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Koothanur Saraswathy temple

Koothanur Saraswathy temple

This temple is situated close to Kumbakonam in South India Tamilnadu. It has the specialty as the only place to have a temple for Saraswathy temple. Saraswathy is the goddess of learning and people pray to her for their children to do well in their studies and also to prosper in their business. For all this blessing of this goddess is needed

History of the temple

It is learned, that this place was known as “Ambalpuri”, about a 1000years ago, even before poet Ottakoothan was born. So history has it that Goddess Saraswathi did her penance towards Lord Brahma and conferred her blessings on her devotees for ages. Devotees offer their puja with lovely flowers that are known to be acceptable to the Goddess.

This temple was actually built by poet Ottakoothan. The poet had made penance to the goddess in the river Harisol asking her to bless him. Pleased by his penance the goddess had come on a boat as a beautiful damsel dressed in white saree and conferred her blessings on the poet. After this, the poet started writing a lot of poems and his fame spread to the court of king Vikrama Chola. The king invited the poet to his kingdom and conferred him with various titles and gifts

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The king’s grandson Raja Raja Cholan gave this place where the temple is situated to the poet.

From the day King Rajaraja Chola (grandson of King Vikrama Chola), gifted this land to Ottakoothar. This Ambalpuri has come to be known as Koothanur.

It is learned, that this place was known as “Ambalpuri”, about a 1000years ago, even before poet Ottakoothan was born. So history has it that Goddess Saraswathi did her penance towards Lord Brahma and conferred her blessings on her devotees for ages. Devotees offer their puja with lovely flowers that are known to be acceptable to the Goddess.

The idol of the goddess

Ottakoothar and his grandson Ovathakoothar, established the beautiful temple for Goddess Maha Saraswathi.

Goddess Saraswathi, in a penance performing posture, confers Her blessings on this world as the prime deity, only in this temple. A beautiful three eyed form, with one leg folded in a yoga asana pattern, is a feast for the eyes. Another special feature is that there is no Veena in Ambal’s hands in the prime deity.

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She is a seated on a white lotus, attired in white silk. She symbolizes her inherent Presence in studies, having a palm script in her hands. The other hand has the ‘Chinmudra’, blessing devotees.Another hand has the ‘Akshamala’, signifying penance. The fourth palm has the nectar pot, conferring happiness and spiritual bliss to devotees. With Her benevolent smile and eyes, she has Her third eye giving us the highest form of spiritual knowledge. In short, she gives all who worship Her absolute bliss while giving us education, knowledge, intelligence, and welfare.

The architecture of the temple

In the entrance of the temple, there are many shops selling books and pens and other writing material. People buy these materials and give it to the temple pujari and he keeps it in the feet of the goddess and gives it back. Then we have to sit in the mandap and write at least one word in the book with the pen we have purchased. It is believed then we would do well in that subject.

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On entry into the main prahara is the temple for Goddess Saraswathy. To enter into the place next to the garpagraha to worship the goddess we have to first go to the temple and only then enter. The walls of the temple are painted with the images of Goddess Saraswathy, Lakshmi, and Parvathy. Then we can have a close darshan of the goddess for about 10 minutes when they show the Deepa Aradhana to the goddess.

The specialty of the temple

On all nine days Navratri festival, Ambal is bedecked specially and special poojas performed. Maha Ganapathi procession place in all directions of town.

On Saraswathi Pooja Day and Vijayathasami Day, Maha Saraswathi is taken out in procession on the swan. In particular, devotees perform pooja directly to the beautifully decorated extended feet of the goddess on Saraswathi Pooja Day.

On each full moon day, special poojas are done for her. For growing children especially, she confers Her benevolence that day to gain in intelligence. Life can be a journey of happiness and worships Her on Her Birth star day-Moolam.

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Though one can worship Here on all days of the week, Wednesdays are specifically chosen for excellence in education and knowledge. Devotees throng the temple on Vijaya Dashami Day with their children and begin their studies with a pooja at the feet of the Goddess others, who are not able to come in Day, choose some other auspicious day to start their children’s education. It is indeed a wonderful sight to see hundreds of children seeking Her blessings by placing their text books, note books, pencils and pens at her feet daily, and gain excellence in education and knowledge, the prime base for improvement in life.

Many schools and college students place their hall tickets at the feet of the goddess to pray for success in their exams. In fact, some students go to the extent of leaving their names, addresses, and exam roll numbers written on paper and dropping them in the Hundial of the temple. Children wanting to excel in the fields of music, dance and drama, inaugurate and continue to perform here on Vijaya Dashami Day and other auspicious days on their instruments. The sight of devotees with dump children praying for them scan indeed be soul stirring.

Children wanting to excel in the fields of music, dance and drama, inaugurate and continue to perform here on Vijaya Dashami Day and other auspicious days on their instruments. The sight of devotees with dump children praying for them scan indeed be soul stirring. Devotees within and abroad, who have had Her munificent blessings, have narrated wonderfully blissful experiences because people now fully realize that a good education has a special value worldwide.

Her grace extending beyond age, wealth and religion or castle is well known throughout the world. By worshipping Her here at Koothanur, it has been established that children can do well in studies, reaching top ranks, improve in education and knowledge and be a gift to their parents.

Timings of the temple

10.00 A.M – KALASANTHI
(By One Time Pooja Scheme)

6.30.00 P.M – EVENING POOJA
(By Temple Scheme)

8.30 P.M – ARTHAJAMAM POOJA

 

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