On the way from Kumbakonam to Annaikarai is the small village of Karrupur or Koranattu Karuppur. There is an ancient Siva Temple and Kali temple in this village. This place was called Patalavanam in the past.Lord Siva is known as Sundareswarar and his consort is Abhirami Ambal.
The Petti (petti means box) Kali temple has an interesting history. The idol of Kali is not full. Only the head portion was available and it came floating in the river cauvery around 300 years ago. She was kept in an wooden box and it is worshipped till date.The box is opened only on selected days with lots of rituals.
When the ancient scrolls were investigated on the source of this deity, it was revealed that the idol was worshipped by King Vikramaditya of Ujjain and after his time the temple got destroyed. It is well known that the king was ardent devotee of Goddess Kali.
Located in a totally rural area, these temples have not seen any good maintenance. With more devotees travelling , hopefully things get better.
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Location: Karuppur, Tamil Nadu, India