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Sri Koneswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Koneswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Perianayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Plantain tree
  Theertham: Amirtha Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Karana Agama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tirukudavayil
  City: Kudavasal
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  The shrine is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar.  This is the 94th Shiva Temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns  
     
 Festival:
     
  Masi Magam Brahmmotsavam in February-March; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Navarathri in September-October; Skanda Sashti in October-November; Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthy in this Mada temple. Rays of Sun fall on the Lord for three days during Panguni month-March-April  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. 9.00 p.m 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Koneswarar Temple, Kudavasal-612 601, Tiruvarur Dist.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 94439 59839. 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Vinayaka of the temple is worshipped as Siddhi Vinayaka.  The Amrutha Theertham-sacred spring is outside opposite the temple.  On the bank of theertha is Sri Vinayaka in the name of Aadhi Gajanathar.  The structure is such that the Vimana of Aadhi Gajanathar is visible from the Lord’s shrine within the temple.  On the Masi Magam day, five deities-Panchamurthys, Lord Koneswarar, Mother Perianayaki, Lord Vinayaka, Lord Muruga and Lord Chandikeswara visit the Amrutha Theertha for Theerthavari festival.

 

Lord Muruga as Gunavayil Kumaran graces from a shrine in the prakara praised by Saint Arunagiriar in his Tirupugazh hymns.  There is a shrine for Idumban too.  There are two Bhairavas, one without the dog vahan.  Sun and Moon grace the devotees in sitting and standing form respectively.   Those who had failed to perform the rituals for their ancestors pray to Sun and Moon seeking pardon.  Sage Soodha before Lord Shiva appears worshipping the Lord.  There are also shrines for four Saivite Saints, Sundarar (one among the four saints) with Paravai Nachiar, Mother Saraswathi without Her Veena Mother Gajalakshmi and Saptha Madhas
 
     
 
Prayers
    
  Those sad for not fulfilling the wishes of their mothers, pray to Lord Shiva for peace of mind.  Those concerned with the welfare of children also pray here.  Those facing problems in marriage efforts light ghee lamps on lime cups during the Rahu Kala time in Mother Durga shrine 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Realizing their wishes devotees perform special abishek to Lord and Mother offering vastras 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Lord Shiva, as a swayambumurthy is facing west from a square stage-Chatura peeta.  The scar caused by the sharp nose of Garuda the eagle is visible on the Linga.  Mother Perianayaki with all the attributes of Mother Durga graces the devotees from a separate shrine facing south.  She is worshipped as Bruhath (big) Durgambika.  There is no Durga in the Shiva goshta wall.  The temple was renovated by Kochengat Chola.  Saint Tirugnana Sambandar had mentioned this temple in his hymn as Ezhilkola Mada koil – beautiful mada temple.  As Lord Shiva granted his darshan from a high level place, it is praised as mini Kailash. 

 

Koneswarar, Soodha Maharshi, Sage Brughu and Thalappiar had worshipped Shiva here.  The Lord is named Koneswarar as He loves (Ko) beings – Easwara-Lord.  As the mouth piece of Nectar pot (kudam) fell here, the place is called Kudavasal.  Lord is known also as Amudha Lingeswarar and Vanmeekanathar as He was in an Ant-hill-Vanmeekam.  Lord Kasi Viswanatha graces opposite the entrance.  The rays of Sun fall on the Lord for three days during March-April.

There are varieties of Vinayakas in the temple, Aadhi Gajanathar on the bank of Amudha Theertham, Anumadhi Vinayaka permitting devotees to proceed to main shrine, Maalai Vazhipattu Vinayaka-Vinayaka for evening worship to whom the first puja in the evening is dedicated and also a shrine for Twin Vinayakas
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  During the Great Floods-Pralaya, Lord Brahmma placed the Vedas in a nectar pot which too was washed by the floods and came to south.  To create the world again, Lord Shiva shot on the pot in the guise of a hunter.  The pieces fell at different places where Lord appeared as Swayambu Linga.  The mouth part of the pot fell at this place where too Lord appeared as a Swayambumurthy.  This was later covered by an ant-hill.  Vinatha, mother of Garuda was the slave of one Kathru.  Garuda wanted to rescue his mother from the bonds.  He flew to Devaloka and brought the nectar pot.  While returning, a demon tried to snatch the pot from Garuda.  He placed the pot on an ant-hill nearby and fought with the demon and defeated him.  When he came to take the pot, it was hidden in the ant-hill.  He tore the hill with his sharp nose and found a Shiva Linga there.  Lord granted darshan to him.  Garuda narrated the plight of his mother.  Lord rescued Vinatha from the bondage and made her free.  Garuda, as token of his gratefulness to Lord Shiva, built this temple  
     
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