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Sri Koppudai Nayaki Amman temple
Moolavar: Koppudai Nayaki Amman
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: -
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  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Karaikudi
  District: Sivaganga
  State: Tamil Nadu
  10 day Sevvai Perum Tiruvizha is grandly celebrated in the temple beginning from last Tuesday in Chithirai-April-May till the First week of Vaikasi-May-June. Poochoridal festival is celebrated in Chithirai on the second Tuesday if there will be four Tuesdays in the month or on the third Tuesday if there will be five Tuesdays in the month. Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Aadi Tuesday in July-August, Margazhi Tirupalli Ezhuchi in November-December,Panguni Darabishekam in March-April are the other festivals observed in the temple. Devotee crowd in the temple would be huge on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Among the Shiva temples in the state, only at Chidambaram Nataraja temple, the presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum and the procession deity are one and the same. Next, it is so in Mother Koppudai Amman temple in Karaikudi. Guardian deity Karuppanna Swami appears on a horse.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Koppudai Nayaki Amman Temple, Karaikudi – 630 001, Sivaganga district.  
  +91 -4565 2438 861, 99428 23907 
 General Information:



Devotees pray to Mother Koppudai Nayaki for total cure from various illnesses they suffer from, for wedding and child boon, for profitable farm yields and progress in their trades.

Thanks giving:
  Performing abishek to mother and offering vastras are the general commitments by devotees realizing their wish. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Koppu in Tamil means branches. The idol of the Goddess is made of Panchaloka – an alloy of five metals.  She is wearing a crown of fire, holding the Trident in the right upper hand, the right lower promising boons to devotees (Abhaya Hastha), the left upper hand the rope (Pasam in Tamil) and the left lower a skull.


Acharya Sri Adi Sankara had visited this temple for worshipping Mother Koppudai Nayaki Amman and had installed the Sri Chakra.


As Mother is on a Sri Chakra, Her power is immense.  While Ugra Devathas (Gods or Goddesses with furious characteristics) are facing north in temples, She is facing east in this temple promising education, prosperity and courage.  The other special feature of the temple is that unlike in other temples, custodian deity Karuppanna Swami appears on a horse vahan.


The car for the festival is of a strange construction with palm tree frames joined with the stems of a special plant called Thaiyilan Kodi.  The car-rath procession starts in the morning of the eighth day of festival, passes through a canal, reaches the Kattamman Koil in the evening.  The Rath will be back in the main temple on the 9th day.  As a canal is on the way of the procession route, a regular sturdy car is not made as it would be difficult to manage the canal when water level would be more sometimes to stand the shocks.  It requires special skill and experience to build a Rath of this type using only palm frames and plant stems.

  Temple History:

This region was once dense with Karai trees.  Efforts were taken to cure the place to create a town for human migration.  This is called Kudi-yettram in Tamil.  As the Karai region was converted for Kudi-yettram, the place came to be known as Karaikudi.  There is also a village deity (Grama Devatha) story for this place too.  This temple has a subsidiary temple in the Senjai Kadu region nearby known as Kattamman temple.  Koppudai Amman is but the younger sister of Kattamman.


Koppudai Amman had no children but Kattamman had seven.  When She comes to see the children of Her younger sister, she would bring sweet preparations.  But the younger sister would not allow Her to see her children as Koppudai Amman was issueless and used to keep her children in hiding.  In a fit of rage, Koppudai Amman cursed the children to become just stones, left the place, reached Karaikudi and became a Goddess, according to the temple story.

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