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Story of Karaikal Ammaiyar

Story of Karaikal Ammaiyar is an example of unwavering devotion. Young Punitavati lived in Karaikal with her husband Paramadhattan. Punitavati was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.

Once, her husband sent two mangoes from his work place.

Soon a hungry sage appeared at the door and as food was yet to be prepared, Punitavati gave him one of the mangoes.

In the evening, Paramadhattan wanted to eat the mangoes. The first one was so tasty that he asked for the second too.

A helpless Punitavati prayed to the Lord. Miraculously a fruit fell into her palms.

Her husband ate the fruit and wanted to know how the mango tasted different from the first one. Punitavati then told him the truth.

Her husband then asked her to get more of the sweet mangoes.

Punitavati again prayed to Lord Shiva. A mango appeared again but when Paramadhattan attempted to eat it, the fruit disappeared.

Paramadhattan was rattled by the experience, got scared, and he ran away from home.

 A puzzled Punitavati continued with her prayers to Lord Shiva and waited for her husband to return.

Soon her relatives discovered that Paramadhattan was living in another region, and he had got married.

Relatives then took Punitavati to Paramadhattan.

On seeing Punitavati, Paramadhattan was overwhelmed by devotion; and fell at her feet addressing her as Mother Goddess.

A stunned Punitavati prayed to Lord Shiva and asked him to make her a spirit so that she can wander around singing the praises of Shiva, her true Lord.

Shiva granted her wish by addressing her as Karaikal Ammaiyar.