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Sri Sri Koteeswarar, Kailasanathar temple temple

Moolavar : Presiding deity : Koteeswarar, Kailasanathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Mother Goddess : Pandhadu Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Holy tree : Vilwa
Theertham : Holy spring : Amudhakinaru (a well)
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Place : Kottayur
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Tirunavukkarasar. In his hymn, Saint Tirunavukkarasar explains the pleasant handsome appearance of Lord Shiva with the sacred ash on His body, riding on His bull vehicle, giving light to all directions. That Lord is gracing from His high towered Koteeswaram temple in Kottayur. This is the 44th temple praised in Thevaram hymns on the northern bank of Cauvery River.


   Festivals: Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Tiruvadhirai in Margazhi (December-January), Shivrathri in February-March, Arrow festival in Purattasi (September-October) are the important festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Significance: Lord graces in the temple as a swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   Temple timings: The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00a.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Address: Sri Koteeswarar, Kailasanathar Temple, Kottayur, Thanjavur district ? 612 002


   91-0435 - 2450 595, +91-94866 70043,

General Information:

   General information: The Navagrahas are beautifully designed with their respective vahanas-vehicles. They are too enticing to look at. Only a few temples in Tamilnadu have such Navagraha (9 planets) shrines.


   Prayer: Devotees pray for relief from evil aspects and to have a loving appearance.

Thanks giving:

   Prayer commitment: People bathe in this place and spill the water on their heads to have a beautiful appearance.

Greatness Of Temple:

    Reputation: This is a sacred place offering good progress in education. Sage Markandeya worshipped the Lord here. The Shivalinga was found under castor nuts (nut in Tamil means Kottai), hence named Kottayur. Lord gave darshan to Sage Badri Yogi in 10 million Vinayaka form, 10 million Mother-Goddesses form, 10 Million Lord Muruga form ? 10 million ? one crore). Hence, the Lord is known as Koteeswarar. The nut symbols are visible on the Linga.

Temple History:

   History: Satyarathi was the ruler of Tirihartha kingdom. His son Suruchi incurred a curse and was disfigured as a devil. Anyone seeing him began to run away. He wanted to attract all those who hated his appearance and worshipped Lord Shiva to get back his handsome face. He was advised to go to Kottayur and have a bath in the holy spring. He regained his handsomeness still better. Mainly, women follow this ritual to become beautiful.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthy in the temple.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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