Garbharakshambigai Temple, Thirukarukavoor – Prayers
Every couples dream is to become a parent. It is the next step in family life and at sometimes it may seem impossible for few. Trust in this Goddess. She makes it possible. She embraces all, with her compassion and fulfills a women wish to conceive and also helps carrying her baby to full term without any hurdles along the way.
History says that Sri Garbarakshambigai Amman blessed her ardent devotee Vedhikai to conceive and when Vedhikai almost lost her fetus, Goddess Garbarakshambigai came to her rescue, protected her fetus and blessed her for safe delivery. Numerous devotees who long for a child have been blessed by this divine mother. The uniform experiences of the people who have been blessed by this divine deity are testimony of her benevolence. People from various countries and religions, who have difficulty in conceiving and delivery, pray to this divine Goddess for her benevolence.
It is believed that childless people who worship here with devotion and faith are blessed with pregnancy and pregnant women with safe deliveries. Unmarried women also pray here for their marriages. Special prayers are conducted by people on behalf of their pregnant relatives or friends.
The uniform experience of the people of these parts bears unfailing testimony to the said characteristic attributed to the Deity. The inhabitants of the village vouch the fact, that within living memory, there has been no case of fatality to the mother or child during confinement. Pregnant women from elsewhere come here and pray to the God and Goddess for a safe child birth. No one in this place has ever had a miscarriage or pregnancy problem. It is at a place like this that one can understand what “Divine Presence” is.
Majority of the devotees praying to Mother Karukatha Nayaki are women longing for a child after years of marriage. Many pray for safe delivery. Those facing menstrual and uterus problems and whose marriage is delayed pray to Mother for cure and happy results.
Sri Mullaivananathar Swamy is worshiped for better health. The Swamy here is swayambu i.e, self manifested. Even today we can see the impression of Mullai creeper over him. He is made up of hardened mud and there is no Abhishegam (Holy bath) for this God. Instead Punugu sattam is being offered on the Valarpirai Pradosham day, the 13th day after new moon (Sukla patcham Pradosham). This Punugu is believed to have healing power and it is being sent as Prasadam for the peoples, who suffer due to incurable skin diseases, cardiac diseases and surgery.
The main prayer commitment followed is the offering of Punugu Chattam to Lord Mullaivana Nathar on each Pradosha days of the full moon fortnight. Devotees offer rice, fruits, jaggery, sugar candy, money etc. equal to their weight, a commitment called Tulaabaaram. Devotees perform abishek with rice flour, turmeric, cosmetic powders, milk, curd, green coconut, panchamirtham, sandal and honey and archanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
On Sundays of Karthikai month (November-December) abishek to Lord is performed with 1008 conches. As the presiding deity is in the form of anthill, it is covered with a bowl – Kuvalai in Tamil – for the abishek. Devotees offer nivedhanas to Lord and mother and distribute the same to other visiting devotees. They also contribute to the temple renovation fund.