|Temple tower along with the sanctum.Chengannur Mahadeva temple, Allapuzha district, Kerala, India. en.wikipedia.org/|
|Chengannur Mahadeva temple, Allapuzha district, Kerala, India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki|
|Chengannur Mahadeva temple . one cam see tall gold plated fag staff.en.wikigogo.org|
There are shrines dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, Chandikeswaran, Ganapathi, Chandikeswaran, Neelagrivan, Ganga, Sreekrishna and Naga (serpant).
Legend has it the Goddess Bhagavati here is believed to be Kannagi - a legendary Tamil woman of Silappathikaram (one of the 'Great' five epics of ancient Tamil Literature written by Ilagovadikal, a Tamil scholar). She was the wife of Kovalan, a rich merchant from the city of Kavery Poompatnam (submerged under the Bay of Bengal) of Chola Nadu. Her husband, on a visit to the ancient city of Madurai (of Pandya Nadu), now in Tamil Nadu, was mistaken for a robber by the palace security, as the anklet (in Tamil Seelambu) he had with him (it belonged to his wife Kannagi) was similar to the one stolen from the palace. The presiding Pandya ruler gave him death sentence for the purported offense, without making proper procedural inquiry. Upon hearing the death of her young husband, an innocent man, being a chaste and deeply religious woman, she was upset and angry. Before the court she proved that her husband was innocent and given death sentence without justification; later in a fit of rage Kannagi burned down the Madurai town.
Chenkunnu , it is believed, is the place in Chera Nadu (ancient Tamil dynasty) where Kannaki wandered into after razing Madurai to the ground, to subdue her anger and frustration. Here, she is believed to have meditated on God in a peaceful wooded area under the tree. The king of Chera dynasty, Senkuttuvan, brought a piece of stone from the Himalayas, carved her image and consecrated it as Chenkamalavalli. The Kodungallur Bhagavati Temple has similar legend.This temple is a well-known Sakthi Peetam and is being visited by lots of people from Kerala and also from the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.