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Sri Kathayee Amman temple
Moolavar: Kurunkudil Kathayee Amman, Pachai Vazhi Ammai, Poonkurathi Ammai
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Kattumannar Kovil
  District: Cuddalore
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Aadi last Friday in July-August and Navarathri in September-October are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  There are three presiding Ambicas in the sanctum sanctorum.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.  
  Sri Kathayee Amman Temple, Kattumannar Kovil, Cuddalore district.  
  +91- 99424 44928. 
 General Information:

Guardian deities Muthumuni, Semmuni, Jadamuni, Ladamuni, Karumuni, Veerama Muni and Vazhumuni are in the prakara of the temple.


Pregnant women pray to Kathayee Amman for safe delivery of child and welfare of mother and child.  They also pray for brotherhood among the members of family performing abishek with rosewater.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees offer vastras to Mother and contribute for temple renovations. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

There are three presiding Ammans in the sanctum sanctorum.  Mother Kathayee Amman is holding Lord Murga in Her hip praised as Kuzhandhai Amman.  On Her left is Pachai Vazhi Amman with discus and conch.  Next gracing the devotees is Poonkurathi Amman in a nomadic form.


Kailaya Shiva shrine is facing south.  He appears in full form, not as a Linga.  People worship here to excel in education on Thursdays as He is facing south belonging to Lord Dakshinamurthi.

  Temple History:

Chola kings were worshipping Mother Ambica in various forms.  Vikrama Chola I was a devotee of Mother Kathayee.  Once he waged a war against Vamisekhara Pandya.  Pandya was not willing to take the war as it would only end in the death of many precious souls.  He prayed to Lord Chokkanatha to save his land and people from Chola.  Lord came in the guise of a Korava – a nomadic tribe – and fought the Chola.  He could not stand the fury of Lord.  He understood that the soldier was none other than Lord Shiva and fell at His feet.


Lord Shiva granted Chola His darshan and said that a war for land would result only in human loss and advised him about the futility of such greed.  Lord granted him the boon that he would be again born a king and advised him to rule the kingdom righteously and disappeared.


He was born again as Vikrama Chola II and continued to worship Mother Kathayee.  His relatives caused him many troubles.  He fell at the feet of Mother Kathayee saying how he was advised by Lord Shiva in the guise of Korava in his past birth to avoid war and sought Her help to manage when his own men are turning foes.  Ambica, responding to the prayer of Chola appeared as a Korathi, spoke to Chola’s relatives and settled the issues.  Happy Chola made an idol of Kathayee as a Korathi and installed in the temple.

Special Features:
  Miracle Based: There are three presiding Ambicas in the sanctum sanctorum.
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