Sri Shivakozhundhu Easwarar templeis located in the city of Theerthanagiri, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu and is about 1000-2000 years old. Saint Sundarar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevram hymns. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on Panguni 20, 21 and in March-April. This temple is situated on the banks of river Pennai and is believed to have been built in the 6th century. The historical name of the village around the temple is "Thiru Thinai Nagar”. It has now been changed to "Theerthanagiri".

Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Front View
Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Front View
Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma appear worshipping Lord Shiva behind the Lingodhbava in the goshta wall. Niruddha Vinayaka graces in a sculpture on the pillar. Four Bhoodha Ganas are nearby worshipping Lord Vinayaka. The Kondrai tree where Lord Shiva had His food is in the prakara. Main Vinayaka of the temple is Lord Valampuri Vinayaka. The 3 tier Rajagopuram is facing east.

Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Vimanam & Inner Prakaram
Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Vimanam & Inner Prakaram
As per the Sthala Puranam, a farmer called Periyan and his wife lived in this village. They had the habit of taking food only after offering it to a Shiva devotee. One day, Lord Shiva decided to test their faith. That day, the couple could not find anyone to offer the food to. Periyan came to his field to ask one of his workers to come to his house so that he could make his offering. Surprisingly, he could not find anyone in the field. He waited for some time for them to return. After some time, Periyan saw an old man pass by and he requested him to come and have food. The old man said that he could not accept food without earning it. He offered to some work in the field and then accept the food as wage. The farmer asked him to plough the field. Once the old man started ploughing the field, the farmer went back home to fetch some food for him. When he returned with the food, he was astonished to see that the crops were fully grown and ready for harvest.

Unique Form Of Lord Nataraja At Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple
Unique Form Of Lord Nataraja At Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple
Periyan and his wife served the food for the old man under the kontrai tree. After he had finished eating, they asked him how he was able to do such a miraculous thing. The old man disappeared before answering. Thereafter Lord Shiva appeared on his bull mount (Rishabha Vakanam) with Goddess Parvathy and gave dharisanam to the couple. The lord further informed them that he had only come there in the form of an old man. After worshiping the lord, Periyan and his wife requested Lord Shiva to stay back in the place and bless them. Lord Shiva stayed back as a Swayambu Lingam in this place under the kontrai tree. The lord here is named as “Sivakozhundeeswarar”. Since the Lord Shiva himself is believed to have ploughed the field, sowed millet seeds (“Thinai”) and made it ready for harvest, this place gets the name “Thiru Thinai Nagar”.

Lord Brahma Playing Panchamuga Vadhyam
Lord Brahma Playing Panchamuga Vadhyam
An idol of Lord Natarajar can be seen in a separate shrine along with idols of Lord Mahavishnu and Lord Brahma. Here Lord Vishnu is seen with his conch and Lord Brahma with a percussion instrument called “Panchamuga Vadhyam” (an instrument similar to Tabla). Lord Natarajar is seen in his “Ananda Thandavam” posture to which Lord Vishnu is singing with his conch and Lord Brahma is playing the Panchamuga Vadhyam. Such a display of the “Trimurthy” is very rare. This Darshan is considered very beneficial to devotees aspiring excellence in music and dance.


Lord Vishnu Singing With His Conch
Lord Vishnu Singing With His Conch

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Thiruthinai Nagar is at a distance of about 25 kms from Cuddalore. Take the Cuddalore to Chidambaram route to reach Mettupalayam (20 Kms). From Mettupalayam, take a diversion route and travel for about 5 kms to reach Thiruthinai Nagar. The nearest railway station is Puduchathiram. It is at a distance of about 6 kms from Thiruthinai Nagar on the Chidambaram to Cuddalore route.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Sivakkozhuntheswarar Temple,
Theerthanagiri Post,
Cuddalore district,
Pin Code : 608 801,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04142 278324 ; 97864 67593 ; 90471 40464

Sri Shivakozhundhu Easwarar templeis located in the city of Theerthanagiri, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu and is about 1000-2000 years old. Saint Sundarar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevram hymns. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on Panguni 20, 21 and in March-April. This temple is situated on the banks of river Pennai and is believed to have been built in the 6th century. The historical name of the village around the temple is "Thiru Thinai Nagar”. It has now been changed to "Theerthanagiri".

Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Front View
Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Front View
Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma appear worshipping Lord Shiva behind the Lingodhbava in the goshta wall. Niruddha Vinayaka graces in a sculpture on the pillar. Four Bhoodha Ganas are nearby worshipping Lord Vinayaka. The Kondrai tree where Lord Shiva had His food is in the prakara. Main Vinayaka of the temple is Lord Valampuri Vinayaka. The 3 tier Rajagopuram is facing east.

Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Prakaram
Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Prakaram
As per the Sthala Puranam, a farmer called Periyan and his wife lived in this village. They had the habit of taking food only after offering it to a Shiva devotee. One day, Lord Shiva decided to test their faith. That day, the couple could not find anyone to offer the food to. Periyan came to his field to ask one of his workers to come to his house so that he could make his offering. Surprisingly, he could not find anyone in the field. He waited for some time for them to return. After some time, Periyan saw an old man pass by and he requested him to come and have food. The old man said that he could not accept food without earning it. He offered to some work in the field and then accept the food as wage. The farmer asked him to plough the field. Once the old man started ploughing the field, the farmer went back home to fetch some food for him. When he returned with the food, he was astonished to see that the crops were fully grown and ready for harvest.

Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Vimanam
Sri Sivakozhundeshwarar Temple Vimanam
Periyan and his wife served the food for the old man under the kontrai tree. After he had finished eating, they asked him how he was able to do such a miraculous thing. The old man disappeared before answering. Thereafter Lord Shiva appeared on his bull mount (Rishabha Vakanam) with Goddess Parvathy and gave dharisanam to the couple. The lord further informed them that he had only come there in the form of an old man. After worshiping the lord, Periyan and his wife requested Lord Shiva to stay back in the place and bless them. Lord Shiva stayed back as a Swayambu Lingam in this place under the kontrai tree. The lord here is named as “Sivakozhundeeswarar”. Since the Lord Shiva himself is believed to have ploughed the field, sowed millet seeds (“Thinai”) and made it ready for harvest, this place gets the name “Thiru Thinai Nagar”.

Lord Dakshinamurthy In Padmasana Posture
Lord Dakshinamurthy In Padmasana Posture
Lord Dakshinamurthy is seen sitting on a platform (peedam) with his legs folded. Four of his disciples are seen sitting near him. Unlike Lord Dakshinamurthy’s posture in other temples, Abhasmaram (the demon representing ignorance) is not seen under his foot. It is believed that when the farmer couple served food to Lord Shiva, he took it by sitting on the floor with his legs folded. To depict this, Lord Dakshinamurthy graces here in this form.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

This shivasthalam temple is located 10 Kms from Aalapakkam railway station which is on the Cuddalore - Chidambaram section of the Southern Railway. Aalapakkam is 190 Kms from Chennai. Town bus services from Cuddalore to Chidambaram via Mettupalayam goes to Theerthanagiri.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Sivakkozhuntheswarar Temple,
Theerthanagiri Post,
Cuddalore district,
Pin Code : 608 801,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04142 278324 ; 97864 67593 ; 90471 40464

Innambur Ezhutharinathar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in Innambur, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam, in Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu, India. Shiva is worshipped as Ezhutharinathar and his consort Parvathi as Nithya Kalyani. Ona Kantheeswarar is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the Nayanmars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam, the 275 temples revered in the canon. Lord of the temple is a swayambumurthi. This is a sacred land offering high achievements in academic field for the worshippers.

Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple Main Raja Gopuram
Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple Main Raja Gopuram
As per Hindu legend, once an accountant of the temple was asked to submit the accounts of the temple to the king. The accountant was an ardent worshipper of Shiva and he did not have the correct accounts during the time. He prayed to Shiva to relieve him off a possible punishment by the king for not able to submit accounts on time. Shiva is believed to have appeared in the form the accountant and submitted the correct accounts. The king was pleased and praised the accountant who was amused at the events. He later realised that it was on account of divine intervention that it was possible. Since Shiva came down and submitted the accounts, he came to be known as Ezhutharinathar. As per another legend, the presiding deity was worshipped by an elephant. There is also a belief that sage Agasthya attained knowledge about grammar after worshipping Ezhutharinathar.

Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple Inner Entrance
Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple Inner Entrance
Ezhutharinathar temple has a rectangular plan with two prakarams (outer courtyard) covering an area of 1 acre and a five-tiered rajagopuram (gateway tower) facing East. The central shrine faces east and houses the image of Ezhutharinathar (Shiva) in the form of lingam made of granite and is believed to be a swayambumoorthy (self manifested). There is a separate shrine for Vinayagar and Murugan on both sides of the entrance to the sanctum. The granite images of Nandi (the bull and vehicle of Shiva), a tall flag staff and a Balipeeta, the place of offering, axial to the sanctum. As in other Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu, the first precinct or the walls around the sanctum of Ona Kantheeswarar has images of Dakshinamurthy (Shiva as the Teacher), Durga (warrior-goddess) and Chandikeswarar (a saint and devotee of Shiva). The temple precinct is surrounded by granite walls. Following the legend of the elephant, the roof over the sanctum is in the form of an elephant, called Gajaprashta Vimana.

Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple Inner Prakaram
Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple Inner Prakaram
During Navarathri festival, devotees submit their education prayers for their children and for those suffering from stammering. They also pray before admitting their children to schools. Mother Nithya Kalyani blesses the devotees ever in Her wedding posture. Women expecting to be married pray to Mother seeking a good match. Mother Sugantha Kundalambal graces the devotees in penance posture. Women wishing to lead a single life pray to Her. Sun worshipped Lord Shiva in this holy land. Innan means Sun, hence the name Innambur. It was Innan Nambur earlier. Now it has changed as Innambur. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on 13, 14 and of Tamil Panguni month corresponding to March-April.

Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple Vimanam
Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple Vimanam
People bring their children studying in primary standards to the temple and write on their tongue with flowers. For children of kindergarten classes, they write on their tongue with paddy. The temple priests perform the puja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. The temple rituals are performed four times a day; Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 11:30 a.m., Sayarakshai at 6:30 p.m and Arthajamam at 8:00 p.m.. Each ritual comprises four steps: abhisheka (sacred bath), alangaram (decoration), naivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for Ezhutharinathar and Nithya Kalyani. There are weekly rituals like somavaram (Monday) and sukravaram (Friday), fortnightly rituals like pradosham, and monthly festivals like amavasai (new moon day), kiruthigai, pournami (full moon day) and sathurthi. Margazhi Tiruvathirai during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December - January), Kodabisheakam during Chittirai (April - May) and Aipassi Annabishekam during Aippassi (October - November) are the three festivals celebrated in the temple.

Amman Shrine Inside Innambur Temple
Amman Shrine Inside Innambur Temple

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:30 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The temple is located 10 km north-west of Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam - Thirupurambiyam road. Close to Swamimalai near Kumbakonam is this unique Shiva temple which is unique in that Shiva performed an auditors Job here to rescue his devotee. On the Kumbakonam to Tanjore road before the turn to Swamimalai look for thimmakudi and take a right here the road leads to Innambur and the temple can be easily located.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Ezhutharinathar Temple,
Innambur,
Kumbakonam Taluk,
Thanjavur district,
Pin Code : 612 303,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 0435 2000157 ; 0435 2459519 ; 96558 64958 ; 94439 14958

Sri Balasubramanya Swami Temple, Andarkuppam Tiruvallur district. This is a small but very beautiful Temple with nice sculptures. This an ancient and very popular Murugan temple in this region. This is one of the Murugan temples glorified by Sri Arunagiri nadhar’s Thiruppugazh. It is a different darshan to the devotees that Lord Muruga praised as Adhikara Murugan looks like a child in the morning, a youth in midday and aged in the evening.

Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Main Gopuram
Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Main Gopuram
Lord Muruga is praised as Adhikara Murugan. The Vimana, tower above the sanctum sanctorum is of Ekadala design. Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka graces the devotees. There are shrines for Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Mother Visalakshi and Lord Nataraja. People pray for senior job positions, to shine in responsible positions they hold and for wise children. Lord Bala Subramanya graces the devotees so mercifully without His weapons Vel, Vajram and Shakti. There are two elephants near the Lord. As He is appearing in a royal form, He is called Adhikara Murugan (Murugan with authority). Saint Arunagiriar had sung the praise of the Lord in his celebrated Tirupugazh hymns. Lord appears as a child in the morning, a youth in midday and as an aged person in the evening. As He came to this place as a poor little boy (Aandi), the place was called Aandiarkuppam which later changed as Andarkuppam. As Andar means ruler, the name Andarkuppan appears to be an appropriate name.

Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Kodimaram
Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Kodimaram
Lord Brahmma sought the pardon of Lord Muruga for taking up the creation work though He was not qualified for the job. He is before the sanctum sanctorum as an oval shaped idol without a form. Only the Kamandalam and Akshamala attributed to Him are in the circle. The main vehicle of Lord Muruga is peacock. Among the six army camps attributed to the Lord, He has the elephant as His vahan in Swamimalai, Tiruthani and in the Chennai Kumaran kundram temples. In this temple, He has Lion also as His vahan belonging to Mother Shakti along with peacock and it is significant that the Lion is holding the peacock. His wedding with Deivanai is celebrated on the fifth day of the Chithirai Brahmmotsavam and with Valli on the 9th day of the festival. Kumara Sashti is celebrated in the month of Karthikai when Muruga was born followed by Laksharchana – chanting the glorious names of the Lord one lakh times.

Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Vimanam
Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Vimanam
Lord Brahmma during His visit to Kailash ignored Muruga as He was a little boy. Muruga intercepted Brahmma and enquired about His position and qualifications. Generally, one who questions the other would be either old in age or one holding a higher position. Here, it was vice versa. While questioning the Creator, Lord Muruga had both His hands on the hip with a senior look and proved that He was more learned than the Creator.

Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Lion Vahanam
Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Lion Vahanam
Lord Muruga appears in this posture in the temple. Later some poor people (Aandi) were worshipping Him. A devotee on his pilgrimage stayed here and wanted to have a bath and worship the Lord and asked the Aandis for a river or well. They said there is none such nearby. A little boy came there, took the traveller to a place and punched the earth with Vel at a place. A spring came up and the traveller's joy knew no bounds. Lord Muruga granted darshan to him and stayed as Lord Balasubramanya.

Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Main Deity
Andar Kuppam Murugan Temple Main Deity

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:30 AM To 12:30 PM
Evening Timings : 04:30 PM To 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Ponneri is a small town about 30 kms from Chennai towards Gummidipoondi on the Chennai Calcutta highway. The new 4 lane road being converted to 6 lane is wonderful. At the intersection to Ponneri on the right, go in and you will see the road to Andar Kuppam on the left in half a KM. The temple is at the end of the road.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Balasubramanya Swamy Temple,
Andarkuppam,
Tiruvallur,
Pin Code : 601 204,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 044 27974193 ; 90031 32366 ; 80122 48703
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