January 8, 2011

Putlur Angala Parameswari Temple - Chennai, India

Angala Parameswari Temple in Putlur near Chennai city of South India is a unique temple. The goddess is in the form of a pregnant woman in this temple.

Chennai has a lot of tourist sites and important temples in and around. There is a small village named Putlur in the route of Chennai to Tiruvallur. This village has a famous temple for  Angala Parameswari. This is a swayambhu idol - meaning the idol is self manifested; no one made it.

A per the legend, a poor villager was tortured by a village head for the borrowed money and he was forced to plough an infertile land. While ploughing the land full of rocks, the villager noticed that blood was oozing out from a particular place. He discovered the idol of Goddess. It is basically an ant hole (putru in Tamil - where snakes live) in the form of a woman in sleeping posture with mouth kept open and with the bulged stomach like a pregnant woman. The villagers built a temple with this putru and named the goddess as Angala Parameswari. The village also got the name as Putlur.

Putlur Angala Parameswari temple is basically a village temple. It is visited by thousands of people. Especially, it will be very difficult to enter into the temple during the weekends and holidays. The temple is very small. It has the putru in the form of a sleeping pregnant woman with her mouth opened inside the sanctum. Behind this idol, the stone idols of Shiva (not in the form of Linga), Ganesh and Amman are found. As Shiva is found inside the sanctum, instead of Lion, Nandi idol is present in front of the sanctum, which is a rare thing to find in Amman (Goddess) temple. The temple has a prakara (corridor) where there is another putru (ant hole) worshipped as Goddess. There is also a small idol of Ganesha found in the corridor.

When time permits, visit this unique temple.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Angala Parameswari Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Putlur, Near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: The goddess in the form of a pregnant woman; the snake hole worshipped as the deity
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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