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Karaikal Ammaiyar


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Karaikal Ammaiyar Overview

Ranked 3 of 29 sightseeing in Karaikal

Karaikal Ammaiyar is a small shrine, which is dedicated to Karaikal Ammaiyar, the only woman out of the sixty three Nayanmars. Constructed by Malaiperumal Pillai in 1929, this temple is known for the huge idol of this lady saint. Popularly known as Goddess Punithavati, this woman and the episodes of her supernatural powers are renowned among natives of the region.

The wife of a merchant, Paramadatta, Karaikal Ammaiyar was a devotee of Lord Shiva. It is believed that one day her husband bought two mangoes out of which, she gave one to the Bhikshuk. When her husband asked her about the second mango, she prayed to the Lord who sent another mango in her hands. When her husband inquired about the mango, then she told him the story. Afraid of her supernatural power, her husband left her and married another woman.

The lady prayed to Lord Shiva to take away her beauty and transform her into the demon-hosts, also known as Bhutagana, attendants of Lord Shiva. The lord accepted her prayers and the demoness established her abode in the wild jungle of Alangadu, also known as Forest of Banyan Trees.

When she visited the abode of Lord Shiva at Kailasa, he gave her the name of Mother Ammaiyar. She prayed to Lord Shiva to grant her a boon that she should no more be born on earth. Impressed with her devotion, Lord Shiva announced that whenever he will perform the sacred dances, she will sing lyrics for him.

Tourists and pilgrims frequently throng this temple during the annual celebration of Mangani festival that is celebrated during the month of June and July. Special poojas and ceremonies are conducted on the day of full moon that falls in Aani, a Tamil month. Curd rice and mangoes are the prime offerings made to the deity as well as to tourists.

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Nirman Parkar4.3/5

9 reviews

One of the oldest temple

It is one of the oldest temple located in the city of Pondicherry. It has a South Indian theme. I don't know exactly which god resides in the temple but the ambiance is good. One would find the place crowded in the evening. Good place for photography. Do visit the place.


4 reviews

Super experience

In the evening, by 6.00 pm, the lights are on in the pool. A big fish comes on top it's very cute. You can feed him biscuits.


2 reviews

Ancient temple with lots of history

The temple is fantastic with historical monuments and it is so beautiful.


2 reviews

Best place to do Yoga

Temple is clean and peaceful. Best place to do yoga.


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Excellent maintenance

Good temple to see & highlight temple pond maintained excellently. It is a gift for Karaikal people


2 reviews

Place to see

Totally we would say it is nice to enjoy. Our family and we spent some time together.

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