Kattil Mekkathil is a Devi temple at Ponmara, Chavara in Karunagappily Taluk of Kollam, with awesome views of the Arabian Sea and TS Canal. Believers throng to the temple to pray deeply because they believe that when you pray with love and devotion, the goddess would grant their wishes. The main deity here is Bhadrakali, and the locals call her Kattil Mekkathil Amma’.
It might be a little difficult to spot the temple when you travel along the national highway, but once you reach the temple you will be struck by the positive vibrations emanating from the place. You will have to take a boat or RoRo services to reach the temple because its located in an aisle.
One thing that instantly catches your eye is the huge banyan tree. Called the tree of bells, the tree has thousands of bells around it, tied by devotees after they get their bells blessed by the temple priest. The devotee walks around the temple several times in total devotion and prays for favors before tying the bells.
The encircling of the tree is known as pradakshinam. The tingle of the thousands of bells chiming uniformly in the chorus is nothing short of divinity-like feel; it is almost like the Goddess is singing her approval, and assuring her visitors that all will be taken care of.
The History of the Temple
The temple has a glorious history of its name. Centuries-old, the temple is famous for its numerous rituals and traditions that have been handed down from the Chera kingdom. They ruled from Gokarna to Kanyakumari and Madurai in the east. It is believed that years ago there was an ”Ettukettu house” (a huge palatial house with courtyards inside the premises) in the northern part of Ponmana.
The people who lived there were known for their hospitality and good nature. The TS Canal was the main channel for cargo carriers in those times. And these backwaters were frequently used by big boats.
The patriarch of the house and a few others traveled to Aleppey to buy fertilizers for their crops. He was instantly drawn to a young girl in the market, aged about 7 or 8 with whom he felt a deep connection and love. He brought the girl home and looked after her. Once the girl became an adult, he married her off to a young boy. Years passed.
A few God-seeking men visited the area and seeing the magnificent sand kissed land, the Arabian ocean in all its glory, and the isle, they believed that it would be a land where the goddess would like to reside. They informed the patriarch, and under the advice of the goddess Herself, a place for the temple was charted.
Eventually, a shrine was dedicated to the goddess, and an idol was brought in from Chengannoor. Ever since then, devotees have been thronging the temple with fervent prayers, and the goddess, it is believed, will grant every heartfelt prayer.
The most alluring fact of the temple is that it is located right in the midst of the sea and the ocean, and the presence of the huge expanse of sandy beach and the beauty of the TS Canal only adds to the magical and mystical quality of the place. If you are visiting Kollam anytime in the near future, do make it a point to visit the temple as it is one of the stunning tourist attractions in Kollam
The silence and the devotion of the people render the place a positive atmosphere, leaving the area charged with energy. Absorb the energy, and you will definitely feel the difference in your life as well.