Thiru Kudavoil is about 16 Kilometres from Kumbakonam, and about 16 Kilometres from Thiruvaroore. This is one of 275 Siva Devara Sthalam. The place is also known as "Kadhali Vanam, Vanmeegachalam and Kudavayer kottam".This is a Madak koil built by King Cochengat Cholan.Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Arulmigu Koneeswarar and his consort known as Periya Nayaki. Teertham known as Amrurtha teertham, seen in front of the temple and Sthala Vruksham is Plantain. The shrine is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar. This is the 94th Shiva Temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns .Masi Magam day, five gods Panchamurthys, Lord Koneswarar, Mother Perianayaki, Lord Vinayaka, Lord Muruga and Lord Chandikeswara visit the Amrutha Theertha for Theerthavari. The temple is applauded in the songs of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar. This is the 94th Shiva Temple on the southern bank of Cauvery commended in psalms Brahmmotsavam in February-March; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Navarathri in September-October; Skanda Sashti in October-November; Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the celebrations celebrated in the temple.
About the Temple
The temple has two prakaram, and there is no Raja gopuram for the temple. Vinayaka of the temple is venerated as Siddhi Vinayaka. The Amrutha Theertham-hallowed spring is outside inverse the temple. On the bank of theertha is Sri Vinayaka for the sake of Aadhi Gajanathar. The structure is such that the Vimana of Aadhi Gajanathar is obvious from the Lord's place of worship inside of the temple. Muruga as Gunavayil Kumaran graces from a place of worship in the prakara lauded by Saint Arunagiriar in his Tirupugazh songs. There is a temple for Idumban as well. There are two Bhairavas, one without the pooch vahan. Sun and Moon effortlessness the lovers in sitting and standing shape separately. The individuals who had neglected to perform the ceremonies for their predecessors go to Sun and Moon looking for absolution. Sage Soodha before Lord Shiva seems venerating the Lord. There are likewise sanctums for four Saivite Saints, Sundarar (one among the four holy people) with Paravai Nachiar, Mother Saraswathi without Her Veena Mother Gajalakshmi and Saptha Madhas.
About the Deity
Koneswarar, Soodha Maharshi, Sage Brughu and Thalappiar had adored Shiva here. The Lord is named Koneswarar as He adores (Ko) creatures – Easwara-Lord. As the mouth bit of Nectar pot (kudam) fell here, the spot is called Kudavasal. Ruler is referred to likewise as Amudha Lingeswarar and Vanmeekanathar as He was in an Ant-slope Vanmeekam. Master Kasi Viswanatha graces inverse the passage. The beams of Sun fall on the Lord for three days amid March-April. Shiva, as a swayambumurthy is confronting west from a square stage-Chatura peeta. The scar brought on by the sharp nose of Garuda the hawk is unmistakable on the Linga. Mother Perianayaki with every one of the properties of Mother Durga graces the lovers from a different place of worship confronting south. She is loved as Bruhath (huge) Durgambika. There is no Durga in the Shiva goshta divider. The temple was revamped by Kochengat Chola. Holy person Tirugnana Sambandar had specified this temple in his psalm as Ezhilkola Mada koil – lovely mada temple. As Lord Shiva conceded his darshan from an abnormal state place, it is adulated as small scale Kailash.There are mixtures of Vinayakas in the temple, Aadhi Gajanathar on the bank of Amudha Theertham, Anumadhi Vinayaka allowing enthusiasts to continue to fundamental holy place, Maalai Vazhipattu Vinayaka-Vinayaka for night love to whom the first puja at night is devoted furthermore an altar for Twin Vinayaka.
Amid the Great Floods-Pralaya, Lord Brahma set the Vedas in a nectar pot which too was washed by the surges and came to south. To make the world once more, Lord Shiva shot on the pot in the pretense of a seeker. The pieces fell at better places where Lord showed up as Swayambu Linga. The mouth piece of the pot fell at this spot where too Lord showed up as a Swayambumurthy. This was later secured by an ant colony. Vinatha, mother of Garuda was the slave of one Kathru. Garuda needed to safeguard his mom from the bonds. He traveled to Devaloka and brought the nectar pot. While giving back, a devil attempted to grab the pot from Garuda. He set the pot on an ant colony adjacent and battled with the evil spirit and vanquished him. When he came to take the pot, it was covered up in the ant colony. He tore the slope with his sharp nose and discovered a Shiva Linga there. Master allowed darshan to him. Garuda portrayed the predicament of his mom. Master safeguarded Vinatha from the subjugation and made her free. Garuda, as token of his appreciation to Lord Shiva, assembled this temple.
Masi Magam Brahmmotsavam in February-March; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Navarathri in September-October; Skanda Sashti in October-November; Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Ruler Shiva is a Swayambumurthy in this Mada temple. Beams of Sun fall on the Lord for three days amid Panguni month-March-April .Those dismal for not satisfying the wishes of their moms, go to Lord Shiva for significant serenity. Those worried with the welfare of youngsters additionally implore here. Those confronting issues in marriage endeavors light ghee lights on lime glasses amid the Rahu Kala time in Mother Durga hallowed place Understanding their wishes enthusiasts perform exceptional abishek to Lord and Mother offering vastras.
Sri Koneswarar Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- 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 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. 9.00 p.m