Kodi Kuzhagar Temple, Kodiakkarai, Nagapattinam – The Temple
Kuzhagar temple complex has three prakarams (outer courtyard) and a five-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway tower). The central shrine faces east and holds the image of Kuzhagar (Shiva) in the form of lingam made of granite. The granite images of the deities Ganesha (son of Shiva and god of wisdom), Murugan (son of Shiva and god of war), Nandi (the bull and vehicle of Shiva) and Navagraha (nine planetary deities) are located in the hall leading to the sanctum.
As in other Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu, the first precinct or the walls around the sanctum of Kuzhagar has images of Dakshinamurthy (Shiva as the Teacher), Durga (warrior-goddess) and Chandikeswarar (a saint and devotee of Shiva). The second precinct is surrounded by granite walls.
While churning the milk ocean for the Nectar, the demons created a wild hurricane. God of Wind Vayu Bhagwan controlled the tempest. When the Nectar spilled, Lord Subramania (Muruga) held it in a Kalasa-vessel. He appears in this temple with the Nectar-Kalasa. People pray to him for longevity.
Though a Lord Shiva temple, all prominence goes to Lord Muruga. Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of Lord Muruga of this temple in his celebrated Thirupugazh hymns. Sthala Vriksham is Kura Maram and Sthala Theertham is Agni Teertham (ocean) and well known as Amudha Kinaru.
This is a very ancient temple. Mother Maiyar Thadangani appears all merciful. Navagrahas in the temple are on a straight line against the traditional pattern of being in a circular form facing different directions.
It is believed that the Navagrahas in the temple are on a straight line witnessing the wedding posture of Lord Shiva with Mother. The Navagrahas are in a single line as in Tiruvarur. Kodaikadu being a jungle area, there is a jungle custodian deity praised as Sookadu Kizhal.