temple city of Kumbhakonam has been the citadel of Hindu culture and a renowned
centre of pilgrimage since time Imemorial. It enjoyed the status of capital of
many dynasties, besides the seat of several pitadhipathis. It is housing
shrines of great antiquity and the holy abodes of most all divinities of Hindu
pantheon. As one moves along streets, one can come across temples dedicated to
Siva, Vishnu, Sakti in their multifarious aspects.
amity seems pervading the whole city showering gentle nectarine drops of peace,
grace and ease. Among tees scores of shrines, the Kalikaparameswari Kamakshi
Amman temple perches at a covetale place and has been luring devotees since ages.
It has certain unique features that are casting a spell on women in particular. It
is centrally located and accessible either by walk or by rickshaw. This is an
ancient temple built in the Dravidian architectural design with provision for holding
discourses and religious fractions. Among commendable activities carried on with
great spiritual fervour, the Rahukala Puja merits first Mention. And it is for
certain classes of people particularly Unmarried girls waiting to be wedded to
right life partners participate in this special programme and are fulfilling their
long standing ambition with the
compassionate blessing of august Mother Kalikaparameswari.
The last Friday of Adi masa is earmarked for a special player services with
brass lamps lighted and worshipped with chants of their desires fulfilled to
their hearts satisfaction. As if an aftermath to this there is another function held in the
month of Porattasi and it is
exclusively meant for Sumangali-married women. Among them those who offered
puja already form majority. As no saranarthi goes unrewarded, the Mother's glory is
mounting higher to the envy of other similar shrines.
It is in the heart of Kumbhakonam which is accessible by
bus or train, as it is the rail head itself.