Tiruverkadu – Sri Devi Karumariamman temple

Sri Devi Karumariamman temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Devi Karumariamman

Sthala Theertham: Velayudha theertham

Sthala Virksham:Karuvela tree


As per legends, One day Devikarumari took the image of old nomadic lady and went to Sun to forecast his future. Without realising her as Devikarumari, He simply neglected her. Devikarumari immediately vanished. Sun has lost it’s brightness and its glory started declining. Realising his mistake He begged Devikarumari to forgive and excuse him. Sun also requested Devikarumari to celebrate Sunday as the day of Devikarumari. Devikarumari also accepted it.He also got permission from Her to pour on her sun rays twice in a year in the month of Panguni and Purattasi. So Sunday is celebrated as the day of Karumari . We can happily witness the scene of sun rays falling on the head of Devikarumari twice in a year. Devikarumari made Narayanan Seat there.Once upon a time Lord Thirumal came to Thiruverkadu to witness the grace rule of Umadevi. When Thirumal personally met his sister Karumari, she requested him “to seat there as Srinivasan of Thirumurai and assist Her and bless the devotees who worship Navagraham and stand towards southern direction”. He was happy and promised Her, that He would sit by her side and protect the position of Nine planets. Veda Viyasar was extremely happy to see Annai Parasakthi and Lord Venkatesan together.

An another legends goes this way,There was an ant-hill in this place long ago.  People were worshipping this as Mother Ambica.  Mother appeared in the dream of a devotee and asked him to build a temple for Her in that spot.  When people demolished the ant-hill, they found Ambica as a swayambu and built the temple here.  As She was not in the womb of a Mother, she is praised as one not from the womb (Karuvil Illadha Karumari).  There is also an Ambica idol behind the presiding deity as Mahakali with fire, sword, skull, trident and a drum called Damarukam.  Kumkum archana is performed to Ambica in the evening between 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. called Pradosha time.

There are also peacock, serpent, and lion vehicles of the Gods.  This lamp is ever burning.  It is believed that worshipping Ambica and this lamp would keep their families wealthy.  The flag post-kodimaram is in front of Ambica shrine.  Festivals begin in Ambica temples with Kappu Kattu (announcing the beginning of festival) ceremony.  Here, festivals begin by hoisting the flag.  Ash of cow dung is offered as Prasad in the temple.  We have seen Lord Vinayaka in temple with His tusk in the right hand and Modhaga-the sweet pudding ball- in the left.  Here, He blesses the devotees with the right hand and keeps the left assuring them – Abhaya hastha.  This is a different style.  It is said those worshipping Mother Devi Karumariamman should worship in this shrine too.

The sage had to come to south to balance the earth as went down due to the heavy weight of a huge gathering of Sages when the wedding of Shiva-Parvathi took place there.  Lord Shiva granted the wedding darshan to the Sage here.  Also, the shrine of Mother Verkanni who granted darshan to the sage is here.

Procession Ambica graces from the corridor-prakara sitting on a moving plank called Unjal.  In front of the temple, Lord Vinayaka graces sitting under the Peepal tree called Arasamaram in Tamil.  Mother Ambica looks young on Her Lion vehicle.  On the new moon day, a yaga is performed with red chillies.  There are shrines for Navagrahas the nine planets, Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Srinivasa-Padmavathi and Sri Anjaneya.  On Vaikasi Visakam festival in May-June, Lord Srinivasa graces darshan on Garuda with Mother Padmavathi.  There are also shrines of Lord Dakshinamurthy, Angala Parameswari, Uchishta Ganapathi, Gayatri, Mahalakshmi, Rajarajeswari, Savithri, and Mother Durga.

Aipasi Annabishek is performed to Mother Devi Karumariamman in October-November. Aadi Festival in July-August is very famous. Maximum duration of festivals goes up to 15 days. Rarely in some Shakti temples, festivals run upto 48 days also. In this temple, the festival that begins in the month of Aadi (July-August) continues for 12 weeks ending with Purattasi month-September-October. On Sundays, abishek is performed with 108 pots of milk followed by procession. On the 9th Sunday, Mother Devi Karumariamman is taken in procession in a palanquin decorated with flowers. On Masi Magam day in February-March, Amman is taken to Bay of Bengal for sea bath. Other festivals include Thai Brahmmotsavam in January-February, Chitra Poornima in April-May, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, big festivals in Aadi (July-August) Navarathri in September-October, Skanda Sashti in October-November and Panguni Uthiram in March-April.


Tiruverkadu is 12 km from Chennai Koyambedu on the Poonamallee Road. Bus facilities are available from all points in the city.

Temple Timings:

05.30 am To 12.00 pm   04.30 pm To 09.00 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-44-2680 0430, 2680 0487, 2680 1686.

Temple Address:

Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple,


Tiruvallur Dist.


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