27 March 2012

Pongu Saneeswarar - Agneeswarar Temple - Thirukollikadu

We had planned two days stay in Mannargudi [16th and 17th of March, 2012] and these two days turned out to be very hectic - visiting a few temples in and around Mannargudi. Our first priority was to attend the Mandabhishekam of our "Kula Deivam temple- Sri Kamakshi Amman of Kunniyur " and then we had planned to go to Patteeswaram Temple, which we completed the first day[16th]. Besides these two temples, we thought we could squeeze in some precious time to visit a few other temples nearby.   

I should also mention here that we owe our thanks to the hired tourist cab driver, R. Vivek Vivekanandan [ Mobile: 76394 13191]  who was very kind enough to take us to these temples in record time. Being a good driver,  he made us feel so full of ease and it was a pleasure to be with him during these two days of our temple visit in Mannargudi.  It was Vivek [cab driver], who suggested the "Pongu Saneewaran temple.  And since we had some free time in the early morning hours, we were on our way in no time!  For all those who wish to travel in comfort and ease, you may hire this taxi driver.  He is sure to make you trip fruitful and enjoyable.

Being saturday, and expecting a huge crowd, we started early in the morning and headed for this sacred temple dedicated to Saneeswarar.  The temple situated very near Mannargudi, Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, is perpetually crowded especially on saturdays, and you can find the pilgrims from all over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, throng this temple, standing in long queues, extending over a kilometre, waiting for the temple to open.  Numerous devotees are seen to throng this temple during the festivals to offer their prayers to the deity- Lord Saneeswarar. 

This is purely a shrine dedicated for Saturn [Saneeswarar].  
The serenity has an aura of spirituality at Thirukollikadu, a sleepy hamlet on the Mannargudi -Thiruthuraipoondi road in the agrarian heartland of Tamilnadu.

When we reached the temple, there was not that much crowd - though you could find the devotees slowly finding their way into the temple.  The temple priest was good enough to let us have darshan of the Lord at very close quarters.  After having had good darshan of the Lord at very close quarters, we emerged from the temple with a sense of sheer satisfaction....and being saturday, it was all the more fulfilling for having gone to this temple in Thirukollikadu. 

Here is a small re-cap of our visit to this ancient temple.  

About the Temple: 

Pongu Sanneeswarar Sannadhi in
Left Corner -Thirukollikadu
Agneeswarar temple at Thirukkollikadu or Kallikadu is more commonly known as Pongu Saneeswaran Temple.  The Presiding deity of this temple, Agneeswarar,  is also known as Thirukollikadar or Theevanna Nathar. " Thee"  means fire and vanna means colour in Tamil.  True to the name, the Lingam here is slightly reddish in colour. The Lingam here is one of the 64 Swayambhu [self-manifested] Lingams.  His consort is Mirudupaadanayagi or Menthiruvadiamman or Panjinmelladiaal.  All the
names of the Goddess here mean – the one with soft feet. 

Thirukollikadu Temple-Front View
This is a padal petra sthalam and Thirugnana Sambandar has sung in praise of Thirukollikadar.  The sthala vruksham at this temple is Vanni.

Another View of the Temple

Agni was under the grip of ezharai sani when he had lost some of his power due to the following reasons.  Agni had taken part in the yaga conducted by Dakshan [Lord Shiva’s father-in-law], whose primary intention of conducting the yaga was to insult Shiva. Agni had also been afflicted with dosha when the wax palace was burnt with the intent to kill the Pandavas.  Agni prayed to Lord Shiva here to get back his power.  Lord Shiva obliged him here and is hence known as Agneeswarar.

Pongu Sanni in Agneeswarar Temple-
There is a story behind how this temple is so important for Saneeswaran worship.  Saneeswaran is actually a just planet that has effects on the person according to his karmas [deeds]. However, people misunderstood and dreaded the very mention of the name.  Ezharai Sani or the seven and a half years period when the planet casts its malefic effect on the native of the horoscope is a dreaded period.  Similarly ashtama Sani is also feared.  Saneeswaran did not like this and he appealed to the Lord that he should not be blamed or held responsible for doing his assigned task.  Lord Shiva was pleased with Saneeswaran and conferred him the title Saneeswaran here.  No other planet has the tag Easwaran attached.    He directed Saneeswaran to stay back at this temple as Pongu Sani and bless the devotees.
Agni Theerthan - Thirukollikadu
After he was relieved of the Sani dosham at Thirunallar, Nalan came here and sought the blessing of the Lord.  He was re-united with his family and got back his royal status after worshipping here. King Harichandra is also said to have bathed at this sthalam and was finally relieved of his dohsam by the grace of Kollikadu Sani Bhagavan. The river where he bathed is still named after him.

Saneeswaran is present here seated on his vehicle – the crow, as anugraha murthy [one showering his blessings] with his lower right hand showing abhaya hastham.  He holds a plough in his upper right hand.   He is holding a flag with crow embossed on it, in his left hand.  Opposite to Pongu Saneeswarar is Bhairavar, who is Saneeswaran’s guru.  There is a shrine for Lakshmi next to Pongu Saneeswarar.  Murugan is present here with his consorts Valli and Deivayanai.  He holds a bow in his hands instead of the Vel [spear]. The Navagrahas are usually seen as Vakramurthys, ie they face different directions. The Navagrahas here are uniquely placed.  They form a shape └┘here.

Saturn is called Pongu Sani and Mangala Sani as he blesses the devotees abundantly.

Thiru-Chitramballam Part-I in
Thirukollikadu Temple

Thiru-Chitramballam-Part-II in 
Thirukollikadu Temple
Only on Saturdays, the temple remains open even in the afternoon. It is widely believed that worshiping in this temple will improve one’s social status. There is a belief that the  devotees will earn through legal and righteous means and will also regain any property or wealth that was earlier lost due to deceit. 

There are inscriptions in this temple which suggest that this ancient temple which was once built out of bricks, got its present granite structure during the medieval period of Chola reign, about 1500 years ago.

Saneeswara Moola Mantra:

Aum pram prim praum sah shanaisharaya namah.

Saneeswara Gayathri:

Pangupadhaya vidmahe Surya putraaya dheemahi, thanno Mandha prachodayath


This temple is located about 25 kms from Tiruvarur.  On Tiruvarur Thirutharaipoondi road take a right turn at Kachanam.  This temple is about 8 kms from Kachanam.

The nearest towns are Tiruvarur and Mannargudi, where there are quite a few options available to suit various budgets.  This is a very small village and no facility is available here.

Nearby Temples:

  • Thirunellika
  • Thirukuvalai
  • Thiruthengoore
  • Kaichinam

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Agneeswarar Alayam
Thiruthangur Thirunellikaval [P.O] Tiruvarur [Dist] – 610 205 

Contact Phone No: 04369 237454.

23 March 2012

Mandalabhishekam of Sri Kamakshi Amman of Kunniyur -2012

Sri Kamakshi Amman stands in all Her Glory - amidst the paddy fields in the small village of Kunniyur and 48 days of the Mandala Puja proceedings reached it's climax...

...and it was time for the Temple Committee members to be on their feet again.  Elaborate arrangements had been made for this grand finale....and I should say that our visit to this religious function was worth every minute!  

Sri Kamakshi Amman-Kunniyur
It was the final two days of the Mandala Abhishekam of Sri Kamakshi Amman of Kunniyur in Mannargudi, Thiruvarur District of Thanjavur.  
The Mahakumabhishekam of the temple was performed on January 29, 2012, in a grand manner.   

The Mandalabhishekam and Homam of the newly  consecrated temple of Sri Kamakshi Amman in Kunniyur, Manargudi in Tanjavur District,  was performed on Saturday the 17-03-2012,  bringing the 48-day rituals to an glorious end!  

 'ஏக தின லக்ஷார்ச்சனை' and , மண்டலாபிஷேக பூர்த்தி ஹோமம் மற்றும் அபிஷேக ஆராதனைகள்' was celebrated on Friday, Mar. 16 and Saturday, Mar.17, 2012, respectively

The Beautiful Village of Kunniyur-
Abode of Sri Kamakshi
It was a direct contrast to the climatic conditions which one experienced at the Mahakumbabhishekam period.  The beginning of the hot summer months ahead were clearly visible and  inspite of the sweltering heat generated all over the village, there was a huge gathering and I should mention here that there was that "gentle Breeze" --brushing past all the devotees amidst the greenery of this beautiful, calm village called ----" Kunniyur - the Abode of Kamakshi". 

 It seemed as if "Kamakshi Amman beckoned" all of her devotees from far and near to the village of Kunniyur, to see Her and get Her Blessings on that day! 

It is no doubt  the "Power of Kamakshi Amman"... luring all Her devotees to Her side to be showered with Her Blessing!

On the morning of 16-03-2012, the temple wore a festive look and was full of activity with lots of devotees waiting to take part in the 'ஏக தின லக்ஷார்ச்சனை'[ Ekadina Laksharchana] which began at around 8 am and went on to 1 pm and 3 pm to 8.30 pm - rendering the air with their vibrant chanting of the Sahasranamamarchana.  This was followed by Deepaaradhanai and distribution of Prasaadam.  

The Mandala Puja indicates  the finishing of the Maha Kumbabishekam. One Mandalam denotes 48 days, hence after 48 days, this puja is performed.

On the final two days of the Mandala Abhishekam of Sri Kamakshi Amman of Kunniyur in Mannargudi, Thiruvarur District of Thanjavur,  this small village came to life once again and the whole atmosphere was vibrant to the chanting of the Mantras by the Prohits who had come from far and near for this auspicious occassion.  All of the rituals like the Mandalabhisheka Poorthi Homam, Special Abhishekam, Alangaram, Neivedyam, Dheepaarathanai, Prasaadam  distribution were done in a perfect manner in accordance to the Aagama sastras and Prasadam distribution and Annadhaanam [free food distribution] brought down the curtain to this grand ritual of great significance.   

Pillayar inside the Temple
Murugar inside the Temple 
Occurring on the forty-eighth day after consecration of the murti  in the temple, all the religious norms like the Tattvakala-homa was performed in accordance with the scriptures by the temple purohitas and Purnahuti of the Homam at about 11.30 am, was conducted in the august presence of the Pannaiyar family, along with all the other devotees of Kunniyur, gathered for this two day function in the newly constructed /renovated temple of Sri Kamakshi Amman.  After purnahuti,  the Mandalabhishekam was performed to the Amman, accompanied by the sonorous chanting of Vedic mantras by the Sivacharyar, Purohitas and Pandits.  More than 15 to 20 priests had gathered to perform the Vedic and Agamic rites in an authentic and befitting manner.... a fitting climax to the religious ceremonies.  

Sri Kamakshi Amman  stood in all Her splendour and accepted our offerings which was indeed a sight to be-hold! 

As expected, there was a large gathering on these two concluding days of the Mandalabhishekam.  The Sivachariar  and the Prohitas who performed the Pooja found the whole proceedings to their utmost satisfaction and each and everyone gathered there felt that the Mandalabhishekam was"uthamathula uthamam", i.e. within the grand category itself it was grand!  

What a memorable moment for the Kunniyurians!  This event is sure to be etched in each and everyone's mind for many more years to come...!!

Homas, ordained in the Aagama sastras, to be performed during this time,  are performed with due ritualistic care and attention.  Poornahuti and Mahaa Deepaaaradhana are performed at the end of the proceedings.  At the conclusion of the ceremony the power secured by the performance of the various Homas are transferred to the main homakunda. Thereafter, rituals follow to transfer the divine power accumulated in the main homakunda to the main kalasa installed at the center of the Yaagasala.  The sacred fire of the Homakunda is extinguished thereafter.  Elaborate poojas are conducted to kalasaas to energize the same with all the power.  The highlight of this process is bathing of the Vimaana [steeple] and all the deities from the water of the kalasaas, by the priests.  The Aacharyas are the center of attraction chanting the mantras in all earnest.                                                         

Mahadeepa Aradhana to the sanctified deities after the kumbhabhishekam, and performing Shodashopachara [sixteen steps] Pooja is a memorable sight.  Theertham, Prasadam distribution and Annadhaanam [free food distribution] bring down the curtain to the grand ritual of great significance.

Traditionally, the Kumbabhishekam ceremony is followed by special poojas for the benefit of society and mankind as a whole. Accordingly, on the evening of this ceremony Kalyana utsavam [marriage ceremonies] are performed followed by taking the deities in a procession.  According to the Aagama sastras that guide temple rituals “Mandala Abhishekam” must be performed for over a month [normally 48 days] after the completion of the Mahaa-Samprokshanam  or Maha Kumbabhishekam.  

The Mandala pooja enhances the divine presence in the consecrated [recharge] archana and moola [main] vigrahaas.

Kumbhabhishekam ceremony has everlasting effect on the society as a whole, besides on devotees. 

Aagama sastras mention:

 “Sarvaroga nivrityartham, sarva yaaga phalapradam

  Sarva sampathkaram nreenam putrapoutrabhi vardhanam,"

It is conducted with the sole purpose of eradicating all illness, obtaining good benefits from various Yagaas, deriving rich benefits for the well being and for the healthy propagation of the progeny. The kumbhabhishekam brings all-round prosperity not only to any particular group or devotees but also to the society as a whole. As we all know Sanatana Dharma postulates  "Vasudheka kutumbakam‟ the whole world is one family and 

"Eko vipraha Bahuda vadanti", wise men call the ONE [Supreme] by many names and forms. 

Food and accommodation arrangements were excellent and worth mentioning.  

There was  excellent support and co-operation extended to and by the  KBSS Thiruppani Committee, in making the Mahakumbabhishekam and the Mandalabishega Poorthi Vaibhavam of Sri Kamakshi Amman a memorable one.  All of the devotees, old and new to our temple, as well as the founders and trustees found the whole event to be a magnificent one and  conducted in a grand manner.  Each one  of them had a word of praise and of course complimented the way it was organized and the contributions of the volunteers - - most satisfying.  

It was all the more gratifying to hear such comments about the ceremony.  

Kudos to the Pannaiyar Family and also to the entire team of K.B.S.S. Committee, for making this event a grand success once again!!

Please click on the below link learn more about the Sri Kamakshi Amman of Kunniyur.....


May Sri Kamakshi Amman's Blessings be showered upon all of us!

You may view a few pictures taken by us at the above Mandalabhishekam function below:

Mandalabhishekam -2012

Kalasa Homam-2012

Mandalabhishekam - 2012

Homam - Mandalabhishekam - 2012

Kalasa Pooja being performed - 2012

Mandalabhishekam - 2012

Mandalabhishekam in progress - 2012

The Gurukkal - Mandalabhishekam - 2012

Mandalabhishekam in progress-2012

All the Riruals being performed-2012

View of the various Rituals being performed - 2012

A small Discourse being presented during the

Dheeparadhanai for Sri Kamakshi Amman-2012

View of the Agraharam
The gentle breeze blowing over the river near Sivan Koil,
 is a "welcome" for all devotees of Kunniyur

20 March 2012

Temples in and Around Trichy - Sri Pundarikasha Perumal Temple,Thiruvellarai

Sri Pundarikashan Perumal Temple

Thiruvellarai is situated in Tamil Nadu near Tiruchirapalli [Trichy] It is located at a distance of 27 km from Trichy, en route to Turaiyur. This place has Sri Pundarikasha Perumal Temple, one of the 108 Divya Desams. 

Thiruvellarai Temple, the present main entrance 

Sthala Puranam:
Vellarai means White rock. Since, this sthalam is situated 100 feet high in the top of the small mountain, which is white in colour, this sthalam is called "Thiru Vellarai"
Once when Sibi Chakravarthi has been tented here with his warriors here, a white boar crossed him. He chased It and the Boar finally went inside a hole. Saint Markandeya was under penance here and King Sibi narrated the incident that occurred here and the saint asked the king to perform a Milk Abhiseka to the hole. While doing so Lord Vishnu appeared before them. So Saint Markandeya asked Sibi Chakravarthy to bring 3700 Vaishnavites from North and build a temple here for Lord Vishnu. As requested Sibi Chakravarthy brought the 3700 Vaishnavites from the North and built the temple. While do so one of the Vaishnavite died and King Sibi was very much worried about it. Lord Vishnu again appeared Himself as a Vaishnavite and told King Sibi to count Him and make the numbering as 3700.

Thiruvellarai Temple, the huge main rajagopuram in ruins 
Two Doors:
There are two entrances to go to the Moolasthanam [Where Moolavar is seen]. The two entrances are named as "Utharayana Vaasal" and "Dhakshanayana Vaasal". ["From Jan 15 to June 15 is through Utharayanya Vaasal and from then to next six month, is through Dhakshanaya Vaasal"].
Sri Vishnu who is also named as "Maayavan" at the end of Dhakshinayana kaalam [Margazhi 15th] is named as "Thai Maatha Naayagan", at the start of Thai Month [Jan 15th]
The two gates in this temple represents human life [i.e.] entering to the life and getting out of it is the other. In both these Vaasals when entering in to the life and when getting out of it, he could feel the presence of Paramaathma. To make to understand this, he resembles himself as "Suriya Narayanan" at the state of Utharayanam and as "Govindan" at the end of Dhakshinayanan at the end of Maargazhi.

Thiruvellarai - Moolavar and Utsavar
Perumal and Thaayar
The Moolavar of this Sthalam is Pundarikashan. Moolavar in standing position facing east direction. Prathyaksham for Garudan, called as "Periya Thiruvadi", Sibi chakravarthy, Bhoomi Piratti, Maarkandeya Maharishi, Lord Brahma, Rudhran [Lord Shiva].  
Thayaar here is Shenbagavalli. Also called as "Peri Pirattiyaar Lakshmi Devi". There is a separate sannadhi for Thaayar. Utsavar thaayar is named as "Pangajavalli".
Sriman Narayanan is giving dharshan to all living and non living things as Sooriya Narayanan. By extending his rays, he is giving security to the entire world. Sooriya Narayanan, is the person who is making the plants grow, making to rain, calculating the Jeevathmas paapans [sin] and punniyams [good things]. He is revolving round the Earth to make good things happen and to destroy the bad things [or] evils. Lord Emperumaan, who turns himself has Suriya Bhaghvan, revolves round the universe and he flashes his rays to make all things live.

Thiruvellarai Temple
Details of the Temple:
The wall around this temple is very big and covering the entire area of the temple and the walls also has all the 7 theerthams. Alvars have sung in praise of this temple.
This temple has been sung by Periyalwar [11 hymns] and Thirumangai Alwar [13 hymns] Vedantha Desikar in his Hamsa Sandesam has done Mangalaasasanam
1. Divya Theertham
2. Kanda Kshree Theertham
3. Chakkara Theertham
4. Chakkara Theertham
5. Pushkala Theertham
6. Padma Theertham
7. Varaaha Manikarnika Theertham

Thiruvellarai Temple, inner gopuram and vimanam 

Vimalaakkruthi Vimaanam. 
The 18 steps leading to the temple represent the 18 chapters of Bhagawat Gita. AND NEXT FOUR STEP FOR 4 VEDAS.

1. This temple has a big wall [Mathil sevar].
2. This is Birth place of Bhakthar Uyyakondaar.
3. The temple is situated on top of a Mountain which has a fall of white rocks and is 100 feet high.
4. In front of the big pillar in his temple, when one makes any sound, it replicates and echoes around the temple. Because of this, some of paasurams in Divyapprabhandhams are said for 2 or 3 times.
5. It appears from hearsay that, the temple's Raja Gopuram is left unfinished due to a mishap that occurred when it was being constructed. The completion process has not been initiated from that incident.
6. Thiruvellarai is the Birth place of Swami Engalazhwan, a Disciple of Sri Ramanuja and Thirukurukai Piran pillan. Acharya Engalazhwan taught Sri Bhasyam to Sri Nadadhoor Ammal.

Temples in and Around Trichy - Mugudeshwarar Temple and Veeranarayana Temple, Kodumudi

About the Temple:

 Mugudeshwarar Temple
Kodumudi is one of the Kongunadu and is believed to be one of the shikarams of Kailash. Sundarar composed his Namachivaayappatikam here. Several literary works praise the glory of this temple. This temple is regarded as the 6th of the 7 Tevara Stalams in the Kongu Region of Tamil Nadu.
Brahma and Vishnu who are enshrined here, are said to have worshipped Shiva, hence the name Trimurthy Kovil  [ In Tamil "MUMOORTHIGAL THALAM" ].  Agasthyar is said to have worshipped here. In a test of strength between Adiseshan and Vayu, 5 gems are said to have gotten scattered from the head of Adisesha. A red stone landed at Tiruvanamalai, an emerald at Eengoimalai, a blue diamond at Potikai, a manikkam at Vaatpoki and a diamond here.
The legend of Agasthyar travelling to the South to tilt the balance of the earth is associated with Paandikkodumudi; it is believed that the waters of his kamandalam flowed from here as the Kaveri river to alleviate the misery of the farmers downstream. The Vinayakar here is referred to as Kaviri Kanda Vinayakar.

About The Temple: 
This is a vast temple with grand shrines to Kodumudi nathar, Vadivudaiammai and Perumaal and Taayaar. There are 3 entrances leading to the Kodumudi nathar, Ambal and Veeranarayana Perumal shrines. Kunchitapaada Natarajar has both his feet on the ground, in contrast to the raised left foot. The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum of Shiva and Ambal for a period of 4 days in the months of Panguni and Aavani [Pisces and Virgo].
Endowments from the Pandyan rulers have lent the name Paandikkodumudi to this shrine. There are several inscriptions here recording endowments from various royal dynasties. The lion faced pillars testify to Pallava contributions.
Festivals: Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in Chittirai [Aries], in addition to Aadipperukku where lighted lamps are set afloat in the river, Aippasi Pournami, Thaippoosam & Arudra Darisanam .

Temple Websites:

Brahma [Vanni tree]Thayar and
Perumal shrine:
Sthala Puranam [Mythology]
A well known divine story of the temple starts with the combat between Aathisesha and Vaayu [ God of life and element 'air']. This war pulses the holy Meru [Divine hill] and makes one Apex into five pieces, after this war the five pieces of the apex changes into five Swayambulinga Sivasthalas. These five sthalas are considered as five types of precious stones as follows:
  • Emerald - Thirueengoimalai [nearer to Musiri]
  • Red - Thiruvannarmalai
  • Blue - Kuttraalam
  • Manickam - Sivaaya Malai
  • Diamond - Kodumudi
So the devotees believing this sthala for their bright future.

Perumal Sannadhi Vimanam
Kodumudi is a holy place with holy River Kaveri  and a characteristic feature i.e. Kavadi Theei'lham. This Kavadi with Kaviri [Ka---Crow, Viri-Spread] water and Vanni Leaves are the symbol of Tradition during the pilgrimage to Palanimalai. This pilgrimage includes various type of Musical instruments like Udukkai, Thaarai, Thampattam, Pambai. Nathaswaram, Thiruchinnam, Thuththari and with dancing performances too.
THE POETIC SAINT SAMBANDHAR who sung 11 songs on Lord Magudeshwara. Five songs by Appar and Saint Sundharar sung 10 songs [Namashivaya Pathigani] on Lord Magudeshwara. Lurtherly Arunagirinathar [Genuine devotee of Lord Muruga] sung "Thirupugazl" on Lord Muruga of this temple.
The Brahma Vanni Tree -
Kodumudi Temple
  • The Holy and Mystic Vanni Tree without Flourishing and ripening is the Miraculous event of this temple.
  • The last week of Aavani Tamil Month and 1st week of Panguni Tamil Month are the days of Special Dharsan. During these periods the sunlight enters through the aperture of the Rajagopuram [Entrance Tower] and reaches the Swayambulingam i.e. the Lord Surya who mingles with Lord Magudeshwara. So this event happens two times, and Lord Magudeshwara blesses the Surya.
  • Kodumudi is the place of Kaviri Mother. She turns from South towards East. River Kaviri with this divine personality forms a fulfillment in devotion and makes a satisfaction in the life. So the devotees can approach this sthala to receive the bless and bliss for the fruitful life by means of Thirumoorthi's grace.
  • Another important info about this village is, this is the birth place of Mrs.K.B.Sundarambal   the great yesteryear playback singer and actress. KBS Theatre in the town, which was opened in 1972 in the presence of  the then CM M.Karunanidhi, MGR and J.Jayalalitha, stands as a mute testimony for her remembrance.

The River Cauvery-Kodumudi


Obligations for marriages, child birth, covers a maximum part of prarthana, nexly people those suffering from physical and mental diseases are strongly believing this sthala for their remedy. There are different type of rituals, poojas are conducted by the Thirukovil for the benefit of devotees. Lot of devotees succeeded and attained their goals by the strong hope and prarthana on Lord Magudeshwara. This sthala is famous for Navagraha Shanthi Homam and poojas relating the Navagraha moorthis. Devotees showing their gratitude to the temple by means of offering donations only temple for lord brama is kodumudi workship on Monday and bathing in kaveri river leads to great development in family and business life

Theertham - This defines the holy river Kaviri and other Holy water origins inside the temple, i.e. Bharadhwaja Theertham, Brahma Theertham, Deva Theertham viz.

Navagraha dhoshams for each graham is performed here.  
Rahu Kethu Preethi: Pooja is being done with a stone Punar nahar [two nahars intertwined] or flour nahar. For homam it costs about 1500/= and you can go for either Stone Nahar for Rs 750/= or flour nahar for Rs 150/=
PS: [Approx. rates only given-to enquire].
A view of the Pariharam Centre in the Temple
Nahars for Pariharam
Sevvai Pariharam: The person has to tie the mangal suthra to a plantain tree and after the symbolic marriage, it has to be cut and thrown away. This requires, saree, dhothi, a mangal suthra and the homa items and costs about Rs 1500 /= and you have to leave the dress you were wearing during the homam there itself.
Mrithyanja homam [to get rid of death fear]: This costs either 1500/= or 5000/= depending upon the type of pooja.
Prithyangara homam [to get rid of the evil effects from enemies] is a little costlier and it is being done according to the affordability of the person
Dhanvanthri homam [for illness]: Minimum Rs 1700/= and depends on the affordability of the person
Gubera Lakshmi Pooja: Costs about Rs 2000/= you have to bring 50 numbers of 1 rupee coins and take them back after the pooja
Durga Soolani homam [to get rid of curse by ladies]: Costs about Rs 1500/= Pooja is being done for Nava durga and Sabtha Kannigas
Ayushya Homam costs about Rs 1700/=
Apart from these, Navagraha homams, Ganapathy homam, Pithru Saba homam, Brahma Harthi dosha nivarana homam, Sudharsana homam etc., are also being done.
Gurukkals [Shaiva type] :
Mahalinga Gurukkal – 94438 40007
Santhoshi Sivam – 94439 13053
Bhattars [Vaishnava type] :
Sridhar Bhattar: 94881 43403 / 90809 42529
It is said the people suffering from mental illness, after doing the pariharam here, should go to Gunaseelam in the Trichy – Musiri route immediately and continue the pariharam the next day morning by taking a dip before sun rise at the Cauvery there for best cure.

Vanni Tree [The tree is a 3000 year old living tree.]

Nandhi in front of the Shiva Shrine

Chithirai Festival begins with Flag Hoist and Car riding on the day of Hastha Nakshthra and ends in the day of Chithra Nakshathra with Holy bathing in the river at morning and dehoisting the flag the evening. During this Ten days of ceremony the Uthsavamoorthis [festive deities - Siva, Vishnu] will be taken out on different types of Vahanas for dharsan.
The 18th day of Aadi Tamil Month is the day for Holy bath in river Kaviri. During this function the Uthsavamoorthi will be taken to the river bank and there will be a function called "Deepam" conducted by Thirukovil, at 6.00 P.M. The Last Friday of the Aadi Month is the day of making Decorations to all deities with sandalwood powder.
The Moola Nakshathra day of Aavani Tamil Month is a day of Siva, Peruman who blesses the living being at the river bank is called Pittu Thiruvizha. Rohini Nakshathra day of Aavani Month is the birthday of Lord Krishna and so called as "Krishna Jayanthi". These festival is conducted for two days with the procession of Lord Krishna Festive deity.
Aswini Nakshathra of Aipasi Tamil Month is the day of Annabishekam [Abishekam with cooked rice] to Lord Magudeshwara and Sasti Festival of six days duration which ends with the Soora Samhara. The Seventh day function is the Marriage Ceremony of Lord Muruga with Valli, Devasena.
Krithika Nakshathra day of Karthigai Tamil Month is the day of "Karthikai Deepam" [Day of light]. The last Monday of these month is the day for the "108 Sankabishekam" [conches filled with Kaviri water].
Thiruvathirai Nakshatra day of Margazhi Tamil Month is the day for Lord Nataraja, Nataraja abishekam is a process of specialized pooja for the dancing Sivaperuman. Procession, Festive deities will be taken out for the public dharshan. The "Ekadhasi" is the day of entering in the Gateway to reach "Vaikuntham" [Heaven of Mahavshnu]. This function is followed by the procession of "Uthsavamoorthis".
Pushpa Nakshathra of Thai Tamil Month is the day of "Theerthavizha"
Mahasivarathri is a grand saivaite festival to receive the bless and bliss from the Supreme Divine grace Sivaperuman.
Uthra Nakshathra day of this Panguni Tamil Month is the day of worshiping Lord Muruga.
How To Reach Kodumudi: 
This sthala is situated in the main route of Erode-Trichy, Madurai highways and with source of confluent Train facilities. And so Trains from Erode towards Trichy, Madurai, Kaniyakumari, Thirunelveli, Tuticorin are at the benefit for the devotees. Erode District Headquarters is situated at 38 km from Kodumudi. Karur District Headquarters s situated at 26 km destnations. Both Train and Bus facilities are available to reach Kodumudi.

From Karur:[26 Kms]
Any bus that goes to Erode passes through Kodumudi, apart from Kodumudi buses.

From Erode: [38 Kms]
Any bus that goes to Karur passes through Kodumudi

By Air:Chennai to Trichy Airport – Karur – Kodumudi, Chennai to Coimbatore Airport – Erode – Kodumudi Distance between Trichy- Kodumudi is 100 km Distance between Coimbatore to Kodumudi is 120 km.

Boarding and Lodging:
Lodging and Boarding accommodations are available only in Erode, Karur cities. There is no proper lodging facilities in the Kodumudi.  

Arulmigu Magudeshwarar & Veeranarayana Perumal Temple,
Kodumudi, Erode Taluk & District.
Tamilnadu – 638 151
Phone :+91-04204-222375 

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