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Kadamba Vaneswarar Temple, Kulithalai, Karur

Sri Kadamba Vaneswarar temple is located in the village named Kulithalai, in the district of Karur in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Kadamba Vaneswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Muttrila Mulaiammai.

The holy tree of this temple is Kadamba tree. The festival deity of this temple is Somaskandar. The holy waters of this temple are Cauvery and Brhamma theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical names of this place are Kadambandurai and Kuzhithandalai.

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “The shrine is praised in the hymns of Saints Tirunavukkarasar and Arunagiriar.   Saint Tirunavukkarasar adivises his own heart to remember the Lord of Kadamba Vanam where He appears with His blue scar in the neck – Neelakanda- as the very Four Vedas and its six Angas and worshipped by those in the celestial world.   This is the 65th shrine on the southern bank of Cauvery and mentioned in Thevaram hymns.”

The important festivals of this temple are Panguni Uthiram in March-April, 13 day Masi Brahmmotsavam in February-March, Aaipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November,  Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Thai Poosam in January-February and Shivarathri is celebrated with lot of devotion and dedication in February-March.

In the temple, Lord Shiva graces as a Swayambu Linga facing towards north to the devotees and pilgrims.  It is to be noted that from behind the Lord, Seven Virgins (Saptha Kannikas) are worshipping. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

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