Kerala’s one and only Kannaki Temple where goddess Kannaki is worshiped in her full Idolic-Form and divine glory. This temple is situated at palakkad town circle – Moothanthara (New Name - Kannaki Nagar), a dwelling place "Moothans", (believed to be descended from the neighboring state of Tamilnadu in the historic times).

Main attractions of this temple is the way in which the traditional pooja rituals are performed in the goddess Kannaki’s temple and the Visalakshi Sametha Shiva Temple (Siva-Parvathy Temple) worshipped in the same compound. For goddess Karnaki, Kerala form of pooja practices are done by Kerala Brahmins (Namboothiri's) and in Siva Temple Tamil Shaiva form of Pooja practices are carried out by Tamil Brahmin Priests. Devotees can feel this cultural mix while they visit this temple and came out after their prayers. Unlike other Tamil speaking caste groups already present or has descended from neighboring states, moothan’s has accepted both cultures alike. Even though there are Tamil traces to their origin, they speak only the language Malayalam. This acceptance has induced a new cultural life style in and around palakkad. This unique cultural blend is one of the rarest found in the state of Kerala. This temple has emerged as one of the spacious and beautiful temples of palakkad where Tamil - Malayalam architecture mix beautifully.

The main festival "Valiya Aarratu" is celebrated by the community in three days and in a great way on the Medam Masam Punertham Star. On the day of “Valiya Arrattu”, Annadhanam (meals) is given as Prasadam, which is the biggest organized in palakkad every year. Materials for organizing this big function (Annadhanam) is fully sponsored by the devotees of Kannaki, who are merchants falling in all categories of business in palakkad.

All other kannaki temples of palakkad has its basic connection with Moothanthara Kannaki Amman Temple and this divine spiritual shrine of kannaki thrives as one of the best Temple in Palakkad Region.

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 Kannkiyamman Temple Moothanthara Palakkad