Sunday, December 4, 2016

Korukkai Veeratteswarar Temple – The Temple

Korukkai Veeratteswarar Temple – The Temple
The main Raja Gopuram of this temple is of five storey and two prakarams. Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Veeratteswarar, facing west and his consort, Gnanambikai Amman facing south side. Sthala Vinayakar is known as Kurukkai Vinayakar seen in separate sanctum to outer prakaram. The hands of Vinayakar are small in size. Sthala Vriksham is known as Kadukkai tree. Teertham is soola Teertham in front of the temple. This temple covers an area of about 2.5 acres. The temple has two towers facing west with 2 prakarams. Stucco images related to legends connected with the Sthalapuranam here are seen inside the temple.


There is a pit 200 meters from the temple which is referred as "Viboothi Kuttai" in Tamil. As per the legend, it was here Manmathan was burnt to ashes by Lord Shiva. White ash is found in this pit and has the distinct odour of holy ash, or Vibhuthi. The surrounding areas have red coloured mud or sand. The main Ganesha in this temple is known as Kurungai Vinayakar, probably derived from the name of this village. On the top of Main sanctum of Lord Siva, we see sculptures of Lord Siva as Yogeeswarar, Poorani Ammai, Manmathan and Rathi.

As we go around we see Sthala Vriksham at the back of the temple. Here under the sthala Vriksham we see small nandi, in a small mandapam, facing Lord Siva. This is something unique in this place. Natarajar’s Sabha here is known as Kamanaganasini Sabha and the Taandavam here is Veera Nadanam. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple. Puthrakameshti Yaga is performed in the temple by those seeking child boons. Lord is praised as Yogeshwara. 

As Lord is in meditation forever, it is difficult to have his darshan. It is not possible to have the darshan when one desires it. Some obstacle would intervene. A devotee, lucky enough to have darshan when he plans, would be blessed with the power of penance, it is believed. Lord forgives anyone praying to him for sins committed unintentionally and unknowingly. The Vimana above Lord Kurungai Ganapathi is of Gajapushta design. People seek remedies for effects of past births, seek child boon and celebrate their 70th birthdays in the temple. Those surrendering at the feet of Lord Yogeshwara get back their lost properties. They are freed from lust and enmity qualities. 

Cupid-Manmatha, the deity of love and lust was burnt here and had a rebirth in this place. Of the eight places known as Atta Veera Sthalas of Lord Shiva, this is the place where cupid-Manmatha was burnt; hence Lord is praised as Kama Dahana Murthy. He appears in a sitting posture with his left leg folded, right hanging down, right hand assuring his devotees – with Abhaya Mudra – and the left hand on the left leg.  It is worthy to note the places linked with the history of this temple in Kurukkai. This is the place where Manmatha attempted to disturb the penance of Lord.  Kanganam Puthur is the place where he decided to disturb the penance of Lord Shiva and tied the vow thread in his hand. He drank the milk at Palakudi. 

Manmatha took his bow at Villinur and aimed at the Lord at Kavalamedu. Those who followed him at Ivanallur suggested action from here. As the place was not suitable, Manmatha came to Mettu Korkai and tried directions. Finally, he applied the arrow on Lord from a corner. There is a lotus flower design in the Avudaiyar-the seat or peeta on which the Linga is placed. Rathi and Manmatha are in the temple as procession deities. The place has the reputation of Sage Theerthavagu bringing Holy Ganga for the consecration of the temple. The sacred tank popularly called Soola Theertham in front of the temple is considered as holy as the Ganges.

It was renovated by the Adeenakarthar of the Dharmapura Adheenam. There are several stone inscriptions here giving valuable information about the temple. There is a separate shrine for Sri Durga Parameswari Amman. Poojas are performed four times daily by hereditary Brahmin priests according to the principles of the Agama Sastras. The temple own a Rishabam, a peacock, a swan, a bandicoot and a parrot vahanam all made of wood. 

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