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Sri Sengazhuneer Amman temple

About 450 years ago, a pious fisherman Veera Raghavan set out for fishing with his net and spread it on the Sengazhuneer canal. He was sad that he had no catch till sunset. He made a final attempt and found the net heavy. He thought he had a big catch but was disappointed to see it was but a log. He took it home and placed it in the back yard of his house. One day, his wife tried to cut it to pieces for firewood. The log was heavy to break but it began to bleed from spot where the axe fell on it. Shocked, she informed the matter to her husband and people of the village. Veera Raghavan took the log into house and performed pujas with sandal, kumkum etc. His life became bright and prosperous from that day. Mother Ambica appeared in the dream of Veera Raghavan and told him that she was the divine Renuka with the powers of Mother Shakti. The log in his house was the indication of her arrival. Mother said that the log should be used as the peeta and install her idol and continue the worship. She also said that there was a place where a Siddha lived thousands of years ago where the temple should be built. She also directed the fisherman to name Her Sengazhumneer Amman. Veera Raghavan informed the villagers of his dream. All set out to find the place indicated by Amman. They found an anthill from where a serpent came out, beat the ground thrice with its hood, thus showing them the place where they had to install the deity. The wood in the fishermans house was brought for setting the peeta. They made a burst idol of Ambica, installed it for regular worship. They named Her Sengazhuneer Amman.      Book Now



Veerampattinam-Beach

Veerampattinam is the biggest coastal village in the Union Territory of Puducherry and is located between Pondicherry and Cuddalore. The village is 7kms from the city centre and frequent bus services are available from Pondicherry. The village has over 500 years of recorded history and is very close to Arikamedu archaeological site. It has rivers on both sides which helps fishermen protect their boats during cyclones as the majority of the swell in the sea is absorbed by the rivers. The surrounding village looks green always as it is enriched with water and nutrient resources. Veerampattinam is also home to one of the biggest festivals The Temple car festival, where hoards of devotees pull massive wooden chariots using thick natural rope. A sight to behold indeed The village has one of the longest beach and most beautiful beaches in the south of India. This attracts tourists from all over the world. A large number of people sun bathe and relax on the beach almost round the year. One can also watch the fishermen ply their trade and working with traditional fishing nets at dedicated sites. Long stretches of the beach are free of any kind of encumbrances thus making it an ideal destination for beaching. Veerampattinam is also home to one of the biggest festivals The Temple car festival, where hoards of devotees pull massive wooden chariots using thick natural rope. A sight to behold indeed The village has one of the longest beach and most beautiful beaches in the south of India. This attracts tourists from all over the world. A large number of people sun bathe and relax on the beach almost round the year.      Book Now



Veerampattinam Temple Car Festival

A tradition traversing back over four centuries came alive at the biggest coastal village of Veerampattinam, about seven km from Puducherry town en route to Cuddalore. Devotees started congregating before dawn on Friday for the annual car festival of Veerampattinam. The road leading to the Sengazhuneer Amman temple was dotted with shops selling sweets, dolls and vessels. Flaunting their silk sarees and with utensils in hand, women geared themselves to cook fish and rice on mud stoves. Once the delicacy was ready, the families gathered around a small brick smeared with turmeric and vermilion (deity) to offer the cooked fish curry and rice on a plantain leaf. We come here every year on this day. This is the festival of our family deity. My mother came here when she was a child, I continue the tradition and so will our children, says Adilakshmi, a resident of Muthialpet. Popularly called Veerampattinam Car Festival, it falls on the fifth Friday of Aadi month in Tamil calendar (July to August). The government declares a local holiday for this festival.      Book Now


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