Friday, November 10, 2017

Sudarkozhundeesar Temple (Pralayakaleswarar Temple), Pennadam, Cuddalore

Sudarkozhundeesar Temple (Pralayakaleswarar Temple), Pennadam, Cuddalore
Sudarkozhundeesar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Pennadam Village in Thittakudi Taluk in Cuddalore District of Tamilnadu. The temple is also called as Pralayakaleswarar Temple. This place is also called as Pennaagadam (Thoonganai Maadam) during ancient times. This is one of the 78 shrines built by Kochengata Cholan at an elevation. Nandi at this temple is very unique as it is turned fully and facing the entrance of the temple (or facing the village instead of facing the Lord Shiva). Presiding Deity is called as Pralayakaleswarar / Sudarkozhundeeswarar / Kadanthai Nathar / Kaivazhangeesar. Mother is called as Aamodanambal / Kadanthai Nayaki / Azhagiya Kadhali.

This is the 34th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 2nd Sthalam in Nadu Naadu. The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Thirunavukkarasar and Sundarar. This is the birth place of celebrated saints Kalikamba Nayanar and Meikandar, the pioneer of Saiva philosophy. Saint Marai Gnanasambandhar, the third Santhana Kuravars is also believed to have lived here. The last consecration ceremony took place on 10.05.1989. Before that, the consecration ceremonies were held on 18.03.1981 and 13.07.1973.

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According to the inscriptions found in this temple it is one of 78 shrines build by the legendary Chola king Kochenganan. This king is only known from legends and Tamil texts from the Sangam age (approximately the centuries just before and after CE). The main shrine belongs architecturally to the Early Chola period. It is a vimana (garbhagriha=sanctum plus the roof) in the form of an elephant’s back which is called a Gajabrushta. The historical names of this place are - Soundarya Chola Puram, Thiru Kadanthai, Parvathi Puram, Pushpavanam and Dhayarasapathi.
The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
12 day Brahmotsavam in the Tamil month of Chithirai (April-May) is celebrated in a grand manner. Maha Shivarathri in the Tamil month of Masi (Feb-Mar), Thiruvadirai in the Tamil month of Margazhi (Dec-Jan), Karthikai Deepam, Skanda Sashti, Arudra Dharisanam, Thai Poosam, Sankaranthi, Panguni Uthiram and Aadi Pooram are the other important festivals celebrated in this temple. Pradosham is also observed regularly.
Literary Mention
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This is a parihara Sthalam for those who born during the periods of the constellation Kettai (Jyeshta Nakshatram). Devotees whose birth star is Kettai visit this temple for special poojas. Those suffering from any kind of body pain can visit this temple and worship the lord here to seek relief. People pray to Lord of the temple seeking cure from hand ailments. Devotees perform abishek to Lord Shiva and offer vastras.
Sudarkozhundeesar Temple (Pralayakaleswarar Temple),
Pennadam Post,
Thittakudi Taluk,
Cuddalore District – 606 105
Phone: +91 4143 222 788
Mobile: +91 99940 88359 / 98425 64768
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