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History and Significance of Sri Ponvaithanaathar Temple, Chithaaimur 

Those who pray here for normal delivery are sure to be blessed. It is said that as per the request of the chettiar girl and because of the grace of Ambal, women in this area and those who pray have only normal delivery. This is the holy place where the Lord blessed the chettiar girl with gold coins to wipe out her poverty and so the belief is, if Lord Ponvaithanaathar is worshipped a person becomes rich.

History of Sri Ponvaithanaathar Temple, Chithaaimur

In the Chetti Street of this place lived a person, Sankaran, a great devotee of Lord Siva. His wife was Anbirperiyaal. A few days after the marriage, her husband went to the neighbouring country on business. During those days with her husband, she had become pregnant. Everyday this lady used to sweep and mop the floor of the temple, and keep it clean. She also prepared garlands for the deity. The happy Lord satisfied with her service, put a gold coin every day on the doorsteps of the temple, for her expenses. Hence, this Lord came to be known as ‘Ponvaithanaathar’. After a few months, people came to know about her pregnancy. None knew about the Lord giving her gold coin. Her husband was out of station. Then, how did she have money for her expenses? How did she become pregnant? – people began doubting her. So, they ostracized her. This chaste, bold woman surrendered herself to the Lord and stayed in the temple itself. The confinement date was nearing. She had none to help her. She prayed to the Lord to save her. The Great Mother, Goddess Akilandeswari, the Mother of all created beings, conducted the delivery for this abandoned woman. The baby was born; her husband who went on business also returned. The citizens of the place told him that they doubted his wife’s character. Pained by these words, he enquired his wife about this charge. But, she categorically replied that the Lord was the witness for her purity. Her husband put strange conditions to her: “If you are a sincere person, the closed doors of the temple should open on its accord. The Arthajaama pooja (the midnight pooja) should happen on its own arrangement. The sacrificial peetam behind the Nandi image should be placed before the Nandi statue. The sacred tree behind the temple should grow in front of the temple”. The shocked woman deeply prayed to the Lord, who wholeheartedly accepted her prayers. Accordingly, in the presence of the people the closed temple doors opened, the sacrificial peetam moved before the Nandi, the sacred tree also grew before the temple and the midnight pooja happened without the priest. The surprised citizens understood that these miracles were performed by the Lord Himself and so blessed the woman. Even today we can see the Nandi statue outside the temple and the altar before the Nandi.

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