Kurangani Muthumalai Amman Kovil

Kurangani Muthumalai Amman Kovil is located at Kurangani in Thoothukudi District in Tamil Nadu. This ancient shrine is associated with the epic Ramayana. Muthumalai Amman Temple at Kurangani is around 32 km southeast of Thoothukudi and is around 23 km northeast of Tiruchendur.

Legend has it that Mata Sita dropped a pearl here while she was forcibly being carried by Ravana. Later this pearl was discovered by the Sri Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman and the Vanarasena or Monkey Army. Through the discovery of this pearl, it was concluded that Mata Sita is Lanka.

During the 14th century, four brothers discovered the pearl at Kurangani. They could not look at it due to its brilliance. They covered it with a wooden vessel. On that night, Mother Goddess came in the dream of the brothers and asked them to build a temple at spot where the pearl was discovered.

As the temple was built on the spot where the pearl was found the shrine came to be known as Muthumalai Amman Kovil. Muthu in Tamil means pearl.

Main murti worshipped in the temple is that of Muthumalai Amman. The murti is four armed and she holds a parrot in one of the hands.

Murti of Periyasamy, the soldier of Amman and the protector of the shrine, is found on the northern side of the main sanctum sanctorum.

Subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrine include Navgrahas, Ganpati and many village deities. Sculptures in the shrine include that Sri Ram, Mata Sita, Hanuman, Vishnu etc.

The shrine is located on the banks of Tamirabarani River.

Kurangani Muthumalai Amman Kovil Timings
The shrine is open on all days from
7.00 AM to 12:00 PM
4:30 PM to 9.30 PM
The time is extended on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Aani Thiruvizha Festival observed in the temple attracts thousands of devotees.