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


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.


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.