Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rudra Koteeswarar Temple, Chaturvedimangalam, Sivaganga

Rudra Koteeswarar Temple, Chaturvedimangalam, Sivaganga
Rudra Koteeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Chaturvedimangalam in Sivaganga District of Tamilnadu. Presiding deity is called as Rudra Koteeswarar and Mother is called as Atma Nayaki. Sthala Viruksham is Lime Tree. Theertham is Surya and Chandra Theertham. Historically this place was called as Mattiyur. During the Tamil months Aavani and Masi, Sun God worships Lord Shiva for a week by placing his rays on Lord. 

Legends
During a debate between sage Durvasa and Brahmma on the procedures of a yajna, the former cursed the latter. For relief from the curse, Brahmma travelled through many places on earth to worship Lord Shiva. He met Sage Angirasa. As suggested by the sage, Brahmma installed a Shiva Linga in this place and got relieved from the curse. He also married Mother Saraswathi, Goddess of Wisdom with Lord Shiva as witness. 10 million Rudras (one crore) attended this function and worshipped Lord Shiva here. They also assist Brahmma in his creation job. They worshipped Lord with all abishek. As Lord Shiva was worshipped by one crore Rudras, He is praised as Rudrakoteeswarar.
The Temple
There is a hill near this place called Aravan Malai in the form of a snake.  It is said that Brahmma, is in this hill form to worship Lord Shiva forever. Siddhi Vinayaka adores this temple with its 5 tier Rajagopuram. Dosa, a popular dish of Tamilnadu is the nivedhana to Lord. This is the place where princes Lava and Kusha (Lord Rama’s sons) performed the Aswamedha Yajna. 
The place qualifies the five aspects of Murthy, Sthala reputation, Theertham, Sacred Tree and Sacred Bird. Ten million Rudras worshipped Lord Shiva here; hence prayer in this temple ensures total salvation to the devotee from the cycle of births and deaths. 
Lord Sarabeswarar graces from a separate shrine, whom devotees pray for noble successive generations and removal of hardships in families. Nandhi is big in size.  Navagrahas are in sitting form. During the months of Aavani (August-September) and Masi (February-March) the rays of Sun fall on the Lord for a week. The place was originally offered as Dhanam (donation) to Scholars of Four Vedas – Chatur Vedas, hence called Chatuvedi Mangalam.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Festivals
10 day Masi Brahmotsavam is grandly celebrated in the temple. Devotees can perform special pujas in Tamil Margazhi month –December-January.
Singers
The temple is praised by Saint Muthu Vaduga Chithar in his hymns.
Prayers
People pray here for child boon and relief from ailments. Devotees perform abishek to Mother on full moon days and light lamps, and offer bangle contribution. For Lord Sarabeswara, devotees offer pulse porridge nivedhana.
Contact
Sri Rudrakoteeswarar Temple,
Chaturvedimangalam, Sivaganga District
Phone: +91 – 4577 – 246170 / 242981
Mobile: +91 – 94431 91300 / 98420-82048
Connectivity
Chatur Vedha Mangalam is a historical place located 6 km east of Singampunari and 17 km west of Thirupputhur. This village comes under Kundrakudi Adikalar Devasthanam. Buses running between Dindigul and Tirupathur pass through this place. Nearest Railway Station is located at Karaikudi and Sivaganga. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.

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