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Sri Kadamba Vaneswarar temple

Moolavar : Kadamba Vaneswarar
Urchavar : Somaskandar
Amman / Thayar : Muttrila Mulaiammai
Thala Virutcham : Kadamba tree
Theertham : Cauvery, Brhamma theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Kadambandurai, Kuzhithandalai
City : Kulithalai
District : Karur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The shrine is praised in the hymns of Saints Tirunavukkarasar and Arunagiriar. Saint Tirunavukkarasar adivises his own heart to remember the Lord of Kadamba Vanam where He appears with His blue scar in the neck ? Neelakanda- as the very Four Vedas and its six Angas and worshipped by those in the celestial world. This is the 65th shrine on the southern bank of Cauvery and mentioned in Thevaram hymns.


   13 day Masi Brahmmotsavam in February-March, Thai Poosam in January-February, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Aaipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva graces in the temple as a Swayambu Linga facing north. Seven Virgins (Saptha Kannikas) are worshipping Him from behind.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


   Sri Kadamba Vaneswarar temple, Kulithalai-639 104. Karur district.


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General Information:

   The temple graced by Lord Anugnai Vinayaka has its Vimana ? tower above the sanctum sanctorum ? is of Tridala design. The Rajagopura has five tiers. Lord Shiva is facing north while Lord Dakshinamurthy on the Koshta (wall around the sanctum) is facing south. Lord Chandikeswara is facing west against traditional south and Lord Brahamma east against north. Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai are above the Navagrahas - the nine planets to facilitate worshipping of those affected by Mars planet adverse aspects. Lord Muruga is the deity of Planet Mars. There is also a separate shrine for Sani Bhagwan-Saturn.


   Women believe that Lord Shiva would be their constant protector and submit all their grievances at His feet.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform wedding festival to Mother and Lord.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Saptha Kannikas, the Seven Virgins prayed to Lord Shiva to protect them from the sins caused by killing demon Doomralochana. Lord Shiva is believed to be their security in this place. He also destroyed the demon. Devotees consider Mother Chamundi here as Mother Durga. Hence, there is no special shrine for Mother Durga. Worships to Mother Durga are offered in Shiva shrine itself. Pujas during Rahukala time are performed to Lord Shiva and Mother Durga simultaneously.

Temple History:

   Devas of the celestial world appealed to Mother Ambica to protect them from the atrocities of Demon Doomralochana. Mother took the form of Durga and fought with the demon. As his boons were very strong, he fought with equal might with Mother. Mother began to feel weak. Lord Shiva deputed Saptha Kannikas to fight him. The demon could not stand their force and hid himself in the hermitage of Maharshi Kathyayana. The virgins mistook the Rishi as the demon and eliminated him and thus incurred Brahmmahathi dosha ? a sin that would make the sinner dark with a gruesome face. As advised by Ambica, they performed penance on Lord Shiva and got relieved of the sin when Lord granted them darshan from the Kadamba tree.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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