• Shiva

Amirthagateswarar Temple


This temple is also recognized by its historical names of Thirukodi, Kuzhagar koil, Kodiyakarai, Kodiakadu. The place of the temple is called Kodiyakkadu and the place of sea is called Kodiyakkarai. It is one of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams and one of the Thiruppugazh sthalams. Saint Tirugnana Sambandar and Sundarar had sung the glory of the Lord of the temple in their Thevaram hymns.

About The Temple

Legend has it that Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of Lord Muruga of this temple in his celebrated Tirupugazh hymns. This is a very ancient temple. Mother Maiyar Thadanganni appears all merciful. The one different feature of the temple is that the Navagrahas in the temple are on a straight line witnessing the wedding posture of Lord Shiva with Mother. Kodiakadu being a jungle area, there is a jungle custodian deity praised as Sookadu Kizhal. While churning the milk ocean for the Nectar, the demons created a wild hurricane. God of Wind Vayu Bhagwan controlled the tempest. When the Nectar spilled, Lord Subramania (Muruga) held it in a Kalasa-vessel. He appears in this temple with the Nectar-Kalasa. People pray to him for longevity. Though a Lord Shiva temple, all prominence goes to Lord Muruga.

Sthala Vruksham

Kura tree


Agni Theertham (sea); Amutha theertham

About The Deity

The main deity is Amrita Ghateswarar also called as Kuzhageswarar and the Ambal Maiyar Thadankanni / Anjanakshi. Lord Brahmma, Lord Ganapathi, Lingodhbava and Mother Durga bless the devotees from the goshta wall.

Legend and Stories

The sea route to Lanka is short from this place. Sugriva planned to build a bridge from here to Lanka to help Rama to cross the sea. But Lord Sri Rama disagreed with the proposal as Kodiakadu is behind Lanka and that would not be right or graceful to attack Ravana from behind and proceeded to Dhanushkodi being opposite to the front entrance of the island. He worshipped Lord Shiva here before proceeding to Lanka. Remembering this event, the foot prints of Rama is carved here. Lord Shiva in the temple is also praised as Amirtha Kadeswarar.


The main festivals celebrated here are manifold. The 10 day Vaikasi visagam in May-June and 6 day Sashti are the festivals celebrated for Lord Amirthakada Subramanya.


Navagrahas the nine planets are on a straight line in this temple. People pray to Lord for wedding, child boon and for excellence in education. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.


The nearest airport is at Trichy. The nearest major railhead is at Nagapattinam. The nearest bus terminal is at Nagapattinam.

Temple Address

Sri Kodi Kuzhagar Koil-Amudha Kadeswarar Koil,
Kodikkarai(Kodiakadu), Nagapattinam district,
Pincode - 614 821,


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge

Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree

Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.

Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat

Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.


The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and fro 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Weather in Kodikkarai
Scattered Clouds
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