Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kailasanathar Temple, Srivaikundam, Thoothukudi – The Temple

Kailasanathar Temple, Srivaikundam, Thoothukudi – The Temple
The image of Kailasanathar in the form of Lingam is housed in the sanctum. The shrine of Sivakami is housed in a west facing shrine. The shrine also houses the images of VinayakaSubramanyaVeerabhadra, Rishabandika, and Nataraja on the walls. There are two sculptures of Veerabadra and a warrior in the flagstaff hall, which are noteworthy. The flagstaff in the temple is believed to have been brought from Kanyakumari Amman Temple.

The west facing shrine adjacent to the flagstaff has a hall with yali pillars, where Nataraja is housed. Nataraja is worshipped in the temple is covered with sandal paste. He is here known as Santana Sabapathi.

A guardian deity, by name Bhoothanathar is one of the major shrines in the temple. Lord Bhootanatha is believed to be a manifestation of Sastha. 

The image of Bhoothanathar is made of wood and the deity is given the primary role during the Chittirai Brahmotsavam festival. It is believed that during historic times, the temple staff used to surrender the keys of the temple in front of Bhoothanathar who used to protect the temple.

The temple is a typical example of Dravidian architecture with ornate pillars and sculptures. It is a huge temple with some breathtaking sculpture of deities and characters from Hindu Puranas.

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