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Mavelikara is a taluk and municipality in the Alappuzha district of the Indian state of Kerala. Located in the southern part of the district on the banks of the Achankovil River. The name Mavelikara is believed to be turned out from the words Maveli the mythical king of Kerala, and Kara means land. This land is believed to be the place where king Mahabali knelt before Vamana, offering his head for Vamana to keep his feet. The town boasts about a rich historical and cultural background. The Chettikulangara Devi Temple, known for the Kumbha Bharani festival is located near the municipality, which is home to one of the 108 Shiva temples of Kerala created by Lord Parashurama, the Kandiyoor Mahadeva Temple . It was also a major centre of trade and commerce in ancient Kerala and the erstwhile capital of the rulers of Onattukara. As a result of the close association with the Travancore Royal Family, Mavelikkara gained modern facilities well ahead of other places in the state. It is one of the oldest municipalities of the state. Even before India attained independence, Mavelikara had a super express transport service to Trivandrum.

Mavelikara
Pathiyoor Gopuram
Pathiyoor Gopuram
Mavelikara is located in Kerala
Mavelikara
Mavelikara
Location in Kerala, India
Mavelikara is located in India
Mavelikara
Mavelikara
Mavelikara (India)
Coordinates: 9°16′01″N 76°33′00″E / 9.267°N 76.55°E / 9.267; 76.55Coordinates: 9°16′01″N 76°33′00″E / 9.267°N 76.55°E / 9.267; 76.55
Country India
StateKerala
DistrictAlappuzha
Named forMahabali
Government
 • TypeTaluk
 • BodyMunicipal Council
 • MLAR Rajesh
Population
(2001)
 • Total28,440
Languages
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
690101
Telephone code+91-479
Vehicle registrationKL-31
Nearest cityKollam (50 km)
Literacy86.00%%
Websitealappuzha.nic.in/mavelikara_taluk.html[dead link]
Seated Buddha statue near Buddha Junction, that was found from near Kandiyoor temple
Mahadeva temple
Christ Church
Padippura
Mullikulangara temple
Chettikulangara temple

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DemographicsEdit

According to the 2001 Indian census,[1] Mavelikara town has a population of 28,440 with males constituting 47% of the population. The average literacy rate is 86%, much higher than the national average of 59.5%, with male literacy at 87% and female literacy at 85%. Approximately 10% of the population is under 6 years old.

TransportEdit

BusEdit

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has a sub depot at Mavelikkara (Station Code: MVKA) which is one among the 46 sub depots in the state. The KSRTC sub depot at Mavelikkara has an inter state bus service which is operated to Tenkasi.every day 2 trip morning & evening via kayamkulam.

The Municipal Private bus stand is located at Mitchel Junction with buses to Chengannur, Pathanamthitta, Pandalam, Thiruvalla, , Haripad, Kayamkulam.

RailEdit

Main article : Mavelikara railway station

Mavelikara railway station (Station Code:MVLK) is a mainline station in the Trivandrum Division of the Southern Railway Zone (India), with connections to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Mangalore, Bhopal, Guwahati, Nagpur and Jammu. Other nearby stations are Kayamkulam Junction railway station, Chengannur Railway Station, Haripad railway station and Kollam Junction railway stationTenkasi Tirunelveli punalur

AirEdit

The nearest airports are Trivandrum International Airport115 km and Cochin International Airport (CIAL).127km State highway SH 10 road start in mavelikara

EconomyEdit

Local industries in and around Mavelikkara include:

  • KSRTC Regional Workshop and Bus Body Building Centre Mavelikkara[2]
  • ALIND Switchgear, Mannar

Several small-scale industries are present in the Industrial Estate (an initiative of SIDCO) located at Kollakadavu.

PoliticsEdit

Lok SabhaEdit

Mavelikara has its own constituency in the Lok Sabha.[3] Until the 2002 Lok Sabha Delimitation took effect in 2008, the constituency consisted of Chengannur, Mavelikara, Kayamkulam, Pandalam, Thiruvalla and Kallupara. Since then, the assembly constituencies have comprised Changanassery, Kuttanad, Mavelikara (SC), Chengannur, Kunnathur (SC), Kottarakkara and Pathanapuram. The constituency is now reserved for a scheduled caste candidate..

Kodikunnil Suresh of the INC has represented the Mavelikkara constituency since 2009.

State AssemblyEdit

R. Rajesh from the CPI(M) is the representative of Mavelikkara in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.

CultureEdit

The cultural capital of Alappuzha is Mavelikkara. Mavelikara was once part of the principality of Onattukara and has been a centre of religious harmony, culture and arts for several centuries.[citation needed]

As a testament to its link to that flourishing centre of Buddhist culture, Mavelikkara is one of the rare places in Kerala where one can find the Statue of Buddha in Seated Position, which dates back to the 9th century AD.[4] .Mar Ivanios the pioneer of Re union Movement is from this holy socio cultural land.He is from the Medayil Panicker Family situated at the center of the Mavelikara Town.

Notable peopleEdit

Places of worshipEdit

  • Ancient Durga Bhadra Devi Temple Ponnaramthottam
  • Chettikulangara Devi Temple, founded in AD 823, is a Bhagawathy Temple. The major festival is Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani.
  • Kannamangalam south mahadevar temple......
  • Kandiyoor Sree Mahadeva Temple, also known as Dakshina Kashi
  • Sree Krishna Swami Temple
  • Malimel Bhagavathi Temple,Kurathikad
  • St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
  • St Marys Malankara Catholic Cathedral Church
  • C.S.I. Christ Church
  • C.S.I. Ascension Church
  • St Kuriakose Orthodox Church
  • St Gregorios Orthodox Church
  • St.Joseph Malankara Catholic Church, Puthiyakavu-Mother Parish of Late Archbishop Servant of God Geevarghese Mar Ivanios
  • St.Marys malankara Catholic Church(Bethany Pally), kallumala
  • St. John's Orthodox Valiyapally, Pathichira - St. John the Baptist, Thattarambalam P.O., Mavelikara - 690103
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Karipuzha - St. George, Thattarambalam P.O., Mavelikara - 690103
  • Church of God Shalom Prayer Hall, Erezha South, Chettikulangara.690106
  • Parimanam Marthoma Church ,Parimanam
  • Indian Pentecostal church OF GOD (IPC), bethel karipuzha.
  • Cherukole Marthoma Church,Cherukole
  • St.Peter's Marthoma Church,Chennithala
  • Thazhakara Mar Thoma Church, Mavelikara.

Educational organizationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  2. ^ Kerala State Road Transport Corporation
  3. ^ "Assembly Constituencies – Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Monuments-peeping into the past" Information & Public Relations Department, Government of Kerala

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