|Morning Time From||6:00 am|
|Morning Time To||11:00 am|
|Morning Time Break||Just few minutes|
|Evening Time From||4:00 pm|
|Evening Time To||8:00 pm|
|Evening Break||Just few minutes|
|Temple Person Name||Temple Office|
|Temple Tank||Agasthiya Theertham|
Shenbagavalli Amman Temple situated at the backside of Gandhi Stadium is the famous temple in Kovilpatti. The town was developed around this temple only. King Shenbaga Vendhan built the temple. Poovanathaswamy, a form of Lord Shiva is also an important deity along with Shenbagavalli Amman. This temple was patronized by several kings who ruled these areas. Mother is named Shenbagavalli. Later, the temple was renovated by Ullamudayan belonging the 10th century. Mother Shenbagavalli Ambal is 7 feet tall gracing her devotees. Though Mother-goddess is in standing form, Alankarams (dressing) is done as if in a sitting form.
SAGE AGASTHYA KILLING THE DEMONS :
Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvathi in a Grand ceremony which happened in the Himalayas. As there were many who attended the balance in the earth was getting affected due to which the Earth was tilting sinking in the Northern side. To set the balance Right Sage Agasthya travelled towards South. On his journey south, the sage destroyed Vilvalan and Vadhabi who were demons who were torturing the people. The sage had worshiped Lord Shiva here too to get relived of the sin of killing the demons. Agasthya spring was created by him as requested by Sages who resided on the hills of Ponmalai.
BUILDER OF THIS TEMPLE :
One Vamanan belonging to Shivakuzhu was born as the king of Vembakkottai in the name of Shenbagan as ordered by Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva. He built the temple as advised by the Lord. As the temple is built by king Shenbagan, Mother is named Shenbagavalli. Later, the temple was renovated by Ullamudayan belonging the I Oth century.
PEOPLE WORSHIPPED SHIVA IN THIS TEMPLE :
The name, Poovananathar was derived from the worship of two snake leaders Thungan and Padhuman. It is said that Lord Vishnu had worshipped Lord Shiva at this temple.
GREATNESS OF TEMPLE :
As in Madurai, the importance goes to Goddess Shenbagavalli in this temple. There are two women securities (Dwarapalakis) in the shrine. While the Alankara (dressing) is done in accordance with form (standing or sitting) of the deity in all temples, in this temple the Alankara is done in a sitting form to the Goddess, though the original form is of a standing one. The place has the reputation that Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here. As two snake leaders Chadugan and Paduman worshipped Lord Shiva here with Poovana flowers, the Lord is named Poovananathar.
THE TEMPLE :
The presiding Deities of this temple are Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva. Greater importance is given to the Goddess at this temple. Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva are worshiped here as Shenbagavalli and Poovananathar here. The Goddess is 7 feet tall and presents a majestic sight to her devotees. Though the Goddess is in Standing Form she is given Alankara as if she is in sitting position. Lord Shiva is worshiped as Poovanathar as he was worshiped by Paduman and Chadugan who were snake leaders by offering Poovana flowers. This temple had been constructed by Shenbagan a Vembakkottai King upon the advice of Lord Shiva and his friend Nandhi (bull). As the king has built and worshiped the Goddess here, the Goddess is called as Shenbagavalli or Goddess of Shenbagan.
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