- July 8, 2022
Spirituality is always considered as a part of living life in India. Temples and their history have never failed to amaze people in and around India. Temples serve as a centre of attraction for tourists especially in South India. Here, we are going to gain an understanding about the the temple Muppandal Esakki Amman Temple, located near the southern tip of Tamil Nadu – Kanniyakumari called as “the Virgin Princess”.
Where is Muppandal Esakki Amman Temple located?
This temple is located along the Kanniyakumari – Thirunelveli National Highway,15 km from Nagarkoil between the towns of Aralvaymozhi and Kavalkinaru and the place is called as Muppandal. During the rule of Chera, Chozha and Pandya kings (the Muvendars), they gathered at this made and made a pavilion to solve their problems under the leadership of the respectable woman poet Avvaiyar. As the three kings made a pavilion here to resolve their muddles, this place is named as “Muppandal”.
Palavoor is a place located near Muppandal and there lived a wealthy woman known for her dance along with her daughter Esakki. A man who is after their money and property lured Esakki to fall in love with him. He made Esakki to believe him and summoned her to the nearby forest along with her money and jewellery. While Esakki was making love, he threw a boulder at her head and killed her.
The man took all of Esakki’s belongings and while he was walking along the forest, he was bitten by a snake and died. As Esakki was a girl with spiritual powers, he requested the almighty – the Lord Shiva that she herself wanted to destroy the culprit who deceived and killed her in the name of love. She prayed the Lord to resurrect her and her deceiver. Lord Shiva blessed her and resurrected both of them – Esakki and her deceiver. Accordingly, the man who died of snake bite returned to his home.
Esakki wandered in the forest and one day she broke a cactus plant and turned it into a beautiful baby. The, Essakki along with the baby went to the town of the culprit who deceived her and called the people of the town for Panchayat complaining that the culprit deceived her in the name of love and he refused to accept her and her child.
The culprit was called for the hearing and he pleaded not guilty. He denied the allegations of Esakki and pleaded that she is not his wife and the child is not his. Esakki dropped the child down and it went straight to the culprit and called him as father. On seeing this, the Panchayat locked Esakki and the culprit in a house along with the child saying that a child will never lie and asked the culprit to discuss with Esakki and come to a conclusion.
Esakki who waited for her time alone with the culprit, took revenge and avenged her anger by killing the deceiver with her own hands. Later, she left Palavoor and started walking towards the west where she saw Avvaiyar dealing the problems with the three kings in Muppandal. Avvaiyar asked Esakki to come over and calmed her down. Avvaiyar asked Esakki to stay there insisting that this is the place where she should be.
Witnessing this from Heaven, Lord Shiva turned towards the Goddess Parvati and she gave her heroic power to Esakki. Right from that day, Esakki became the Goddess who protects the town and as she is in Muppandal she was called as Muppandal Esakki Amman.
The temple holds a separate shrine for the Poet Avvaiyar as she calmed down Esakki and made her to stay in Muppaandal. There is also a separate shrine for Esakki’s brother, Neelan. It is believed that the Lord Vishnu came as Esakki’s brother.
Valampuri Ganesha, Balamurugan and Avvaiyar holds separate shrines in Muppandal Esakki Amman Temple.
There is another Esakki Amman Temple nearby this Muppandal Esakki Amman Temple and Sudalai Maada Swami stands as the protector. The Main deity here is called as “Aadhi Esakki Amman”.
Morning Worship Timing: 06.30 AM to 12.30 PM.
Evening Worship Timing: 04.00 PM to 08.00 PM.
Note: The services and the time they offered may vary.
7G6X+9G3, Shri Esakki Amman Temple, Muppandal, Aralvaimozhi, Tamil Nadu 627105