Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Temple festival 2018
Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Temple festival 2018 (Kodai / Koda) will be started on 04.03.2018, with the hoisting of flag ceremony. This festival is celebrated for 10 day. It is one of the Greatest and Famous Festival in Kanyakumari District.
Masi Festival / Mandaikadu Kodai or Koda
This is the most important and largest festival observed in this world famous Bhagavathi Temple situated at Mandaikadu, 2 kms. from Colachel in Kanyakumari District. This Temple is called as the “Sabarimalai” of Women.
On 4th March early morning at 4.30 AM, the Temple doors are opened. Ganapathi Homam at 5.00 A.M., Panchabishegam at 6.00 A.M and Deeparathanai at 6.30 A.M. The flag is hoisted morning between 6.45 AM and 7.30 AM.
Afernoon at 1.00 P.M., there is Uchchi Kaala Pujai followed by Annathaanam.
Evening at 6.00 P.M., there is 9000 lamps “Thiruvilakku Pujai” , followed by “Sayaratchai Pujai” at 6.30 P.M. At 9.00 P.M, there is “Aththazha Pujai”.
On every day during this festival, goddess is taken around the streets of the Temple in Procession.
Valiya Padukkai (Maha Pujai)
On 9th March 2018 (Friday), Valiya Padukkai (Maha Puja) will be held at midnight 12.00 to 1.00. It is the 6th day of the Festival which is very important and has more specialty.
On 13th March 2018 (Tuesday), Odukku Pujai will be held at midnight 12.00 to 1.00. This is the final day of the festival.
After the festival is over, the eighth day is called as Ettam Kodai. This year 2018, the Ettam Kodai is on 20.03.2018 ( 20th March, 2018 Tuesday).
Meenabharani is on 21st March, 2018 (21st March,2018 Wednesday).
Full Arrangements by Govt. for Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Temple festival 2018
Vast people come from Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The Tamil Nadu Government has made necessary arrangements like
* Special busses from Nagercoil, Thuckalay, Marthandam, Kanyakumari, Kulasekharam, Kaliyakkavilai etc.
* Special bus stand in Mandaikadu.
* Medical Emergency aid & Drinking water facility, etc.
Also the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation operates special bus service from Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) for Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Temple festival 2018.