Saturday, November 28, 2015

Kadambavaneswarar Temple, Kulithalai, Karur

Kadambavaneswarar Temple, Kulithalai, Karur
Kadambavaneswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Kulithalai Town in Karur District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kadambavaneswarar / Kadambavana Nathar and Mother is called as Bala Kujalambal / Mutrillamulayal. This temple is also called as Kadambanthurai. The original temple might have been built by the Cholas; however, it was renovated later. Kulithalai was called as Kulir Thandalai in the inscriptions.

It is considered as one of the five Kamba shrines installed by Lord Subramanya. The other four shrines are Kovil Kadambar, Aadi Kadambar, Ilankadambanoor and Perunkadambanoor. It is considered very auspicious to visit three Shiva Sthalams (Kadambar Kovil in the morning, Tiruvatpokki (Ratnagiri) at noon and Thiruveengoimalai in the evening) on Mondays during the Tamil month of Karthigai.

The shrine has been praised in the hymns of Saints Tirunavukkarasar and Arunagirinathar. This Temple is the 119th Devaram Paadal Petra Sthalam and 2nd Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Naadu. Muthusamy Deekshitar's Kriti Neelakantham Bhaje sings the glory of this shrine. Saint Arunagirinathar had praised about Lord Murugan of this Temple in his Thirupugazh Hymns. The Temple is administrated by the Hindu Religion Charitable Endowment Department Tamilnadu.

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The Temple
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Temple opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. and from 05.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m. 
Pooja Timings
06.30 A.M.
08.30 A.M.
12.00 Noon
Sayarachai (1-Kalam)
05.30 P.M.
Sayarachai (2-Kalam)
06:30 P.M.
Arthajama Poojai
08.30 P.M.
13-day Masi Brahmotsavam in February-March, 10 Days Aadi Pooram, 10 Days, Purattasi Navaratri, 10 Days Aipasi Skanda Sashti, Karthigai Somavaram, Margazhi Thiruvadhirai, Thai Poosam, Masi Magam, Panguni Uthiram, are the festivals in the temple. The Thai Poosa Tiruvizha (festival) is celebrated on a grand scale. Kadambavaneswarar & Mother Mutrilla Mulayal give darshan at the banks of the Cauvery along with the idols from the surrounding temples - Pettaivaithalai, Rajendiram, Ayyarmalai, Thiruengoimalai, Karuppathur, Musiri and Vellur. It is a rare opportunity for the devotees to worship 8 Lord Shiva’s simultaneously.  
The first part of Aipasi Tula Snanam (bathing in Cauvery in October-November is followed devotionally here with Kalai Kadambar (morning) Sokkar (midday) and Eengoinathar (evening) worships. Morning worship is considered very beneficial with multiple profits including the one-off worshipping the Lord in Kasi in north.  The place also has the reputation of being called Dakshina Kasi – Kasi of South.
Religious Significance
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Literary Mention
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Women believe that Lord Shiva would be their constant protector and submit all their grievances at his feet. There is a belief that devotees are ensured of Mukthi if they worship Kadambar at this temple in the morning, followed by Ayyarmalai Rathnagiriswarar and Thiruengoimalai Nathar in the evening of the same day.
Kadamba Vaneswarar temple,
Kulithalai – 639 104
Karur District
Phone: +91 4323 225 228
The Temple is located at about 600 meters from Kulithalai Bus Stand, 1.5 Kms from Kulithalai Railway Station, 6 Kms from Musiri, 6 Kms from Thiruengoimalai Maragadachaleswarar Temple, 9 Kms from Ayyarmalai Rathnagreeswarar Temple, 41 Kms from Karur, 47 Kms from Namakkal, 42 Kms from Trichy and 47 Kms from Trichy Airport. This temple is located at Kulithalai on the Trichy to Coimbatore route via Karur. Town buses are available from Trichy Chatram Bus Stand. Karur and Salem route buses from Trichy Central Bus Stand makes a stop here. The temple is situated very near to Kulithalai Bus Stand. The Temple is situated at about 1.5 Kms from Kulithalai Railway Station. Kulithalai Railway Station is situated on the Karur – Tiruchirappalli section of the Southern Railway.