Friday, October 15, 2021

Kulaivanangunathar Temple, Vadakurangaduthurai

Location of the templeVadakurangaduthurai (Now known as Aduthurai Perumal Koil)
Lord Shiva known asKulaivanangunathar, Dhayanitheeswarar, valeeswarar
Female deity known asAzhagu Sadaimudiammai, Jatamakudeswari
How to reach This temple is located 22 Kms. from Kumbakonam and 5 Kms. from Tiruvaiyaru on the Kumbakonam - Tiruvaiyaru road via Swamimalai, Umayalpuram and Kabisthalam.
Temple Address Arulmighu
Kulaivanangunathar Temple
Vadakurangaduthurai, Aduthurai Perumal Koil
Ullikkadai Post
Papanasam Taluk
Thanjavur District
PIN 614202

There are 2 Paadal Petra Shivasthalams in the name of Kurangaaduthurai where Sugreevan and Vaali are believed to have worshipped Shiva. Vada Kurangaduturai, known so because of its location to the north of the river Cauvery, is situated near Tiruvaiyaru where vaali worshipped Lord Shiva. The other Kurangaaduthurai, known as Aduthurai (Thenkurangaduthurai - Thevara thalam - south of river Kaveri), is located near Tiruvidaimarudur on the Kumbakonam - Mayiladuthurai road.

This temple has a 5 tier Gopuram (Tower) and 2 prakarams. Stucco figures representing the legends associated, are seen in this temple and a stone image of Vaali worshipping Shiva adorns the sanctum. Inscriptions from the Chola period have been found inside this temple.

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