Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Keezhaiyur Kadaimudinathar Temple, Nagapattinam

Keezhaiyur Kadaimudinathar Temple, Nagapattinam
Kadaimudinathar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Keezhaiyur in Nagapattinam district of TamilnaduIndia. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Kadaimudinathar. His consort is Abirami. It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar. Since the place contained 7 villages once, this is also called Ezhur.

This Shivastalam is located near Tiruninriyur, which is located close to Ananda Tandavapuram. Tirunanipalli, another Shivastalam is located close by. This is the 72nd Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 18th sthalam on the north side of river Cauvery in Chozha nadu. Thiruganasambhandar has sung hymns in praise the Lord Shiva of this temple.
Legends
Due to his pride, Lord Brahmma incurred the curse of Lord Shiva. For relief, he performed Shiva Puja in many places including this place. Lord Shiva granted darshan to Brahmma under this Kiluvai tree. When Brahmma sought pardon and relief, Lord told him that the relief would come to Brahmma at an appropriate time. As requested by Brahma, Lord Shiva stayed in this place. Sage Kanva also worshipped Shiva in this place and attained salvation.

The Temple
Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Swayambu linga known as Kadaimudinathar is facing south with Abhiramavalli Amman facing west. Adhi Murthy of the temple Lord Kiluvai Nathar is under Kiluvai tree in the prakara. There is also a Nandhi before him. Lord Subramania with his consorts Valli and Deivanai is in a shrine in the prakara. Sri Vinayaka of the temple is worshipped as Lord Kadaimudi Vinayaka.

The temple is facing west.  Cauvery flows westward. As Lord Shiva protects the world even during the Maha Pralaya time-the uprising of the rivers and oceans destroying the world, He is praised as Kadai Mudi Nathar – Lord rescuing beings even on the ending day, according to sthala Puranas. Shiva Linga has 16 stripes known as Sodasa Linga. Wealth is classified under 16 heads; hence it is believed that those worshipping Kadaimudi Nathar will achieve all the wealth.

The Navagrahas in the prakara are on a hexagonal avudaiyar seat facing right side. The planets are not in a regular line. They are looking front and back to each other. Lord Dakshinamurthy has a ring only in one ear. The other is plain. Lord Bhairava too has a ring only in one ear. Mother Abhirami is all merciful. Her shrine is facing south with an entrance. 

Woman awaiting marriage use to tie Mangalsutra to her for early wedding. When marriage proposals conclude happily, they take back the mangalsutra, tie it on their neck, worship her and leave it then again with Mother. Their belief is that doing so would ensure the longevity of their Mangalsutras till the end of their life. River Cauvery flows north and then west here. Sthala Vriksham is Kiluvai Tree and Theertham is Kadaimudi Theertham.

Inscriptions in this West facing temple from Vikrama Chola's period refer to the deity here as Tiruchchadaimudi Udaiya Mahadevar. Inscriptions from the period of Nandivarman Pallava III are found in this temple. Several inscriptions from the period of Parantaka I are also found here. An image of Ardhanareeswarar discovered near the temple (suggesting that the stone structure was erected during the days of Aditya Chola I) is now preserved in the Chennai Government Museum.

The looping of the river Kaveri, in an almost westward flow is considered to be of significance here.
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.
Festivals
Four worship services are offered each day. Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Arudra Dharisanam are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Singers
Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar. This is the 18th Shiva temple on the northern banks of Cauvery.
Prayers
Majority of the devotees seek wedding boon in this temple. Others come to seek the pardon of Lord for wrongs committed by them. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Contact
Sri Kadaimudi Nathar temple,
Shivan Koil Street, Keelaiyur - 609 304,
Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91 - 4364 - 283 261 / 283 360
Mobile: +91 - 94427 79580 / 9095120653
Connectivity
This temple is situated at Keezhaiyur which is on the Mayiladuthurai - Poompuhar route. The temple is about 2 Kms from Keezhaiyur bus stop. One can also reach Keezhaiyur from Sirkazhi by travelling upto Poompuhar and then taking the road to Mayiladuthurai from there. Keezhaiyur is 12 km from Mayiladuthurai and 2 kms from Semponar koil. Buses are available only at specific hours from Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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