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Sri Karukathamman temple
Moolavar: Karukathamman
  Amman / Thayar: Karukathamman
  Thala Virutcham: Etti Maram
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Mamallapuram
  District: Pondicherry
  State: Pondicherry
  Come Aadi month – July-August. Women devotees gather in huge number to offer their prayer commitment to Mother Karukatha Amman with undertaking of fasting on Fridays of the month offering Pongal, Some women wear clothing made of Neem leaves – Veppilai in Tamil. Mother Amman is bathed with Sandal, Kumkum and turmeric abisheks. The next great festival is Navarathri occurring in September-October. During this 10 day festival, mother is dressed such representing Her glory as Maha Saraswathi holding a Veena, eight forms of Mother Mahalakshmi, Her furious forms as Badrakali, Mahishasura Mardhini, as Mother Parvathi with Lord Shiva and characters of the scriptures. Special abisheks and pujas are dedicated to Her during these days. Mother Karukathamman comes in procession on the Lion Vahan in the streets of Mamallapuram in a colourful way backed by fireworks play. The 10th day of the festival marks the destruction of the buffalo headed demon Mahishasura.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Mother Amman appears furiously for six months and very compassionately for six months.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Karukathamman temple, Mamallapuram, Tamilnadu.  
  +91 9444431382, 9445231316 
 General Information:

The historical and cultural history of Mamallapuram, also called Mahabalipuram is a place whose beauty lies in the soft breeze of the sea wind.  It is a holy birth place of Saint Boothathu Azhwar.  Pidari Karukatha Amman is situated at the border of the city.  Amman, being at the border of the place is worshipped as the custodian deity of the residents here.  The added significance of the place is its very design agreeing with Agama rules.  Lord Thala Sayana Perumal takes care of the east of the city while Mother Karukatha Amman does it in the west.  The southern part of the city is a treasure land of sculptural beauties.  Today’s Mamallapuram is a place sung by Vaishnava Azhwars.  The blood stains of Demon Mahishasura still exist in the backside of a hill where he was destroyed by Mother Karukatha Amman.

The Mahishasura is well described here by the believers and how Amman looked terrible and furious and how they trembled at the moment.  She was softened by the sacred ashes and turmeric then.  The fury episode is aesthetically depicted in the Varaha Mandapa and compassionate episode in the Adi Varaha Perumal Temple.  These are cave temples – Kudaivarai Koil.  The temple has shrines for Lord Vinayaka and Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.  Mamallapuram is a  piece of earth in Tamilnadu representing the divine temple architectural skills of a race known as Tamils. Their descendents still exist carrying the profession of the ancestors.


Devotees submit their prayers to Mother Amman for relief from black magic and witchcrafts, mental illness, poverty, family prosperity, from prolonged illness and  for the security of their Mangal Sutras.

Thanks giving:
  Married women tie a yellow thread with a turmeric piece in the holy Etti tree and make three knots for safety of their Mangal Sutras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

A woman was suffering from successive abortions said to be due to the curse of the ancestors.  Responding to her sorrow and tears, Amman showed all grace to her and she delivered a beautiful child.  As Her blessings saved the woman’s pregnancy – Karu in Tamil – Amman is praised as Karu Katha Amman.  The Red cloth clad women visiting Adi Parasakthi in Melmaruvathur temple still follow the custom of worshipping first Lord Thala Sayana Perumal and His beloved Sister Karukatha Amman in Mamallapuram and then only continue their pilgrimage to Melmaruvathur.

The devastating tsunami of 2004 is still a living memory of many especially those affected in the coastal areas of Tamilnadu claiming huge number of lives. Mamallapuram, housing the temples of Lords Shiva and Vishnu was an exception though on the sea shore.   It was the grace of God and Mother Karukatha Mariamman that saved the people from the calamity, devotees believe.  Though generally Kali temples are found facing north, Karukatha Amman is facing east which is a significant difference.  Mother Amman appears in the sanctum sanctorum in a sitting form with matted hair.  The antiquity of the temple is believed to be over 300 years.

  Temple History:
Kottravai is a deity, according to Tamil literatures, belonging to the Kali family.  Pallava king Mahendra Varman was worshipping Kottravai as his family deity.  She was praised as Kali and Kadu Kizhal.  Making an idol representing Kottravai as described in our literatures, She was worshipped as the security or protection deity in the border of Mamallapuram.  People had immense faith in Her powers.  She is in a sitting form with Her leg folded and the right resting on the left.  She represents the power of seven deities called Andhari, Vanathi, Paripani, Kamakshi, Meenakshi, Visalakshi and Karukathavi.
While the people of Earth and heaven were subjected to cruelties of the dreaded demon Mahishasura, they surrendered at the feet Mother Kali for freedom from the demon.  Mother started her journey with all fury on Her Lion Vahan from Mysore towards Mamallapuram, riding on Pidar Rath and killed the buffalo headed Mahishasura.  It was a wonder that every drop of blood of the demon falling on earth reappeared alive as the demon.  Kali gathered the blood in a bowl and offered it to the Bhoodas to drink.  Mahishasura was killed finally.  She softened Herself then and granted darshan to the devotees as Karu Katha Amman.  A famous temple came into being then, according to local history.
Karu Katha Amman appears in a sitting form holding many weapons in Her hand and pressing the demon under Her feet. Mother Karukatha Amman looks furious for six months and compassionate in the next six months.  This is a significant feature of this temple
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: The temple lies on the East Coast Road in between Chennai and Puducherry in the port city of the famous Pallavas called Mamallapuram. state and private bus facilities are available from Chennai and suburbs.
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