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Chengamanad

Chengamanad is a census town in Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala, India.It is situated on the banks of the river Periyar. As of 2001 India censusGRIndia, Chengamanad had a population of 29,775. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Chengamanad has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 82% and female literacy of 78%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

According to legends the place derives its name from Jangama Muni who is said to have done penance in a cave in the munikkal Guhalaya. The place was initially called Jangamanad which later became chengamanad. Another account says that the name Chengamand is due to the special kind of soil called Chengal in malayalam.

The Chengamand Mahadeva temple is the centre of attraction in Chengamanad and is one of the important shiva temple in Ernakulam district. The main deity, Shiva is in the form of Kirata Murthi facing East. The shrine of Shree Parvathi and Ganapathi faces west and south respectively. The other center of attraction in Chengamand is the Munikkal temple. It is a small shrine dedicated to Load Subramanyan (son fo Shiva). The temple is situated on a large rock resembling the back of an elephant. The Roman Catholic Church in the Name of St. Antony is another attraction in the place. Holy Fest of the Church is celebrated on the last week of January.

Chengamanad is 10 km from Aluva by road on the Alwaye-Mala road. The nearest railway stations are Aluva( 10 km) and Angamaly (7 km). The nearest airport is Cochin international airport, 3 km from chengamanad.

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