Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mavoothu Vellappar Temple, Theni

Mavoothu Vellappar Temple, Theni
Mavoothu Vellappar Temple is a Hindu temple located in the town of Mavoothu in the Theni District of Tamil NaduIndia. The temple was constructed by the Kandamanur Zamindar. The spring within the temple is believed to have curative powers.
Vellappar Temple is located in the district of Batlagundu, in Theni District of Tamil Nadu. Vellappar Temple was constructed by the Kandamanur zamindar.  The main deities here include Lord Vinayaka and Saptannikas. The statues of the deities were founded by Paliyars (the local tribes of this area). This temple is located in a beautiful location which is the Varushanad Hill. It is locked with hills from all the ends and is on top of one. Nesting among the hills and surrounded by natural vegetation, it is truly a dream destination for a nature lover.



There is a spring near the temple which is known for curing diseases, if tourists take bath and eat food cooked in this water. The Adi Amavasya and Thai Amavasya are the major occasions celebrated here. An annual festival, Chithirai, is also celebrated on a grand scale in the temple.
This holy shrine is situated in the Varushanad hill ranges, 20km from Andipatti. The temple is on top of the hill. Transport is available up to the foothills only.
History
The main Vigraha of this temple was discovered by the local tribes called “Paliyars” and the temple was constructed by the Kandamanur Zamindar. The temple has shrines of Lord Vinayaka and Saptakannikas. There is a mango tree, where rainwater gathers and flows downhill. It is believed that a ritual bath in the spring and eating food cooked in the water will cure the incurable of diseases. This has given the place the name “mavoothu” which in Tamil stands for “spring of the mango grove”.
Greatness of the temple
The temple is situated in a pleasant natural environment.  It is the staunch faith of the devotees that prayer to Lord Velappar would bring them health and all happiness in life. According to some historical facts there is an underground link with some places with a big float (Theppam) in Theppampatti.  It is also believed that there are many siddhas and sages performing penance in the surrounding hill caves.  Presiding deity Lord Mavootru Velappar, Vinayaka and Saptha Matha shrines are in the hill. Sakthi, Karuppanna Swami shrines are at the foot hill.




General Information
The region was dense with Marudha and Mango trees.  There is perennial spring pumping water from the ground under a mango tree south of the temple called Mavootru and the presiding deity Mavootru Velappar-Lord Muruga.  This part of the place is also named Mavootru.  Lord Vinayaka also is praised as Mavootru Vinayaka. Devotees offer sweet pudding – Sarkarai Pongal.
Legend
The main vigraha (idol) of this temple was discovered by the local tribes called "Paliyars" while the temple was constructed by the then Kandamanur Zamindar. The temple has shrines of Vinayaka and Saptakannikas.

Curative Powers 
It is believed that a ritual bath in the spring and eating food cooked in the water will cure the incurable of diseases. 
Pooja Timings 
7.30 am to 8.30 am in the morning and 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm in the evening. 
Festivals
Adi Amavasya (Blue Moon) and Thai Amavasya are celebrated with gaiety. There is also an annual festival in the month of Chithirai
Contact
Mavoothu Vellappar Temple,
Varusanadu hills, Mavoothu road,
Tamil Nadu, Pin Code: 625705.
Connectivity
Theppampatti is 32 km far from Theni, 18 km from Andipatti, 98 km from Madurai. Bus facility is available only twice a day, morning and evening from Andipatti. Special buses are operated on monthly new moon days and festival days. 
By Bus:  Bus facility is available only twice a day, morning and evening from Andipatti which is 18km away from Mavoothu temple. Special buses are operated on monthly new moon days and festival days from here.
By Train: Nearest railway station to Mavoothu Vellappar temple is Vinayagar Temple Railway Station, Thirumangalam which is 49km away.

By Flight: Nearest airport is Madurai Airport which is 70km away from Mavoothu temple. 

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