Sree Bhadrakali Temple is located at Kollemcode town panchayat of Kanyakumari District in Tamil Nadu. Kollemcode is a beautiful village, 30 kms away from Thiruvanant hapuram and 65 kms away from Kanyakumari in the NH-47. The temple is surrounded all sides by the panoramic evergreen scenery of coconut trees and paddy fields. The presiding deities are Bhadra and Rudhra. Bhadra is elder and Rudra is younger. The sub-deities are Siva, Ganapathy, Nagaraja and Bhramarakshasu. Poojas for the presiding deities are traditionally performed by black smith poojaris. Poojas for the sub deities are done by Brahmin poojaris. There are two Bimbams affixed Salagrams of the Goddess in the sanctorum. They are preserved in all their pristine beauty covered in ornamental gold embedded with installed stones. Kollemcode Devi nurses devotees as mother does to her children. Hundred of devotees come everyday to offer their prayers regardless of caste, creed and race.
Main Offcering: Ganapathy Homam, Bharani pooja, Udayasthamaya pooja, Thulabharam, Kunjoonu, Chuttuvilakku, Pongala, Thalpoli, Kuthiyottam, Pidippanam, Kumkumabhishekam, Vidyarambham, Archana and the most famous Thokkam are the most important offerings. Everyday the temple opens in the early morning at 5 a.m. and closes at 12 noon and in the evening the temple open at 5 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. at night.
Meena Bharani and Thookam Festival: The Bharani Festival during the Malayalam month of Meenam (March – April) is the most important festival. The Thookkam is celeberated at Venkanji Mudippura 1 km away from an offering particularly favoured by the Devi and it is popular among the devotees in and around of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The festival lasts for ten days. The most famours Thookkam is a sight to see not to explain. On the first day of the festival Devi ezhunnullathu from Kollemcode Mudippura to Venkanji Mudippura is accompanied by elephants, various kinds of melams of the best artists of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. An important aspect of the festival is the hoisting of the Temple Flag. Lakhs of the people participate irrespective of caste, creed and race.
Important of Thookkam: Thookkam offering are given to Goddess on the Meena Bharani day. The newly wedded young couple and the married couple who have no issues offer Thookkam for their children below one year old. On the third day of the festival the thookkkarans who are appointed by the nerchakkarans (devotees who offer Thookkam) are registered. The thookkakkarans have to undergo medical checkup. They have to obey the rules and regulations of the Devaswom and they should stay in the temple premises until the Thookkam ends. Food, cloth and other facilties are provided for them. During the festival days they have to take bath in the morning and evening and perform namaskarams (prayers) around the temple. Three hundred and fourty one (341) namaskkarams are given to them for their spiritual and physical development
The Bharani Festival during the Malayalam month of meenam – March – April is the most important festival. The thookkam is celebrated at Venkanji Mudippura 1 km away from Kollemcode Mudippura where the deities are preserved. The Thookkam is an offering particularly favoured by the Devi and it is popular among the devotees in an around of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The festival lasts forten days. The most famous Thookkam is a sight to see not explain. On the first day of the festival ‘Devizhunnullathu from Kollemcode Mudippura to Venkanji Mudippura is accompany by elephants, various kinds of melams of the best artists of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. An important aspect of the festival is the hoisting of the Temple Flag. Lakhs of people participate irrespective of caste, creed and race.
Every year the offering of Pongala is a special temple practice on the Pathamudayam Day of the Malayalam month ‘Medam’ – April. Thousands of devotees assemble from different parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Thye observe Pongala rituals in and around of the temple Leksharchana is the most important part of the ‘Pongala Mahotsava’.
Kaliyoottu is conducted once in twelve years. According is legends Lord Siva created Bhadrakali to get rid of the atrocities of the giant Durikan. Sree Bhadrakali beheaded Darikan in the battle. The festival lasts four ten days. On the last day the ground battle takes place. Lakhs of people gather to witness the battle.