Saraswathi Temple (Tamil Nadu) which is unique temple for the Lord Saraswathi,
placed in Koothanoor near Poonthottam and about 25 kms. west of Karaikal Town.
Second largest village, distance of 13.8 km. west of Karaikal-Peralam road.
The famous Bhadrakaliamman temple. Twelve days annual festival celebrated during
May-June attracts many thousands of devotees. The festival is accompanies by
a fair to cater to the visiting throng. (Thirunallar Commune).
1.8 Km. of west of Karaikal. Sri Yazhmurinatheeswarar temple, visited Saint
Thirugnanasambandar, who sung a Pathigam (Thirumara III-Pathigam No.136). (Karaikal
Sri Uppilamaniar, Sri Kailasanathar, Nitya Kalyanaperumal, Karaikal
Ammaiyar, SriParvatheeswaraswami Temple (Karaikovilpathu) and Sri Kothandaramaswami
are famous. The Mangani festival is said to be celebrated for many centuries
in the Karaikal Ammaiyar temple..
This village referred to as Thiruthelicherry in religious lores. It may then
be assumed that this village must have been the abode of an important temple.
This is one of the four places in Karaikal region visited by Saint Thirugnanasambandar
who sang a pathigam in honour of Sri Parvatheeswaraswamy. Surasmaharam, Vijayadasmi,
Kadaimuzhukku and Thiruvadhirai festivals are celebrated
3 Km. from Karaikal. Sri Mariamman temple and Sri Vella Vinayagamurthi temple
are the centres of worship in the village.
4 km. north of Karaikal. The famous Kasakkudi copper plates discovered in this
village in 1879 by M.J. Delafon and ascribed to Nandivarman-II throw much light
onthe high cultural level of the people who lived in this part of the country
during the Pallava days. The Siva temple in the village is the principal centre
7 km. from Karaikal onthe Karaikal-Nedungadu road. Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple
here, said to belong to the XII century, is protected as an ancient monument.
Some of the stone carvings inthetemple add to its monumental value. The Vaikunda
Ekadesi and Masi Magam festivals celebrated in this temple attract several
hundred devotees from the surrounding villages. Thiruvathirai, Chithirai Pournami
and Masi Magam festivals are celebrated in Sri Naganathaswamy temple.
Sri Kodeeswaramudayar temple is the principal place of worship enjoying an
ample income. A statue, a broken kuthuvilakku and some other vessels used for
temple workship were enearthed from Perumalkoil maidan in this village on 28-03-1972.
5.7 km. from Karaikal North.