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Sri Karaikal Ammayar temple
 
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Moolavar: Karaikal Ammayar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Karaikal Ammaiyar
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Karaikal
  District: Karaikal
  State: Pondicherry
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  The most important festival of the temple is “calling the mango”. On this Aani month (June-July) festival, Lord Shiva comes in procession as Bikshadana with his begging bowl, when devotees throw mango fruits standing at a higher level. Those seeking child boon catch them in their sari ends. The event of Karaikal Ammayar reaching Kailash in Her ghost body is celebrated the next day. Lord Shiva, on this day will be outside the temple. The two hymns Rettai Mani Malai and Tiruvandadhi by Karaikal Ammayar would be recited. After the chanting, all the lights in the place would be put of. A torch near Lord Shiva and one near Ammaiyar would be lighted. The torch of Ammayar would be taken to that near Lord Shiva and put together marking the reaching of Ammayar to the Lotus Feet of Lord in a Jyoti form. This festival is celebrated in Panguni (March-April) also.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  This is a temple for a Lord Shiva devotee – Karaikal Ammaiyar.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. continuously. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple, Karaikal – 609 602. Puducherry.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4368 - 222 717. 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Lord Shiva in the temple is praised as Somanatha, Lord Vinayaka as Sambanda Vinayaka. 

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Sri Kamatchi Amman is believed to be powerful to grace Her devotees with help those facing problems in marriage proposals.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform Mango Naivedyam to Mother. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Thumburu was a great master in playing Veena.  His daughter was Sumathi.  She did not notice the arrival of Sage Durvasa as she was in penance on Shiva.  The sage, known for his temperament, cursed Sumathi to be born in Earth.  She was born in the name of Punithavathi.  As Lord Shiva called her Ammaye and as she belonged to Karaikal, the great devotee came to be praised as Karaikal Ammaiyar, the presiding deity of the temple.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

The place was once called Karaivanam where lived a couple Dhana Duttan and Darmavathi.  Punithavathi (Sumathi in her earlier birth in the celestial world) was born to them.  She was a Shiva devotee since her childhood.  She was married to Parama Dutta a trader.  Punithavathi continued her Bhakti on Lord Shiva.  Lord Shiva sent two mangoes to Paramadutta through a devotee.  He sent it home.  Lord Shiva came to Punithavati’s house for alms.  She was too happy to offer one fruit to him, also a Shiva devotee.

 

When Paramadutta came home for lunch, Punithavati served him the remaining fruit.  As it was so sweet, the husband asked for the other one also.  Punithavati was in a dilemma and begged the Lord to help her.  A mango fell at her hands which she served to her husband.  The second mango was sweeter than the first one.  He asked his wife what happened and she told him the truth.  When her husband demanded her to get one more through Lord Shiva, she prayed and to the surprise of Paramadutta, a fruit appeared on Punitavati’s hand.  Paramadutta understood that Punitavati was divine and that he could not be a husband to her.  He parted with her.  He left for other place, married another girl and got a child through her.  He named the child Punithavati.

 

Knowing the development, Punithavati came to Paramadutta to call him back to her.  He simply fell at her feet respecting her divinity.  Punithavatiar prayed to Shiva to grant her old age and shed her youthfulness.  She heard a voice directing her to proceed to “Kailash”.  As Kailash is a sacred place, Punithavathiar walked the way by head.  Lord Shiva came to receive her saying “Have you come safely” and granted her His dance darshan.  The temple was built later in her birth place, Karaikal.

 
     
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