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Sri Kulasekhara Nathar temple
Moolavar: Kulasekhara Nathar
  Amman / Thayar: Sugandha Kundalambikai, Avudai Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham:
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Keelapathai
  District: Tirunelveli
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Besides monthly Pradosha pujas, the temple celebrates Maha Shivrathri grandly in February-March.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Of the two presiding deities in the temple, Lord Pallathu Udayar is a swyambumurthi  
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.  
  Sri Kulasekhara Nathar Temple, Keela Pathai, Tirunelveli.  
  +91 94866 43260, 98840 28541 
 General Information:

The temple has shrines for Lords Dakshinamurthi, Chandikeswara, Bhairava, Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.  The idol of Lord Dakshinamurthi was installed by His Holiness Kodaganallur Sundara Swamigal.


People pray here to realize their various wishes and for good health free from illness.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek and aaradanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  The Village Pathai is situated at the foot of western ghats and on the banks of Pachai river.  According to epigraphic findings, the village was known as Mullinattu Chadurvedi Mangalam during the rule of kings.  The temple adds fame and name to the village.  There are two Shivalingas – presiding deities – of which that of Lord Kulasekhara Nathar also praised as Kulasekharam Udayar is the principal one.  Main Goddess of the temple is Mother Sugandha Kundalambikai.  The temple is facing west.
The other presiding deity is at a lower level pit – Pallam in Tamil – is a swayambumurthi commonly known as Pallathu Udayar and praised also as Tirupura Hareswarar, Adhi Nathar, Thanezhundha Nayanar and Pazhayon.  Mother Avudainayaki praised also as Gomathi Amman and Tiripura Sundari graces in a standing posture from the shrine south of this sanctum sanctorum.  According to Puranas, Divine Cow Kamadenu worshipped this Swayambu Shiva Linga.  It is said that Lord Aadhi Nathar existed here even before Kualasekhara Nathar.   When monsoon fails, the villagers fill the Pallam-Pit of Pallathu Udayar, perform pujas praying for rain.  People of Keel Pathai village are staunch devotees of Pallthu Udayar.
  Temple History:
  Pandya King Kualasekharan was on his hunting spree in the forests along with his men.  He found some sages erecting a tent and demanded the rishis to remove them as it was obstructing his way.  The sages replied that a great yajna was scheduled to take place there and their Guru would not accept another venue.  The angry king losing his right senses began to get the tents removed by force.  The Guru came.  His face grew red and said that the duty of the king was to help the animals and the rishis in penance to live in peace and if the king himself became arrogant and behaved otherwise, “he loses the right to be a king”.  He cursed the king to suffer from acute stomach pain for ever.
King Kulasekharan was shocked and fell at the feet of Guru and begged for remedy.  He was advised to build Shiva temples at places where he hunted caused troubles to the rishis and to pray to Lord and that his stomach pain would start reducing gradually.  The king again fell at the feet of the Guru and began building temples for Lord Shiva.  The last temple he built is the one at Pathai village.  Fortunately, he got a Shivalinga worshipped by divine cow Kamadenu and installed it in this temple.  His sufferings came to and worshipped Lord Lord Aadhi Nathar here.  Pleased with his worship, Lord granted Darshan to the king with Mother Parvati.  The king begged the Lord that He be praised as Kulasekhara Nathar and to bless the devotees worshipping Him.  Lord granted the boon.  He also made an idol of Lord in the darshan posture and installed it in the temple.
In Her hurry to follow Lord to grant darshan to the king, Mother Parvati came without Her crown dressing the hair in a simple manner.  She was praised as Sugantha Kundalambikai.  The idol of Ambica has no crown.  The king also arranged a school for teaching Thevaram hymns and all Saivite books.  He also left lands for the maintenance and the daily pujas, according to epigraphic finds
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: One of the two presiding deities in the temple is a swambumurthy.
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