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Sri Ilanji Kumarar temple
Moolavar: Kumarar swamy
  Urchavar: Ilanji Kumarar
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: Magizham
  Theertham: River Chitra
  Agamam / Pooja : Maguda Agama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Ilanji
  District: Tirunelveli
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The glory of Lord Ilanji Kumarar – Muruga is praised by Saint Arunagiriar in his Tirupugazh hymns.  
  10 day Chithirai festival in April-May; Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November; Thai Poosam in January-February; Vaikasi Visagam in May-June; Aadi Kruthikai in July-August; Aavani Pavithra Utsav in August-September; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The Shivalinga in white sand in the temple is said to have been made by Sage Agasthya . He is praised as Iruvaluka Nayaka by the devotees.  
Opening Time:
 The temple is open from 6.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
  Sri Ilanji Kumarar Temple, Ilanji, Tirunelveli district.  
 General Information:

The milk used for the abishek of Lord Muruga is gathered from the devotees of the place.  The peacock Vahan of Lord Muruga is to His left facing north.  Also on His left is White Sand Shivalinga made by sage Agasthya praised as Iruvaluka Nayaka.  Mother Umayal as Iruvaluka Easarku Inial has Her shrine in the temple blessing the devotees.


Devotees pray for wedding, child boon, development of business and for family welfare and prosperity.

Thanks giving:
  Realizing their wishes, devotees offer hair (tonsuring), perform special abishek, archanas and carry Kavidis. Those who are blessed with a child offer them in adoption symbolically and receive the child back. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

To attend the divine wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi, sages and others went to Mount Kailash in north.  The earth went down due to the collective weight of the attendees.  Sage Agasthya was asked by Lord Shiva to go south to balance the ground level.  But he had to miss the wedding darshan.  Lord promised the sage to grant him not only the wedding darshan but also of his dance darshan.  Agasthya came to Kuttralam to worship Lord for the darshan boon.  He found a Vishnu temple in the shape of a conch and was denied entrance into the temple.  The sage came to Ilanji and prayed to Kumara-Muruga to help him in getting the darshan.  As suggested by Kumara, Agasthya made a Shivalinga with white sand and performed his worship.  This white Linga is praised as Iruvaluka Nayaka, meaning ‘made by respected Sage Agasthya’.


The sage then came back to Kuttralam in the guise of a Vaishnava and made Lord Vishnu as Lord Shiva.  Thus Ilanji Kumara helped the sage to have the darshan of Lord Shiva.  Lord Vinayaka in the temple is praised as Shenbaga Vinayaka.


Ilanji Kumara blesses the devotees as an alluring youth.  Appam a sweet preparation and the popular Vada of Tamilnadu are offered as nivedhana in the temple.  Indira the king of Devas worshipped here.  Saint Arunagiriar mentions Ilanji Kumara in his celebrated Tirupugazh hymns as Varadaraja Perumal.

  Temple History:

Three great sages Kashyapa son of Lord Brahmma, Kabila with the attributes of Lord Vishnu and Durvasa with the attributes of Lord Parameswara met at Thiri Koodachala and discussed some great philosophies to decide what ultimate reality was.  Kabila insisted that Lord Vishnu was the ultimate reality while Kashyapa and Durvasa insisted that it was Brahmma and Rudra respectively.  Sage Durvasa approached Lord Muruga for a final verdict on the issue.


Lord Muruga appeared before them as an alluring youth and said, “I alone create as Brahmma, protect as Vishnu and destroy as Shiva.”  He appeared before them as Lords Brahmma, Vishnu and Shiva and said that he decided the past, present and the future.  The sages prayed that He should stay in this place and impart wisdom to devotees.  Granting their wish Lord Muruga chose this place and is blessing devotees.

Special Features:
  Miracle Based: The Shivalinga in the temple is made of white sand by Sage Agasthya and praised as Iruvaluka Nayaka.
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