Koothanur Maha Saraswathi Amman is located in Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. The aura around this temple is truly wonderful. To realise the power of prayer, one must keep on remembering and chanting any simple Saraswati Mantra, to realize the amount of positivity her blessings cause.
It is believed that Ottakoothan, an mortal, once sought the blessings of the Goddess Saraswathi and Lord Pillayar (Arul Gnana Vinayakar) to grant him the gift of the ability to compose poems. He used bath in the river Harisol everyday and used to offer floral tributes to the Goddess. The goddess who was pleased with his devotion granted his wish, she came in a very beautiful boat in, in the form of a lovely woman and gave him the boon. Along with her, Goddesses Lakshmi and Parvathi too came by in this river and hence we can get the blessings of the basic grace of them all-Adhisakthi.
Goddess Saraswathi, in a penance performing posture, confers Her blessings on this world as the prime deity, only in this temple. A beautiful three eyed form, with one leg folded in a yogasana pattern, is afeast for the eyes. Another special feature is that there is no veena in Ambal's hands in the prime deity.
It is believed, that this place was known as "Ambalpuri", about a 1000 years ago, even before poet Ottakoothan was born. So history has it that Goddess Saraswathi did her penance towards Lord Brahma and conferred her blessings on her devotees for ages. Devotees offer their puja with lovely flowers that are known to be acceptable to the Goddess.
On Saraswathi puja Day and Vijayathasami Day, Maha Saraswathi is taken out in procession on the swan. In particular, devotees perform puja directly to the beautifully decorated extended feet of the goddess on Saraswathi Puja Day. On the day of Vijaya Dasami, children begin their studies with a puja at the feet of the Goddess