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Sri Aazhi Kandeeswarar temple

Moolavar : Aazhi Kandeeswarar, Manikandeeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Soundarya Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Vaigai
Agamam / Pooja : Sivagama
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Idaikattoor
District : Sivaganga
State : Tamil Nadu




   Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   As a tradition, the shrine for Navagraha-9 planets is on the northeastern side in Shiva temples. It is at the border of this place on the northeastern side as separate temple. Sage Idaikadar appears in a penance posture.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Aazhi Kandeeswarar Temple, Idaikattoor-630 602.


   91- 94438 33300.

General Information:

   10 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam is celebrated in the temple in March-April.? Devotees of Lord Muruga carry Kavadis and walk on fire pit-Pookuzhi.? Lord Muruga comes in procession with Mothers Valli and Deivanai on Kruthika star days.? Special pujas are performed to Lord Muruga on the first day of each Tamil month.? While generally Moonjur-belonging to rat family- is before Lord Vinayaka as His Vahan, Elephant occupies this pride in this temple.


   Devotees facing wedding problems and concerned with the welfare of the children pray to Lord and Mother and Lord Balasubramania (Muruga) performing special pujas.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Once, the Navagrahas the nine planets took different positions causing a severe famine. Idaikadar who foresaw this situation earlier, trained his sheep to eat a plant called Erukku which is prevented for consumption by cattle due to its poisonous content. They became immune to the content. He thus managed the drought situation. Knowing the plan of Idaikadar, the planets called on him. Idaikadar extended all hospitality to them. After the lunch, the planets relaxed for some time. Using this time, Idaikadar changed their positions. It began to rain immediately. The famine came to an end giving way to prosperity. Planets were happy to accept their new positions as Idaikadar did it with noble intentions. Based on this event, mentioned in the biography of the Siddha, a new temple exclusively for the planets was built here. Idaikadar Siddha had authored a Venba, a Tamil poetic literary form telling the planetary effects for each of the sixty Tamil Years. He has foretold the effects of Vehudanya year in this book. Special pujas are performed to Idaikardar on Arudra-Tiruvadhirai star day. The temple is on the northern bank of Vaigai River. Lord Shiva in the temple assesses the deep mind (Aazh Manam in Tamil) of the devotees and graces them, hence named Aazhi Kandeeswara. He is also praised as Manikandeeswarar. Mother Soundarya Nayaki graces from a separate shrine.
Between the shrines of Lord and Mother is the shrine of Lord Balsubramania (Muruga) in the Somaskanda form. Though this is a Shiva temple, festivals are dedicated to Lord Muruga alone here. It is said that this is followed as the temple is in Somaskanda form.

Temple History:

   Idaikadar was born to Nanda and Yasodha in this holy land. His was a life between (Idai in Tamil) married and asceticism. Hence, he came to known as Idaikadar. He installed a Shivalinga here and performed Shiva Puja rigorously. He became a Siddha and merged with the Lord by His grace. This temple is a monument telling Siddha?s life

Special Features:


*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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