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Sri Shikanathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Shikanathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Akhilandeswari
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tiru Nala Kundram
  City: Kudumiyanmalai
  District: Pudukkottai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Maha Shivrathri is grandly celebrated in the temple in February-March.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  This is a hill temple noted for prayers for relief from adverse effects of Sani Bhagwan – Saturn. Traditionally, the idols of 63 Nayanmars are arranged in the prakara of Shiva temples, which are, in this temple is at the top of the hill. It is also a custom that at the end of the row, Lord Vinayaka is placed. It is different in this temple. With Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi on the Vrushab vahan in the middle, Nayanmars appear in two parts on both sides. This is the only temple in Tamilnadu having this pattern of Nayanmar seating. While circumambulating the prakara, this could be seen clearly without climbing up the hill.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Shikanathar Temple, Kudumian Malai, Pudukkottai district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 4322 221084, 98423 90416 
    
 General Information:
     
 

This is a temple that has countless sculptures from entrance to the end. As every one is sculpted with rare minute skills, the Archeological Department has taken up the control of the temple.  Many of them look threatening creating fear.  Some them are very pleasant in look making the visitor happy as Lord Vishnu measuring the world with His legs – Ulagalanda Perumal, the beautiful alluring Rathi, Manmatha-cupid-Agora Veerabadra, Ravana with his 10 heads, Vishnu in His enticing Mohini avtar, Lord Vinayaka praised as Vinai Theerkum Vinayaka- Vinayaka destroying our ill-fates etc. are feast to eyes.  Students of sculpture arts should not fail to see these.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Lovers pray in this temple for removal of obstacles in their way.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  They perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Though a Shiva temple, the pillars bear sculptures of the Dasavatara scenes of Lord Vishnu.  There are two such sculptures, one a youth on a horse and the other an aged man on a horse.  This is explained as Kalki  Avtar when both young and old would be destroyed.

 

Of the Navagrahas the nine planets, this temple belongs to Sani Bhagwan – Saturn, it is believed.  During the 10th century, this place was known as Thiru Nala Kundram.  Emperor Nala who had to experience the ordeal of Sani Bhagwan worshipped Lord Shikanathar for relief.  Those facing the adverse aspects of Sani Bhagwan pray to Lord Shika Nathar. 

 

There are invaluable epigraphic details written in Grnatha letters about the art of music which are useful to those in the field.  It is said that king Parama Maheswaran disciple of Rudrachariar was proficient in the Ragas mentioned here.  But nobody can go near the place now as honey bees have their hives around.

 

Dwarapalakas-securities appear with a face of authority in temples both facing east.  Here one is smiling and the other with a hard look facing north and south.

 

Besides a shrine of Mother Akhilandeswari, there is another Ambica shrine.  A Devadasi, Umayalnachi by name built an Ambica shrine in the temple and named Her Malaya Mangai.  It is believed that this would have changed as as Soundarya Nayaki shrine in the days that followed.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Kudumian in Tamil means a person of good qualities.  Kudimi also means a mount.  As the Lord is in a temple near a mount, He is praised as Kudumian, it is explained.  The priest of the temple had a sweetheart who will visit the temple both for worship and meeting her lover.  One day, when they were happy in talk, the king visited the temple without prior notice.  The priest hurriedly took the flowers from the head of his lover, placed to Lord and gave it as Prasad to the king.  The king saw a piece of hair in the garland and enquired the priest.  Placing his fate at the feet of the Lord, the priest said that it may be from the Kudumi-tuft of Lord.  The priest promised to show the tuft next day. 

 

The king said that he would test it the next day.  When the king saw the Linga next day, he was surprised to see the Kudumi on the head.  The priest and his sweet heart shed tears of pleasure and fell at the feet of Lord.  Their marriage took place then.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: This is a hill temple noted for prayers for relief from adverse effects of Sani Bhagwan – Saturn. Traditionally, the idols of 63 Nayanmars are arranged in the prakara of Shiva temples, which are, in this temple is at the top of the hill. It is also a custom that at the end of the row, Lord Vinayaka is placed. It is different in this temple. With Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi on the Vrushab vahan in the middle, Nayanmars appear in two parts on both sides. This is the only temple in Tamilnadu having this pattern of Nayanmar seating. While circumambulating the prakara, this could be seen clearly without climbing up the hill.
 
     
 
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