“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made Mothers.” — Jewish proverb

Thirukarugavur is on the banks of Vettaru, a tributary of Cauvery.  This is a padal petra sthalam.  Lord Shiva is known as Mullaivananathar and His consort is Garbarakshambigai or Karukathanayaki.  This place was a jasmine forest, jasmine in tamil is mullai and hence the name Mullaivananathar.  The Goddess here protects the foetus during pregnancy and hence the name Garbarakshambigai or Karukathanayaki.  The Goddess not only protects the foetus but also blesses the childless with progeny.  Pregnant women come here to pray to be free from pregnancy related problems and for easy delivery.  The Shiva lingam is a Swayambhu or self manifested lingam.  When you visit the temple make a request to the priest to show the deeparardhanai and you can see the marks of the jasmine creeper on the lingam.  Vinayakar and Nandhi are also Swayambhu in this temple.  Generally the Navagrahas are Vakramurthys or in other words they face different directions.  Here the other eight planets face the Sun.

The story of a childless couple Nithiruvar and Vedhigai is connected with temple here.  The couple was longing for a child and they set out on a pilgrimage seeking divine intervention in having their desire fulfilled.  They visited a lot Shiva temples before finally reaching Thirukarugavur or Mullaivanam as it was known then. Here, Vedhigai realised that she was pregnant.  The couple were overwhelmed with joy and believed that it was due to the blessings of Mullaivananathar.  The couple decided to stay back at this place.  On a particularly hot summer day, Vedhigai was resting when Sage Oorthuvapadhar came to their place.  Vedhigai in her state of exhaustion failed to take notice of the Sage.  The principle of “Athithi Devo Bhava” was practiced to the letter in those days.  The sage was angry with Vedhigai for being inhospitable towards the guest.  In his anger he cursed that her pregnancy would be terminated as that was the reason for her “indifferent behaviour”.   The couple was aghast at the misfortune that had befallen them and prayed to Goddess Parvathi.  The Goddess then blessed them by safeguarding the foetus in a pot for the remainder of the pregnancy period.  At the end of it, She handed over a healthy child to the overjoyed couple.  The tank opposite to the temple is supposed to have been dug by Kamadhenu.  This was to provide milk to the child.  This tank is known as Ksheera Kundam.  Thus the Goddess then came to be known as Garbarakshambiga or Karukathanayaki.  This place came to be known as Thirukarugavur or the place where the foetus is protected.  The local villagers say that there has been no pregnancy related death of the mother or the child from time immemorial. None whatsoever has had a miscarriage or any other pregnancy related problem in this village.

Couples seeking progeny buy the ghee sold in temple and hand it over to the priest.  The priest duly recites the necessary mantras and places the ghee at the feet of the Goddess before returning the same to the couple. The instruction given by the priest is to be followed and the couple should eat a little of this Ghee every night for 48 days.  It is believed that not very long after this 48 day period, the woman conceives.  This is a belief that is backed up by the experience of many.   Similarly, pregnant women are given oil as prasadam which they apply on their abdomen during the pregnancy.  One can see a lot of couples seeking the blessing of the Goddess and an equal number of them on a thanks-giving visit.  Worshipping at this temple also removes marriage obstacles.

Punugu Abhishegam (Ablution) to Mullaivananathar is believed to cure incurable and chronic illness.  Since the Lingam is a SwayamBhu Lingam no other abhishegam is done to the Lingam.

This is one of the five temples which collectively make the Pancha Aranya Sthalams.  Aranya means forest and this is one of the five temples that were found amongst the forest. The other four are Alangudi, Avalivanallur, Haridwaramangalam and Thirukollambudhoor. If one worships at these five temples on the same day, in the above mentioned order, he is absolved of all his sins and there will be no rebirth.  Thirukkarukavur is the first temple to be visited early in the morning, between 5:30 and 6AM.

On the full moon day of the tamil month of Panguni (March-April) moon’s rays falls on the Shiva Lingam.

Garbarakshambigai Mantra

Aum Garbarakshambigaayai cha vidhmahe

Mangala dhevadhaayai cha dheemahee

thanno devi prachodhayaath

Garbarakshambika sloka for Marriage and To beget children

Aum devendhiraani namosthubyam

Dhevendhira piriya baamini

Vivaaha baakyam aarokyam

puthra laabam sadhehime

Padhim dhehi sudham dhehi

Soubaakyam dhehime subhe

Soumaangalyam subam Gnayanam

Dhehime Garbarakshake

Kaathyaayini mahaamaaye

Maha yoginya dhisvari

Nandhagoba seedham dhevam

Padhim Megurudhe Namah

Garbarakshambigai Sloka for Safe Pregnancy and Delivery of baby

Hey sangara Shamarahara PramadhaadhiNaadhari Mannaadha shaamba sasisuda

HarithiriSulin sambo sugaprasava kiruthbavame dhayaalo

HeyMaadhaviVanesa Paalayamaam Namasthe

Blessings of Garbarakshambigai for safe delivery of baby

Hamavath yuthare Paarchve shuradhaa naama yakshini

Dhasyaa Shmarana Maathrena visalyaa Garbinibavedhu


Click here for Map

This temple is about 20 kms from both Kumbakonam and Tanjavur.  This 7 Kms from Papanasam.

Boarding & Lodging:

Excepting for a couple of petty shops that also serve tiffin, there isn’t much you can get.  The nearest towns are Kumbakonam and Tanjavur.

Temples nearby


Vasishteswaraswamy temple in Thenkudi Thittai

ThiruNallur – The lingam that changes colour



Temple Address

Arulmigu Mullai Vananathar Thirukkoil Thirukkarugavur (P.O)

Papanasam Taluk.

Thanjavur Dt. 614 302 Tamil Nadu

Phone: 04374 273 423

  1. B. S. MANI says:


  2. jayalakshmibalaji says:

    iwant to visit this temple . pls send me the full address details , pl sent the route way from chennai , how to reach this temple from chennai

    • K Narayanan says:

      Kindly see the blog, I have given the full address of the temple. I have also embedded a map and given another link also for the map. You can reach this temple from either Tanjore or Kumbakonam. If you are taking the Papanasam route please be aware that the bridge just on the outskirts of Thirukarugavur is under repair and you will have to take a detour. In any case here is the link for the map again.

  3. Srinivas says:

    I am looking for mantra ghee by Post. Please let me know the details.

  4. v.vasanthi says:

    I am looking for Mantra ghee by post to my daughter who is at Florida, USA. I want to send the Demand Draft. How much I have to take to get the Mantra Ghee to send Florida USA. or will you send directly to USA. kindly let me know the details and I will give the USA address afterwards.
    Thanking you
    Yours faithfully

    • K Narayanan says:

      Dear Madam

      I would like to point out that this is a blog based on my visits to the temples. It is written to give people as much information as possible. I do not arrange the prasadams etc. However, you may contact the temple authorities directly at the numbers provided and they should be able to guide you further on this. In case you have any difficulty, please send me a mail rajamala2001@yahoo.com and I shall do my best to help you.

  5. saraviajy says:

    that was truly impressive and informative..the infos were so good.

  6. anitha says:

    iam looking for Mantra ghee by post for me.now iam in westbengal. I want to send the Demand Draft. How much I have to take to get the Mantra Ghee , will you send directly to me.kindly let me know the details and I will give my address afterwards.

  7. R.VIJAYAKUMAR says:

    is very powerful temple

  8. Usha Ramana says:


    I saw in this thread that you are looking for prasadam to be sent. You can visit the site http://www.garbarakshambigai.org

    They will arrange for prasadam. I have ordered prasadam from this site and I am very happy with their service

  9. K Narayanan says:

    The following is a mail I received from Ms. Janani Bharath some time back. It went into my junk folder, hence the delay in posting it on the site.

    Mail from Ms Janani

    “Hello Sir,

    I read through all the temple information on your site. I find the
    quality of the articles to be good.

    My name is Janani Barath. Due to some experiences in my life I have a
    strong connection with Goddess Garbarakshambigai. I want other women
    to experience her power and blessings too. So for women who cannot
    visit the temple personally I am undertaking the service of doing puja
    and sending prasadam, for a nominal charge.

    You can get complete details on website http://www.garbarakshambigai.org

    I request you to add this information on your website so people can
    become aware of this service.

    Please contact me for any queries.


    Janani Barath”

  10. Jayabharathi says:

    I am one of the devotees blessed by the AMBIGAI and is now offering thanks to the Goddess. I recently visited the temple to offer my prayers and givings to Almighty.
    Such a beautiful and loving place to be…

  11. siri says:

    our couple are awaiting to have a child for us . can u advice me what to do at my home.we want the blessings of garbarakshambigai and we will come to the temple after the birth of my child .kindly tell me about hte yhe slokas given and how many times i should read everyday.kindly reply me soon.thank u.

  12. Usha Ramana says:

    You can write to saifoundation@gmail.com or visit the website http://www.garbarakshambigai.org. They can arrange prasadam for you and Janani will also send you the stotram to be chanted.

  13. Rekha says:

    I would like to share my wonderful experience of ordering prasadam from http://www.garbarakshambigai.org. I had requested for annadanam to be performed in my name. I was praying for baby child as I had not conceived after marriage. 4 months after annadanam I am pregnant with baby. I live outside India and this miracle happened because of http://www.garbarakshmbigai.org website

  14. P S RAJKUMAR says:

    We have prayed for a healthy child at Thirukarukavoor Arulmigu Karbarakshambiga temple on 31st August 2011. With the grace of the Almighty within a month we have been blessed to have a blissful pregnancy and now after 9 months we have been blessed with a baby delivered on thursday 31st May 2012. Our sincere and heartfelt gratitude and thanks for the grace of Goddess Arulmigu Garbarakshambigai Ambal.


  15. Narasimhan says:


    Past 3 years we are praying to Have a Baby.

    Can you please advise the price list for Garbarakshambiga prasadams (to get pregnant).

    And to where it to be sent? Money Order accepted or DD only accepted?

    • K Narayanan says:

      Dear Mr. Narasimhan

      We wish for your prayers to be answered very soon. You may get in touch with the temple authorities at the Phone number given in the article.

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