Sri Angala Parameswari Amman Temple also known as Poongavanathamman Temple is located at Putlur in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Angala Parameswari also called as Poongavanathu Amman. This temple is 500-1000 years old.
About The Deity
This is probably the only temple where the Goddess has manifest herself in the natural form of an anthill complete with face, eyes, dainty eyebrows, parted lips, hands, legs, and a pregnant belly.
In the sanctum, Goddess appears as a women suffering from labour pain lying with Her mouth open. Behind the sanctum sanctorum are the shrines of Lord Vinayaka, Lord Nataraja in the name of Thandavarayan and Angala Parameswari.
Legend and Stories
One Ponmeni promised his territory to a cash loan specialist named Makisuran. He worked in a similar land to keep up his family. Deceitful Makisuran tormented every one of the general population along these lines by loaning them cash and swelled their liabilities with anomalous progressive accrual rates. He in this manner gulped the terrains of all. He seriously beat Ponmeni because of default in instalments and requested Ponmeni within the sight of villagers to furrow the Poongavanam outside the place in a solitary night on Shivrathri day before dawn and undermined to do with his life in the event that he neglected to do as such.
Poongavanam is the place of fiendishness spirits. Ponmeni thought it better to come up short beyond words a day than biting the dust every day. He started working the land appealing to Mother Karumayee. He saw an old man and a matured lady under a tree. The lady was extremely parched. Ponmeni helped the old man to bring water. When they returned, they found the lady vanishing. At the point when Ponmeni swung to the old man, he additionally was not there. At the point when Ponmeni continued his working, he found the furrow stuck and the spot started to drain. A voice guaranteed him of wellbeing and said "I am Angala Parameswari who came in the appearance of the matured lady. Presently, I am an ant colony here. Reacting to your petition, I accompanied Lord Shiva. As my nearness had been made known to the world by you, you will be mitigated of destitution, love me and the Lord."
As per another legend, Lord Shiva and Parvathi were strolling from Melmalayanur towards Ramapuram ( where this temple is found, which thusly came to be known as Putlur in view of the Goddess showing herself as a Putru - an ant colony dwelling place). This place was woodland those days brimming with neem trees. Parvathi tired after the long walk, sat down and requested that Lord Shiva bring her some water. Ruler Shiva went hunting down water however couldn't locate any close-by. He needed to go to the waterway Coovam (seems as though it had drinkable quality water then!) to bring the water. It began raining vigorously and the stream was getting overwhelmed. So he needed to sit tight a while for the rain to die down. Tired of sitting tight for the Lord, and depleted with appetite and thirst, the Goddess set down on the floor and an ant colony dwelling place developed over her. She got to be distinctly one and the same with the ant colony dwelling place.
Master Shiva returned not long after and found that Parvathi had permanabtly remained there. So he too remained adjacent to her and is called thandavarayan. Most likely this is the main amman temple where you can discover a nandi before the sanctum sanctorum and this is a direct result of the nearness of Shiva behind the goddess.
Inside a couple of minutes the ant colony dwelling place got to be distinctly obvious. As the Goddess showed up from Poongavanam, she came to be venerated as Poongavanathu Amman.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays and full moon days are extremely crowded here.
Shivarathri and Masi Magam crematorium robbery festival in February-March, Aadi Fridays in July-August and New Moon day pujas are celebrated in the temple.
Prayers and Rituals
Individuals come and supplicate here for labour and different wishes. They normally purchase five lemon and bangles from the shops outside. One lemon is taken by one of the few old women who can be found outside the temple. It is trusted that one needs to evacuate all "drishti" (throwing of stink eye) before entering the temple. So these ladies circle the lemon thrice around your head, and request that you pound it under your left foot. This should expel all dristi from you. On entering the temple, there is a trident ( trishul) on which three of the rest of the lemon are proceeded.
At that point you move to love the nandi, and enter the mandapam to go towards the sanctum sanctorium. One can see that the old temple has been modernized after some time by laying coated tiles on the dividers and floor. There is a tremendous match of scales here, where lovers who have been honored with kids offer sugar, banana and so on identical to the heaviness of the youngster.
The primary sannadhi is little, dull and swarmed. There is a solid stainless steel railing fastened all around the goddess so that nobody touches and harms the structure. It is hard to see plainly through this railing. Simply behind the goddess, through a little window like structure, you can see thandavarayan looking somewhat dismal that he couldn't extinguish his better half's thrist in time. As you circumambulate and move towards the front bit of the sanctum sanctorium, you hold your breath in stunningness.
The goddess totally canvassed in turmeric glue looks magnificient. The eyes, eyebrows, the separated lips, the unmistakably pregnant tummy all look so characteristic. The bangles and the last lemon are offered here. The poojari takes your bangles and gives you others as prasad. He rolls the lemon now spread with kumkum from a stone close to the goddess' feet, and the enthusiasts gather it in the pallav of their saree. Lemon wreaths are additionally offered and come back with her favors and individuals keep them in their vehicles, shops, pooja rooms, or over their front entryway as an appeal.
On turning out, we locate another immense ant colony dwelling place (this does not have a human figure)to the privilege of the sanctum sanctorium under the stala Vriksham - Neem Tree. Individuals who look for labor, tie small scale supports close to this ant colony dwelling place or bits of pallav of their saree in foresight of the satisfaction of their yearning. It is likewise extremely regular for individuals to remain overnight here on full moon days. An exceptional supplication is led at 5 am the following morning for these individuals who remain conscious and implore as the night progressed.
How to Reach Poongavanathamman Temple, Putlur
The nearest airport is Chennai Airport.
The closest railways are in Chennai.
There are several share autos available to take the visitors to the temple.
Sri Angala Parameswari Amman Temple / Poongavanathamman Temple,
Ramapuram (Putlur), Tiruvallur District, Tamil Nadu,
India, Pincode – 602025.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Healthy progeny
- Wish Fulfillment
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.
For every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday this temple is open from 06:00 am to 08:00 pm. In other days, the temple is open from 06:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 07:30 pm.