Shenbagavalli Poovananathar Temple, Kovilpatti, Thoothukudi

Sri Shenbagavalli-Poovananathar temple is positioned in the village referred as Kovilpatti, in the district of Thoothukudi, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Poovananathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Shenbagavalli.

The holy tree of this temple is Kala tree. The holy water of this temple is Athiyar. The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Kameekam. This temple is approximately 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this town is Kovirpuri (Mangai Nagar).

The main festivals that are grandly celebrated with great devotion and dedication are 10 day Vasantha Utsav (summer festival) during May-June, Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Goddess Bangle festival-Aadi Pooram in July-August, Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May-June;  10 day Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November;   12day Wedding festival, Chithirai-theertham Tamil New Year festival in April-May, Thai Poosam Theerthavari in January-February; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Pongal, new moon,  on Prdosham days, Deepavalli, full moon days and New Year Days according to the Georgian calendar and Hindu religious calendar.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for all the Hindus. Devotees and pilgrims from far and near often visit this temple in the region. According to the local legends, “Though Mother-goddess is in standing form, Alankaras (dressing) is done as if in a sitting form. Mother Shenbagavalli Ambal is 7 feet tall gracing Her devotees. As two snake leaders Chadungan and Paduman worshipped Lord Shiva here with Poovana flowers, the Lord is named Poovananathar.”

Address: Sri Shenbagavalli-Poovananathar Temple, Kovilpatti, Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu

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