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Mathura Kaliamman Temple Story - Madurakaliamman at Siruvachur near Madurai in Tamil Nadu

The Mathura Kaliamman Temple at Siruvachur near Madurai in Tamil Nadu holds a significant place in Hindu mythology, particularly through its association with the renowned Kannagi legend. Revered as a potent Shakti Shrine, this temple is believed to bestow blessings upon those who offer prayers here and lead a righteous life, safeguarding them and bestowing peace and prosperity.

Mathura Kaliamman Temple Story 

According to legend, Kannagi's husband, Kovalan, was unjustly accused of theft and executed by the king of Madurai. Enraged by this injustice, Kannagi razed the city of Madurai to ashes and eventually arrived at the village where the Mathura Kaliamman Temple stands today.

At that time, the temple was dedicated to Selliamman, but she was under the control of an evil sorcerer. Kannagi, invoking her family deity Mathurai Kali Amman, sought assistance in defeating the magician, which ultimately led to his demise.

Grateful for Kannagi's help, Selliamman requested her to reside in the temple as Mathura Kali Amman. Subsequently, Selliamman departed to the nearby Periasamy Hills. Kannagi agreed to stay but declared that she would grant devotees her divine presence only on Mondays and Fridays, while spending the rest of her time at Periasamy Hills with Selliamman.

The temple's significance extends beyond the Kannagi legend. It is believed that Mother Goddess Shakti appeared before Adi Shankaracharya here, and Siddhars (ascetic practitioners) have also worshipped Goddess Kali at this sacred site. Additionally, Sadashiva Brahamendrar is said to have installed a Sri Chakra here.

Various festivals are celebrated at the Mathura Kaliamman Temple, including Aadi Perukku, Navratri, Diwali, Tuesdays and Fridays in the Puratassi Month, and Karthigai Tirunal. However, the most significant festival is held on the first Tuesday after the New Moon day (Amavasya) in the month of Chithirai.

Another intriguing legend linked to the temple recounts how five rishis (sages) once performed rigorous penance at the foothills of Madhira Mali. Impressed by their devotion, Goddess Kali appeared before them and agreed to reside near a tree in the vicinity. This tree, adorned with honeycombs from which honey dripped onto the Goddess's idol, led to her being known as Mathura Kaliamman.

The temple is open to public only on Monday and Friday.

Location – Siruvachur is located on the Trichy – Chennai highway. The temple is around 42 km from Trichy.