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Sri Kailasanathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Kailasanathar
  Urchavar:
  Amman / Thayar: Parvathi
  Thala Virutcham:
  Theertham:
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Kunancheri
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Besides monthly Pradoshams, the temple celebrates Maha Shivrathri in February-March in a grand manner.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Those disabled and suffering from infantile paralysis pray in the temple.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Kailasanathar Temple, Koonancheri, Thanjavur.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 9843138641 
    
 General Information:
     
  There are 8 Shivalingas in the outer Prakara worshipped by Ashtavakra.  There is a shrine for Mother Jada Makuda Soundarya Nayaki in the temple.  
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Those disabled and suffering from infantile paralysis pray in the temple.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  The temple is near Kumbakonam on the Swamimalai Tiruvaikavur route at a distance of 10 km.  It is also in between two famous Vishnu temples – Aadangudi and Pulla Pudungudi.  Lord Kailasanathar blesses the devotees as the presiding deity.  
     
  Temple History:
     
  King Janaka was conducting a great yajna in Mithila.  A little boy was waiting to enter the yajna venue.  He was so disfigured that no one would greet him.  He had eight such disability in his body – hunch back, lame legs, hands twisted etc.  He demanded to meet the head of the pandits assembled there named Vandhi.  A word of war took place between the boy and the others.
King Janaka came out and came to know the purpose of the boy’s visit.  The king told the boy that a pandit was still to be born to meet Vandhi in a debate on the Vedantic philosphies and many who challenged him were drowned in the Ganga as per the condition of the debate and advised the boy not to venture on a losing game.
The little boy calmly replied that Vandhi had won the debate with those who were not learned.  He said that the King’s pandit was proud of his learning and that pride alone was the main enemy of the learned.  Adding, the little boy said that Vandhi had drowned his own father and that he had come to pay back that debt.
About the little boy: Uthalaga was a great teacher of Vedas to many.  One Kaholar was among them but very dull in learning.  Yet Kaholar was noted for his simplicity, praiseworthy characters and discipline in life.  Other students mocked at  him.  Yet considering his disciplined way of life and characters, Uthalaga happily gave his daughter Sujatha in marriage to Kaholar.  The little boy Ashtavakara with all his disfigurement was the son of Kaholar-Sujatha couple.
Even as he was in his mother’s womb, Ashtavakra closely followed the teachings of Uthalaga.  When Kaholar was reading the lessons at night, the child in the womb also noticed that his father was wrong and was sad.  In his dissatisfaction over his father’s reading, the child used to turn this way and that way and the body was twisted back and forth in eight points in the body.  He was thus a disfigured child at birth and came to be known as Ashta Vakra – boy of eight disabilities.  However, before he reached the age of 12, he was a scholar of outstanding merit.  He came to know about his father’s end at the hands of Vandhi through his mother and decided to avenge his father’s death.
Ashtavakran-Vandhi debate lasted for many days.  Every one in the assembly was astonished to the see the little boy’s scholarship in philosophies.  Despite all struggles of Vandhi to win the disfigured boy, he could not escape total defeat.  He became destined to be drowned in the Ganga.  A secret broke out then.
Vandhi’s father Varuna was conducting a Yajna in his Varunaloka and needed pandits from earth.  How to get them?  Vandhi played this debate trick, won them and sent them to his father by drowning them in Ganga.  Vandhi begged Ashtavakra for his life and promised that he would bring back all the pandits back to life including Kaholar, the boy’s father.  Varuna had to bear the curse of all Maharshis.
The boy achieved the aim of his life.  Lord decided to make the little boy a handsome youth as reward for his mastery over the Sastras and relieved him of all body defects. This happened at this holy land Koonancheri.  The place is on the banks of Cauvery.
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Those disabled and suffering from infantile paralysis pray in the temple.
 
     
 
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