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Sri Shenbagavalli-Poovananathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Poovananathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Shenbagavalli
  Thala Virutcham: Kala tree
  Theertham: Athiyar
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Kovirpuri (Mangai Nagar)
  City: Kovilpatti
  District: Thoothukudi
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  10 day Vasantha Utsav (summer festival) during May-June, Goddess Bangle festival-Aadi Pooram in July-August, 10 day Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, 12day Wedding festival, Chithirai-theertham Tamil New Year festival in April-May are the important and main festivals in the temple, besides Deepavali, Pongal and Tamil and English new year days. The crowd in the temple would be huge on new moon, full moon days and on Prdosham days.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Though Mother-goddess is in standing form, Alankaras (dressing) is done as if in a sitting form.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Shenbagavalli-Poovananathar Temple, Kovilpatti, Tuticorin district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 4632 2520248 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Mother Shenbagavalli Ambal is 7 feet tall gracing Her devotees.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

For total cure of prolonged illness, for a wedlock of imagination, children, progress in business, high farm yields, people place their prayers at the feet of the Lord and Mother and it is firmly believed that prayers do not go in vain.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Besides usual abishek and pujas, devotees light lamps in Ambal shrine, offer vastras and perform milk and sandal abishek to the Lord with dhoties. They also feed the visitors to the temple. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

As in Madurai, the importance goes to Goddess Shenbagavalli in this temple.  There are two women securities (Dwarapalakis) in the shrine.  While the Alankara (dressing) is done in accordance with form (standing or sitting) of the deity in all temples, in this temple the Alankara is done in a sitting form to the Goddess, though the original form is of a standing one.  The place has the reputation that Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here.   As two snake leaders Chadungan and Paduman worshipped Lord Shiva here with Poovana flowers, the Lord is named Poovananathar.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

The story that Sage Agasthya came to South to balance the earth level when it sank at north during the wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi is popular.  On his way to Pothigai hills, the sage destroyed two demons Vilvalan and Vadhabi and also relieved himself of the Brahmmahati dosha that afflicted him due to killing of the demons.  He also created the Agasthya spring as requested by the sages of Ponmalai hills.

 

One Vamanan belonging to Shivakuzhu was born as the king of Vembakkottai in the name of Shenbagan as ordered by Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva.  He built the temple as advised by the Lord.  As the temple is built by king Shenbagan, Mother is named Shenbagavalli.  Later, the temple was renovated by Ullamudayan belonging the 10th century.

 
     
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