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Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple at Papanasam in Tamil Nadu – Karaiyar Sorimuthu Ayyanar Kovil

Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple is located between Papanasam and Karaiyar Dam in Ambasamudram Taluk in Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu. The main deity worshipped in the shrine is Mahalinga Swamy and Dharma Sastha (Ayyappa). Sorimuthu Ayyanar Kovil nestles on the banks of Thamirabarani River and the presiding deity is the Kuladevata, or family deity, of several families in the region.

The temple is associated with Lord Ayyappa. It is believed that Ayyappa came here to learn martial arts as a young lad. Therefore this is one of the first temples dedicated to Ayyappa. Ayyappa devotees offer prayers here before undertaking vratam and journey to the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple.

The murti of Ayyappa has his left leg bent and the right handing down. Sapta Kanyakas (seven maidens) are worshipped in the main sanctum sanctorum along with Dharma Shasta.

Ayyanar is worshipped along with his wives Poorna and Pushkala. The other deities worshipped in the shrine are Vinayaka, Nandi, Bhairava, Sangili Bhootham, Thoosi Madan, Thulasi Madan, Pechi, Isakki and Pattavarayan.

The temple is visited by couples who are facing problems regarding childbirth. Those facing enemy trouble also get relief after offering prayers here. The deities in the shrine are also worshipped for good harvest, peace and prosperity.

The sacred pond of the temple is known as Bana Theertham. Sacred tree is Illuppai – bells are tied to the tree by devotees.

Devotees offer chappals to the deity Pattavarayan here. The chappals offered appear as worn out next year. This is considered as a miracle as no humans touch the chappals.

The most important festivals in the temple are observed in Ashada and Aadi months. The most auspicious day in a month is Amavasya. On Aadi Amavasya devotees walk through fire pit.