Friday, October 15, 2010

Poongavanathamman Temple, Putlur

The entrance of Poongavanathamman Temple
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 lipts, hands, legs, and a pregnant belly. It gives you goosebumps as you circumambulate around her in the narrow and poorly lit space among the several hundreds of people who throng this temple everyday to seek her blessings.


Picture of Goddess Poongavanathamman
Lord Shiva and Parvathi were walking from Melmalayanur towards Ramapuram ( the place where this temple is located, which subsequently came to be known as Putlur because of the Goddess manifesting herself in the form of a Putru - an anthill). This place was a forest those days full of neem trees. Parvathi tired after the long walk, sat down and asked Lord Shiva to fetch her some water. Lord Shiva went searching for water but could not find any nearby. He had to go to the river Coovam ( looks like it had drinkable quality water then!) to bring the water. It started raining heavily and the river was getting flooded. So he had to wait a while for the rain to subside. Tired of waiting for the Lord, and exhausted with hunger and thrist, the Goddess lay down on the floor and an anthill (புற்று) grew over her. She became one and the same with the anthill.
Lord Shiva returned shortly after and found that Parvathi had permanabtly stayed there. So he too stood beside her and is called thandavarayan. Probably this is the only amman temple where you can find a nandi before the sanctum sactorium and this is because of the presence of Shiva behind the goddess.


Nandi in front of the Sanctum Sanctorium
The temple, as I said is always crowded. People come and pray here for childbirth and other wishes. They usually buy five lemon and bangles from the shops outside. One lemon is taken by one of the several old ladies who can be found outside the temple. It is believed that one has to remove all "drishti" (casting of evil eye) before entering the temple. So these women circle the lemon thrice around your head, and ask you to crush it under your left foot. This is supposed to remove all dristi from you. On entering the temple, there is a trident ( trishul) on which three of the remaining lemon are pressed on.


Offering lemon at the Trishul

Then you move to worship the nandi, and enter the mandapam to go towards the sanctum sanctorium. One can see that the ancient temple has been modernised over time by laying glazed tiles on the walls and floor. Actually it would have been better if the original architecture had been retained and well maintained.

Pair of Scales in front of Sanctum Sanctorium
We find a huge pair of scales here, where devotees who have been blessed with children offer sugar,banana etc. equivalent to the weight of the child. As the serpentine queue moves slowly towards the sanctum sanctorium you wait with bated breath. The main sannadhi is small, dark and crowded. There is a strong stainless steel railing affixed all around the goddess so that no one touches and damages the structure. It is difficult to see very clearly through this railing. Just behind the goddess, through a small window like structure, you can see thandavarayan looking a little sad that he could not quench his wife's thrist in time. As you circumambulate and move towards the front portion of the sanctum sanctorium, you hold your breath in awe. The goddess completely covered in turmeric paste looks magnificient. The eyes, eyebrows, the parted lips, the visibly pregnant belly all look so natural. 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 smeared with kumkum from a stone near the goddess's feet, and the devotees collect it in the pallav of their saree. Lemon garlands are also offered and returned with her blessings and people keep them in their vehicles, shops, pooja rooms, or over their front door as a charm. On coming out, we find another huge anthill ( this does not have a human figure)to the right of the sanctum sanctorium under the stala Vriksham - Neem Tree. People who seek childbirth, tie miniature cradles near this anthill or pieces of pallav of their saree in anticipation of the fulfilment of their desire.


Cradles tied above the second natural anthill
and on the Sthala Vriksham
It is also very common for people to stay overnight here on full moon days. A special prayer is conducted at 5 am the next morning for these people who stay awake and pray through the night.
Location of the temple: This temple is near Tiruvallur.
How to get here: It is very easy to reach here by train. From Central one has to take a train, bound for Tiruvallur, Tiruthani or Arakkonam, and get down at Putlur station.  Make sure it is not an express which stops only at limited stations. From there the temple can be reached either by walk or share auto.
By road: On the tiruvallur road, after crossing Nemam, go straight. There will be a board on the right saying Putlur. Just a few feet away, there would also be an ambedkar statue on the left side of the road pointing to the right. Take the right turn here. A bridge is being constructed. Just before the bridge, there would be a small mudtrack to the left. Go down that track. Very soon, you will reach a railway gate. The temple is about half a km from this railway gate. There are several share autos available to take the visitors at Rs.5 per person. Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays and full moon days are extremely crowded here.

75 comments:

  1. Great. The documentation is magnificent.

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  2. We had an interesting experience here. Once we started from home at noon after lunch and my wife on the way felt sick and was vomitting. Sometimes she used to be like that when we start in the afernoon after lunch and with the car ac. But this time it looked very bad and I thought of returning back. It was an Avani Sunday and so there was a hude rush in the temple. In the front mandapam there was no air circulation and with so many people, I thought she is going to have a tough time (she already felt very sick in places without any ventilation since she is little asthmatic) but to my surprise, after the circumambulation of the amman, when she came out, all her symptoms of sickness had gone away and she was very fresh indeed. I was totally surprised. After that we had a peaceful tour of many temples around Thiruvallur.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your experience at Putlur temple. She is indeed amazing. I have gone several times to Putlur and everytime I hear experiences of people who have had her amazing grace bestowed in their lives.

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  4. Hi All,

    I want to share about my friend experience.she married over 3 years but she has not kid. she decided to go to hospital in chennai (one of the best hospital in chennai). the doctor given much more tabelts and injection. Never worked out. She spend money Rs10K in a month. Finally doctor told her ,the egg wasn't grow.She just say wait for another six month, then will do the next step. She frustrated , finally she believe the Putlur amman god. she went temple at 5 times . Now she is pregnant 5 weeks.
    Really , the putlur god is more powerful. please be truth and belive.... thanks Deepa

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  5. Dear Ms Deepa,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. Indeed the goddess is very benevolent and she readily grants genuine prayers of those devotees who seek her sincerely. If you read other comments on this blog, you would find some more friends sharing personal miracles that she had caused in their lives. This is a simple testimony to her unlimited grace!

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  6. Priya,
    i am married. Still dont have kid . Abortion was happend during 5 five months. i frustrated.
    I went to Thirukaraugavur and in and around temples in kumbakonam . Again 1 abortion has happened.It wasn't bear my hearts. yesterday only my friend told me abt Putlur temple.Next week onwards i am plaaning to go putlur. Please blog -vieweres pray for me.....
    thks priya for u creted this blog. this is very helpful to us.

    Thks,
    Deepa

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  7. Dear Deepa,

    Our prayers are with you. Please visit Putlur and if possible Tiruputkuzhi Maragathavalli thaayar shrine. I will be writing about it soon.

    With prayers,
    Priya

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  8. Thank U very much.i am unable to view the previous comments.how it will? i can see the recent comments only. plz tell me how to view the previous comment . give me the url or provide me the steps.

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  9. Dear Deepa,
    Go to the post....
    http://aalayamkanden.blogspot.com/2010/10/poongavanathamman-temple-putlur.html
    Scroll down to the end of the post you will see the comments below it...one after the other.....

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  10. Iam revathy,trying to concieve for mor than a year.all medi test results r normal but yet no positive result.pls pray for me... i will surely go to putlur temple pls tell me which day is best for offering prayers for child bearing.

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  11. Dear Revathi,

    As far as I know, any day is auspicious for Poongavanathamma. Fridays, new moon and full moon days are extremely crowded here. For childbirth, one has to go to the temple for nine weeks. In the first week, you have to take a lemon, place it in the feet of the goddess, and make a cradle out of your saree pallu and tie it on the branch of the neem tree over the anthill outside.After 11 circumambulations around the shrine, take the lemon home and eat it. Continue this for nine weeks. When you go to the temple the poojari is kind enough to give you all the details. Prayers for your wishes to be answered.

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  12. Hi Revathy,

    I went to the putlur temple at last friday. i also done the same procedure as per priya told.But one correction . dont take the lemon to ur home . Have to take the full lemon in temple itself (Behind Nandhi).

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  13. Thanks for sharing this useful information Deepa.

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  14. hi,priya n deepa thanks a ton... this week i will surely go to amma's darshanam.pls dear pray for me.

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  15. Quite impressed with the post. We will try our luck too. We are planning to go today. Shall let you all know about our experiences very soon.

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  16. Hi Priya and Revathi,

    Good news. Today i have tested for preganancy. Its confirmed.

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  17. Excellent Deepa...With the blessings of Poongavanathamman, may you have a safe delivery and a healthy baby. Many prayers and best wishes,Regards,Priya

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  18. hai deepa
    i experienced the same with thirukarugavur temple. now my child is 23 years old. that time i was now aware of this temple. buut all the ammans are same and whereever u go the prayers are listened and replied. may god bless you and the child, wishing you a happy deliivery! neela

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  19. sorry i forgot to say i visited the temple today the experience is amazing and i felt that i am blessed to have visited amma.

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  20. With amma blessings, my baby's growth is very good. I took a scan. Still i m going to the temple.
    By
    Deepa

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  21. Nice to hear that Deepa and thanks so much for sharing this good news. Prayers that you have a safe delivery Regards Priya

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  22. Hi Priya,

    Your Blog Archive is Excellent and its very interesting, i got lots of information from your Blog. Thank You So Much for you Blog Archive.

    Me and My Wife are plan to visit Poongavanathamman Temple, Putlur.

    Who ever seeing this Comment and Blog Pray for US.

    By,
    Vijayan

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  23. Thank you so much Mr. Vijayan. I will keep your family in my prayers. May Putlur Poongavanathamman fulfil your genuine desires.
    Regards Priya

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  24. HI Priya,

    I am six months carring now.
    Thanka,
    Deepa

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  25. Thats great. Do take care Regards Priya

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  26. Hi Priya, we are planning to visit Putlur shortly, could you please adivse us with temple timiings.

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  27. The temple is open between 6 am to 1 pm in the mornings and 2 pm to 7.30 pm in the afternoon. On full moon days, it is open longer as several people stay the night at/near the temple. Regards Priya

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  28. hi .. just read about amman.. i am 20 years right now very poor in my studies i am doing my mba now .. prayed a lot but still will i get gud memory and my dad is running a shop its is a very bad time for him now no income my dad is suffering to bring us up.. pls will visiting amma's temple help us ?

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  29. Dear Friend,

    Faith and belief can move mountains but one has to be patient and accept the consequences of Karma. If you are doing your MBA now, then you could not have been too bad in studies. I have a feeling you lack confidence. Believe in yourself and pray to Amman too...put in hard work and effort and you will succeed! My prayers for you and your family!

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  30. I am Laxmi Here
    Trying to conceive for 6 months but no positive results.
    I and my husband planned to visit the temple this sunday morning.

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    1. Please all pray for me for all the problems which i am facing currently.

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    2. This Sunday I visited the temple with my husband.
      I feel very nice after visiting the temple.
      Cocounut was broken by poojari and coconut broked in a very nice way poojari told u will get soon good news next year u visit this temple with your child.
      I hope his words become true and we all again visit this temple very soon.

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  31. Now i am awaiting for confirmation after 3 yrs of my marriage, after visiting 3rd week of putlur amman. Please pray for me...

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  32. hi priya,

    Thanks for your info.i m trying to conceive for past 1 1/2 years.but still not yet.i heard abt putlur amman in few months ago.then i visited to the temple at feb'12 with my husband and done all.but still no positive result.my neighbor said have to visit continuously,so we are planning to go to the temple again.pls pray for us.
    mine is love marriage.we faced many problems for our marriage.we crossed somany obstacles to getting parent's permission in both side.finally,with god grace it happend well.again we are facing problem for child birth.we frustrating somuch.i dont know the way to cross this.i pray to god for this.becos he is the one who solve this problem .pls pray for us.


    thank u

    ANU

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  33. Dear Anu,

    Prayers achieve miracles. Hope your faith and patience are answered soon.

    Regards Priya

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  34. Hi Priya,
    I am married. Still don't have a child. Every month I use to early wait to know the positive result for my pregnancy, but still no results. Me and my husband are very upset because of it. I came to know about Putur Poongavanathamman from my friends and planned to visit the temple 2marow. Please blog viewers do pray for me.....

    Thanks
    Preethi

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    1. Definitely Preethi our prayers are with you.

      Regards Priya

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    2. Hi priya,
      This is Selva. Am also facing the same problem.1.6 years over but no good news. last week on aadi peruku i went to the temple and tied the thottil on the tree. i am expecting the good news this month. Please do prayer for me... I want to post about my good news soon please....

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  35. Hi everyone.my name divya.i am married before 2 1/2 years still no child.we go to hospital andboth r checked.results r normal but still no positive result.a week before my grand mother tell this putlur temple.we already went to thirukarukavur temple.so this weekend we are going to putlur temple.please pray for me.

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  36. NaagasubramaniyanJuly 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Hi Mam
    Great. Excellent information.
    For the past 8 years we do not blessed with child.
    I think, 5 years back we visited the temple. And we do not know the procedures to follow. But, here in this blog I gone through this procedures and hope which helps us much. Please Pray for us. Thanks and Thanks in advance...

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  37. Hi Priya,,

    Happy news Priya .... got girl baby............
    born on March 12th. Still i m going to the temple once in a month. Really i feel Putlur amman is a very powerful god.

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    1. Congrats indeed
      She is great!
      Regards
      Priya

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  38. hI priya.
    . this is selva. 1.6 years over but still no good news. am in Bangalore so I unable to go to the temple frequently. but I love that very much before my marriage itself. on aadi peruku of this I went to the temple huh ww husband and tied thotil . I have hope on this month. I wish everybody to get good news soon . likewise please do pray for me also. I love kids. advance thanks and wishes. I want to share the my good news soon .

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    1. Please pray to Goddess sincerely. Wishes for your prayers to be ansswered soon.

      Regards Priya

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  39. hi mam,
    i just came across the comments which you have posted.i m unmarried girl in love with a person for almost five years trying to convince my parents for the marriage. now there is trouble in my relationship too have some misunderstanding and goes in rough phase i m really depressed and thought of committing sucide.i wish that amma helps me to solve all my problems and get married soon with him. i m going to visit temple by this week. please pray for me

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    1. She will do what is best for you and your life.

      Good luck

      Regards
      Priya

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  40. please help me to pray god and tell i should marry my love only

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  41. please help me to putlur amma that my love should come back to and we should marry this and we both will come to temple, god knows what all is there in my mind, please maa i beg please accept my prayers and help i should marry him

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  42. I am visiting Putlur tomorrow to get goddess's blessings to bless me with a child.please pray for me too.Seeing all the reviews I am feeling very positive.
    Please all pray for me to get a child.

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  43. I stay in Bangalore.... I ts been 2 years of my wedding and I have just started planning... But, I will be visiting the temple once to pray that I should conceive a healthy baby soon and I am sure, with faith of God I will conceive... I cant keep going again and again but I will for sure tie the cradle when i deliver the baby. For now, I shall visit once with true heart and Pray... Please you all also pray for me. My name is Sheetal.

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  44. hi priya,
    iam married for 3yrs and yet to have happy news..is the temple open on sundays?pls pray that i beget my bundle of happiness soon...it is said if someone else selflessly pray for u it works out...tired of treatments n expecting every month...desperately need everyones prayers and blessings hope to visit the temple soon..thanks for ur useful and faith affirming blog.

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    1. Dear Prarul,

      The temple is open on sundays. Our best wishes and prayers for you.

      Warm regards,
      Priya

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  45. Hi Priya,

    This is Ragav. First of all, i would like to thank you for having such a wonderful and informative blog. This really gives greater visibility about 'Putlur Poongaavanathamman'. I take great pleasure on seeing people thanking you for such an excellent effort with their good news of confirmations for kid. God bless you always. And, I visited the temple today with my dad and mom. I am looking for my mom's good health in future with amman's blessings. Its just amazing to see this temple and also the history of the temple. We really felt good today. I do have a sister got married 4 months ago. And, to all those looking for ChildBirth, this 23 yr old brother wishing you all the very best and everyone looking at your comments here can put themselves in your shoes and they truly realize the pain you feel and they will pray for you. My hearty wishes and prayers for all future mothers. Priya mam, keep going with your great efforts and i wish good hearts coupled tightly with you always.

    Regards,
    Ragav

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  46. Hi priya,
    You are patient enough to answer to everyone. kudos to your efforts. mine is a long sad story. i have been trying to conceive for six years. innumerable treatments and lakhs of rupees have been spent. but no use.i have visted all holy shrines including thirukarukavur. but everytime i am met with despair. i came to know abt putlur poongvanatham. i am excited to go there. but with all the crowd and noise will my prayers be answered and will the poojari really understand my deep pain and help me with the procedures inside the temple. because many a times the poojaris are exhausted or sometimes money minded. i lose concentration and faith at such times. well i go with faith. only amman should show a way.... anusha

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  47. hi priya,
    your blog is good. i am a childless woman trying to conceive for the past six years. i have spent lakhs of rupess with no results. i have visted inumerable temple. putlur amman is the last one i plan to visit. but my doubt is , we go with so much agony and pain, will the poojaris understand our pain and guide us properly. are they selfless? i want to be with amman and rejoice her true form and want someone to guide thru in the temple. may amman bless me with a healthy child atleast this time

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  48. Hi Priya,
    First let me convey my heartiest appreciation for your efforts and congratulations on your success in Aalyamkanden.

    I am desperately (i mean every letter of the word) trying to find an end to my misery of searching for my Kuladeivam. All my ancestors who know about it are no more and my father faintly remembers as 'Poonganam'.
    We belong to Chetty community (ayiram vysar vadambars NOT arya vysiar). My inquiry with other chetty communities reveal that mostly 'Amman' such as Angalaparameshwari or Selliamman are Kuladevata of Chettiars. I am confused and lost. Do you have any info to help me out?

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  49. Dear Priya mam,
    I am gomathi I completed MCA in this year May 2013. I am trying for job for the past four months but I cant get a job in IT field. I have attended interview last month in one company and waiting for the result ..I hope AMMAN will give me a good result from that company authority.. tomorrow I am going to visit the temple to get the blessings from AMMAN for job...
    I trust Amman that she will give me good result once I visit her Temple...
    I am hoping for the best result...

    Please who ever read this pls. pray me I beg u... I want job to take care of my mom and dad.

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  50. one should definitely visit this temple the goddess will take care of u .i truy believe in prayers. and mine will also come true

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  51. HI,
    Is it possible to get hold of the poojari contact number? ( i am assuming a trustable person role).
    We need to do Ponggal and Pooja the moment we arrive. Its just that we are coming from far and want to prepare ahead.
    Your blog is great and full of info. Keep it going.. :)
    my email id: kumarag3@gmail,com

    THANK YOU!

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    1. 94436 39825.This is the number I have. It has been a while since I visited so grateful if you could check if the number is still working.

      Regards
      Priya

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  52. Hi priya,

    Be blessed and thank you for making this blog.
    This blog is so awesome!... Good work documenting all the temple details, puja kramams and stala puranam. Just beautiful!...
    I am basically from bangalore. When my mom got married she was told by my grannie that our kula devathai was pungavanthamma, but nobody knew where the temple was as by papa family had migrated to karnataka 4 generations ago.

    My mom always said we should find the temple and make our visit and pray.

    Thanks you so much for such good documentation.

    Keep up the good work!.

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  53. pls provide me the temple open timings,

    I am in K.K nagar someone pls tel the route i should take (by bus (or) train)

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    1. The temple is open from 6-1 and 2-7.30 pm. The temple is on the Tiruvallur route and you can take the suburban trains from Central to Tiruvallur/Arakonam and alight at Putlur station

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  54. Hi Priya,
    Fantastic blog. feeling very confident.Today i visited putlur temple and in deed had a good darshan. I literally cried there. Despite being married for 3.5 years there is delay in conceiving. Facing too much depression. When i prayed and fell at amma's feet i got the lemon. so waiting for good news soon. Request everyone to pray and bless me.

    Angalaarameswari thaye thunai

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  55. Hi I am sharmi. I am married on Sept 15,2013. On june 2014 baby get aborted on 45 days. I am trying to conceive from that day but i couldnt. Soon going to visit putlur Poongavanathamman to get healthy baby. Request everyone to pray and bless me

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  56. Hi Priya,

    Is this temple only for conceive problems and also suggest temple for ladies for misunderstanding with parents. Kindly please help.

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  57. Hi priya,

    Is this temple only for conceive problems.
    Kindly suggest temple for clearing mis-understanding with parents (esp ladies)

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    1. Hi Srimathi, any sincere prayer will be answered by the Goddess, so you could also pray for family harmony. In the meantime, I will check and revert back with special temples for the same.

      Best wishes,
      Priya

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  58. hi priya,

    i m maheswari i m impressed the blog and the informations are very use full for the new viewer... thank u soo much ma..


    i m also planning to visit the temple for childboon ...ple pray for me also ya.. you are doing excellent work sooperb ma tahanku...

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  59. Thank you for the detailed coverage. I am planning to visit the temple and pray to the Amma for my children - my eldest daughter who is divorced after an abusive marriage and we are praying for her to get married and be happy and have children after so many years of pain, my second daughter who is desperately trying to have a baby , and my son who is also married and we hope he and his wife have a baby very soon - we are in our sixties and have seen much sorrow in life and are yet to see our children enjoy real happiness with healthy beautiful children of their own. I am beginning to lose hope of enjoying the happiness of having grandchildren during our lifetime.
    We are from Mumbai and cannot visit Chennai often. So I hope we can have darshan of Putlur Amman this time and pray for her blessings for our children. Please pray for us if you read this. Thank you.

    Mumbai reader.

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  60. hi priya,
    First i am saying lots of thanks to you that you giving us a wonderful information about 'POOGAVANATHAMMAN" temple. when i am reading this blog and comments i really felt very positive vibes inside of me. I am also trying to conceive 6 months. but there is no positive results.Myself was love marriage. After many problems i faced then only my parents accept our love. now again struggling for child gives us some what pain in our heart. And this Sunday me and my husband planning to go to this temple. please pray for us to get a child soon..... Thank you

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  61. hiiiiiiiiiiiiii please provide me the correct address for this temple. i'm from hosur. i want to visit that temple

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    1. http://wikimapia.org/9979318/Sri-Angala-Parameswari-Temple-Putlur-Tiruvallur-Tamil-Nadu

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