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Kailasanathar Temple


The Sri Kodaganallur Shiva Temple, in Tirunelveli is dedicated to God Shiva. The Temple is one of the 9 Kailasanathar Temple devoted to God Shiva. The Temple is the third in the 9 Kailasanathar Temples.

About the Temple

Romasa Maharishi was the grandson of God Brahma. He had the sage Agastya as his Guru. According to his Guru's recommendation, Romasa dropped nine blossoms in the stream Tamrabharani and introduced nine Shiva Linga icons in nine spots where those blooms came to. All these nine Shiva Lingas are named as Kailasanathar and every one of them are considered as Nava Kailasham sanctuaries. Cheranmahadevi is the second Nava Kailasham temple. The temple is believed to have been built in the twelfth century CE. Be that as it may, it has been redesigned various times and we don't get obsolescent feeling. It is a small and basic temple. There is no temple tower. There are just two sanctuaries and a prakara. The fundamental god is Kailasanathar. The principle altar is confronting the east course. The Goddess Sivakami is found in a different north-bound holy place. The icons of Ganesha and Kartikeya are found in the fundamental's passage temple. The temple has bali peetha, banner staff and Nandi confronting the principle place of worship. Sri Kailasanathar temple is situated in the famous town known as Kodaganallur, in the area of Tirunelveli, in the condition of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The essential of this temple is Kailasanathar (God Shiva) and his consort is none.

The blessed tree of this temple is Wild Puli. The blessed water of this temple is closest River water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Sivaagamam. This temple is about 500-1000 years of age in this district. The chronicled name of this spot is Kodaganallur. The most essential celebrations of this temple are the Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Shivrathri in February March, Tamil New Year day falling just about on April 14 checked with a wedding celebration, Thai Poosam in January-February, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Deepavalli, English New Year day, and so on are commended with parcel of commitment and devotion in this temple. Extraordinary puja and ceremonies are likewise stamped upon the arrival of Shivarathri with awesome commitment and dedication. Amid all the imperative religious days and promising days are checked with extend periods of time in this temple. The temple is situated in such a spot, to the point that can be effectively gotten to through roadways by the transport administration. Unique pujas are performed on the days to the God and took part by every one of the aficionados and explorers who visit this hallowed place with parcel of commitment and devotion. This temple is the most looked for after holy place of God Shiva in this locale.

About the Deity

Lord Shiva is as Kailasanathar Shiv Ling in this temple. The Temple has a somewhat greater Shiva Linga named as Kailasanathar

Legend and Stories

When, a sage was doing retribution here, he was helped by his child. The child had once left to the woodland to get some kindling, when he was away a youthful sovereign went to the sage. Looking for profound lesson the sovereign endeavored to awaken the sage from his atonement. The sage was in his custom process and declined to awaken; the furious sovereign took a dead snake and set it around the Sages neck. The Sage's child came back from the backwoods, when he returned he saw the dead snake around the Sage's neck, after enquiring he discovered that it was the ruler who had done such a demonstration. He got furious and came to realize that the ruler did it, he went to the royal residence, and said' Prince' you have done an extremely wicked act by putting a dead snake around my dad's neck. I revile you such that, One day the dead snake will get to be alive and kill you're father' and he exited the royal residence furiously. A couple of days after the fact, the King went to see his horoscopes. The castle cleric said 'you will bite the dust in the venom of a snake'. So he chose to fabricate a chamber were snakes can't come in, the ruler lived there joyfully. According to the savvy child words the ruler must kick the bucket in a snake bit, yet its absolutely impossible. The snake took resurrection as a mango worm, at a specific day ruler requested for mango; he got the same mango with worm which killed the King. As the transgression done by the karkodagan, he chose to do compensation towards God Siva. To dispose of the transgression along these lines God originated from Kailash to help his aficionado he is brought for the sake of kailasanathar, and in this spot karkodagan got mukthi so its name karkodaga nallur

Rare Facts

This Temple has a rare association with the Mahabharata; the Prince who had put the dead Snake around the Sage was Janamejaya child of Parakshit.


Lord Shiva in this temple is accepted to reclaim all Sins conferred by the aficionado. People approach this temple for salvation, wealth, relief from illnesses, purchase of vehicles and to gain knowledge.


The Most important festivals of this temple are the vaikasi visakam in may - june , Tirukarthikai in November - December, Shivrathi in February-March, Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14 marked with a wedding festival , Thai posam in January - February, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Deepavali, English New Year etc are celebrated with lot of devotion and dedication in this temple. Special Pujas and Rituals are also marked on the day of Shivrathiri with great dedication and devotion. During all the important religious day and auspicious days are marked with long hours in this temple. The temple's Timing are between 6.00 a. m . and 4. 00 to 9.30 p . m for devotees and pilgrims.



The nearest airport is at Madurai and Trichy


One may reach Kodaganallur through the Charanmahadevi railway station and the Karaikkurichi railway station is also close to Kodaganallur. However, the Tirunelveli railway station is major.


Many private and government buses ply to Cheranmahadevi. Or a cab can be hired from the nearest rail head


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.


7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

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