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Koothanur Saraswathi Temple in Tamil Nadu

Koothanur Saraswathi Temple in Tamil Nadu is a very rare temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The temple is located at Koothanur near Poonthottam which is on Mayiladuthurai to Thiruvarur bus route. The shrine is small one but is of great significance due to the rarity of Saraswati Temples in India.

The temple is located on the banks of Arasalar River. The belief is that waters of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are present in the Arasalar River.

Legend has it that once there was huge quarrel between Goddess Saraswati and Brahma. They both cursed each other to be born on earth. Goddess Saraswati then prayed to Shiva to escape from human form. She merged with the Arasalar River. Before leaving she blessed the region with her presence in a shrine on the banks of Arasalar River.

The murti of Goddess Saraswati is three-eyed. She is seated in yogasana pattern on a white lotus and wears a white silk sari. She holds palm leaves in one had. One hand is in chin mudra and one hand holds Akshamala. One hand holds a nectar pot

There is a Swayambhu Vinayaka Murti in the temple. There are also murtis of Valampuri Vinayaka, Baladandayuthapani, Nagaraja, Brahma and Swan.

Children perform the initiation ceremony into the world of letters here. The temple is visited by those people who want to excel in learning and art.

Arasalar River is also a popular spot for performing Shradh and Tarpan associated with the dead.

Koothanur Saraswathi Temple Darshan and Pooja Timings

5:30 AM to 11:00 AM
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Contact Details 
Sree Maha Saraswathi Amman Temple,
Poonthottam Post,  607 503
Nannilam Taluk
Tiruvarur Dist.
E Mail : info@koothanursaraswathy.org