Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mohaideen Andavar Mosque, Thirukkalachery, Nagapattinam

Mohaideen Andavar Mosque, Thirukkalachery, Nagapattinam
Mohaideen Andavar Mosque in Thirukkalachery  is located in Mosque Street (also called Pallivasal Street; Pallivasal in Tamil means "mosque"). This mosque got its name when it was originally built in the land donated by local philanthropist in 1936 and through donations from Indian immigrants from Malaya (now Malaysia) and French Indochina (now Vietnam). Donations were collected mainly by Pitchai Ghani Rawuthar and Ave Mohamed Yusuf (both now deceased).

This mosque was then re-built in 1990 by Ave Mohamed Yusuf's son, Ave Abdul Hameed with his own funds without any donations from the public. However, Ave Abdul Hameed's son Ave Abdul Bachir had said that he had donated US $100,000 (approximately equivalent to about 4 Million Indian Rupees then) in a single payment from Switzerland towards the reconstruction of this mosque. No other reliable donation details within the Ave's family or his other children were available while he was still alive after the construction of this mosque.
This mosque still retains the name Mohaideen Andawar Mosque or Mohaideen Andawar Jamea Masjid. This is one of the biggest mosques (with a unique large dome similar like Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia) in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu.

Kumaran Temple, Nagapattinam

Kumaran Temple, Nagapattinam
Sri Kumaran Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Murugan located at Neela South Street in Nagapattinam Town. Presiding Deity is called as Meikanda Moorthy.

Legends
Lord Murugan curing his devotee from Leprosy:
One Alagumuthu was serving in the temple as the security man. His service was unfortunately terminated as he developed leprosy. Stricken with poverty, he used to enter the temple secretly and prayed to Lord for relief. One day, before he left the temple, the doors were closed and he was trapped inside. He could not bear his hunger. Lord Muruga appeared before Alagumuthu, cured his disease completely and quenched his hunger. Lord also gifted Alagumuthu high proficiency in Tamil to sing poetries. Lord Muruga was known as Meikandamurthy.  In course of time, the temple came to be known as Kumaran Koil.
Anandarangam Pillai, Builder of this Temple:
Karmukeeswarar Temple being one of the 12 Shiva temples of Nagapattinam was on the banks of Uppanaru River. With the commandments of King Megarajan, pujas were regularly performed in the temple as per rules. In later years, the temple was dilapidated. Idols of the temple including that of Lord Muruga got buried under the soil. 
Lord Muruga appeared in the dream of one Anandarangam Pillai, who was serving under the British in Puducherry as Dubashi (person knowing English and the language of the soil – here Tamil and English) and told him of his lying under the soil in Nagapattinam.  He asked him to build a temple for him near the Kayaroganeswarar temple in South Street. Thus Kumaran Temple came into being.
Indira gifted his Iravadham to Lord Murugan on his Marriage:
It may be recalled that Indira gifted his Iravadham the white elephant to Lord Muruga on his wedding with Deivanai. In the place of the peacock, this elephant is installed before the shrine of Meikandamurthy-Lord Muruga. 
Prayer centre seeking wealth:
As Kubera too is installed in the temple, this is considered a prayer centre seeking wealth.
The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Meikanda Moorthy. There are shrines of Lord Vinayaka, Kubera, Mother Durga, Navagrahas the nine planets, Lord Viswanatha and Mother Visalakshi in the temple. Saint Arunagirinathar had sung the praise of the temple in his celebrated Thirupugazh. In the place of the peacock, this elephant is installed before the shrine of Meikandamurthy – Lord Muruga.


Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Festivals
Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Navarathri in September-October, 10 day Thaipoosam in January-February, Kubera Puja on Deepavali Day (Aipasi New Moon day) are the festivals observed in the temple.
Prayers
Devotees suffering from skin problems and leprosy pray in the temple and consume the water Prasad (Theertham) in the belief it cures them. Devotees perform milk abishek to Lord Muruga.
Contact
Sri Kumaran Tirukkovil,
Neela South Street,
Nagapattinam – 611 001
Mobile: +91 99941 98391 / 94429 29270
Connectivity
The temple is near the Nalukal Mandapam bus stop on the Nagapattinam-Thanjavur route. Town buses are available. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Kathirkama Baladhandayuthapani Temple, Kaivilancheri, Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam

Kathirkama Baladhandayuthapani Temple, Kaivilancheri, Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam
Kathirkama Baladhandayuthapani Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Murugan located at Kaivilancheri Village near Sirkazhi Town in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. This is the only Muruga temple in Tamilnadu that uses mangoes for the archana of Lord.

Legends
Places where great souls lived in penance with their thoughts settled with the Supreme Being become sacred after their life time. They offer boons to their devotees. One such great saint was Kathirkama Swamigal in Kaivilancheri in Sirkali. He had his initiation at the age of 12 from his Holiness Gnananandagiri Swamigal, stayed with him in Kathirkamam in Sri Lanka for quite a number of years. Returning to Tamilnadu, he built this temple with the alms he got from devotees. He used the water of Uppu River for the abishekam of Lord which was very salty. Surprisingly, the water became very sweet in due course after it began to be used for the abishek of Lord Muruga.  
The Temple
The presiding deity is praised as Kathirkama Baladhandayuthapani. The temple is a little off from the main road facing west. This is the only Muruga temple in Tamilnadu that uses mangoes for the archana of Lord. The temple is facing west. A Yantra is installed under the peeta of the presiding deity. This is praised as Jal Yantra. It is ever revolving. Next to the colourful entrance of the temple, there lies Mani Mandapam and Mahamandapam. Lord Chintamani Vinayaka graces the devotees at the centre of the Maha Mandapam adored with a Prayer Deepa (Prarthana Deepa), Peeta and Peacock.  

Presiding deity Lord Kathirkama Baladhandayuthapani graces the devotees from the sanctum sanctorum accompanied by Lord Chitrambala Vinayaka and Lord Perambala Vinayaka with all smile. Naalvar – celebrated four Saivite Saints, Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar – and Arunagiri Nathar are in their separate shrines. On the northern side are the shrines of Lord Nataraja and Mother Sivakami and Lord Venugopala Krishnan. Festival deity of Lord Muruga is housed in a separate shrine. The temple had been consecrated recently.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
The temple celebrates with elaborate grandeur Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November lasting six days.108 Milk pot abishek is offered to Lord Muruga on the Panguni Uthiram festival in March-April. Mango Archana is dedicated to Lord on the Vaikasi Visakam star day in May - June, and the fruits are offered as Prasad to devotees. Aval (Flakes) Payasam is the nivedhana to Lord on monthly Sashti days. Saravana Homa is performed on monthly Kruthika star days.
Prayers
Devotees pray to Lord for wedding and child boon, success in court cases, opportunity for foreign jobs and unity in families. Realizing their wishes, devotees light 155 deepas in the peeta set in the Mahamandapam.
Contact
Kathirkama Baladhandayuthapani Temple,
Kaivilancheri – 609111,
Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam District
Mobile: +91 98655 56488
Connectivity
Kaivilancheri is 1 km far from the new bus stand in Sirkali on the road to Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkali and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Kamakshi Maha Mari Amman Temple, Thenpathi, Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam

Kamakshi Maha Mari Amman Temple, Thenpathi, Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam
Kamakshi Maha Mari Amman Temple is located at Thenpathi near Sirkazhi town in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Sthala Vriksham is Vembu. In this temple She is named as Salai Karayal Kamakshi Mari Amman.


Legends
Powerful Kartha Veeryarjunan had 1000 hands, a commanding personality and the strength equal to Sun God. He even kept Ravana in captivity. He worshipped sage Thirisada and obtained Agni missile. He tried to capture the divine cow Kamadenu from Sage Jamadagni who treated him with all hospitality. He beheaded the sage and killed his sons and took away the cow violently. Parasurama who was not in the place then, returned back to the hermitage and learnt about the atrocities. He vowed to destroy the Kshatriya community for 27 generations and executed the pledge by killing them with his axe weapon.
When he cremated his father sage Jamadagni’s mortal remains, His mother Renuka Devi fell on the fire to join her husband.  Lord Shiva caused heavy rains to put off the fire and rescued Renuka Devi. Lord appeared before her and said that she was part of his Devi and that she was not an ordinary human woman. He said that she should stay in earth in the name of Mari Amman and protect her devotees.  Mari in Tamil means rain. Renukadevi was rescued by the rains, hence praised as Mari Amman.    
The Temple
Rajagopuram of the temple is facing east. The prakara – circular route – is broad enough for easy movement of the devotees.  A tall trident, flag post and the holy tree Vembu with Nagars underneath adore the temple. Lord Vinayaka, Uthirapathiar, Kathavarayan accompanied by Bommi, Aryamala, Chinnan, Muneeswarar, Karuppannasami, Pechi Amman and other deities grace the devotees.
It is habitual among the devotees to chase witchcraft and black magic evils with Amman worship. A great serpent statue is on the western prakara with Saptha Kannikas sitting around. During the Masi festival, special pujas are dedicated to Saptha Kannikas. Mother Maha Mari Amman blesses the devotees from the sanctum sanctorum in a sitting form with two hands.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. continuously.
Festivals
Aadi month of the Tamil calendar corresponding to July-August and Masi to February-March are the two months when great festivals are celebrated in the temple. 108 ovens are used to cook Pongal offering to Mother Amman. On the third Friday, 108 abisheks are offered to Amman with devotees bringing 108 Milk pots, 108 fruits, 108 types of Padayal-nivedhana. Everything dedicated to Amman that day shall be in 108 numbers. The Pongal is offered to devotees as Prasad. Special Homas are performed in the Mahamandapam on each Poornima-full moon day. Special abisheks are dedicated to Mother on the 10th day of Vaikasi (May-June)) festival: Huge number of devotees play Karakam on the day, carry Alagu Kavadi, milk pots, walk on the fire pit and submit their prayers. On the Uthara star days, special pujas are dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Uthirapathiar is worshipped with special pujas on the Masi Magam day (February-March).
Prayers
Majority of devotees throng the temple seeking child boon. Realizing their wishes, devotees offer new Saris to Amman. Devotees receive the Padayal food Prasad in their clothing and eat it in the temple itself hoping that they will get a child without fail.
Contact
Sri Kamakshi Maha Mari Amman Temple,
Sirkali, Thenpathi,
Nagapattinam District
Mobile: +91 – 9843680057 / 9865556488 / 9965640188
Connectivity
The temple is about half a kilometer far from the Sirkali new bus stand in Thenpathi on the Mayiladuthurai road. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkazhi and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Bhairavar Temple, Thagattoor, Nagapattinam

Bhairavar Temple, Thagattoor, Nagapattinam
Bhairavar Temple is a Hindu Temple located at Thagattoor in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. This is the only temple in Tamilnadu where Lord Bhairavanatha Swami graces from the sanctum sanctorum. Lord Bhairava graces in the temple as the presiding deity. There is also the idol of Sattainathar, the procession deity of the temple. Historically this place is called as Yandhirapuri.

Legends
Kalabhairava of Kasi settled here:
Lord Sri Rama decided to perform Shiva puja in Rameswaram to cleanse himself of the sin of killing Ravana in the Sri Lanka war. He sent Sri Anjaneya to Kasi to get him a Shivalinga from there. When he returned with the Linga, also came Lord Kalabhairava with him. Kalabhairava is the security God of temples. While closing the temples, the keys would be placed before Kalabhairava. Anyone attempting to even touch the key would meet with his end. Kalabhairava, who was in Kasi, came here and chose to stay in Thagattoor itself.
Birth of Bhairavar:
The book, Abhidana Chintamani speaks about the birth of Lord Bhairava. A demon, Tharukasuran performed penance and demanded Lord Shiva to bless him with immortality. Lord told him that everything born should meet with death one day and suggested that he may ask for one who could not cause him death. Agreeing, Tharukasuran asked that he could not be killed by anyone except by a woman. He thought that as man with high physical prowess, a woman cannot be able to kill him. He began his arrogant activities and the time for his end came. Devas of the celestial world appealed to Lord Shiva to protect them from the demon.
Mother Parvathi created a spark from the poison once devoured by Lord Shiva. It took the form of a woman. The poison was called Kalam; hence the woman was named Kali. Kali turned on the direction of Tharukasuran furiously. Her fury turned into fire and burnt the demon. Then the Kali converted the fire into a child, breast-fed it. Then Lord Shiva made Kali and the child enter his body, from which 8 children came out. Lord Shiva amalgamated the 8 into one and named it Bhairava.
Dog Vehicle:
Bull, Lion, elephant and peacock are attributed to Gods as their vehicles. Bhairava is given Dog as his vehicle. We can see dogs enjoying luxuries in some houses while many of them are attacked by people in the street. The philosophy behind this is that both good and bad should be submitted at the feet of the Lord as and when they occur to us. Dog is also called ‘Veda Gnani’ meaning that it is a knowledgeable creature.
The Temple
This is the only temple in Tamilnadu where Lord Bhairavanatha Swami graces from the sanctum sanctorum. Lord Bhairava graces in the temple as the presiding deity. The place, Thagattoor is a Tamil translation from the Sanskrit word Yantra made mainly of copper sheets with some diagrams. Traditionally Yantras as Sri Chakra are installed in temples and there is one such in this temple also. There is also the idol of Sattainathar, the procession deity of the temple.

As Lord Bhairava came with Sri Anjaneya, there are shrines for Lord Kasi Viswanathar, Mother Visalakshi. There are also shrines for Lord Ganapathy, Lord Subramaniya, Valli, Deivanai, Durga and Chandikeswara. There is also a tank before the temple. There is a shrine on one side of the tank for Rowther with Karuppayi and Kathayee. He is the guardian deity of the temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
10 day festival is celebrated in the temple following the Chitra Poornima – April-May. Special poojas are performed on Sundays Rahukalam time (4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.), Ashtami (8th day from new moon or full moon day) during the new moon time, Bhairavashtami during Karthikai (November-December). Also for relief from diseases, developing mental health and for realizing righteous desires, poojas are performed between 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on new moon period Ashtami days.
Prayers
Devotees pray for excellence in academic pursuit, removal of obstacles in marriage talks and for child boon. People perform special abishek and offer Vastras to Lord Bhairava.
Contact
Sri Bhairavar Temple,
Thagattoor, Nagapattinam district.
Phone: +91 – 4369 – 270 197 / 270 662
Connectivity
There is a village named Vayumedu on the bus route from Thanjavur to Vedaranyam running via Thiruthuraipoondi. The devotee should get down at Vayumedu. The temple is 2 km on the branch road from here. Auto and mini bus facility are available. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thanjavur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Ettukudi, Nagapattinam

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Ettukudi, Nagapattinam
Subramanya Swamy Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Murugan located at Ettukudi in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Saint Arunagiri Nathar has glorified this through his hymns. Main deity is Lord Siva in Lingam form as Soundara Nayakar and his consort known as Anandavalli Thayar. Vanmeega Chittar attained Samadhi here. Samadhi is seen under the Vanni Tree. Theertham of this Temple is Saravana Poigai. Sthala Vriksham is Vanni tree.

But importance is given to Lord Murugan here. This temple is between Thiruvaimur and Thirukkuvalai; both are Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalangals. This temple is famous for its Kaavadi procession. This temple is linked closely with the temples in Sikkal and Enkan Murugan Temples, through the legend that the images of Skanda in all three of these shrines were made by the same sculptor.

Legends
There once lived a sculptor in a village called Porulvaithaseri chanting ever the glory of Lord Muruga with Saravana Bhava mantra. He sculpted an idol of the Lord with six faces. Seeing the beauty of the idol, a jealous Chola king cut off the thumb of the sculptor so that he could not do another one for anybody. The sculptor moved to another village, enduring all the pain made out another one with equal beauty. The chieftain of the village saw this idol and enjoyed its beauty. While the idol was nearing completion rays of light flew from the idol and the peacock bearing Lord Muruga began to fly. The chieftain cried, jump and catch it meaning Ettipidi in Tamil. In the effort of catching it, the leg portion of the peacock was a little damaged. This idol was installed here. The name of the place came to be known as Ettipidi, changed to Ettikudi and finally stood as Ettukudi. The sculptor made a third idol also which was installed in Enkan. The first was installed in Sikkal, the second in Ettukudi. All the idols are similar in look. Lord Muruga in this temple appears in different forms to the eyes of the devotees depending on the imagination of their mind as a child, youth and an elderly person.

Etymology
The name Ettukkudi is derived from the fact that this shrine is surrounded by Shivastalams in all eight directions.

History
This temple dates around the 14th century and is in the architectural style of the Chola period built during the reign of a chieftain called Mutharasar.

The Temple
The temple has a huge pond in front and it is east facing with a small gopuram. The eastern gopuram leads to an outer praharam. Main deity is Lord Siva in Lingam form as Soundara Nayakar and his consort known as Anandavalli Thayar. Vanmeega Chittar attained Samadhi here. Samadhi is seen under the Vanni tree. Theertham of this Temple is Saravana Poigai. Sthala Vriksham is Vanni tree.

Other deities like Nardhana Ganapathy, Jurahareswarar, Srinivasa Soundarajan Perumal, Sani Bhagawan and Bairavar are located in the Prakaram. There is an ancient wooden car measuring 16 long and 16 widths at this temple. About 25 years before wheels and of the car were renovated. The temple car is taken on procession once in a year during Chithira Pournami festival.

Lord Muruga in this temple appears in different forms to the eyes of the devotees depending on the imagination of their mind as a child, youth and an elderly person. The Shanmukhar image is a monolithic Sculpture of Lord Muruga with 3 faces and 12 arms, seated on a Peacock facing towards North. The Sculpture is carved in such a way that the whole weight of the Sculpture is supported by the peacock's legs.

This temple is unique in that the head of peacock faces to the left, while in all other temples the face is to the right. The images of the two consorts of Murugan, Vali and Devayani, are on either side of deity. There are idols of the heroes who accompanied Lord Muruga for the war against Surapadma.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 4.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Festivals
Chitra Poornima (April-May) festival is celebrated for 10 days continuously. The temple will be opened on the previous day would not be closed till the following day of Poornima-full moon, when milk abishek would be performed continuously. Devotees would be thronging in thousands with their Milk Pot Kavadis – minimum 23,000. Skanda Sashti is celebrated for six days in Iyppasi (October-November) and Vishakham in Vaikasi (May-June) for a day. For the Ammai-Appa in the temple (Shiva and Shakti) Tiruvadhirai is celebrated in Margazhi (December-January). Kruthika is celebrated every month.
Karthigai festival is celebrated by performing Archanai, Paal Kaavadi and the presiding deity is taken on procession through the streets during night. Kandashasti festival is celebrated for 10 days during which procession of presiding deity takes place in the morning and Night. Soora Samharam is performed on the 6th day Divine wedding of Deivanai on 7th day Divine wedding of Valli on 8th day. Ollai chapparam festival is celebrated on 9th day. The temple day is kept open for continuous two days to facilitate devotees taking part in Paal Kaavadi abishekam and Archanai.
Prayers
The devotee is relieved of his/her sins when simply touching the Saravanapoihai water. Those suffering from fear complex, children in particular, gain confidence and courage as Lord Muruga appears as a Commander of the army taking his arrow from the chest on his back. The very majestic and heroic appearance of the Lord would make any coward a hero. When children hear the story of Lord Muruga defeating demon Sura from their parents, they shed fear and become optimistic in life, so is the faith of the people. Devotees perform Abhishekam and offer clothings to Lord Muruga as a token of their gratitude for his grace.
Contact
Arulmighu Subramaniaswamy Temple,
Ettukudi, Nagapattinam District – 610212
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 245 426
Connectivity
The temple is located at about 30 kms from Nagapattinam on the Thiruthuraipoondi Road and 28 Kms from Thiruvarur on Thiruvarur – Thiruthuraipoondi National Highway. It is located at distance of 19 kms from Thirukkuvalai. Frequent bus services are available. The bus from Thiruvarur to Vedaranyam passes through this Village. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy. 

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.

Bhoomeeswarar Temple, Kunnam, Nagapattinam

Bhoomeeswarar Temple, Kunnam, Nagapattinam
Bhoomeeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Kunnam Village in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Bhoomeeswarar and Mother is called as Aruna Vidruma Nayaki. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa Tree and Theertham is Chakkara Theertham. During the rule of the Cholas in this region having Poompuhar as their capital, a king Sangaman by name did lot of renovations to this temple according to some historical findings.

Legends
For brief details, please refer below link;
The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Bhoomeeswarar and Mother is called as Aruna Vidruma Nayaki. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa Tree and Theertham is Chakkara Theertham. Ku means Earth.  Based on this, the place is presently called Kunnam. A Vaishnava temple is on Vadarangam on the west side of this place. On the east is a famous Murugan Temple in Mayiladi where the young Lord, graces in his penance form.  On the south also is a Murugan temple praised in Thevaram and Thirupugazh hymns in Kondal Karia Vana Nagar. The Kollidam River praised as Uthara Cauvery runs on the northern side.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Prayers
People pray for relief from all evil and sin impacts and for prosperity. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer Vastras.
Contact
Sri Aruna Vidruma Nayaki – Sri Bhoomeeswarar Temple,
Kunnam, Nagapattinam District
Mobile: +91 9487033094
Connectivity
Puthur is 6 km far from Sirkali on the Chidambaram route. The temple at Kunnam Village is 6 km far from Puthur on the west. Bus facility is available. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkali and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Bhoomeeswarar Temple, Kunnam – Legends

Bhoomeeswarar Temple, Kunnam – Legends
Bhoomadevi worshipped Shiva for her safety from Demons:
Sage Marichi is the son of Lord Brahmma. Marichi’s son was Sage Kashyapa. Thithi was his wife. While in Dhyana-meditation during the sunset, unfortunately, Kashyapa’s attention was diverted towards sexual emotions. As result of this, Thithi gave birth to two sons, Hiranyaksha and Hiranya Kashipu. Both of them performed intense penance on Lord Brahmma. Pleased with the intensity of their penance, Brahmma appeared before them and granted bunch of boons they desired. With the power of boons they got, both brothers conquered the earth, the world below the earth known and as Pathala Loka and began to invade the celestial world called Devaloka-Swargaloka.
Devendra could not stop the invasion of the two demon brothers and surrendered at the feet of Lord Vishnu who with his discus destroyed the demon army. Hiranyaksha was defeated due to the blow of the club of Lord Vishnu and fell fainted. Hiranyakashipu took a magic body and rescued his brother from the battle field. Devas – people of the celestial world returned home happily with victory in their hands. With a desperate intention of avenging Lord Mahavishnu who defeated him, Hiranyaksha rolled the earth as a mat and captured Mother earth also and hide himself under the sea. 
To rescue Mother Earth – Bhoomadevi, Lord Vishnu incarnated as a colossal swine, plunged into the sea, killed the demon and rescued Mother Earth. Mother Earth fell at the feet of Lord and asked him, “Oh Lord, it is possible that violent demon-like men would be born in future too. If such a calamity occurs again, would there be a similar response from you for the safety of myself and the beings living on me”?  Lord advised Bhoomadevi that she must worship Lord Shiva, Mother Parvathi and Lord Muruga and install them at a holy place to prevent any such danger in future.
Bhoomadevi wandered through the earth for a suitable place and finally landed in a place known as Bodhigandharam in between the two Cauveries. She heard a voice saying, do penance, do penance. Bhoomadevi immediately installed Lord Vinayaka, Lord Muruga, a Shivalinga and Mother Parvathi and also a tank for her bath. She began the Panchakshara Mantra Japa. This worship lasted for 12 years. At the end of the 12th year, Lord Shiva appeared before her and said that he was pleased with her penance. Lord asked what she wished. 
Mother Earth begged for safety from the demons and that the Shivalinga she worshipped should be praised as Bhoomeeswarar in this place for ever and the devotees should be blessed with all happiness, safety and a happy life. Those bathing in the Theertha she created should be relieved of all evil effects and sins on them with total liberation from the cycle of births and deaths. 
Bhooma Devi also wished that the rituals performed on the bank of the Theertha for the ancestors on the Vaikasi Poornima day (May-June Full Moon day) should be blessed and they would be staying in Kailas Mount forever. Mother Parvathi should also stay here as Vidhruma Nayaki (Pavazhambal-Coral bright Devi) along with Lord Vinayaka as Bhoomi Vinayaka and Lord Muruga and bless the devotees with all health and prosperity.  Lord Bhairava should be custodian deity. 
Lord Shiva was pleased to grant the boons Mother Earth wished. Mother Earth-Bhooma Devi, called divine sculptor Vishwakarma and ordered construction of a temple. Vishwa Karma placed Lord Shiva – Bhoomeeswarar and Mother Vidruma  Nayaki at the centre, Lord Ganesha at the southwest and Lord Subramania with his consorts Valli and Deva Sena in west and Lord Bhairava in the northeast and completed the construction of a beautiful temple as per Agama Rules. Mother Earth prayed in the temple and returned to her abode in Vaikunta.
Parasurama got relieved of Dosha for beheading his Mother:
The story of the place begins with Sage Parasurama, the illustrious son of Sage Jamadagni and Renuka Devi. Mother Renukadevi had the power of making pots and take water in it immediately they are made and remain wet. She was carrying water for the daily pujas of her husband Jamadagni this way. One day, while doing so, she happened to see the reflection of a Gandharva in the water while he was flying up. Renukadevi just observed the handsomeness of the Gandharva and this delayed her returning to the ashram with the water. 
Jamadagni was able to find the reason for his wife’s delay and in his fury ordered his sons to behead her. Sons simply refused. His last son Parasurama came forward to behead the mother as desired by the father. Pleased with his son, Jamadagni offered Parasurama a boon. Wise Parasurama demanded his Mother back to life and Jamadagni granted it. Yet, Parasurama had to incur a dosha for beheading his Mother. 
To get rid of the dosha, Parasurama undertook a pilgrimage and finally reached this place, sat on the Bhoomi Kunda in the temple and began his penance on Lord Bhoomeeswarar. A ferocious tiger came to the place and was about to attack the sage. Parasurama thought of his Mother Renuka Devi who instantly appeared before her son. She made a pot, filled with water and spilled it on the tiger which immediately turned into a Deva and left for his homeland Devaloka after worshipping Renuka Devi and Parasurama.
Sage Parasurama requested his mother to stay in this place with the name Gadeswari (meaning one who makes clay pots) and grant all the boons to those who bathe in this tank and worship her on the Masi Friday (February-March). Sage Parasurama continued his penance on Lord Bhoomeeswarar who appeared before him on a Somavara day – Monday- and relieved him of the dosha he incurred for beheading his mother.
Varadan, son of Hara Sharma performed penance on Ganesha here:
There lived many years ago a Brahmin Hara Sharma by name in Brahmmapuram. He had three sons. The last was dull headed and violent in nature. Hara Sharma sent him for a pilgrimage. The boy reached the hermitage of Sage Kanwar who taught him the Panchakshara Mantra and advised to perform penance on Lord Ganesa at this place, Bhoomi Sthalam (now Kunnam) to become master of all arts. Lord Ganesha was pleased with the penance of the little boy and granted him the boon he desired and made him wise and noble.
The Ganesa - blessed boy came to be known as Varadan. He visited Kancheepuram and proved his genius in the royal court of learned pandits and received valuable awards from the king. He returned back to Bhoomi Sthala and built a beautiful temple for his mentor God Lord Ganesa. Finally, he returned to his native place Brahmmapuram, his father’s place and lived happily for many a year.
Lord Vishnu and Mahalakshmi worshipped Vinayaga here:
The next story about Bhoomi Sthala is about Lord Vishnu about his separation from Mother Mahalakshmi. He told Maharshi Narada that all his powers are derived from Mother Mahalakshmi and he would be powerless without her. He recalled the past experiences 1) due to the curse of Sage Durvasa and 2) when she fell into the Sea of Milk as she could not bear the pain when “I was attacked by the club of Veerabadra for participating in Daksha Yaga and I suffered a lot to get her back”. 
Lord Vishnu asked Narada a way to avoid separation from her again. Narada said that their union was the blessing of Lord Ganesa. But they forgot him. Hence, they should begin worshipping him again for a perennial union. Lord Vishnu and Mother Mahalakshmi landed on Earth for worship of Lord Ganesa. Vishnu created a spring with his discus, now praised as Chakkara Theertham and installed a Vinayaka and worshipped him. 
The Elephant faced Lord appeared before them and granted the boon of non-separation sorrows in future and forever. Lord Vishnu called Vishwakarma the master sculptor and built a grand temple for Lord Ganesha in Bhoomi Sthala, arranged festivals especially on the Masi (February-March) Sukhla Paksha Chathurthi (fourth day of the full moon fortnight). Then Lord and Mother Maha Lakshmi left for their abode Vaikuntam.
Viswarupan, Vishnu devotee granted Vaikunda Life here:
A little Brahmin boy Viswarupan was a staunch Vishnu devotee from his very infant days. He was on a pilgrimage. After visiting Vadarangam and Kazhi Sri Rama Vinnagaram he reached this place to worship Lord Ganesha with Lord Vishnu and Mother Mahalakshmi. But he could not find the temple and began praying for Dharshan in Bhoomi Sthala. Lord Vishnu spoke to him without a visible form. He said, “I am pleased you have come here after worshipping me in various Kshetras. 
This Bhoomi Sthala is also a place of my choice where I had the boon of ever being with Mahalakshmi without separation. Stay here and continue worshipping me. I will grant you Vaikunta Life soon. Viswarupan followed Lord’s advice scrupulously. On a Masi Sukhla Paksha Ekadasi day, a divine aircraft came down at his puja spot and took him to Vaikuntam.
Harikrishnan, a Vishnu devotee installed Sastha for safety of devotees:
Hari Krishnan, a Vishnu devotee from Kerala came to this Bhoomi Kshetra and was planning to proceed to Chidambaram Govindaraja Perumal temple from here after his worship in Vadarangam Lord Vishnu temple. He was intercepted a number of wolves. Harikrishna prayed to Dharma Sastha, his family deity, who applied his trident and destroyed the wolves. He also granted darshan to him with his consorts Poorana and Pushkala. Harikrishna begged Lord Sastha that he should stay in the same place and protect every one visiting this Bhoomi Sthala.
Lord Sastha agreed and directed him to install his idol and promised to put on his power in the idol and disappeared. Harikrishnan installed Dharma Sastha with Poorana and Pushkala at the northwest side of the Chakkara Theertha and continued his worship. He then proceeded to Thillai Chidambaram and worshipped Lord Govindaraja Perumal. He stayed there for some time and then reached feet of the Lord.
Lord Rama got relieved from the Sthreehathi dosha here:
With due respect to the order of King Dasaratha, Lord Sri Rama left Ayodhya for the forest along with Mother Sita and Brother Lakshmana. The duration of the exile was 14 years. He met sage Agasthya at Dandakaranyam on the way and sought the reason for the appearance of a terror faced demon woman before him often. Sage Agasthya replied that the woman was Thataka whom he killed during his journey to protect the Yagna of Sage Vishwamitra and suggested that he install a Shivalinga and worship the Lord for relief from the Sthreehathi (killing a woman) he did. 
Sage Agasthya also said that Lord Shiva himself would show the spot where he should install the Shivalinga for worship.  Lord Rama travelled through many places and reached this Bhoomi Sthala.  He heard a voice directing him to install the Linga there. Lord Sri Rama, followed this advice sincerely, worshipped Lord Shiva and got relieved from the Sthreehathi dosha.
Chandrachooda got rid of Brahmma Hathi Dosha here:
Next is the story of the son of king Chandrachooda in Thiruvannamalai. While he was on a spying job at a night in disguise, he saw a miscreant torturing the civilians. The prince immediately killed him. He came to this Bhoomi Kshetra to cleanse himself from the Brahmma Hathi dosha caused by the killing of the robber.
Dosha Nivarthi Sthalam:
A Brahmin youth in Kancheepuram, Sridaran by name took to robbery because of poverty. He happened to meet a Yogi who took a pledge from the youth that he would never speak lies. One day, when he was attempting a burglary in the very palace of the king, he was caught by the security men there.  During the trial, the king found his determination to speak only truth, pardoned him and also offered a berth in his cabinet. Sridharan told the king that he was unclean to take up the job due to his earlier life and said that he would cleanse himself of the sins first and would return to Kancheepuram to accept the offer. He took up a pilgrimage and reached Bhoomi Sthala when a voice told him that he had become worthy of the choice of a minister’s job the very moment he stepped on the holy soil. Sridaran returned to Kancheepuram after worshipping Lord Shiva and took charge as a minister and served the people for quite long years.
Dharma got relieved of Dosha here:
Dharma also known as Yudhishthira told his Guru Dronacharya that an elephant named Ashwathama died in the battlefield. As the name also happened to be that of Drona’s son, Yudhishtira’s statement caused the death of the Guru. Yudhishtira’s ratha was always running one inch above the earth because of his pure qualities. But it touched the earth since then. Dharma sought the advice of Sage Vyasa for a remedy. Sage Vyasa advised Dharma to go to Bhoomisthala and worship Lord Shiva-Lord Bhoomeeswarar for relief from this dosha.