Kathra Sundareswarar Temple, Kanjanagaram, Nagapattinam
Kathra Sundareswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Kanjanagaram Village in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kathra Sundareswarar and Mother is called as Thunga Bala Sthanambigai. This Temple is a parihara sthalam for people born in “Karthigai” star.
Unable to bear the atrocities of the demons Padmasura, Singamukha and others, the sages appealed to Mother Parvathi for protection. Mother prayed to Lord Shiva who was in Katrajyothi (light in fire form) yoga. Interrupted by the prayer of Mother Parvathi, Katra Sundareswarar (Karthika Sundareswarar) opened his eyes from where came out six sparks. They united together and became Karthikeya. The place has the reputation of giving birth to Lord Muruga. He then annihilated the demons. The place is thus associated with the origin of Krittika Nakshatra and Muruga. A golden light – Kanchana Prakasa appeared from the Lord, thus naming the place as Kanchana Nagar. The name had many changes during the time that followed and presently it is Kanja Nagar meaning Golden town. Karthika Sundareswarar means the deity producing six sparks.
Lord Shiva graces as a swayambumurthy in the temple facing west considered a significant in the temple. Presiding Deity is called as Kathra Sundareswarar and Mother is called as Thunga Bala Sthanambigai. Of the 63 Saivite Nayanmars, Manakkanjarar was born in this place. It is also believed that Kruthika maidens taking care of Lord Muruga in his childhood were born here.
There are shrines for Selva Vinayaka, Nardana Vinayaka, Subramania, Mother Durga, Brahmma, Chandikeswara, Meda Dakshinamurthy, Nandi and Navagrahas the nine planets. Temples of Mayuranathar, Vallalar, Tiru Indalur, and Pallavaneswarar are near this place. The temple is associated with Karthigai Nakshatra. As in the hands of Sri Meenakshi in Madurai, Mother Thunga Bala Sthanambigai also holds a parrot called Vedamirt Keeram.
Mother has Neelothpala flower, discus and conch in other hands. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself is in the form of parrot on the left shoulder of Mother. It chants Vedas. Baghwan Veda Vyasa and Sukabrahmma Rishi are believed to have worshipped Mother in this temple. For a happy married life, women of Kruthika star are advised to have the darshan of this parrot on Fridays or on the star days. There is a shrine for Lord Sattanadha above the vimana of the sanctorum. Special pujas are performed here on Friday nights.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
An important puja performed here is Sumangali puja for early marriage. It is also believed that having darshan of Mother Goddess and her parrot on Fridays will speedup marriage related matters. It is believed that Kruthika starrers will have a problem-free life if they visit and worship in this temple on the star days and light lamps on the Pradosham day (13th day either from new moon or full moon days).
Women of this star awaiting marriage are advised to perform abishek to Mother with water fetched from holy rivers and perform Sumangali Pujas, so that the event will take place soon. Besides those belonging to Kruthika star praying here for relief of planetary doshas, women awaiting marriage, couples seeking child boon, those facing property disputes and unity in family pray here for wishful results.
Sri Kathra Sundareswarar Temple,
Kanjanagaram Post – 609 304
Tharangampadi Taluk, Via Keezhayur,
Phone: +91 – 4364 – 282 853
Mobile: +91 – 94874 43351
Kanja Nagaram is 8 km from Mayiladuthurai on the Poompuhar route. The temple is half a km far from the branch of the main road. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.