Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chozheeswaram Udayar Temple, Ilamkadambanur, Perumkadambanur, Nagapattinam

Chozheeswaram Udayar Temple, Ilamkadambanur, Perumkadambanur, Nagapattinam
Chozheeswaram Udayar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Ilamkadambanur Village near Perumkadambanur in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Chozheeswaram Udayar and Mother is called as Soundarya Nayaki. Utsavar is Somaskandar and Sivakami in this Temple. Sthala Vriksham is Vanni Tree.

Legends
Daksha began a Maha Yagna with all pride ignoring Lord Shiva but invited all Deva with the willful intention of humiliating him. Though his daughter Dhakshayani advised him again and again, Daksha was adamant. Unable to bear the disrespect to her Lord, Dhakshayani fell in the Yagna fire and ended herself.  Knowing the news, Lord Shiva deputed Veerabadra to destroy the Yagna. The Devas, who were silent about the wrong committed by Daksha had to incur the wrath of Lord Shiva. Asuras the demons re-emerged and began to harass the Devas under the leadership of Surapadma.
Lord Brahmma along with Lord Narayana and crores of Devas surrendered at the feet of Lord Shiva for freedom from the demons. Lord Shiva created Lord Muruga through the sparks from his forehead eye for the destruction of Asuras. Devout son Arumuga-Muruga set out to face and got the leaf shaped weapon from Mother Vel Nadunkanni at the place known as Chikkal.  Muruga destroyed the demons but had to incur the Veerakathi Dosha. Lord Shiva suggested the Parikara pujas.
Accordingly, Lord Muruga performed penance at Padarivana doing Panchalinga, Dwaralinga pujas. Lord Muruga worshipped Mother Anju (Pancha or Five) Vattathu Amman at Kilvelur, with a Vinayaka made of turmeric.  Secondly, he bathed in the Padala Ganga and worshipped Lord Kailasanatha.  Thirdly, he created Sivaganga spring and worshipped Lord Gangalanathar.  Fourthly, he worshipped Lord Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshi and fifthly and finally, he worshipped Lord Chozheeswarar with Mother Soundaryanayaki in this holy place, Ilamkadambanur.
The Temple
Lord Shiva in this temple is a swayambu in the form of a shell – Chozhi in Tamil. Presiding Deity is called as Chozheeswaram Udayar and Mother is called as Soundarya Nayaki. Utsavar is Somaskandar and Sivakami in this Temple. Sthala Vriksham is Vanni Tree. This is an east facing temple with a 3 tier Rajagopuram. It also has Vinayaka near the flag post. Lord Pradhana Vinayaka is on the right side of Lord Shiva. On the left is the shrine for Mother Soundarya Nayaki.  
Sri Valampuri Vinayaka, Mother Shiva Durga, Lord Chandikeswara, Lord Dakshinamurthy are in their respective shrine in the inner prakara.  Lord Bhairava, Pidari, Aiyanar, Navagrahas, Sani Bhagwan and Sun have their own respective shrines in the temple. The temple is one among the five – Pancha Kadamba Sthalas. This is the place from where Lord Muruga relieved himself from the Veerakathi dosha.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m
Festivals
Besides Shiva related monthly special pujas, the temple celebrates Vaikasi Visakam in May-June and a festival called Eka Dina day.
Prayers
As the place happens to be one to seek remedies for various doshas – problems – devotees throng the temple for solutions. Realizing their wishes, devotees offer whatever they could for the temple pujas and festivals.
Contact
Sri Chozheeswaram Udayar – Soundarya Nayaki Temple,
Ilamkadambanur, Perumkadambanur Post,
Nagapattinam District – 611 108
Mobile: +91 8608717822
Connectivity
The temple is 6 km from Azhiyur on the Tiruvarur – Nagoor route. It is 6 km far on the ECR Nagai road running via Chellur. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagoor and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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