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Kutralanathar Temple - Courtallam
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Kutralanathar Temple – Courtallam

Originally posted on March 24, 2020 @ 9:04 am

At a distance of 200 m from Courtallam Bus Station, 7 km from Tenkasi and 62 km from Tirunelveli, The Kutralanathar Temple also called Thirukkutralanathar is among the hottest temples of Tamilnadu and is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is among the 275 Thevara Shivasthalas of Lord Shiva. The temple is of 2000 years outdated and there may be lot of outdated Tamil inscriptions of Chola and Pandyan durations. It’s located close to Courtallam Falls.

The principle deity of Lord Shiva is worshipped within the type of a self-manifested Linga. This temple located in a serene ambiance and it occupies 3.5 acres of land on the foot hills of Trikoodamalai. This can be a conch formed temple and is known as Sangakkovil. Within the shrine, the presiding deity Lord Shiva is known as as Kuttralanathar and his consort Goddess Parvathi is known as as Kuzhalvoi Mozhiammai. There’s a separate shrine for Adi Parasakthi which may be very fashionable which is a Shakthi Peetha. Nandi idol is dealing with the primary shrine.

In keeping with the legend, this temple was initially a Vishnu shrine. Lord Siva despatched Saint Agastya to the south to keep away from an imbalance attributable to overcrowding within the Mount Kailas on his celestial wedding ceremony. At Courtallam Saint Agastya discovered a Vaishnava temple and by his mystic energy Agastya transformed it in to a Siva Temple. Vishnu became a Sivalingam the conch in his hand expanded because the temple and the chakra rose as the height. The finger prints of Sage Agastya on the Linga are nonetheless seen.

This is among the Pancha Sabha Kshetram of Lord Shiva often known as Chithra Sabha temple. The 5 dance halls of Shiva are Chidambaram, Madurai, Tiruvalankadu, Tirunelveli and Courtallam. The marvelous Chithra Sabha positioned right here is outstanding for its beautiful wall portray and carvings with a detailed resemblance to Chidambaram. The Chitra Sabha or the corridor of images is situated in a picturesque location, 500 m away from the primary temple. Lord Shiva as Nataraja is introduced right here throughout festivals from the Kurumpalaveesar temple.

The preliminary Thirukkutralanathar temple was constructed by Raja Raja Chola. Through the Pandyan reign, the artha-mandapa, maha-mandapa, separate temple for the goddess and several other different buildings have been constructed. On the time of Nayak rule, parasakthi temple, the compound wall, sangu road, interior road and few different shrines have been constructed.

There are the statues of Lord Vishnu, Kasi Viswanathar, Kasi Visalakshi, Tenkasi Viswanathar Swamy, Ulagammai Ambikai, Nellaiyappar Gandhimathi Ambal and Navagrahas. Lord Vallabha Ganapathy graces this holy place. Lord Muruga within the temple enclosure seems with a bow in his hand along with his consorts Valli and Devasena.

The 10-day Purattasi Navarathri for Parasakti in September/October, Brahmotsavam in Aipasi (October/November), Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December/January, Thai Float pageant in January/February, Panguni Uthiram in March/April are the primary festivals celebrated within the temple.

Timings: 6 AM – 12 PM and 4.30 PM to eight PM

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