Kurumanakkudi Kannayiram Udayar Temple, Nagapattinam
Kurumanakkudi Kannayiram Udayar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Kurumanakkudi in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is also known as Kannarkovil. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Kannayiram Udayar and Kannayiranathar. His consort is Murugu Valar Kothai Naayaki. 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. This is the 71st Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 17th sthalam on the north side of River Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Saint Manickavasagar, divine poet Sekkizhar and Vadalur Ramalinga Swamigal had worshipped the Lord in this temple.
Indira the king of Devas desired to have Akalika, wife of sage Gautama. To realize his illegal wish, he came to his Ashram in the guise of the sage himself. He also made a trick to send the sage out of the hermitage. Akalika too, though knowing that the visitor was not her husband, yielded to Indira. Meantime, the sage returned home and understood what was happening. Indira immediately took the form of a cat and tried to escape. Angry Sage cursed Indira to have the female organ throughout his body.
He cursed Akalika to become a stone. When Akalika begged the sage for relief, he said that her curse will end on the day when the feet of Lord Sri Rama touched her stone form. Indira went to Brahmma and narrated his sad story and sought a remedy. Lord Brahmma advised him to worship Lord Shiva in Kurumanakudi. Indira had a dip in the spring and worshipped the Lord. The ugly sign in the body changed into 1000 beautiful eyes which Lord accepted. Hence, Lord is named Kan Ayiram (1000 eyes) Udayar.
Presiding Deity is called as Kannayariamudayar / Kannayiranathar, / Sahasranetheswarar and Mother is called as Muruguvalarkothai / Sugunthakunthalambigai. Rishabaroodar, Vinayagar, Valli Deivayanai Samedha Subramaniyar are in sudhai Sirpam in the entrance arch. Sannadhi for Siddhi Vinayagar, Naalvar, Kanni Vinayagar, Gajalakshmi (in place of Arumugam), Bairavar, Sanibhagavan, and Chandran are located in this Temple. Narthana Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbhavar, Brahma, Durgai, Sandeswarar are located in the koshtam. Sannadhi for Kudavarai Vinayagar, Bala Dhandayuthapani are located in the front entrance of the Temple.
Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. This has been designed in such a way that the Vimanam and the presiding deity can be viewed simultaneously from a vantage point. The main shrine enshrines Shiva in the form of a Lingam with cavities symbolic of the Sahasra Netra / Kannayiram Udaiyar (Aayiram Kan – thousands of eyes) that constitute the name of the presiding deity. The niches are adorned with images of Narthana Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhava, Bhrama and Durga. There are shrines to Ganesha in bas relief and to Skanda on either side of the mandapam enshrining the deity.
There are sub shrines to Gajalakshmi, Subramanya, Bhairava, Saneeswara and Chandra. Outside of the shrine to the consort of Shiva – Sugandha kundala Ambaal are images personifying the 12 zodiac signs. Five worship services are offered each day. People who suffer with eye problems and also people who would like to come out of illegal relationship problems should come and pray here. Sthala Vriksham is Sarakondrai and Theertham is Indra Theertham tank located across the temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Besides the Brahmotsavam festival in Karthikai Somavara-Monday in November-December, all festivals related to Shiva worship are celebrated in the temple.
Saint Gnanasambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 17th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.
Those seeking child boon are advised to offer Milk and fruit nivedhana during the Arthajama Puja and do feeding for results. Those suffering from vision problems light deepas-lamps in the temple. The zodiac signs are inscribed above the Ambica Shrine. Those facing problems due to the planetary movements according to their horoscopes perform kumkum archana to Mother Murugu Valar Kothai Nayaki for removal of the adverse effects. Also, this is the temple for those seeking removal of obstacles in wedding proposals.
Sri Kannayiram Udayar Temple,
Kurumanakudi (Tiru Kannar Kovil) – 609 117,
Kondathur Post, Tharangampadi Taluk,
Mobile: +91- 94422 58085
Kurumanakudi is 3 km from Kathiramangalam on the Mayiladuthurai - Vaitheeswaran Koil route. This Shivastalam is located at a distance of 6 kms from Vaitheeswaran Kovil. From Vaitheeswaran koil travel for about 2 kms towards Mayiladuthurai and then turn left towards Pagasalai for further 4 kms to reach the temple. Buses are available from Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Vaitheeswaran Koil and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.