The Arulmigu Renukambal Amman Temple is located in Padavedu and is dedicated to Arulmigu Renukambal Amman.
About the temple
The main entrance of the temple is facing east. The Rajagopuram on the main entrance has three storeys and five kalasams (finials). Beautiful stucco figures of Parsuramar, Renugai, Lakshmi, Saint Jamathakni, Meenakshi, Subramaniar and Brahma are found on the Rajagopuram. From the inner side of the main entrance there is a long corridor with pillars on both sides which leads to flag staff, Nandi and Palipeetam. Bell tower and Temple Kitchen are at the left side of this entrance. Vahana Mantapams and temple office are situated at south Prakaram. Moving through south Prakaram we can see the Vinayagar shrine at south west and Subramaniar shrine (with his consorts Valli and Devanai) at north west. Both the shrines are facing east. Devotees used to assemble at the small front mantapams of these shrines to perform austerities.
Renugai Amman Moolavar Sannathi is east facing. In front of Sanctum Sanctorum is Artha Mandapam. Stainless steel pipes are fixed to enable the devotees to come in queue and offer their heartful prayers to Goddess Renugambal. A temple hundi is also kept in this Mandapam.
Next to Artha Mandapam is a spacious Maha Mandapam. Two "dwarapalagis" guard the entrance of Arthamandapam. Beautiful sculptures depicting various scenes from puranas are found on the pillars of Mahamandapam. Utsavar Sannadhi is located at the Northern side of Maha mandapam facing south. Few stone steps from Mahamandapam lead us to Utsavar Sannathi. Inner side of the eastern walls of Mahamandapam carries stone inscriptions. Colourful paintings portraying the story of goddess Renugambal are fixed on the eastern walls. The Nanakarshna Chakram consecrated by Adi Sankarar is found at eastern side of Mahamandapam facing the Goddess Renugambal Amman.
About the Deity
Amman in the temple is a swayambumurthy - head alone. This is one among the Shakti Peetas. Against the kumkum Prasad offered in Shakti temples, only sand is offered here.
Legend and stories
When Mother Uma Devi was born to Eraivadha Maharaja, the king of Vidharppa Desam, she was named Renugai. When she attained the marriageable age, Renugai traveled the world accompanied by her friends and an army in search of a suitable husband. She arrived at Kundalipuram, where saint Jamathakni was doing penance. Renugai camped near the ashram with the soldiers. A war then broke out between the sage's disciples and her soldiers. Mother Durga who had accompanied Renugai created havoc by creating fire from her third eye. To calm the situation, the sage brought all the Theerthas from the three worlds into his Kamandalam and poured it. That water turned into a big river called Kamandala. When a voice from heaven told Renugai that saint Jamathakni would be her husband, Renugai requested the saint to marry her. The saint agreed and later they had a son called Parasurama who was an avatar of God Vishnu.
Aadi Velli (Fridays in the Tamil month of Aadi) Festival :Starting from the first Friday in the Tamil Month of Aadi, this festival is celebrated for 7 Fridays.
Thanoor Month Festival,
Pongal Festival .
Distance to Padavedu
Sri Renukambal Amman Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To be blessed with wealth
- For cures from ailments
- To get married soon
- To be blessed with children
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.During festive days the temple is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.