Ubayakathirgaamam is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan, who is worshipped as presiding god of Kali Yuga. The prefix Ubaya- means "second" or "sub" in Tamil. Hence the temple got its name, as it is considered to be a second Kathirgaamam (Kataragama) of the country. This temple is in Puloli in the Jaffna Peninsula of Sri Lanka. A Vinayaka temple named Periyadevanatthay Alayam is also situated beside Ubayakathirgaamam.
History of the Temple
This temple was discovered and named Ubayakathirgaamam by Lady T.S.Logaambal devotee of Murugan, who hails from Thirunelveli, a city in Tamil Nadu. The Lady Logaambal publication mentions that in the year 1909, God Murugan appeared in a dream to Lady Logaambal and informed the existence of the Chakra Yanthra (drawing) on the surface of a rock by the side of a wood apple tree at Pachchima Pulavar Kana Nagaram. He told her to draw a picture of the Yanthra and keep it with her for her daily prayers.
In year 1911, Murugan informed her in her dream that the place is in the Jaffna Peninsula of Ceylon. The scholars in Jaffna informed her that Puloli is the Tamil equivalent of the above mentioned Nagaram, which was named in Sanskrit. After reaching Jaffna, she succeeded in discovering the holy site, on the birth day of God Murugan.
In 1924, God Murugan instructed in her dream, that the Yanthra of the temple has the strong powers than the other temples and will do divine favours to the devotees. So it again became a duty of Lady Logaambal to spread the message to the devotees in Ceylon. In a leaflet published on 25/07/1924, Lady Logaambal clearly instructed the people of the village South Puloli the power of the temple.
About The Deity
Ubayakathirgaamam Moolavar is a Chakra Yanthra, which appeared on a white rock itself. As unlike in other temples of Murugan, the Moola Lingam is in the form of a Chakra Yanthra, hence the temple got its name "Ubayakathirgaamam Sri Chakra Shanmugar Alayam". The noticeable feature of this Chakra Yanthra is it was not made by hand of man. It is a Suyambu Lingam, the Holy One revealing Himself on the white rock. There are a few projections and letters representing God Vinayaka and the powers of Shiva, to the right of the Yanthra.
Camphor Festival - Krithika Star on the month of Karthigai
Theertham festival - Thiruvona Star, close upon to the Theertham festival of Kathirgaamam.
Since the appearance of Ubayakathirgaamam to the villagers, with the guidance of Lady Logaambal, the temple was a miracle for the villagers. It is so common to hear from the villagers, mentioning the wishes fulfilled by worshiping the temple and Chakra Yanthra.
It is also mentioned that once when the people were not aware of the Yanthra, the white rock where the Suyambu Lingam appeared, was tried to be removed. In spite of seven explosions, the rock was safe without any damage. The rock was assumed to be having super natural powers, by the villagers.
Visitors from all over the country go to this temple to worship Sri Chakra Shanmugar and Vilatheeswaran and fulfil their wishes.
The nearest airport is Jaffna Airport.
The nearest major railway station is in Jaffna.
Ubayakathirgaamam can be reached by taking a walk through Vallipuram Road, from Manthikai Junction, which is on the Point Pedro - Jaffna Road.
Ubayakathirgaamam Sri Chakra Shanmugar Alayam,
Puloli, Jaffna District,
Northern Province, Sri Lanka.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Forgiveness for past deeds
- Neutralize the malefic effects of Mars
- Good Health
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.
The temple is open from 05:00 am to 10:00 am and from 05:00 pm to 07:30 pm.