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Sri Valeeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Valeeswarar, Koyyamalarnathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Irayarvalai Ammai
  Thala Virutcham: Ilandhai
  Theertham: Kakkaimadu theertham, Vayasai theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Puja procedure : Kameegam
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Kuranganilmuttam
  District: Tiruvannamalai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
     
Singers:
     
  The temple is praised in the hymns of Gnansambandar Thevaram "He (Lord Shiva) has the trident, has the sacred ash on Him He caused the death of God of Death He is my Father with beautiful long hair smelling sweet Graces from Kuranganilmuttam surrounded by fragrant gardens. This is the sixth temple on the banks of Cauvery in Thondai Mandalam region praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Lakhadeepam (one lakh lamps) in Tirukarthikai in November-December, Shivarathri in Masi (February-March) and Annabishekam are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Presiding deity Sri Valeeswarar graces in the form of Swyambulinga facing West. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on certain days in the month of Chithirai (April-May). The temple is situated on the southern bank of Palaru river. Lord  
     
Opening Time:
   
  The temple is opened from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  
   
Address:
   
  Sri Valeeswarar Temple Priest, Dhusi Post, Via Mamandur, Kuranganilmuttam – 631 702, Thiruvannamalai district  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 94456 42409, 98946 99095, 72999 04344 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Shrines of Kasi Viswanathar, Bhairavar, Navagrahas, Sapthamadhas, Nagadevadha are on the corridor –Prakara. Lord Mahavishnu is behind the sanctum sanctorum with His discus.

 
     
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray to Lord seeking release from sins, for wisdom and intelligence, and remedy from the effects Saturn aspects.

Married women and pregnant women offer bangles to Mother before they wear them. They believe the prayer would reward them child boon and safe delivery of the child. They also pray to the mother for relief of Balarishta doshas of Children. Balarishta (Bala-children, arishta-illness) is an adverse effect on the new borns according to planetary situations at the time of birth lasting for some years according to astrology.

It is the faith of devotees that prayer to Lord Valeeswara would reward them with a satisfied life and total liberation at the end.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees offer abishek and Vastras to Lord and the Mother on realizing their prayers. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Koyyamalar Nather: Lord Valeeswarar graces in the form of Swayambulinga facing west. The rays of Sun fall at His fee on certain days in the month of Chithirai (April-May). When the monkey king Vali came to worship the Lord, he did not want to pick the flowers by hand but shook the tree making the flowers fall on the Lord. Koyya-not picked, Malar-flowers. As the Lord was worshipped with such direct flowers, He got the name Koyyamalar Nathar. Sugarcane juice is used for abhishek in the belief that our life would be as sweet as sugarcane. It is also said that birds and animals having just five senses also worshipped Lord Valeeswara and gained six senses. Devotees are relieved of sins, gifted with wisdom and knowledge.

Mother with bangles: Mother Irayarvalai Ammai graces from a separate shrine facing west. Vali, Indira and Yama the God of Death worshiped Mother before worshipping the Lord seeking her recommendation to Lord to grace them. Valai means yielding in this context. That the Mother yields to the devotees, brought Her the name Irayar Valai Ammai. Saint Ganasambandar had praised the Mother in his hymns.

Valai also means bangles. Married and pregnant women offer the bangles to the Mother before they wear them hoping that they will be blessed with children and their deliveries would be safe.

Salvation land: Yama the God of Death was in the form of a crow before worshipping Lord Shiva, scratched the land and made a spring, bathed and worshipped the Lord then. The spring was made in the shape of a new moon in the semicircle form surrounding the temple on three sides while the Lord is seated on a rock on the plain side. The spring is called Kakkaimadu theertham and Vayasaidmadu theertham. (Kakkai in Tamil and Vayasam in Sanskrit means crow). Yama is the authority of Planet Saturn. Those seeking relief from adverse aspects of this planet, worship Lord Shiva.

Saint Gnanasambander mentions this temple as Kuranganilmuttam and Paravavahai Veedu, meaning that the devotee is liberated from the cycle of births and deaths.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Sage Markandeya was destined to die at the age of sixteen. He took a pilgrimage to all Shive shrines. When he attained the age of sixteen, Yama the Lord of Death approached him and waged the rope around his neck which wrongly fell on Lord Shiva who not only cursed him and dismissed him from the post for not doing his work right. Markandeya was saved. When Lord Yama begged the pardon of the Lord, who said that he would have His darshan on Earth at an appropriate time when he would be restored to his post. He came to earth in the form a crow and worshipped Shiva in all temples.

Indira, the king of the Devas (those in the celestial world) wrongly cast his eyes on the wife of Sage Gautama. As he cast his eyes wrongly on a married woman, he was cursed by the Rishi to have eyes all parts of his body. Indira came to Lord Shiva for relief from the sin committed by him. He was also advised to undertake pilgrimage in Earth and that He would grace him at an appropriate time. Indira came to earth in the form Anil – Squirrel.

Both Yama and Indira came to this place simultaneously. It so happened that Vali, the king of monkeys also came here to worship Lord Shiva the same time. Vali was a great Shiva Bhakta. Yama and Indira worshipped Shiva along with Vali. Lord Shiva graced His Darshan to the three together and relieved Yama and Indira from the sins. As prayed by them, He stayed in this place as a Swayambumurthy. The place came to be known as Kurangu Anil Muttam, Kurangu-Monkey, Anil-squirrel, Muttam-crow.

There are sculptures of the three on the pillars of the temple depicting their worships.

Lord Valeeswarar appears in the form of a Swayambulinga. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on certain days in the month of Chithirai.

 
     
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