Mullaivananathar Temple is situated at Kalithasan St, Thirumullaivasal, Tamil Nadu. Legend tells us of the story of Sage Nitravar and his wife Vedigai who lived in this area long ago. Heavily pregnant, Vedigai was slow in answering the calls of an ascetic who came to her door begging for alms. Enraged the ascetic cursed her that the foetus she was carrying would become deformed. Vedigai in despair prayed to the Goddess Garbharakshambigai, who answered her prayers and made the foetus complete again. The husband and wife in relief asked the Goddess to extend her mercy to all pregnant women in future who worshipped her here. The Mullaivananathar Temple stands here now and is dedicated to the Goddess Garbharakshambigai and Lord Shiva represented as the Mullaivananathar, so called because the temple is constructed in what once was a mullai (jasmine) garden.
The temple houses a rather large rajagopuram and also a pond which is known as the Kshirakundam (pond of milk). Women who are childless offer prayers here with the lighting of lamps and those with child come here to pray for a healthy pregnancy period and the safe delivery of their babies. Pregnant women often take back with them an herbal oil offered by the temple as an ointment to rub on their belly to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy. A golden cradle is placed outside the sanctum sanctorum and women who come here to pray during their pregnancies also come back to place the child in the cradle for blessings.
The lingam at the temple is claimed to have been found in an anthill. Devotees, especially those suffering from chronic ailments come here to offer their prayers. The main offering to the lingam is the musk from the civet cat (punugu) that is coated on the surface of the lingam.
|Timings||5.30 am to 12.30 pm, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm|
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|