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Sri Kozhundeeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Kozhundeeswarar-(Akraparameswarar)
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Thenar Mozhi Ammai- T henambikai, Madhura Bashini
  Thala Virutcham: Vanni
  Theertham: 9 Theerthas – Mulliyaru, Sivaganga,Parama, Shiva Mandai, Amudha, Indra, Vishwakarma and Aramba
  Agamam / Pooja : Kamiya Agamam
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Indirapuram
  City: Kottur
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  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  
     
 Festival:
     
  Vaikasi Visakam Brahmmotsavam (My-June), Aadipooram (July-August), Navarathri (September-October), Karthikai (November-December) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Swayambu facing west  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Kozhundeeswarar Temple, Kottur, Tiruvarur dist.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4367 - 279 781, 97861 51763. 
    
 General Information:
     
  The three tier Rajagopuram – main tower – faces west. There are two inner corridors, Prakara. There are shrines for Vinayaka, Muruga, Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Gajalakshmi, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodhbava, Akoraveerabadra, Nandikeswara, Vallaba Ganapathi, Nataraja, Brahmma, Mahishasuramardini, Bhairava, Navagrahas and Chandikeswara  
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Indira, to get the backbone killed the sage and then killed the demon and incurred the Brammhathi dosha.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Noted dancer of the celestial world Ramba was cursed to go to Earth for some wrongs she committed.  She performed severe penance facing the Lord of the temple pressing her left leg, bending the right and placing the left hand on the right leg and the right hand on the head surrounded by burning fire to go back to her place.  The Pradoshakala Murthy (time between 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. is observed as Pradosha kala according to Hindu almanac) is in a separate shrine in the form of an idol.  The Arthanareeswara (half Shiva-half Ambica) form will be visible on the Linga when milk abishek is performed on Masi Magam day during February-March  
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Demon Vruddhasura was harassing the Devas in a terrible way.  Their king Indira appealed to Lord Brahmma for protection.  He said that Indira had to get the back bone of Sage Thatheesi, make a vajrayudha weapon of it and should apply it on the demon and that alone could kill him.  Lord Brahmma also explained the secret of the strength of the back bone of the sage.  Before joining the churning the milk ocean, all the Devas entrusted their weapons with the sage.  The sage simply put all their weapons safely in his mouth and continued his penance then.  All the weapons melted and merged with his back bone making it miraculously strong.  When Indira approached the sage and expressed his purpose and wish, the sage calmly parted with his back bone.  Indira killed the demon with the weapon but incurred the Brahammahathi dosha the impact of the highest sin.

Indira approached his Guru for solution.  He advised him to go to earth and perform Shiva puja and that he would find a Shivalinga at a place under a Vanni tree made of drops of nectar.  Guru also advised Indira to create a spring and perform abishek to Lord with the water then.  Indira followed the advice of the Guru scrupulously and freed himself from the sin.  As Indira worshipped Lord here, the place was named Indirapuram and also Kottur as his white elephant Iravadham drew a line (kodu in Tamil) in the place.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy.
 
     
 
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