Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kodi Kuzhagar Temple, Kodiakkarai, Nagapattinam

Kodi Kuzhagar Temple, Kodiakkarai, Nagapattinam
Kuzhagar Temple or Kodi Kuzhagar Temple (also called Amirthakadeswarar Temple) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in the town of Kodikkarai in TamilnaduIndia. Kuzhagar is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, theTevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. Kuzhagar temple is originally believed to have been built by the Cholas and it has several inscriptions dating back to the Chola period.


The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and three yearly festivals on its calendar. The annual Brahmotsavam (prime festival) is attended by thousands of devotees from far and near. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu. This is the 244th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva sthalam and 127th Shiva Temple on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha nadu. 


Sundarar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Kodi Kuzhagar Temple at Kodikarai is close to the main road. As it is surrounded by the forest area, not many houses are seen around this area. Saivaite Saint Sundarar refers to the loneliness of this place in his Thevaram Padhigam sung on the Lord. The Temple has a Rajagopuram in the front and one prakaram around the sanctum. Anjanakshi Sametha Amirthakateshwarar (Kodi Kuzhagar) temple of Kodikarai has a Subramanya shrine in the prakaram where the Lord holds Amrutha kalasa in one of his hands. Saint Arunagirinatha has sung Thirupugazh in praise of this Moorthi.


Etymology
The town Kodikkarai is named after Kuzhagar, the presiding deity of the Kuzhagar Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The 7th century Saiva canonical work Tevaram by Sundarar & Tirugnanasambandar mentions the place as Kuzhagar Kovil.


Legends
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History
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Worship & Religious Practices
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Singers
Saint Tirugnana Sambandar and Sundarar had sung the glory of the Lord of the temple in their Thevaram hymns. Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of Lord Muruga of this temple in his celebrated Thirupugazh hymns.  
Prayers
People pray to Lord for wedding, child boon and for excellence in education. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Contact
Sri Kodi Kuzhagar Koil-Amudha Kadeswarar Koil,
Kodiakadu-614 821, Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91 - 4369 272 470
Connectivity
Kodaikadu 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. 

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