The mythological belief associated with Manarcad Sri
Bhagavathy Temple is:
Once upon a time, there lived a pious Brahmin in
Thanniyil Ellam in the place named Elambanakkadu. He was a great
devotee of Kodugalloor Amma. Once in every month, he used to
visit Kodugalloor Temple for prayers. Once during his usual
visit, he prayed to Kodugalloor Amma “Due to my old age and
failing health, I may not be able to come again to Kodungalloor
Temple to worship. So, Amma please help me to continue my
devotion towards you”.
That day night Amma gave told him in a dream “When you wake up,
you will find a Kuda (traditional umbrella) near you. You go
home with that and I will be with that Kuda. You will never
again need to come to Kodugalloor to worship me.
When the Brahmin woke up, he found the Kuda near him and as
directed by Amma, he went home with that. When he reached near
Elambanakkadu, he broke his journey to take some rest placing
the Kuda on the ground. But after taking rest, he was not able
to lift the Kuda. He met the local ruler and informed the
matter. An Astrologer was summoned and he detected the holy
presence of Kodugalloor Amma. The Brahmin again got Amma’s
direction in his dream – to build a Bhagavathy Temple in the
nearby Choorakkadu (bamboo forest) which was the abode of a
Nagarajan (Snake God). Thus the Bhagavathy Temple was built with
During that time, a Yakshi (Demon) named Elambi was creating
problems in that area. Amma killed Elambi and her cronies.
Elambi’s Mani (bell) was thrown southwards in the area. Since
the Mani was thrown, Elambanakkadu came to be known as
Maniyerkadu – later became Manarcad.