Sri Kathayi Amman Temple at Kattumannarkoil in Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu

Sri Kathayi Amman in an incarnation of Goddess Parvati – She carries Kartik or Muruga. One of the important temples dedicated Sri Kathayi Amman is located at Kattumannarkoil. This small temple is more than 500 years old. The last Friday of Aadi month is of great important in the temple. Navratri days also attracts hundreds of devotees.

Legend has it that Sri Kathayi Amman had given darshan to Vikarama Chola II and helped him in solving issues with his family members as he did not wish to go into war. The peace loving king installed the Murti of Sri Kathayi Amman and worshiped her for protecting his kingdom.

Uniqueness of the Temple

Three forms of Goddess Shakti is worshipped in the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Sri Kathayi Amman Temple - Sri Kathayi Amman – also known as Kuzhandhai Amman as she is holding Muruga in her hip. Murti of Pachai Vazhi Amman with discus and conch is found to the left and there is also Murti of Poonkurathi Amman

The temple has a separate shrine dedicated to Shiva – who is worshiped in human form.

Pregnant women prayer here for the safety of child and mother. Couples pray for incident free labor period.

Shiva shrine is separate and faces south. He is offered prayers on Thursdays for excelling in studies. Shivratri and Monthly Pradosham days attract hundreds of people.

The temple has numerous guardian deities who are seen in the open on the outside of the temple. The Guardian deities found in the temple are Ladamuni, Karumuni, Muthumuni, Jadamuni, Semmuni, Veerama Muni and Vazhumuni.

The temple is open daily from 6:00 AM to 11:30 AM and from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Kattumannarkoil is located on the State Highway 227 and is around 30 km south east of Chidambaram.