do anything.
Saint only had his aged mother who was leading a very pious life at home.So the conditions were very simple to him and he readily agreed.Thus the Yakshi started to live in the house of Saint & and she helped the aged mother to do the house hold work.The Yakshi was visible only to the Saint and the mother and to them she appeared as a beautiful girl.Saint didn’t tell his mother that this girl is a Yakshi as it would scare the aged mother and so she naturally thought that her son brought a girl from somewhere to help her.Others couldnt' see her and could see her only by looking at her when touching the saint or mother. The Yakshi put conditions mainly to hide her presence in the house.
After a while the Saint had to go for a journey and it took weeks to return.On his arrival one of his labors (belonging to low cast) with the joy of seeing his master after a long time came running to him and by mistakenly touched the Saint who was just inside the padipura.The Yakshi who was then standing in front of the arapura saw the labor touching the saint. Thus the oath given to the Yakshi was broken and at moment itself the Yakshi broke the magical knot and escaped from the saint’s home.
She became violent and started to attack and kill people.She also spread the smallpox and other similar contagious diseases all over the gramam (village). Villager’s especially younger ones began to die one by one. The Saint was helpless, yet with some chieftains of the gramam he set out for finding an able man who could rescue the villagers from this evil power. After a long wandering they reached ManakkattuMana (Famous TantricBrahmin family) and the Karanavar(head) of the family after knowing about this tragedy agreed to help them. (It is believed that the God of Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple -Lord Siva himself- directed them to this Manakkattu Mana).He told them that this evil could be avoided only by the help of Sree Bhadrakali-the Upasanamoorthy of their family. If they could erect a Shrine (sreekovil) at their village- he will come there and install the idol of Sree Bhadra and it will help to end all the sufferings.
As per the instruction of Karanavar of Manakkattu Mana they return to their native place Chirakkadavu and erected a small Sreekovil, informed the Karanavar of the Manakkattu Mana.Then he came to the village and accepted the request of the villagers to be the Thandri of the proposed temple and then he installed a “KannadiBimbam” (made of Panchaloha) and invoked the Chaithanya (energy) of Sree Bhadra to it.
In the Sreekovil three idols Kodumkali and Yakshi on both sides of main deity SreeBhadra were installed. It is believed that the Sree Bhadra with the help of Kodumkali is keeping Yakshi under her feet.After installing the deity the Thandri appointed a Velichapad(representative of Goddess) from chieftains of gramam and a Santhi(Poojari) to do poojas.With their help of Thandri conducted Panthirukalam Guruthi and distributed the Guruthitheertham to all villagers.Gradually the diseases and the child deaths etc subsided.During the installation of deity the Thandri directed villagers to conduct Panthirukalam Guruthy after every twelve years in order to keep away all the grief, misfortunes away and bring prosperity to all members of this village.
But as time went on like other many temples in Kerala, this temple also got ignored. Even the day today functioning too became difficult. Then the Poojari at that period met Local Vellala Community leaders (Leading Community in Chirakadavu) and requested take over the responsibility of temple functioning. They took over the functioning and they collected a fund for the day to day functioning of the temple. From then onwards the functioned with the interest of the fund till 1998.