Navratri is one of those festivals in India that are celebrated in all parts of the country. Being one of the major Hindu festivals, the nine days of Navratri are dedicated to the 9 forms of Goddess Durga.
Mutharamman Temple located near Thiruchendur in Tamil Nadu is a temple that celebrates Navratri in a unique way. Let's take a virtual tour to the celebrations here, along with knowing more about the temple.
Unlike other Durga temples that celebrate the festival for 9 days or less than that, Mutharamman Temple has a 12-day long celebration which is a grand festival attended by thousands of devotees and tourists.
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Dasara is considered the most auspicious day of all the 12 days. It is believed that any new venture that is started on this day will turn successful. Whether it is starting a business or introducing a child to the world of letters, the locals wait for this day, to get the blessings of the Goddess.
The two major deities worshipped here are Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. Though the temple is known for the swayambhu idol of Shiva, Parvati is also given equal importance as Mutharamman. Devotees flock in to get cured of illnesses and bad luck, bringing them good health and fortune.
Another interesting part about the Dasara celebrations here is that during the festival, devotees dress up in various costumes as monkeys, beggars, etc. and can be seen begging. From a layman to a wealthy businessman, all are seen dressed as the poor and found begging. The belief is that God appears in any form on this day. When the houses are filled with Golu dolls (which are something unique to Dasara), in this temple people dress up as beggars and beg so that they lose their ego and pride, bringing out the divinity in them at its fullest.
Hotels Near the Temple
Some of the hotels near the temple include Hotel Aryas, Hotel Bharani and Hotel Nayinar.
How to reach Mutharamman Temple
The temple is located around 12km from Thiruchendur, on East Coast Road. The temple is often visited on a trip to Kanyakumari or Thirunelveli for its proximity to these places. Being located at East Coast Road, the temple is well connected by road to all the nearby cities. The nearest railway station is at Thiruchendur and the neareat airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
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