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Mangode Pincode 679503 (Kerala)

State: Kerala

Place Name: Mangode
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Pincode: 679503
Taluk: Ottapalam
District: Palakkad
State: Kerala
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Posted By: T.M.Sankaran    Posted Date: 22 Sep 2009   Points: 5   (Rs 5)
Mangode is a village coming within the Vellinezhi Panchayath of Palakkad district. The Palakkad - Cherpalchery road (State Highway) passes through this place. Cherpalchery is only about five km. away. From the Mangode junction the road to Vellinezhi starts (towards North).

Mangode Bhagavathy Temple is a famous temple in this part of the district. The annual festival of this temple attracts thousands of people.

Here also, like in many other Bhagavathy temples of this locality, 'Kala vela'(play with oxen) is a major attraction. In 'Kala vela', people carry an artificial ox made of straw, covered with white cloth and having a wooden head. This ox will be fixed on two long bamboo poles, joined like a ladder, so that several people can join together to carry this ox above their head. Several such oxen will participate (each ox will be an offering by somebody)in the procession.

Since many people converge here a temperory market come up there, making brisk sales. Majority of the people here depend on agricultural activities. Betel ('Vettila' used with 'pan'. Also known as 'Thamboolam')is cultivated here by several people, mainly by a community called 'Tharakan' belonging to Hindu.

Posted By: SUNIL KUMAR K    Posted Date: 05 Jan 2012   Points: 10   (Rs 5)
Mangode is a small Village situated in Vellinezhi Panchayat in Palakkad district of Kerala. An abode blessed with bountiful of Scenic beauty, temples, old villas, heritage homes and so on and so forth.
It is nearly 5 kms away from Cherpulassery town and the state highway connecting Calicut and Palakkad passes though this place.

The major caste section found here is Hindus with sub catagories Namboodiries (earlier feudal Brahmins), Mannadiars (otherwise known as Tharakans , who were Kshatriyas), Nairs and harihjans. A significant portion of population covers Muslim community as well.

Mangode's splendor in varied art forms is an Internationally acclaimed one, more specifically, the logo carrier of our state itself. The present most popular form of Kathakali, namely Kalluvazhi Chitta originated in "Olappamanna Mana", situated in Mangode, nearly 150-200 years back. The Olappamanna Kaliyogam (School of Kathakali) was just transplanted in Kerala Kalamandalam by Vallathol for perfection of teaching the Art form. Besides, Mangode has given birth to famous Malayalam poets Olappamanna Subramanian Namboothiri Pad, Malayalam poet Dr. O.M.Anujan, Children's book writer Mrs. Sumalgala and others.

The most famous temple here is Mangode Devi Temple where Pooram (Yearly Festival) happens on the Month of March every year. The festival is so famous that lakhs of people flows from far different places to sanctify their eyes. The most famous and some what extinct art forms in Kerala, Viz. "Kala Vela", "Paava Koothu" (Shadow Puppetry), "Paana" are still being performed during this occassion here. There is one Koothu Madam situated near the temple - the stage to perform puppetry. Other famous temples situated in and around Mangode are Kaliyavil Bhagavathi temple, Periyanampatta Bhagavathi temple and Kakkurishi Shiva temple. The most famous "Vayillyamkunnilappan Temple" is situated 6 kms away from Mangode.

Another major attraction of Mangode is "Thootha Puzha" (river) with water flowing the full year. "Kadathu Vallam" (local boat) are available to enjoy the ride on a paid basis. Besides, the scenic beauty of this place and adjacent areas are so extreme that lot of Malayalam film shootings happen here. A lot of foreigners visit here to enjoy the culture and learn Kathakali and other art forms. Recently Kerala Medical College have added a feather in the development of this place.

Major occupation of people here are agriculture (particularly rice, vegetables, banana, coconut and beetle nut). Biggest towns near by are Palakkad, Cherpulassery and Shoranur with road transportation availabilty.

Mangode with all its proud and prestige, offers a complete range a village can offer, that one could add to his/her cherished memories.

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