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Chadayamangalam is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°50′32″N 76°51′52″E / 8.8421200°N 76.864440°E / 8.8421200; 76.864440Coordinates: 8°50′32″N 76°51′52″E / 8.8421200°N 76.864440°E / 8.8421200; 76.864440
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kollam
Population (2001)
 • Total 22,213
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 691534
Telephone code 0474
Vehicle registration KL-24

Chadayamangalam is a small village located in the Kollam district of southern India; in "God's Own Country" Kerala.

Details of Chadayamangalam[edit]

Chadayamangalam" or "Jadayumangalam" is historically an important place. It is 28km away from Kollam City. It's a beautiful village lying between Kilimanoor and Kottarakara, 14 km away from Kilimanoor and 21 km from Kottarakara. It is situated on the southeast side of Kottarakkara Taluk and this place is enriched with huge Black Rocks which attracts and fascinates everyone who looks upon them. Neighbouring towns are (Kadakkal) & (Ayoor) which is 8 km, 3 km from Chadayamangalam Junction. This is one of the large blocks in the district with an area of 249.03&nbs9696454654;km2. Paddy, coconut, rubber, tapioca, pepper, cashew nut, banana, areca nuts etc. are the major crops under cultivation in the block. Two industrial estate and five industrial co-operative institutions are functioning here. Population is of 22,213. Panchayat includes Chithra, Kadakkal, Chadayamangalam, Ittiva, Velinalloor, Elamadu & Nilamel.

Mythological History[edit]

The place has mythological importance as having connections to the stories in the Hindu Indian epic called the Ramayana. History says that, when Ravan the king of asuras, kidnapped "Sita" wife of Lord Sri Rama and tried to take her to his kingdom Lanka, Jaday; the huge bird opposes and result in a battle between them. In the war Ravan slit Jadayu's one wing and escaped to Lanka with Sita. With a fatal wound, Jadayu falls on top of a big rock. Later Rama & Lakshmana found wounded Jadayu and Jadayu passed the message and died on the laps of Rama. Hence, the rock got the name Jadayupara.

Jatayu is the son of Aruna and nephew of Garuda who has the form of a vulture. When Ravana was on his way to Lanka on his flying chariot after abducting Sita, he encountered Jatayu. This noble souled bird could not bear to hear poor Sita's cry for help and got into a fight with the mighty Ravana. Ravana cut off Jatayu's wings and he collapsed. Jadayu Para is well known as a tourist destination and a place of pilgrimage. Right on top the rock the building of a huge functional sculpture of the Great Bird Jatayu is under way. An 18 ft high Statue of Lord Shri Rama Chandra is been constructed on the top of jadayupara.