Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thiruvilanji Kumarar Temple, Ilanji, Thirunelveli

Thiruvilanji Kumarar Temple, Ilanji, Thirunelveli
Thiruvilanji Kumarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Murugan located at Ilanji in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Ilanji is located at about 5 Kms West of Tenkasi en route Sengottai, 5 Kms north of Courtrallam and 5 Kms from Sengottai. Arunagirinathar has revered this shrine in his Thiruppugazh hymns. 





This temple is believed to have been visited the mythological saint Agastya. Although, this ancient temple is considered as Kumaran temple (Murugan aka Kumaran - the son of Lord Shiva) nowadays, it is originally the temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is located amidst a lush green locale and a mere visit to the temple surrounding is so pleasing.





Legends
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Pooja Timings
Pooja Timings
Thiruvanathal Pooja
6.30 a.m.
Udhayamarthandam Pooja
7.00 a.m.
Kaala Shanthi Pooja
9.00 a.m.
Uchchi Kaala Pooja
12.00 Noon.
Sayaratchai Pooja
6.00 p.m.
Arthasama Pooja
8.00 p.m.
Festivals
Six worship services are offered each day here. The procession bearing Skanda stops at the Kutralanathar shrine to receive offerings during the annual Brahmotsavams. Skanda Sashti is celebrated in great splendour here. During this festival, Subramanyar is portrayed as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Maheshwara, Sadasivan and finally again on Shiva on the 6 days of this festival. The final day of this festival involves the enactment of Surasamharam.
This portrayal is tied to the legend that Subramanya here manifested himself as the trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - when asked by the sages Kapila, Kashyapa and Durvasa the question as to who was the greatest among the trinity. Chittirai Vishu (Tamil New Year’s Day) and Karthikai asterism in the month of Aadi are also celebrated here.
10 day Chithirai festival in April-May; Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November; Thai Poosam in January-February; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aadi Kruthikai in July-August; Aavani Pavithra Utsavam in August-September; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Maha Shivaratri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Singers
The glory of Lord Ilanji Kumarar – Muruga is praised by Saint Arunagirinathar in his Thirupugazh hymns. Ilanji Murugan Ulaa and the Kutralanathar Purana speak of the glory of this temple. Several other literary works also speak of the glory of this shrine.
Prayers
Devotees pray for wedding, child boon, development of business and for family welfare and prosperity. Realizing their wishes, devotees offer hair (tonsuring), perform special abishek, archanas and carry Kavadis. Those who are blessed with a child offer them in adoption symbolically and receive the child back.
Contact
Arulmigu Thiruvilanji Kumarar Temple,
Ilanji - 627 805,
Thirunelveli District
Phone: +91 4633 283201 / 226400 / 223029
Mobile: +91 9965670975
Email: elanchieo@gmail.com
Connectivity
Ilanji is located at about 5 Kms West of Tenkasi en route Sengottai, 5 Kms north of Courtrallam, 5 Kms from Sengottai, 65 Kms from Thirunelveli, 162 Kms from Madurai and 104 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. There are two stops namely Chowkai (buses not going via Courtrallam from Tenkasi to Sengottai stops here) and West Ilanji bus stop (buses going via Courtrallam from Tenkasi to Sengottai stops here) located at the North and South extremes of the village. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sengottai and Tenkasi. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

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