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Sri Mutharamman temple
Moolavar: Mutharamman, Gnana Murthi
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Mutharamman
  Thala Virutcham: Neem – Vembu in Tamil
  Theertham: Bay of Bengal
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: Veerai Vala Nadu
  City: Kulasekharan Pattinam
  District: Thoothukudi
  State: Tamil Nadu
  10 day Dussera Navarathri festival in September-October with Mahishasura Samhara on the Vijayadasami day at the sea shore. This is the great festival of the temple taking the event to all southern part of the district. Every village and home in the region celebrate this festival. 3 day Aadi Kodai festival is celebrated in July-August dressing Lord and Mother as Kurava-Kurathi, a nomadic tribe, when people do begging to fulfill their prayer commitment. Special pujas and decorative Deepa Aaradhanas are performed on Chithirai first falling almost on April 14, special pujas and Annabishekam in Aipasi-October-November. Tirukarthikai in November-December is celebrated with car festival lighting Deepas and Chokkapanai Deepa. Margazhi Danur pujas in December-January and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are also very grandly celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva is swayambumurthi in the temple.  
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.  
  Sri Mutharamman Temple, Kulasekharan Pattinam, Thoothukudi district.  
 General Information:

Though this is a Shiva Temple, all importance is for Mother Mutharamman as to Mother Meenakshi in Madurai.


Those affected with small-pox, handicapped, mentally retarded pray in the temple for relief and it is the experience of the devotees that Mother Mutharamman responds to their prayers without delay.  People who lost their properties earlier, meeting loss in business say they had recovered their assets after praying to Mother.  They firmly believe that Mutharamman is the guardian of their welfare.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees light Mavilakku, a lamp made of rice flour mixed with ghee, undertake body circumambulation-Anga Pradikshina, carry fire pots, Vel Ambu Kuthal-punching the cheeks with needles are the prayer commitments practiced by the devotees. Some organize feeding-Anna dhanam and Hundi contribution. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

According to astrology, if two planets mutually occupy the houses belonging to each other, it is called Parivardhana yoga.  For example, Shukra may be in the house belonging to Mars and Mars in turn may be in the house of Shukra-Venus.  Similarly, Mother had exchanged Her Power with Lord and Lord in turn had offered His powers to Mother in this temple.  The Mantra used in the Shakti puja, Yantra the copper plate installed under the Mother idol according to religious rules and traditions and the Thantra the puja codes are followed in this temple as in Mother Meenakshi temple in Madurai.


Small pox appears on the body of the affected as pearls which people use to call Muthu in the body.  As a remedy, people use to store water around the Goddess to bring the heat of the boils-Muthu down and dry them.  Mother thus cures the patient.  Hence the name of the Mother in the temple, Muthu-(pearl) Attru (treating) Amman-Goddess – Muthattruamman – Mutharamman.


In this seashore temple, Lord and Mother are on the same peeta facing north.  People pray here for relief from small pox.  They also pray for child boon.  Those suffering from leprosy pray here for 41 days with fasting, get cured.  So those mentally retarded seek asylum at the feet of Mother Mutharamman.

  Temple History:

Generally, only Swayambu idols are chosen for worship in temples.  Mother appeared in the dream of a worker and asked him to make an idol of Her and send it through an archaka-priest coming from Kulasai.  She also informed priest in his dream of her instructions to the sculptor and advised the archaka to install it near the swayambu.  Thus goes the story that Ambica Herself chose her idol form.

Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is swayambumurthi in the temple.
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