Rajendra Chozheeswarar temple, Ilayankudi (Sivaganga)

Sri Rajendra Chozheeswarar temple is located in the town named Ilayankudi, in the district of Sivaganga, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Rajendra Chozheeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Gnambikai. The festival deity is Somaskandar. The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Deiva Pushkarini. 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 Indira Avathara Nallur.

The most important festivals that are grandly celebrated in this particular temple are Aaipasi Annabishekam and Skanda Sashti in October-November, New year days according to Tamil calendar and English calendar, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October,  Amavasya, Deepavalli, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Masi Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Pournima are celebrated in this shrine.

The temple is open for all the Hindus from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. according to the local legends and pundits, “Lord Venkatachalapathi graces from a shrine behind that of Lord Shiva.  Lord Dakshinamoorthy in the goshta wall appears with only two disciples.  There are shrines for Lords Mahaganapathi, Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sani Bhagwan, Sun and Moon in the prakara. Plus this is the birth and salvation land of Ilayankudi Maranar, one of the 63 worshipful Saivite Nayanmars.” This is an ancient temple with Dravidian temple architectural styles.

Address: Sri Rajendra Chozheeswarar Temple, Ilayankudi-630 702. Sivaganga district. Tamil Nadu

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