Kozhundeeswarar Temple, Kottur, Tiruvarur

Sri Kozhundeeswarar temple is located in the village named Kottur, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Kozhundeeswarar-(Akraparameswarar) (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Thenar Mozhi Ammai- Thenambikai and Madhura Bashini.

The holy tree of this temple is Vanni. The holy waters of this temple are 9 Theerthas – Mulliyaru, Sivaganga,Parama, Shiva Mandai, Amudha, indra, Vishwakarma and Aramba. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kamiya Agamam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is indirapuram.

As per the local legends, “The temple is worshipfully mentioned by Saint Tirugnana Sambandar in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 111st Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The main festival that is celebrated in this temple are Vaikasi Visakam Brahmmotsavam (My-June), Deepavalli, Aadipooram (July-August), Pongal, Karthikai (November-December), New Year Day, Shivarathri, Navarathri (September-October) and Masi month.

The temple is open for all Hindus from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. It is to be noted that the three tiers Rajagopuram plus main tower faces towards west. It is to be remembered that there are two inner corridors and Prakara in this shrine.

Other shrines in this temple complex are Vinayaka, Viswanathar, Muruga, Visalakshi, Dakshinamurthy, Gajalakshmi, Lingodhbava, Nandikeswara, Akoraveerabadra, Vallaba Ganapathi, Brahmma, Nataraja, Mahishasuramardini, Navagrahas, Chandikeswara and Bhairava. This temple is often visited by people from far and near from within the state.

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