Kalyanasundareswarar Temple, Tiruvelvikudi, Nagapattinam
Kalyanasundareswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Tiruvelvikudi in the Kuthalam taluk of Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. The presiding deity is Kalyanasundareswarar and the consort is Parimala Sugantha Nayaki. Hymns have been composed in praise of the temple by Sambandar and Sundarar in the Thevaram. Sundarar is believed to have bathed in the Agni theertham at this spot to cure himself.
Tiruvelvikudi was also the place where Shiva granted half of his body to Parvathi making Tiruvelvikudi the birthplace of the Ardhanarisvara cult. This is the 77th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 23rd sthalam on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
The Lord in this temple is facing east and is in the form of Suyambu Linga (formed of its own). As this place has the reputation of being the wedding venue of Lord, it is called as Tiruvelvikudi. The ritual Kanganatharanam was performed to Eswari, this place is also called as Kouthuka Bandhana Shetram. This temple was built 1500 years before. This is a small temple closely associated with Tiruthuruthi, about 3 kilometers away. This Shivastalam is at a distance of 5 km from the Kuthalam railway station near Mayiladuthurai.
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The presiding deity is Kalyanasundareswarar and the consort is Parimala Sugantha Nayaki. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy facing east blessing devotees. This temple is located in the center of the city with four discriminations like Sanctum, Artha mantapam, Maha mantapam, Yeduthukatti mantapam and two courtyards.
Dwarabalagars are seen with 4 hands at the entrance of Artha mantapam. In the first courtyard, Lord Thenmuga, Valanchuzhi Vinayagar, Subramaniar with valli and Deivanai, Kothandaramar, Gajalakshmi, Vishnu, Durgai, Sangeswarar are present.
Goddess is facing south in the first courtyard. This place has the reputation of being the wedding venue of Lord, so there is no shrine for Navagrahas and no temple tree. Lord himself is sitting in the Easanya – north east corner. This temple has 3 tiers Gopuram (Tower) with 2 prakarams.
The images of Ganapathi, Agasthiar, Nataraja, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhavar, Chandrasekhara and Ardhanareeswarar adorn the outer walls of the main sanctum. Inscriptions from the period of Sembian Mahadevi and Rajaraja Cholan and Parantaka Cholan have been found in this temple.
The temple is facing east. In artha mandapam Sculptures of Agasthiyar, Natarajar and Pillayar (Pillayar is doing prayer for Lord Shiva's Velvi Completion) are located. Sudhai Sirpam of Kalayana Sundareswarar and Parvathy are located in a separate Sannadhi, looks very beautiful. There are two Bairavars facing Moolavar.
During Velvi, Thakkan send birds to disturb, but dwarapalakars made them as ring and wear as ear ring which is not available in any other temples. Theerthams associated with this temple are Mangala Theertham and Gouthugabandhana (Ganganam) theertham.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Four worship services are offered each day here; Arudra Dharisanam, Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The temple is praised by saints Sambandar and Sundarar in their Thevaram hymns. This is the 23rd Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns. This place is sung by Saivite saints along with the praise of Kuthalam in their hymns also known as Tiruthuruthi.
In Kuthalam Tiruthuruthi hymn there were 17 songs sung about this temple. It was written that this God resides in Tiruvelvikudi in the morning and in Kuttalam in the evening.
Those facing delays in marriage due to planetary adversities, pray here lighting 48 lamps for relief. A yajna is conducted in the temple on full moon days from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. especially for those facing delays in marriage. Men and women having this problem are advised to participate in the proceedings. Realizing their wish, they perform abishek and archanas and express their gratitude to Lord and Mother.
Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple,
Tiruvelvikudi, Kuthalam Post-609 801,
Phone: +91-4364-235 462
This temple is located near Thirumananjeri, another Paadal Petra Sthalam. It is situated at a distance of 3 Kms from Kuthalam which is on the Mayiladuthurai - Kumbakonam road. Bus services to Tiruvelvikudi and Thirumananjeri are available from Mayiladuthurai. By engaging an auto at Kuthalam, one can visit all the 4 temples viz., Tiruthuruthi, Tiruvelvikudi, Tiruedhirkolpadi and Thirumananjeri easily within half a day.
Reach Anjaru from Kuthalam and then travel ½ km to reach Tiruvelvikudi. Bus services are available between Kumbakonam and Kuthalam, bus services and share auto services are available between Kuthalam and Anjaru. Tiruvelvikudi is 1.5 km from Kuthalam near Mayiladuthurai. The place can be reached from Mayiladuthurai and Kumbakonam also. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kuthalam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy