Vaigal Madakoil – Sri Vaigalnathar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Vaigalnathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Vaigalnathar or Shenbaga Aranyeswarar

Ambal: Kombial Kothai or Shaka Komalavalli

Sthala Theertham: Shenbaga theertham

Sthala Virksham: Shenbagam tree

Devaram:  Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar

Sthalapuranam:

Vaikan maadakkoyil refers to two shrines, Vaikal and Maadakkoyil.

As per legends Mother Earth –Bhoomidevi prayed to Lord Maha Vishnu to marry her which Lord obliged and had Her as His consort.  This was not acceptable to Mother Mahalakshmi and left the Lord.   She came to this Shenbagavanam and took on a severe penance to get back her Lord.  Lord Vishnu and Bhoomidevi came in search of Mahalakshmi.  Brahamma followed in search of Lord Vishnu.  They found Mother Mahalakshmi here and prayed to Lord Shiva.  By the grace of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu had both Lakshmi and Bhoodevi as His consorts. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple. As the three eyes of Lord Shiva, the place has three Shiva temples.  The right eye of the Lord is Viswanatha-Visalakshi temple, the second left is with Lord Brahammapureeswarar with Mother Perianayaki and the third forehead is for Lord Vaigalnathar with Mother Kombial Kothai

The Maadakkoyil is one of the 78 maadakkovils built at an elevation by KoChenkan Cholan. Komaleswarar and Ilankothai Amman are worshipped in the Maadakkoyil. Vishnu, Lakshmi and Bhrama are said to have worshipped Shiva here. Shiva is also referred to as Bhramapureeswarar. Sambandar has glorified both these Shivastalams in one Patikam.

Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November; and all important festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva are celebrated in the temple.

Route:

The temple is 18 km from Kumbakonam on the Karaikal route. The devotee has to get down at Pazhinjanallur bus stop. The temple is 1 km from here southward.

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

0435 – 246 5616

Temple Address:

Sri Vaigalnathar Temple,

Vaigal Madakoil,

Aduthurai-612 101,

Nagapattinam district.

Kumbakonam – Sri Someswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Someswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Someswarar

Ambal: Thenar Mozhial, Somasundari

Sthala Theertham: Chandra puskarni

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Devaram: Thiruganansampanthar

Sthalapuranam:

This temple ancient name is Kudanthaikaronam, there are two more karonam in tamilnadu one at kanchipuram and another one at Nagapattinam. As Soma (moon ) and veyalan (guru) worshipped lord here, The lord in this place  called as Veyala Someswarar.

According to Hindu legends when the pot containing Amrita was broken, a string shaped in the form of a hoop was thrown outside the pot.This hooped string formed a Shivalinga in the place where the Someswara Temple now stands.

Lord Muruga grants darshan sitting on a peacock with sandal in one leg.in this place there is a unique custome,the sadari is kept in devotees head as in perumal temple. The temple has only one prakara.  As Moon and Jupiter worshipped in this temple, Mondays and Thursdays have huge devotee crowd in the temple.  There are three entrances to the temple.  Devotees can have the darshan of Lord Maleesar and Mangala Nayaki if they go through the Rajagopuram entrance.  As Vishnu (Mal) worshipped here, Lord is known as Maleesar.  Somanathar and Thenarmozhi darshan is open to those coming through Kattai Gopuram entrance.  The north entrance leads devotees to the darshan of Someswarar and Somasundari.  Lord’s blessing is open to devotees coming from any entrance

Looking at the architecture of the temple one is instantly reminded of the Dravidian style of the 13th century. This was the time when the Later Cholas were ruling over the town of Kumbakonam. In fact, the construction of the temple is dedicated to the Chola Kings who were great worshippers of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. The later kings added to the temple, but the style predominantly is that of the Chola Kings. Lord Somaskandar blesses the devotees in the inner mandap.  There are 8 sculptures on the sanctum wall in worshipping posture. Lord Nataraja has His shrine with Mother Sivakami.  He is named Kana Nattam Udayar meaning that the Lord would have no loss if devotees overlook praying to Him but it would be a loss only to such indifferent ones.  Praying in this shrine, according beliefs, brings the devotee progress in his trade and promotions in job.

100 devotees of this place took an undertaking in the year 1964 of writing the holy Panchakshra (five letters) Mantra “ Shivaya Nama” one lakh each thus making a total of one crore.  They bound each such book and preserved it in a box.  Till today, the holy box is safely kept in the temple.

Route:

Someswar Temple is 2 km away from Kumbakonam Bus Terminal. The bus stop name is Portamarai Kulam in Tanjore Road.The bus stop is very near to Temple. There are lot of town buses / autos available for this temple.

Temple Timings:

6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

0435-243 0349.

Temple Address:

Sri Someswarar temple,

Kumbakonam-612 001

Thanjavur dst.

Senganoor – Sri Anantha narayana perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Anantha narayana perumal Temple

Period of origin

before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar : Anantasayana Perumal

Thayar:  Mahalakshmi

Sthalapuranam:

This famous ancient Vaishnava kshetra blesses the ardent devotees with the darsan of a colossal size of Lord Ranganatha measuring thirty feet in length. Its resemblance to the Anantha Padmanabhaswamy of Tiruvananthapuram in the immensity of size and posture does not end there itself, but continued in other features like the garbhagriha having three doors to enabling the devotees to view Him from head to feet. The face of the Mulavirat is made visible from the first door, chest from the second and legs and feet from the third. And lo! He is also called Anantasayana Perumal. The superb artistry of the sculptors deserves equal veneration, since its proportions, polish, decoration are exemplary and inimitable. The legends are many and they converge on one point, that it is in this holy kshetra, Mother Sita embellished herself with all the jewels left here before going to further South.. On the return journey to Ayodhya, after dushtasamhara she took them back. Among Maharshis Brighu and Markandeya worshipped this Lord and achieved their object. The temple has given equal importance to Saivate gods as evidenced by the Saivate symbols at several places, thereby establishing abheda between Hari and Hara, says the priest exuberantly. It is a very big temple with vastness in everything like towers, courtyards together with a great number of mandaps for parivaradevathas and imposing towers. Agamic worship is offered with due veneration. And the annual festivals are conducted with great eclat luring huge crowds.

Route:

It lies 3 km off Sikkal the renowned Saiva kshetra of Tamilnadu, accessible by bus.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm

Temple Address:

Sri Anantha narayana perumal Temple

Senganur-612 504,

Tirupanandal post,

Tiruvidaimarudur Taluk,

Thanjavur district.

Kodiakadu – Sri Kodi Kuzhagar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kodi Kuzhagar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Amudha Kadeswarar

Ambal: Anjanakshi,

Sthala Theertham: Agni theertha , Amudha Kinaru

Sthala Virksham: Kura tree

Devaram: Tirugnana Sambandar and Sundarar

Sthalapuranam:

Legend has it that the celestial nectar from the Millky Ocean, carried by Vayu, fell at this spot and assumed the form of a Shivalingam, hence Amritaghateswarar; and Amrita Theertham the tank.

Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of Lord Muruga of this temple in his celebrated Tirupugazh hymns.  This is a very ancient temple.  Mother Maiyar Thadanganni appears all merciful.  The one different feature of the temple is that the Navagrahas in the temple are on a straight line witnessing the wedding posture of Lord Shiva with Mother.  Kodiakadu being a jungle area, there is a jungle custodian deity praised as Sookadu Kizhal.

Rama is said to have sighted Sri Lanka from here, and what is believed to be his footprint is preserved nearby. It is believed that Rama attempted to build a bridge to Sri Lanka from here, and was directed by Shiva to proceed to Rameswaram. It is considered sacred to bathe in the sea here during the Uttarayana and Dakshinayana transition.  Local belief has it that this shrine is inhabited by Siddhas.

This temple has a lofty Rajagopuram and shrines to Amritavinayakar and shadbhujasubramanyar with one of the arms bearing a pot of the celestial nectar. The Navagrahas are in a single file as in Tiruvarur. 10 day Vaikasi visagam in May-June and 6 day Sashti are the festivals celebrated for Lord Amirthakada Subramanya.

Route:

Kodiakadu is 9 km far from Vedaranyam on the Kodiakarai route. Vehicles are checked by police for security reasons and allowed to proceed after noting the vehicle registration number. Bus facility is also available.

Temple Timings:

9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and fro 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 – 4369 272 470

Temple Address:

Sri Kodi Kuzhagar Koil,

Kodiakadu-614 821,

Nagapattinam district.

 

Rajapathy ( Nava Kailasam) – Sri Kailasanathar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kailasanathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kailasanathar

Ambal: Soundarya Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Thamirabarani

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Planet : Kedhu

Sthalapuranam:

Sage Romasa, the fist disciple of Sage Agasthya sought suggestion from his Guru for attaining total salvation ending the cycle of births and deaths.  The Guru advised the disciple to place 9 flowers in the Tambirabarani River created by him and worship Lord Shiva at each place a flower touched the bank.  This worship would help him realize his wish, said sage Agasthya. Sage Romasa followed his Guru Agasthya’s advice meticulously.  The last flower touched the banks of the river in Rajapathy.  Sage worshipped Lord Shiva here and realized his wish.  The place is named after the palace of Pandya king belonging to the Chandra dynasty – Raja-King, Pathi-Place.  The temple was ruined due to the fury of floods.  With the steps taken by Shiva devotees, the new temple was built.

This is the place where Ketu worshipped Lord Shiva – Kailasanathar, hence praised as Kethu Parihara Sthala.  There is only a disfigured Shiva Linga.  There are four wheel figures on all sides of the Linga.  It is said that there is a temple buried under this Linga.  Ragu rules 7 years in a person’s life.  It is advised that the person under this period worship Lord in this temple during this period.  Devotees pray here for good farm yields, health, child bon, health of cattle, job opportunities and progress in trade and offer various farm produces as their prayer commitment to Lord and Mother.  On Pradosha days, they offer various puja materials and fruits for the pujas.

The temple conducts Ketu Parihara pujas between 12.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Sundays and between 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on Tuesdays with Yajnas.  Devotees participate in this pujas for removal of obstacles in wedding proposals, adverse aspects of planets for cure from hyper tension, diabetics, asthma etc.  They also derive benefits of child boon and other developments in life. The first puja for the consecration of Rajapathi Kailasanathar temple began on the day when the Raja Gopuram of the Kalahasthi temple was damaged.  Hence, this place and temple is regarded as Then Kalahasti – Kalahasthi of South.  This temple is praised equal in reputation to the Kethu Sthala in Keel Perum Pallam temple in Nagapattinam district.  Along with Aadhi Kailasanathar, Lord Kailasa Nathar and Soundarya Nayaki bless the devotees from this holy soil.

Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January; Shivrathri in February-March; monthly Pradoshams and first day of each Tamil month are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Route:

Rajapathi  is 40 km from Kurumbur on Tiruchendur road and  5 km on Eral Road  or 1 km far from  Sethusubramaniapuram.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 99420 62825, 98422 63681, 94863 81956

Temple Address:

Sri Kailasa Nathar Temple,

Rajapathy – 628 207,

Tuticorin district.

Korukkai – Sri Brahmmagnana Pureeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Brahmmagnana Pureeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Brahammagnana Pureeswarar

Ambal: Pushpavalli

Sthala Theertham: Chandra Pushkarini

Sthala Virksham:

Star : Avitam

Sthalapuranam:

Korakka Siddhar, was once on his way to the Brahmapureeswarar temple to worship the Lord. Overwhelmed with fatigue, he rested in a choultry on the outskirts of the town. When he woke up, he found the loose end of the saree of a woman sleeping near him draped across his arm. The shocked Siddhar who had sworn to never touch or be touched by a woman, took the machete that he carried along to clear plants and weeds in temples, and chopped off his hand. Holding the machete under his leg, he chopped off his other hand too. He then reached the Brahmapureeswara temple, and stayed here for many days, bathing daily at the Chandra Pushkarani and singing hymns in praise of the Lord and Goddess Pushpambigai, clapping his short hands. The Lord pleased with Korakkar’s devotion, made his short hands grow back and that was how the place came to be known as KORAKKAI – KORAKKAR + KAI (HAND IN TAMIL) or KURUKKAI – KURUGU (SHORT IN TAMIL) + KAI (HAND).

There is an idol of Korakkar with folded hands in the open mandapa. The Gurukkal mentioned that it could also be an idol of Kulothunga Chola III and the identity is to be confirmed. Near this idol one can also see idols of Adhikara Nandi and Saptha Swara Ganesha.

Brahma had once become vain that he was the creator of the universe. To make him realise his state, Lord Vishnu created two asuras – Madhu and Kaidaba from two drops of his sweat, who stole the vedas from Brahma and hid them under the ocean. Realising his great folly, Lord Brahma sought the forgiveness of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu taking the form of Hayagriva killed the asuras and gave the Vedas back to Brahma. Despite regaining the Vedas, Lord Brahma still did not regain his memory about creation and the knowledge of the Vedas. To help him overcome this problem, Lord Vishnu asked him to come to Keelakurukkai, bathe in the Chandra Pushkarni, perform “Adi Pradhakshinam” and worship Lord Shiva here. Lord Brahma along with Goddess Saraswathi, worshipped Lord Shiva as suggested. It is believed that on an Avittam (star) day in the tamil month of Avani, Lord Shiva restored the lost memory and knowledge to Lord Brahma, because of which he is called Brahma pureeswara or Brahmagnana Pureeshwara.

There was no gopuram at the main entrance – It probably existed till a few hundred years ago, when this temple had seven praharas and a large, majestic tank. The Nandi Mandapam in this temple is unique. It has two Nandis side by side facing the shrines of Lord Brahmapureeswara and Goddess Pushpambikai respectively. There is an open mandapam which has exquisite icons. This temple is said to have been built during the times of Kulothunga Chola III.

The place assumed Avittam star importance, as Lord Brahmma attained wisdom on this day.  It is advised that Avittam star people visit this temple as often as they could or on the particular star day or birthday or on the star day falling in the month of Avani (August-September) and follow a Adi pradakshina which would favorably change their destiny totally.  Devotees pray here for the education of their children, business development mental peace.  As there are lines in foot too as in our fingers, it is advised that the Adi pradakshina should be done by pressing the feet so that the prints should be recorded in the temple soil. Mahashivrathri is grandly celebrated in the temple in February-March.

Route:

The temple is 4 km from the western bank of Kumbakonam Mahamaha tank. Korukkai can be reached by buses to Marudanallur running through Darasuram, Muzhayur.

Temple Timings:

11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 98658 04862, 94436 78579, +91-435-240 2660 It is important to make a call and proceed to temple

Temple Address:

Sri Brahmmagnana Pureeswarar Temple,

Keezha Korukkai – 61- 401,

Near Patteeswaram,

Kumbakonam Taluk,

Thanjavur district.

Senthapoo mangalam ( Nava kailasam) – Sri Kailasanathar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kailasanathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kailasanathar

Ambal: Azhagia Ponnammai

Sthala Theertham: Tamirabarani

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

Sage Romasa had a desire to install Shivalingas in this place.  As suggested by his Guru Agasthya, he let nine lotus flowers flow in Tambirabarani and installed Shivalingas at each place when a flower touched the bank.  The last and the ninth flower reached this place – Serndhapoomangalam.

Papanasam is the first of the Nava Kailash Temples.  Tambirabarani River begins its flow from the Pothigai hills here and confluences with Punnakayal sea face in this place.  On the new moon days in the months of Aadi and Thai – July-August and January-February respectively, special pujas are dedicated to Lord Kailasanathar. The idol of Kubera on an elephant is sculpted on the Vimana above the sanctum  sanctorum with his two consorts – Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi.  This is the only temple with Kubera the Lord of Wealth in this posture.  Lord Kailasa Nathar graces from the sanctum sanctorum with Shukra-Venus characteristics.  Mother Azhagia Ponnammai is facing south.  Devotees believe that worshipping Kubera would bring them prosperity.

The temple has two entrances.  There are shrines for Lords Kanni Vinayagar, Chokkanathar, Bhairava and Mother Meenakshi, planets Sun, Moon and Sani Bhagwan.  Lord Muruga is on His peacock vahan turning right.  The temple might have been built either by Kulasekhara Pandya or Maravarman Sundara Pandian I as there are separate shrines for Madurai Chokkanathar and Meenakshi Amman in this temple.

New Moon days in the month of Aadi-July-August and Thai-January February; monthly pradoshams and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the days of special pujas and festivals in the temple

Route:

Attur is 50 km far from Tirunelveli. Sernthapoomangalam is 3km from Attur reachable through Punnakayal buses. Autos are available from Attur.

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 94883 42861

Temple Address:

Sri Kailasanathar Temple,

Serndhapoomangalam,

Attur (tk)

Tuticorin district.

Enkan – Sri Subramaniaswami Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Subramaniaswami Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Bhramapureeswarar

Ambal: Bhramanayaki

Sthala Theertham: Kumara theertham

Sthala Virksham: Vanni

Tirupugazh : Arunagiriar

Sthalapuranam:

As per Legends  Lord Muruga demanded Lord Brahmma to explain the meaning of Pranava Mantra. He could not.  Lord Muruga put Brahamma in prison and took up the creation job too.  Though Brahmma was released later, he could not get back His assignment. Brahamma began worshipping Lord Shiva with His eight eyes.  When Lord Shiva asked Muruga to leave the job to Brahamma, Muruga politely refused saying that He was not qualified for the job as He did not know the meaning of Pranava.  Lord Shiva advised Muruga to teach the Mantra to Brahmma and reinstate Him in his place.  Lord Muruga obeyed His Father and taught Pranava to Brahamma.  As Brahmma worshipped Lord Shiva with His eight eyes (En Kan), the place also came to be known as Brahmmapuram.

Another strory  says  Chola king Mutharasan, seeing the beauty of the idol of Muruga thought there should be no such idol anywhere.  So, he claimed the right thumb of the sculptor.Yet, the sculptor made a similar beautiful idol for the Ettukudi temple without the support of the right thumb.  The jealous king went further and plucked off the eyes of the sculptor.  He came to Sameevanam and started working on a third idol with the help of a little girl.  When the idol was nearing completion, the chistle (Uli) fell on the girl’s eyes spilling blood on the sculptor’s eyes restoring his eye sight.  Sameevanam is now known as Enkan.

The sculptural work is something marvellous with no parallel anywhere in the world. Minute details such as nails and veins are intricately carved. The peacock is holding a snake in its mouth and the snake is curving with a hole. The Lord is six-faced with twelve hands with usual weapons in ten hands and the other two displaying varadaand abhaya hasta. One sculptor made three similar statues the other two being at Ettukkudi and Sikkal.

The sancta to Bhramapureeswarar and Bhramanayaki are east facing ones. The Shanmukhanathar Deva Sabha is located behind these, facing south. There are also shrines to Dakshinamurthy, Natarajar Sivakami, Kasi Viswanathar, Bhairavar, Arunachaleswarar and other deities here.

The shrine of Lord Muruga is called Sabha as He has the attributes of Lord Shiva and facing South.  The Sabha is a hall where Lord Nataraja performed His dance, an importance related to Chidambaram temple.  Also, Lord Muruga’s facing south has two philosophies.  Lord Dakshinamurthy is a south facing God granting wisdom to devotees.  Yama the God of Death belongs to the South.  Lord Muruga protects His devotees from fear of death ensuring longevity.  Many had experienced these effects praying to the Lord.

The one wonder of the temple is that those suffering from impaired vision are blessed with bright eye sight if they perform Shanmugarchana to Lord Muruga continuously for 12 months on each Vishaka star days.  Lord Muruga graces from His shrine sitting on the peacock vehicle with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.  Of the six faces of the Lord, three are in front and three behind.  The Lord holds Vel his special weapon, arrow, sword, discus, pasam the rope, trident, bow, armour, cock flag angusam etc. in His 12 hands.  The gap between the fingers are clearly visible, a sculptural marvel.  The other wonder is that the entire weight of the idol firmly stands on a single leg of the peacock.  Here is the story of the idol.

Devotees pray for restoration from impaired vision.  They also undertake fasting on Tuesdays for good health free from any ailment and on Kruthika star days for prosperity.  Those facing adverse aspects of planet Jupiter light ghee lamps on Thursdays and are blessed with wisdom, education and prosperity.  Devotees also pray for happy wed lock, child boon, job opportunities, trade developments and promotion in jobs.  Lord Muruga takes all care of his devotees. Devotees perform abishek to Lord Muruga with milk, curd, honey, rosewater, sandal, turmeric, oil, scented powders, panchamirtham made of five ingredients etc. They carry Kavadi, offer hair by tonsuring, sheep and cocks and their farm yields. They offer vastras to Lord Brahmmapureeswara and Mother Periyanayaki. Arrange feeding, distribution of Prasad to visiting devotees and offer what they could for the maintenance and renovation projects of the temple.

14 day Thai Poosam-Brahmmotsavam in January-February is grandly celebrated in the temple. A king, Simmavarman by name was cursed with a Lion’s face by Sage Brugu. For relief, the king prayed to Enkan Lord Muruga bathing in the Vruddha Cauveri River (Vottaru). On a Thain Poosam star day (January-February) combined with Full Moon, Lord Muruga appeared before the king and restored his human face. This festival day is grandly celebrated in the temple carrying Kavadi on their shoulders. Other festivals are monthly Kruthika star days, 8 day Skanda Sashti in Aipasi (October-November), Karthikai in November-December, Masi Karthikai (February-March), Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil and English New Year Days.  In the month of Panguni (March-April), the rays of Sun fall on Lord Brahmmapureeswarar for three days. It is noteworthy that the idols of Lord Muruga in Sikkal, Ettukudi and Enkan temples were sculpted by the same artist showing the Lord on His peacock vehicle. The idols are made with rare sculptural skill that the whole weight of the idol rests on a single leg of the peacock. A rare craftsman ship.

Route:

In Thanjavur  -Tiruvarur   Bus route  we can reach mukanthannoor from there towards north we can reach the temple in one kilometre.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 -4366-278 531, 278 014, 94884 15137

Temple Address:

Sri Subramaniaswami Temple,

Enkan,

Tiruvarur district

 Kodaganallur (Nava kailasam) – Sri Kailasanathar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kailasanathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kailasanathar

Ambal: Sivagami, Ananthagowri

Sthala Theertham: Thamirabarani

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

Once, A sage was doing penance in this area, he was assisted by his son. once the son went to the forest to get firewood, at that time a young prince visited the sage, he attempted to woke up the sage from his penance and ask for the development of the Kingdom. The sage was in his ritual process and refuse to woke up, Angry prince took a dead snake and placed it around the sages neck. The Sage was in deep penance he never noticed the snake in his neck, the sage son came back with firewood and notice some one done a great sin. He got angry and came to know that the prince did it. he went to the palace, and said” Prince” you have done a very sinful work you placed a dead snake in my father’s neck. one day it will get alive and kill your father ” and he left the palace angrily. A few days later, the King went to see his horoscopes. The palace priest said “you will die in the venom of a snake”. so he decided to built a chamber were snakes cannot come in, the king lived there happily. As per the sage son words the king must die in a snake bit, but there is no way. The snake took rebirth in the form of a mango worm, at a particular day king ordered for mango,  he got the same mango with worm which killed the King.

As the sin done by the karkodagan, he decided to do penance towards lord siva. To get rid of the sin thus lord came from kailash to help his devotee he is called in the name of kailasanathar , and in this place karkodagan got mukthi so its name karkodaga nallur

Route:

Tirunelveli Buses from old bus stand to Cheranmahadevi. you will reach natukkallur.from there by walk to the south around 2 km you can reach the temple.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 99659 23124

Temple Address:

Sri Kailasanathar Temple

Kodaganallur

Tirunelveli

Thenthiruperai (Nava kailasam) – Sri Kailasanathar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kailasanathar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kailasanathar

Ambal: Azhagiya Ponnammai

Sthala Theertham: Thamirabarani Rive

Sthala Virksham:  Vilwa

Sthalapuranam:

Accoring to the advice of sage Agasthiya his disiple Romasar let nine lotuses flower to float in the river Thamiraparani. In that, the seventh flower docked here, in the form of Linga, here the lord graces in the form of lotus. As a proof we can see the base of Linga is shaped like a lotus flower. Those who want to get the goodwill of the planet Mercury, has to offer the green clothes, green gram and sugar to the planet Budha and worship. we can see the shrine of Mother Alakiyaponnammai on the right, facing east.

In this temple we can see kalaBhairava with six hand, here Lord is considered to be in the form of Vedas, he doesn’t have his usual vehicle dog. During the full moon and the half moon Ashtami there will be special pooja to the lord. Here Vallabha Ganapati, Sakthi Vinayaka, kannimula Ganapati, Siddhivinayak are special to see in the premises. This place is the largest fortified town, “people would say. Town to the south (Then) of the state, since it is known that thentirupperai. Here Nandhi with turban is special. The nearby vishnu temple ( makaranetunkulaikkatar)  is one of navatiruppati temple. Perumal in this Temple is in the form of Venus. One who reaches here should worship Perumal which bring prosperity to the family, and it also  increase students’ academic confidence.

In Ambal shrine we can see the horn sprouted coconut. The story behind this is surprising. once British collector came to this area. where he rested in a chavady, he ordered his servant to bring him tender coconut,the collector’s servant, went to Coconut farm and asked. The farmer, refused to give because the coconut was ony grown for the anoiting of the lord. On hearing this news Captain Durai angrily visited the farm and asked the farmer,” “is all your coconut just bloomed with horns” shut up and do as i ordered.” Farmer got sad because of the collector’s orders and he prayed to the lord in his heart he plucked one coconut and gave it to the collector. What a surprise! The coconut had three horn in it. Scared captin went to the temple and asked forgiveness. And he donated half cent for the daily pooja, The coconut is still in the temple.

Moon, Guru, Venus on horse chariot, Guru and Venus with eight horses, the sun with 7 horses and moon with10 horses this is very unique in this temple.

This temple is the 7th Nava Kailayam Temple, which is dedicated to the Sri Budhan (Mercury) and is called as Budhan Sthalam. In this temple, Lord Muruga looks like Sri Shanmuganathar of Thiruchendur with Valli and Devasena. Every Month Pradhosham celebrated, Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Aavani Moolam in August-September, Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, 10 day Chithirai Mother Chamundeeswari festival commencing from the first day after new moon day in April-May, Aadi Pooram in July-August, Karthikai Deepam in November-December, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January,Thai Poosam in January-February, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November.

Route:

The temple is situated 38 kms from Thirunelveli on Thirunelveli-Thiruchendur Road near Azhwar Thirunagari.

Temple Timings:

8:00 A.M to 10:30 A.M and 5:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M

Temple Telephone Number:

98437 96544

Temple Address:

Sri Kailasanathar Temple,

Thenthiruperai,

Tirunelveli District.-628 621.