Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kooram Koorathazhwar Temple, Kanchipuram

Kooram Koorathazhwar Temple, Kanchipuram
Kooram Koorathazhwar Temple has two parts one dedicated to Adi Kesava Perumal and the second part dedicated to Koorathalwar. The Temple is located in a small village named "Kooram" and this village is about 8 - 9 Kms away from Kanchipuram and is the birth place of Koorathazhwar, A.D 1008.









Legends
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The Temple
The temple has two parts one dedicated to Adi Kesava Perumal and the second part dedicated to Koorathalwar. The temple dedicated to Koorathalwar was the place where his residence was located around 1000 years ago. The first part of the temple is the main portion, it faces the eastern direction. The sanctum sanctorum has the idols of Adi Kesava Perumal with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.







All are found in the standing posture. As usual, the sub shrine of Garuda, flag post and Balipeetham are located facing the sanctum. The sanctum has just one prakara (corridor). The prakara has the sub shrines of the Goddess Pankajambal, Andal, and Chakarathalwar with Narasimha on his back and Hanuman. The sub shrine of Desikan is found separately at the exterior side of the temple. A small idol of Hanuman is also located here.








The second part of the temple belongs to Koorathalwar. The sanctum sanctorum has the idol of Koorathalwar in the sitting posture. The prakara surrounding the sanctum has a lot of paintings depicting his life. The bronze Utsava idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman, which are believed to be around 1000 years old and were worshiped by the parents of Koorathalwar, are also placed along with his idol in the sanctum sanctorum.








It is believed that the room where he was born was converted into his shrine. This portion of the temple has many sub shrines such as Pillai Lokacharya, Manavala Mamunigal, Ramanujar, Parasara Pattar, Senai Mudali, Nammalvar and Tirumangai Alwar. Although the temple is supposed to be ancient, it is entirely renovated and it is hard to find any heritage sign.







Festivals
·        Chittirai - Sri Udayavar Satrumarai
·        Vaikasi - Pradhishtaa Utsavam for 3 days, Nammalvar and Parasara Bhattar Satrumarai
·        Aani - Sri Sudharsana Jeyanthi Utsavam
·        Aadi - Thiru Aadippooram Utsavam
·        Aavani - Sri Jeyanthi Utsavam
·        Purattasi - Maha Navami Serthi Utsavam
·  Iyppasi - Sri Manavala Maa Munigal, Vishwaksenar, Pillai Lokacharyar Satrumarai
·       Kaarthigai - Thiru Mangai Alwar Satrumarai, Thirukarthigai Deepa Utsavam
·   Maargazhi - Maargazhi Utsavam, Bhogi serthi, Azhwan's Thiru Nakshathiram – Hastham
·        Thai - Azhwan Utsavam for 13 days
·        Maasi - Dhavana Utsavam
Connectivity
Kooram is around 10 kms from Kanchipuram and 77 kms from Chennai. Coming from Chennai on the Bangalore highway, continue going straight after the left turn indicating route to Kanchipuram to reach a flyover. Go below the flyover and take the right turn below the bridge. Then take a left to cross the railway line and continue to reach Kooram. Another route is to go across the flyover and then take a right turn for Kooram.

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