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Sri Kokileswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Kokileswarar, Kozhamba Nathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Soundarya Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa and Jasmine
  Theertham: Brahmma Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: Tirukozhambam
  City: Tiru Kozhambiam
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Saints Tirunavukkarasar and Tirugnana Sambandar had sung the glory of the Lord of this temple in their Thevaram hymns.  This is the 35th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Karthikai Mondays in November-December and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are festive events in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple. The Bana part of the Linga is big in size. The foot prints of a cow are visible on the Aavudayar of the Linga – Peeta, indicating the penance of Mother Parvathi in the form of a cow.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Kokileswarar Temple, Tirukozhambiam – 612 205, Thanjavur district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4364-232 055, 232 005. 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The temple is under the administration of Tiruvavaduthurai Aadheenam.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Prayers are submitted for relief from curses.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering vastras. They also contribute for the renovation of the temple. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  The place is surrounded by many historically famous temples praised in Thevaram hymns as Tirunallam (Konerirajapuram), Vaigal Mada temple, Tiruneelakudi, Thenkurangadu Thurai, Tiruveezhimizhalai, Tirumeeyachur, etc.  In Tiruveezhimizhalai, Lord Shiva graces in the name of Mappillai Swami.  
     
  Temple History:
     
  Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu played chess (Chokkattan in Tamil) with Mother Parvathi as referee.  During the play, Lord Shiva asked Parvathi’s opinion in rolling the play stick.  Her opinion favoured Lord Vishnu.  Angry Shiva cursed Parvathi be born a cow on earth.  Mother chose this place for Her penance and joined Her Lord.
Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahamma in their contest to find the head and foot of Lord Shiva respectively, Brahmma though failed in the race, brought the Thazhamboo flower as a false witness to win the contest.  Knowing his design, Lord Shiva punished him.  Brahmma came to this place, created a spring in his name, worshipped Lord Shiva and got relieved of the dosha.
A Vidyadhara, Chandan by name was born a nightingale (Kokilam in Tamil) due to curse of Indira.  He came to this place in his nightingale form worshipped Lord and regained his original form.  As a Kokila (nightingale) worshipped Lord here, He is praised and as Kokileswarar.  Indira too performed penance here for long years for relief from the curse of Sage Gautama
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy. The Bana part of the Linga is big in size. The foot prints of a cow are visible on the Linga showing Mother Parvathi’s penance as cow on Lord Shiva.
 
     
 
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