Tripuranthaka Swami Temple, Cooum, Thiruvallur

Sri Tripuranthaka Swami temple is located in the village named Cooum, in the district of Thiruvallur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Tripuranthaka Swami (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Tripuranthaka Nayagi. The festival deity of this temple is Somaskandar.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Agni theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Shivagama. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tiruvirkolam.

According to the local legends and pundits, “Saint Tirugnanasambadar in his hymn says, “He is the Lord who gave us Vedas, edited them, framed the rules known as Angam and Agamas, He is the one who destroyed the Tripuras as stronger of the strong demons, He is in Tiruvirkolam.” This is the 14th temple in Thondaimandalam region praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The important festivals of this particular temple are Arudra darshan-Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, 10 day Aadi Poo Pavadai festival for Ambica in July-August, 10 day Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May, Mahashivrathri in February-March, deepavalli, New Year Day according to the English calendar and Tamil calendar, pongal are celebrated in the temple.

This particular temple is treated like “Agni Stala” in south India. It is to be noted that the Lord looks red during the rainy season and during other days looks like a clear crystal. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m for all the Hindus.

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