Poongavanathamman Temple - Putlur:
The temple of Goddess Poongavanathais located centrally in the village of Putlur - Ramapuram in the district of Thiruvallur. The place is around 38 km from Chennai and around 35 km from the Koyambedu Bus Terminus. The main deity of the temple is Goddess Angalaparameswari Amman along with Lord Vinayaka and Thandavarayan.
The name of the Amman deity here is Poongavanathamman.Neem tree is the symbolic tree of the sacred temple. This famous temple is around 500 to 1000 years old! The village Ramapuram was once a fertile agricultural land full of greenery. A devotee was on a visit to the temple by a walk on a rather rough and hazardous route with his wife who was in an advanced stage of pregnancy.
The wife was carrying a basket on her waist and used the spear as the walking stick and was walking along. Suddenly, she felt extremely thirsty and could not walk any further! She started relaxing under a tree. The husband asked her to rest there and went out in search of water.
He crossed the completely dried-up river of Kusasthalai and fetched water from a place and returned. The wonder of wonders! It started flooding in the up-till then dry river bed! Holding the water, he cried standing on the end watching the flood!
With the passage of time, the water level receded gradually and the route became clear to cross. When n he reached the spot where his wife was resting, he was astounded at the spectacle of his wife to have taken the form of an anthill!
Time passed. This particular place became an agricultural plot. When a farmer was ploughing the land in a particular spot with the plow, blood started spraying out profusely. The farmer fainted at this sight - the other workers in the land gathered and started enquiring as to what exactly happened! At this moment, the soul of the Goddess entered one of the old women there declaring, 'I am the Melmalaiyanur Angala Parameswari. I have been lying here in the form of an anthill! Build a temple for me and pray to me! I will take care of all of you driving out all the evil elements and keep you healthy and prosperous!' Saying this, the old woman fainted.
The people of the village were indeed overwhelmed at this turn of event when the Goddess Angalaparameswari descended amidst them in the human form!. They built a temple around the anthill. As it was located in a fertile growing area with colourful with flowers, like a park, the Goddess of the temple was named as Poongavanathamman. The Goddess had the old name of Angalaparameswari as well.
The people who seek marriage or child can take a bath in the temple water-pond and pray the Goddess with the wet clothes and take 11 rounds around the sanctum sanctorum of the deity of the Amman. By doing this for 9 weeks, their wish and vow to the Amman Goddess will realise!
Location : Ramapuram is 35 km from Chennai Koyambedu. Buses from Koyambedu to Tiruvallur via Avadi pass through this place. The temple is nearby Ramapuram bus stop.
Near By Railway Station : Putlur
Near By Airport : Chennai
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Daily Poojas at Temple:
The temple of Goddess Poongavanathamman is open on Tuesday, Fridays and Sundays from 6.00 AM to 8.00 PM.
On other days, the temple is open from 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM and then from 2.00 PM to 7.30 PM.