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Sri Arumkarai Amman temple
Moolavar: Arumkarai Amman
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: Oonjal tree
  Theertham: Amaravathi
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Peria Tirumangalam, Periamangalam
  District: Karur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  It is said that festival in the temple was celebrated only once in 100 years. This was called “Perootta Vizha”. Only during this festival, the box with the idol of Amman was taken in procession in this village. The festival is not continued as no permission was granted by Amman for some centuries. However, in the month of Thai-January-February, Pongal gifts are offered to Amman from the nearby Natrayar temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The traditional Prasad offered in Shakti temples as turmeric and kumkum are not offered in the temple, but the ashes from the oven used for cooking the nivedhana is offered. It is believed that this ash contains medicinal properties. Amaravathi River turns here as a garland offered to Amman. Amman was called ‘Nalla Thai – Good Mother - in the past. As She is installed near the river, She was also known as Arumkarai Amman – Amman on the banks of the river- and in the days followed this came to stay.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  The Temple Administration, Arum Karai Amman Arts College, Amman Nagar, Chinna Darapuram-639 202. Karur district.  
  +91- 4320 - 233 344, 233 334, 94432 - 37320. 
 General Information:

Amman is praised by the villagers as Nalla Thai-Good Mother.  There is no sanctorum as such or Vimana and tower in the temple.  The place wherein the box is kept is revered as Ambal.  There are guardian deities as Natrayar, Ladamuni, Madurai Veeran, Karuppusami, Mahamuni and Lord Vinayaka with planets Rahu and Ketu.  No abishek is performed to Lord Vinayaka and other deities.  The Balipeeta at the entrance of the temple is designed as tortoise.


People pray for family welfare and good farm yields.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees sacrifice goats for the guardian deities, place dolls of horses and arrange feeding. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Women are forbidden to enter the temple.  Some men came to this place in search of a missing girl.  It was a Tuesday night.  Hence, pujas are performed at midnight on Tuesdays only.  The temple is closed on other days.  Only men are admitted into the temple.  Women can worship from outside after bathing in Amaravathi river.  They have to keep the hair untied and come in wet clothes.  After the puja, the nivedhanas as plantain and cereals would be thrown in the front hall, which women catch in their sari Pallu-Thalappu in Tamil.  It is believed that the Goddess blesses them in Prasad form.

  Temple History:

In days of yore, there were fishermen in the place.  Once, a fisherman got a box in his net.  He found an idol of Ambal in the box and thought it was Mother’s blessings.  He kept the box under a tree.  Fishermen were worshipping the deity.  Later, they left the place.  The box with Amman got buried under the sand then.


A girl, Nalla Thai by name was grazing the cattle along with others in this place.  She found that one cow was pouring its milk at a spot higher from the ground level.  Out of curiosity, she went to the place and sat there and never got up then.  Villagers came in search of the girl and asked her to come with them but she refused.  She told the villagers that she would like to stay there only.  She also asked them to perform pujas to her on the day they found them in the place.  She immediately became a ray of light-jyoti and disappeared.  The temple was built then.

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