Chaturanga Vallabha Nathar, Poovanur, Tiruvarur
Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Chaturanga Vallabha Nathar||Ambal / Thayar:||Karpagavalli|
|Timing:||6 to 11.30 & 4.30 to 8.30||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Paadal Petra Sthalam (Kaveri Then Karai)||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Poovanur||District:||Tiruvarur|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Tiruvarur (28 km)||Kumbakonam (29 km)|
|Thanjavur (38 km)||Mayiladuthurai (56 km)|
Poovanur is located between Kumbakonam and Mannargudi.
Sthala puranam and temple information
King Vasudevan was childless for a long time and so he prayed at various Siva temples, along with his queen and his entourage. When he was praying to Nellaiappar in Tirunelveli, the Lord took pity on him and asked Parvati to be born as his daughter, and Chamundi as her nurse.
Once when the king was bathing in the river Tambraparani along with his queen, he saw a conch floating on a lotus flower. When he took the conch it turned into a child. The king and the queen were very happy and took the child with them as their princess. The child was named Rajarajeswari. Chamundi went with them as the nurse for the princess.
Rajarajeswari became proficient in all forms arts and other activities and in particular became very talented and proficient in playing chaturangam (chess). Nobody was able to win a game playing with her.
The king started looking for a suitable groon for Rajarajeswari and announced that whoever defeat hear at a game of chaturangam would be given her hand in marriage. Many came and tried but none could defeat her.
A sage advised the king to once again visit Siva temples and pray for a suitable groom. During this pilgrimage, he reached Poovanur, where a siddha approached the king and challenged the princess to a game of chaturangam. A game was arranged and the siddha won the game and asked for the princess’ hand, revealing himself to be Lord Siva. As he won the game of chaturangam he is called as Chaturanga Vallabha Nathar.
Those affected with asthma are supposed to be cured by praying here to the Lord. Chamundi blesses the devotees to be free of their debts and also relief from poisonous bites from insects. She also blesses the devotees with the relief from wedding obstacles.
Other information for your visit
Note: Some of the pictures below were taken on 1 May 2017, when the temple was being prepared for Kumbabhishekam. Others were taken in December 2017.