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Sri ChozheeswaramUdayar temple
 
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Moolavar: ChozheeswaramUdayar
  Urchavar: Somaskandar, Sivakami
  Amman / Thayar: Soundarya Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Vanni
  Theertham: Tank in the Shiva temple
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Ilankadambanur
  City: Ilankadambanur
  District: Nagapattinam
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Besides Shiva related monthly special pujas, the temple celebrates Vaikasi Visakam in May-June and a festival called Eka Dina day.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva appears here in the form of a shell – Chozhi in Tamil.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Chozheeswaram Udayar-Soundarya Nayaki temple, Ialmkadambanur, Perumkadambanur post, Nagapattinam – 611 108.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 8608717822 
    
 General Information:
     
 

This is an east facing temple with a 3 tier Rajagopuram.  It also has Vinayaka near the flag post.  Lord Pradhana Vinayaka is on the right side of of Lord Shiva.  O the left is the shrine for Mother Soundarya Nayaki.  Sri Valampur Vinayaka, Mother Shiva Durga, Lord Chandikeswara, Lord Dakshinamurthy are in their respective shrine in the inner prakara.  Lord Bhairava, Pidari, Iyanar, Navagrahas the in planets, San Bhagwan and Sun have their own respective shrines in the temple.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

As the place happens to be one to seek remedies for various doshas – problems – devotees throng the temple for solutions.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Realizing their wishes, devotees offer whatever they could for the temple pujas and festivals. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The temple is one among the five – Pancha Kadamba Sthalas.  This is the place from where Lord Muruga relieved Himself from the Veerakathi dosha.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Daksha began a Maha Yagna with all pride ignoring Lord Shiva but invited all Deva with the willful intention of humiliating Him.  Though his daughter Dakshayani advised him again and again, Daksha was adamant.  Unable to bear the disrespect to Her Lord, Dakshayani fell in the Yagna fire and ended Herself.  Knowing the news, Lord Shiva deputed Veerabadra to destroy the Yagna.  The Devas who were silent about the wrong committed by Daksha had but to uncur the wrath of Lord Shiva.  Asuras the demons re-emerged and began to harass the Devas under the leadership of Surapanma.

Lord Brahmma along with Lord Narayana and crores of Devas surrendered at the feet of Lord Shia for freedom from the demons.  Lord Shiva created Lord Muruga through the sparks from His forehad eye for the destruction of Asuras.  Devout son Arumuga-Muruga set out to face and got the leaf shapped wepon from Mother Vel Nadunkanni at the place known as Chikkal.  Muruga destroyed the demons but had to incur the Veerakathi Dosha.  Lord Shiva suggested the Parikara pujas.

Acoordingly, Lord Muruga performed penance at Padarivana doing Panchalinga, Dwaralinga pujas.  Lord Muruga worshipped Mother Anju (Pacha or Five) Vattahtu Amman at Kilvelur, with a Vinayaka made of turmeric.  Secondly, He bathed in the Padala Ganga and worshipped Lord Kailasanatha.  Thirdly, He crezated Sivaganga spring and worshipped Lord Gangalanathar.  Fourthly, He worshipped Lord Viswanatha with Mother Visalaskhi and fifthly and finally, He worshipped Lord Chozheeswarar with Mother Soundaryanayaki in this holy place, Ilankadambanur.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva in this temple is a swayambu in the form of a shell – Chozhi in Tamil.
 
     
 
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