The Nambunayaki Amman Temple is located in Danushkodi and is dedicated Nambunayaki Amman. This temple was built by a King upon whom the Mother bestowed her grace to cure his illness. It is believed that two sages, Dakshina Duruvan and Pachima Duruvan, performed intense penance here, had the darshan of Mother Parvadhavardini as Dakshina Kali and she graced them facing South. Since then, the sages continued to stay in the place and began treating those suffering from diseases. It is also believed that the rishis are still in the place in deep penance. The story also goes that during the rule of Sinhalese in this region, a king by name Sulodharan became ill and reached the temple trusting in the grace of the Mother. His brothers mocked him. The king was firm in his faith, built a hut nearby and continued his prayers bathing in the holy springs. As the Mother responded to the King's prayers, he built a temple for the Goddess and also provided facilities for those coming to the temple for recovery from illness. The brothers who mocked the king became very ill then. From this incident came the saying "Nambunayakiyai Vananginal Vambillai [(no problems (Vambu) to those trusting in Nambu Nayaki (trust in Goddess)]. Slowly, the temple grew gradually in the days that followed. Nambunayaki is the family deity of many Maratha Brahmins here who name their child after the Goddess. "I worshipped the Nayaki seeking a child. She gave me a son to spread Her grace" are the lines mothers sing to make their child sleep peacefully.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For the gift of childbirth
- To hasten delayed weddings
- To reunite separated couples
- To cure depression and mentally challenged persons
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 a.m. to 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.