Karuvalarchery is home to one of the most important temples of the Agasthyar Siddha Lineage - the Agasthyar Guru Paduka Shakti Temple of Mother Sri Akilandeshwari and Lord Agastheeshwara Shiva.
The hidden meaning of Karuvalarchery given by Sathguru Venkataraman is that it is Guru (Bhakthi) valarchery - the sacred spot which helps with the growth of Guru Bhakthi (devotion to the True Guru) in us.
It is this Agasthyar Guru Paduka Shakti Temple that gives spiritual aspirants this most important blessing of development of Guru Bhakthi. Since the immense spiritual power of Maha Guru Agasthyar's Guru Paduka Shakti pervades this place, it gives forth that rarest of blessings - Guru Bhakthi - on spiritual aspirants.
About The Temple
From the main entrance, Shiva shrine is visible straight ahead and to the right, Akilandeshwari shrine is present. Chandra theertham, the temple pond is just outside the temple.
About The Deity
Agasthyar sage worshipped the God and Goddess here along with his wife Lopa Mudraa. Hence the god is called Agastheeshwara. Mother Sri Akilandeshwari here is known as ' Karu Valarkkum Nayagi'. The goddess in this temple gives the blessing to the growth of the foetus.
The Goddess is formed by self, and it is in the form of Puttru (snake mound), which is powerful. There is no abhishekam (anointment) performed for the goddess, only oil abhishekam (anointment) is performed. The Goddess is covered with a cloth up to the face and only face is visible. The rest is said to be the snake mound. On regular days one can see the Goddess’ face only. The full form can be seen only on Shivarathri day and Navarathri (9 days) in a year. Those who pray for child go to this temple. The prayer is cleaning the steps with pure ghee and drawing a kolam (pattern on floor) and praying the goddess.
This is a powerful prayer place for child birth.
Bring the following pooja items
1. Round Turmeric ( Manjal ) , 7 numbers
2. Ghee made from pure Pasu Milk
3. Lemons – 2
6. Betel leaves , Betel nuts
9. Incense sticks
Couples who want children after praying to the goddess must clean steps to the sannidhi with Ghee and then draw a Kolam with rice flour, and then highlight it with Turmeric and Kungumam imagining doing this to the goddess's feet and pray. They must then hand over the turmeric and lemons along with Betel leaves and nuts to the priest so he does an Archanai. He will return them over to the couple as prasadham. The lemon should be squeezed and made to a juice level and can be mixed with salt/sugar and should be kept in a single glass and only the couple should consume it without fail. The couple must drink it in the same glass.
How To Use Manjal Given From Karuvalarcheri Temple
One manjal lasts for 3 weeks or so. Buy a pumice stone to rub the manjal to get the turmeric powder and apply it on the whole body except legs. Wash the body with a body wash/soap and apply the turmeric before the last rinse. The main condition is the turmeric should be used by that girl only. Nobody should use it on behalf of her. Turmeric should not be applied during the 5 days of the menstrual cycle. Turmeric should not be taken anywhere out of the house.
The nearest airport is Trichy.
The nearest railway station is Kumbakonam.
Karuvalarchery is located about 8 km from Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
Sri Akilandeshwari Ambal Sametha Sri Agastheeshwara Temple,
Karuvalarchery, Thanjavur District,
Tamil Nadu, India, Pin code – 612402.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.