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Peraiyur Temple – Madurai – Muthukuzhi Amman Temple

Muthukuzhi Amman Temple is located near Peraiyur near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The temple is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple is famous for a unique (controversial) ritual - Kuzhi Mattru Vizha – which is held once in five years on the Wednesday after Aadi Amavasya (July – August). In the ritual, elders and children are buried in pit for a few seconds.

People who have had their wish fulfilled after offering prayers in the Peraiyur Temple perform the ritual.

It is widely believed Goddess Muthukuzhi Amman bless childless couple with children. Prayers are also offered in the temple for speedy recovery from illnesses.

Muthukuzhi Amman Story
Legend has it that once a woman lost her only child to small pox even after offering prayers to the Goddess. She buried the child and when she was returning home a woman in the village was possessed by the spirit of Goddess Muthukuzhi Amman. The possessed woman told the mother that Amman will never disappoint her devotees and the child is still alive. People then dug up the pit and found that the child was alive and was cured of small pox.

Muthukuzhi Amman Temple is around 8 km off Kallupatti Pirivu on the Madurai-T. Kallupatti highway.

Peraiyur Temple Timing
6:00 AM to 11:00 AM
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM