Kovilpatti Poovanathar swamy Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Poovanathar swamy(Lord shiva)
  • Shenbahavalli Amman (Parvathi devi)
  • Saraswathi devi
  • Lord Subramanya with Valli Devasenai
  • Lord Vinayaka

Location :

kovilpatti Sri Poovananathar Swamy Temple,
Poovanatha temple, 32A, Ettayapuram Rd ,Kovilpatti Town,
Thoothukudi district-628501,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Evening 4:30PM to 8:30PM

Temple History :

Arulmigu Poovananathar Temple is one of the ancient temples of Kovilpatti, Thoothukudi District, the place which is considered as the Pearl City of South India.Arulmigu Poovananathar is a form of Lord Shiva.The temple is one of the oldest structures (above 1200 years) in Kovilpatti, Thoothukudi District. As in Madurai, the importance goes to Goddess Shenbagavalli in this temple. There are two women securities (Dwarapalakis) in the shrine. While the Alankara (dressing) is done in accordance with form (standing or sitting) of the deity in all temples, in this temple the Alankara is done in a sitting form to the Goddess, though the original form is a standing one. The place has the reputation that Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva here. As two snake leaders Chadungan and Paduman worshiped Lord Shiva here with Poovana flowers, the Lord is named Poovananathar.

History: The story that Sage Agasthya came to South to balance the earth level when it sank at north during the wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi is popular. On his way to Pothigai hills, the sage destroyed two demons Vilvalan and Vadhabi and also relieved himself of the Brahmmahati dosha that afflicted him due to the killing of the demons. He also created the Agasthya spring as requested by the sages of Ponmalai hills.One Vamanan belonging to Shivakuzhu was born as the king of Vembakkottai in the name of Shenbagan as ordered by Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva. He built the temple as advised by the Lord. As the temple is built by king Shenbagan, Mother is named Shenbagavalli. Later, the temple was renovated by Ullamudayan belonging the 10th century.Fortotal cure of prolonged illness, for a wedlock of imagination, children, progress in business, high farm yields, people place their prayers at the feet of the Lord and Mother and it is firmly believed that prayers do not go in vain.Besides usual Abhisheka’s and pujas, devotees light lamps in Ambal shrine, offer vastras and perform milk and sandal Abhisheka (Gandhabhishekam) to the Lord with dhoties. They also feed the visitors to the temple.

Also, one Vamanan belonging to a Siva group was born as the king of Vembakkottai due to the curse of Nandhi and had his curse relieved by the Pujas to Poovananathar. The temple was built by KingShenbagan whose name the Goddess Shenbagavalli bears. The temple was renovated in the year 1929.Prayer motto, offerings, specialties, the importance of the place, general information, festivals and history details are as follows.Devotees coming to this temple carry with them the benefit of healing of ailments and mental peace and family happiness and the abundant grace of Mother Shenbagavalli. They are also successful in their business ventures.Devotees offer Abishekam in milk, sandalwood and adore the deities with Sari and Dhoti. Annadhanam, as in other temples, is important here also.As in Madurai, here too, the prominence goes to Devi, In the entrance are seen two powerful Dwarapalakis. While it is the practice in other temples to adore the Devi in the form she is installed, in this temple, the Goddess is adorned in a sitting position.Sri Rama offered his worship in this temple.The name, Poovananathar was derived from the worship of two snake leaders Thungan and Padhuman. Goddess Shenbagavalli’s royal standing and promising posture add more grace to the temple.

Festivals :

  • Chithirai
  • Avani Festival
  • Vaikasi Visagam
  • Purattasi
  • Aippasi
  • Karthikai
  • Margazhi
  • Thai
  • Masi Festival
  • Tamil new year
  • Pongal (Sankranthi)
  • Deevali
  • Pournami
  • Pradosham days

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thiruvanathal pooja – 5:30AM
  • Vila pooja – 8:00AM
  • Uchikala pooja – 11:30AM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 5:30PM
  • Arthajamam pooja – 8:30PM
  • Astothram for swamy – Rs 2
  • Astothram for Ambal – Rs 2
  • Thrishanthai for swamy – Rs 5
  • Thrishanthai for Ambal – Rs 6
  • Sahasranamam for swamy – Rs 20
  • Sahasranamam for Ambal – Rs 25
  • Abhishegam – Rs 3
  • Velli Angi – Rs 25
  • Special Pooja – Rs 75
  • Marriage Application – Rs 250
  • Kattu Kattal – Rs 5
  • Mottai – Rs 10
  • Ear boring – Rs 5
  • Archanai – Rs 2
  • Ghee Deepam – Rs 2
  • Two Wheelar pooja – Rs 5
  • Four Wheelar pooja(Car,Van,Bus etc) – Rs 10
  • Prasadam (for ¼ Pack) – Rs 6
  • Prasadam (for ½ Pack) – Rs 10
  • Prasadam (for 1 Pack) – Rs 20

Nearest Temples Around Kovilpatti Poovanathar swamy Temple :

  • Papanasam Papanatha temple – 101 km
  • Tenkasi Kasi Viswanatha temple – 84 km
  • Kadayam Vilava Vananatha temple – 105 km
  • Nagarcoil Nagaraja temple – 138 km
  • Suchindram Thanumalayam temple – 146 km
  • Thiruvattar Adikesava perumal temple – 166 km
  • Courtrallam/Kutralam Kutranathar temple – 87 km
  • Srivilliputhur Andal /Nachiyar temple – 61 km
  • Srivilliputhur vaidyanatha temple – 62 km
  • Sathuragiri Sundaramahalingam temple – 90 km
  • Virudhunagar Chokkanatha temple – 50 km
  • Ilanji Tiruvailanji Kumarar temple – 85 km
  • Sasthamcotta Dharmasastha temple – 176 km
  • Oachira Parabrahma temple – 195 km
  • Aranmula Parthasarathi temple – 189 km
  • Malayalappuzha Malayalappuzha Devi temple – 176 km
  • Rameswaram Ramanatha swamy temple – 182 km
  • Madhurai Meenakshi Amman temple – 102 km
  • Madhurai Thiruparakundram Murugan temple – 102 km
  • Alagar Kovil Kallalagar temple – 135 km
  • Thiruvedagam Edaganatheswarar temple – 106 km
  • Madhurai Madanagopala temple – 99 km
  • Madhurai Dandayuthapani temple – 102 km
  • Kalugumalai Murugan temple – 21 km
  • Tiruchendur Subramanya swamy temple – 101 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Thoothukudi – 57 km
  • Sattur – 24 km
  • Sivakasi – 40 km
  • Kovilpatti – 4 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Sattur – 24 km
  • Sivakasi – 43 km
  • Kovilpatti – 1v

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore – 296 km
  • Chennai – 542 km
  • cochin – 315 km
  • Trivendram – 210 km

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