Mundakkal Shri Bhagavati Devi Temple is a divinely fascinating spot situated at Karakulam
village in Thiruvananthapuram District
. The presiding deity is Shri Raja Rajeshwari Devi, popularly known here as Mundakkal Amma or Bhagavati, the symbol of prosperity, wealth and peace. Apart from Goddess Shri Raja Rajeshwari, there are shrines for Lord Ganesh
and Goddess Durga
, the personification of the active side of the divine shakti
of Lord Shiva
. Within the temple complex there are small niches with the images of Naagar (serpent god), Thampuran, Sidhan, Manthra Moorthi and Yakshiamma.
An annual festival is celebrated here on the day of ‘Kumbha Bharani’ which falls in February-March. During this festival, women from far and near come here to offer Pongala to their divine goddess, Bhagavati. Special pujas and offerings are also held during certain auspicious days. The temple, even today, follows certain traditionally maintained customs and ethnicity to safeguard the holiness of the temple.
Mundakkal Shri Bhagavati Devi Temple is situated about 12 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station serves this area.