Koteeswarar & Kailasanathar Temple, Kottayur, Thanjavur

Sri Koteeswarar & Kailasanathar Temple is located in the village named Kottayur in the district of Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Koteeswarar, Kailasanathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Pandhadu Nayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Amudhakinaru (a well). The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is ThiruKottayur.

In the Thevaram hymns of Tirunavukkarasar, the temple is largely praised. In Thevaram hymns on the northern bank of Cauvery River, this particular temple is the 44th temple praised. The statue of Lord Shiva appears in a pleasant handsome person riding on His bull vehicle, giving light to all directions and with the sacred ash on His body. The main festivals of this temple are Arrow festival in Purattasi (September-October), Shivrathri in February-March, Tiruvadhirai in Margazhi (December-January) and Panguni Uthiram in March-April. These festivals are celebrated in a grand manner in this temple.

The Lord graces as a swayambumurthy in this temple that is the temple’s specialty. The temple is largely open for pilgrims and devotees from early morning to mid-noon and later in the mid-evening hours to late night. With their respective vahanas-vehicles, the Navagrahas are attractively and beautifully well-designed. It is to be noted that there are only few Lord Shiva that has such shrines that is largely dedicated to Navagraha (9 planets).

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