Arulmigu Poovananathar Temple,Kovilpatti
Arulmigu Poovananathar Temple is one of the ancient temples of Kovilpatti,Thoothukudi District, the place which is considered as the Pearl City of South India.Arulmigu Poovananathar is a form of Lord Shivan .The temple is one of the oldest structures (above 1200 years) in Kovilpatti,Thoothukudi District.
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 Chadungan and Paduman worshipped Lord Shiva here with Poovana flowers, the Lord is named Poovananathar.
For total cure of prolonged illness, for a wedlock of imagination, children, progress in business, high farm yields, people place their prayers at the feet of the Lord and Mother and it is firmly believed that prayers do not go in vain.Besides usual abishek and pujas, devotees light lamps in Ambal shrine, offer vastras and perform milk and sandal abishek to the Lord with dhoties. They also feed the visitors to the temple.