A coastal village in Tuticorin dist of Tamilnadu has its unique Dasara festival that attracts more than one million people to this infrastructure starved place.The festival that was celebrated in small scale with in the village in olden days has of late assumed much significance that people from all over Tamil nadu flock this place on this occasion and take part in the celebration.The vast stretch of seashore gives accommodation to the people go over here on this festive occasion .
As per Hindu mythology SIVAM and SAKTHI are integral parts of the universe and inseparable and hence sakthi is worshiped in all manifestations along with SIVAM.Generally in the Hindu temples SHIVA and SAKTHI are enshrined seperately and worshiped. However here SHIVA (Gnana moortheswarar) and SAKTHI (Muthramman)are ensconced on the same pedastel and pujas are offered for both at one go.
The temple has its humble origin initiated by the Viswakarma community of this village catering the aspirations of the local villagers when they began to celebrate Navarathiri festival.Even now the temple which is in the heart of the village could not boast of magnificent structure or towering tower.However the scale of celebration of dasara competes with that of Mysore notwithstanding the lack of endowment and it is patronised by the devotees on their own volition.During this occasion the dormant village comes to life with fanfare.The climax of the festivity is Vijayadhasami day when slaying of the demon Mahishasooran is performed by Devi Mutharamman on the shores ofthis village symbolising that Dharma up roots ADHARMA AND IT IS WITNESSED BY MORE THAN ONE MILLION PEOPLE.
The twelve day celebration begins on the new moon day Tamil month Puratasi(Sept-Oct)when Sakthi assumes the form of Kali ;takes vow to eliminate the demon.So also the devotees.Hence they observe fasting and go house after house begging almsto offer the collection to the temple.For this they assume various forms of their choice and roam around to fulfill the vow.
This year the dasara commences on 19'th sep and culminates on 28'th sep2009
let us pray the THE ALMIGHTY TO BESTOW HER BLESSINGS ON ALL !
To the South of Tiruchendur in the Tirchendur - Kanyakumari Highways, 13 kilometers from Tiruchendur the Holy place of Kulasekarapattinam is located. Kulasekarapattinam is 3 kilometers long in South East direction and 1 kilometer wide in North West Direction.
Would you like to know how to go to the temple from Chennai:
From Koyembedu there are hi-tech private buses, which takes you to the temple as follows: Renganathan Travels, SRM Travels, Ajith Travels and Sudhar Travels.
From Egmore there are two trains namely Nellai Express and Kanyakumari Express which takes you to Thirunelveli and other train namely Muthunagar Express which takes you to Tuticorin. All these trains runs daily from Chennai Egmore. There is also one more which namely Ananthapuri Express which leaves from Chennai Central and have to get down at Thirunelveli Junction.
From Thirunelveli or Tuticorin there are plenty of government buses are being operated to Thiruchendur.
From Thiruchendur, the temple is hardly 13km from Thiruchendur town buses, auto rickshaw, shared vans are available to reach the temple at Kulasekarapattinam.