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Sri Poyyalamman temple
Moolavar: Poyyalamman
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Avudayarkoil, Okkur
  District: Pudukkottai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  8 day festival in Masi month (February-March) with Pookuzhi walking (walking on the fire pit) carrying Kavadis and Milk pots, giving goats in sacrifice, is celebrated in the temple. Those called Samiyadis supposed to be possessed by the Goddess conduct the festival.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The wonder in this Avudayarkoil Poyyalamman temple is that Goddess Herself attends maternity cases personally.  
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.  
  Shri Poyyalamman Temple, Avudayarkoil, Okkur-622 204, Pudukkottai Dist.  
 General Information:

Okkur is a small place 8 km from Avudayarkoil.  The Poyyalamman temple is said to have been built centuries ago.  About 250 families residing in Okkur, Maravanendal, Peravalal, Thachamalli, Narikudi, Althivayal worship Poyyalamman as their family deity.


Prayers are for child boon, marriage and progress in education.

Thanks giving:
  After the fist delivery of the child happening in the temple, people walk on fire pit (pookuzhi) and carry Kavadi and Milk pots for the subsequent ones. Theis is the prayer commitment, people follow in the place. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Probably, it is now a competition between spirituality and modern science.  While the inventions of science are the out come of brilliant human brain, spirituality does occupy a place of significance in almost all parts of the world among the common folk and there are still instances that these people continue their faith in the light of their own experiences.


Poyyalamman story is one such.  According to the people of the place, maternity cases happening in the temple are attended by the deity and till now there was not a single instance of failure.  Both mother and child are safe.  Poyyal means the woman who never fails.  The deity is so named.  She had never let down her trusted devotees.  No doctor, no medicine.  The faith is deep routed.

  Temple History:

Poyyalamman is the only gyenocologist for the pregnant women of this region.  These women come to Okkur a month in advance of the expected time of the delivery.  During their pregnancy, they never go to any doctor.  The sacred ashes given in the temple is the only medicine they use.  When the labour pain starts, the woman is brought to the open space in the temple and left alone.  All her people simply come out closing the doors of the temple.  The Goddess attends to the woman.  After the delivery, the mother does all that is necessary as cleaning herself, bathing the child etc.


After delivery, the mother and child come to a hut built for their stay.  They stay there for nine days. Alone.  No matter rain or summer.  From day two, a married woman from the Pujari’s house visit the mother and child for giving food.


Only after nine days, her husband, parents of both sides and other relative can see her and the child.  All these days, the Goddess Herself takes care of the mother and child.  The faith is unshakeable.

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