Singampatti Forest Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple :

God and Godess :

  • (Lord Dharmasastha) Sorimuthu Ayyanar
  • Lord Vinayaka
  • Lord Veerabhadra
  • Lord Bhairava
  • Lord Shiva

Location :

Singampatti Forest Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple
Singampatti forest Area, Near Papanasam,
Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 627416

Timings :

  • Morning 5.00 AM – 12.00 PM
  • Evening 4:30PM – 9:00PM

Temple History :

Lord Dharma Sastha as Ayyappan in the palace of Pandala king as his adopted Son, came to this place first as a young lad to learn martial arts, hence this is the first temple dedicated to His worship. Based on events in His life subsequently, other Aiyappan temples at Kulathupuzha, Ariangavu and Achankoil came into being according to some facts. Sabarimala temple is the last when the Lord stayed there for His penance. There are shrines for Mahalingam, Sori Muthu Ayyanar, Sangili Bhodathar, Brahma Rakshasi, Thalavai Madan, Thoosi Madan, Pattavarayar, Sage Agasthya, Sudalai Madan, Irulappan, Irudan, Karadi Madasami the guardian deities. Those on Sabari pilgrimage visit this first temple to wear the mala-chain. On Aadi new moon day, devotees walk through Pookuzhi-fire pit as a prayer commitment.

Lord Dharma Sastha appears with His left leg bent and the right hanging down slightly siding on the left. Saptha Kannikas (seven maidens) are in His shrine. Those who are not aware of their family deity, pray here. There are Nandhi the bull, elephant, and horse vahanas. Lord Bhairava graces in the front mandap with His dog vahan before Him.A Brahmin, Muthupattan by name, fell in love with two girls born in a different community. He died in a battle to protect the cows. Later, a shrine was built for him-Pattavarayan- where he appears with his wives Bommakka and Thimmakka. Though a Brahmin, as advised by his father-in-law, he also learned the cobbler art. Hence, devotees tie chappals in the shrine. When the devotee visits the shrine next year, he will find that the chappals are worn out though not used by anybody. This seems to be a miracle in the temple. As the temple is in a jungle region, there are no many human movements. Yet the chappals are found used and old.

Villagers in the region come here in large numbers to worship Pattavaraya Sami for the welfare of their cattle. There is an Iluppai tree in the temple complex. The bells tied by devotees get stuck to the tree which is considered as the Lord acknowledging their prayers. There are Sangili Bhoodattar, Mottayar, Padala Kandigai, Kumbamani as guardian deities under the tree. There is also Vinayaka nearby with two elephants on both sides. It is generally believed that Sabari Hill is the first temple for Lord Dharma Sastha. This temple on the Pothigai Hills revered as the Mooladhara is considered first by some. During the divine wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi, as the mount went down due to the weight of the heavy crowd gathered there, Lord Shiva sent Sage Agasthya to South to balance the ground level. Sage worshiped Lord Shiva on this hill. The Shivalinga worshiped by the sage got buried under the sand in the days that followed. Cows grazing in this region were found pouring their milk at a particular spot and this was communicated to the king. He found a Linga at the spot and built a temple. Lord Dharma Sastha too came out of this place as Sori Muthu Ayyanar.

A Brahmin, Muthupattar by name lived in North India. His brothers were discussing Ramayana. During their talks, the brothers asked Muthu Pattar about the relationship of Rama with Sita. Pattar said, Uncle. Beaten by the brothers for his ignorance about the epic story, he came to Pothigai hills. He lost himself to the two daughters of one Valai Pagadai belonging to the backward community. As community was a hurdle to marry them, he declared himself as a member of the community. Quite unfortunately, on the conjugal night, a cow was stolen and Muthupattar went in search of the cow and was killed in a quarrel there His two wives also embraced death along with him. According to a manual of Tavancore state on Aiyappan, Muthupattar himself came out as Sorimuthu Ayyanar.

The term ‘Pon Soriyum Muthian’ means the Lord who down pours golden-rain in the plateau. An instance of this rare phenomenon has found a place in Govemment Revenue Records maintained by the British Rulers. The temple is divided into two, with the passage of a branch from the main river. On the oneside, a temple is erected for Pattavarayan and his two wives, belonging to chappal-shoe-making community, whereas Pattavarayan is said to hail from Brahmin society. An inter-caste marriage even at the olden times — like Lord Muruga! Pattavarayan was a warrior who lost his life while fighting a battle with an army of another region, who wanted to take away cattles from the temple-area.With a view to do away with the evils of caste systems, Ayyapan came to this place in the form of a human and married the two daughters of Muthupattan belonging to backward community.

Festivals :

  • Tamil new Year
  • Panguni Uthiram
  • Month of Margazhi
  • Thai Pongal
  • Divali
  • Monthly Fridays
  • Ashada Amavasya
  • Amavasya days

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Kala Sandhi pooja – 6:00AM
  • Uchikalam (Noon) pooja – 12:00PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 5:00PM
  • Ardhajama pooja – 8:00PM
  • Pooja – Cost
  • Abhishegam – 10
  • Padayal – 10
  • Mudi Kanikai – 10

Nearest Temples Around Singampatti Forest Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple :

  • Papanasam – Papanatha temple – 12 km
  • Tenkasi – Kasi Viswanatha temple – 45 km
  • Sankarankovil – Sankaranarayana temple – 85 km
  • Kadayam – Vilava Vananatha temple – 30 km
  • Kalugumalai – Kalugasalamoorthy temple – 104 km
  • Tiruchendur – Subramanya swamy temple – 118 km
  • Nagarkoil – Nagaraja temple – 113 km
  • Kanyakumari – Bhagavathi Amman temple – 118 km
  • Mandaikadu – Bhagavathi Amman temple – 134 km
  • Suchindram – Thanumalayam temple – 121 km
  • Thiruvattar – Adikesava temple – 141 km
  • Srivilliputhur – Andal /Nachiyar temple – 127 km
  • Srivilliputhur – vaidyanatha temple – 128 km
  • Sathuragiri – Sundaramahalingam temple – 158 km
  • Virudhunagar – Chokkanatha temple – 175 km
  • Seithur – Thirukanneswar temple – 105 km
  • Thangassery – Amma Chiveedu moorthy temple – 149 km
  • Sasthamcotta – Dharmasastha temple – 142 km
  • Oachira – Parabrahma temple – 162 km
  • Aranmula – Parthasarathi temple – 155 km
  • Malayalappuzha – Malayalappuzha Devi temple – 142 km
  • Kaviyoor – Mahadevar temple – 169 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Surandai – 55 km
  • Tenkasi – 47 km
  • Ambasamudram – 22 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Tenkasi – 46 km
  • Ambasamudram 20 km
  • Kalikadayam – 27 km
  • Alwar kurichi – 24 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Madhurai – 222 km
  • Coimbatore – 400 km
  • Cochin – 274 km
  • Trivendram – 169 km
  • Calicut – 420 km

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