Kandankkavu is located in the opposite (east) direction of the famous Olarikkara Sree Bhagavathi Temple. There is a mystic myth about the Kandankkavu. Sree Kandan was a dangerous manthrikan or Sorcerer from the “Umma Pilly” Nair Tharavadu (Tharavadu means ancestral home) in Chetupuzha. Due to misuse of the manthras for evil spirits he died prematurely. His soul created plenty of problems to Umma Pilly Tharavadu. Unable to bear the problems created by the spirit of Sree kandan the family surrendered in Olarikkara Sree Bhagavathi’s feet seeking shelter. Subsequently the evil spirit of Sree kandan was controlled by Temple Velichappadu by absorbing his soul in a mudpot and buried him in the backyard of the temple. Ultimately Sree Kandan became the devi’s devotee and blessed with the title “Vettothikkaran”. Whenever the devotees worship Sree Bhagavathy and make offering, they offer an oil lamp to Sree Kandan. The main offering of Kandankkavu is “kalasam”.
Olarikkara Sree Bhagavathi Temple is one of the famous temple which is situated at Olari or Olarikkara in Thrissur District, Kerala, South India. The temple is 4 kms away from Thrissur town and is situated amidst of serenic beauty in natural environment in vast ground facing the east. Four Desams or places come under Olarikkara Thattakam. These are Ayanthole, Olarikkara, Pullazhy and Puthurkkara.
Important Festivals are
Thalappoli – First Friday in January after 16th in month of Dhanu
Makara Chovva – The first Tuesday of the Makara after twenty days of Parapurappadu
Prathishttadinam – On hastham day in month of Meena accompanied with melam and prasadam distribution.
Navaham – Discourse of devi charitham in the month of Karkadakam
Navarathry – Laksharchana , Durgapooja in the month of Kanni
Sarpakkavu Prathikhttadinam – On the first Ayilliam day in month of Kumbha
Illam Nira – On Sunday after new moon in the month of Karkadakam.
Mandalam Kalam Ezhuthu Pattu from Vrischikam first until Thalappoli festival.
The Temple Timings are as shown below.
The temple opens at 5:00 am.
Usha Pooja at 7:30 am
Ucha Pooja at 11 am
closes after Uchha Pooja.
The temple opens at 5 PM in the evening followed by Deeparadhana,Chuttu Vilakku and Athazha Pooja at 7:15 PM
The temple closes at 8 PM.