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Sri Kathra Sundareswarar Temple


Kanjanagaram, Kathra Sundareswarar temple is situated in Kanjanagaram, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu state, India.
The prominent God here is Kathra Sundareswarar and Amman (Thayar) is Tungabalasthanambikai.

About the Temple

Sri Kathra Sundareswarar Temple This temple is a Star Temple. Lord Shiva graces as a swayambumurthy in the temple facing west considered a significant in the temple. Manakkanjarar, one of the 63 Saivite Nayanmars, was born in this place. Kruthika maidens, who took care of Lord Muruga in His childhood, were born here, it is also believed. As in the hands of Sri Meenakshi in Madurai, Mother Tungabalasthanambikai also has a parrot called Vedamirt Keeram and also has Neelothpal flower, discus and conch in other hands. According to legend, Lord Shiva Himself is in the form of a parrot on the left shoulder of Mother. It chants Vedas. Believed to have worshipped Mother in this temple are Baghwan Vedavyas and Sukabrahmma Rishi. Women of Kruthika star are advised to have the darshan (divine sight) of this parrot on Fridays or on the days of the star, which gives them a happy marital life. There is a shrine for Lord Sattanadha above the vimana of the sanctum sanctorum. There are special pujas performed here on Friday nights.

About the God

The presiding god is Shiva called Kathra Sundareswarar and His consort is Tungabalasthanambikai.

Legend and Stories

The sages appealed to Mother Parvathi, unable to bear the atrocities of the demons Padmasura, Singamukha and others. She prayed to Lord Shiva who was in Katrajyothi (light in fire form) yoga. Katra Sundareswarar (Karthika Sundareswarar), interrupted by the prayer of Mother Parvathi, opened His eyes from where came out six sparks which united together and became Karthikeya. The place has the reputation of giving birth to Lord Muruga. Kanchana prakasa (a golden light) appeared from the Lord, thus naming the place as Kanchana Nagar which had many changes during the times that followed and presently it is Kanja Nagar meaning Golden town. Karthika Sundareswarar means the god producing six sparks. Thus the shrine is attributed to Kruthika star.


Women awaiting marriage proposals, couples seeking child boon, those facing property disputes and unity in family pray here for wishful results Besides those belonging to Kruthika star praying here for relief of planetary doshas.

Nearby Place to Visit









Kanja Nagaram is 8 km from Mayiladuthurai on the Poompuhar route. The temple is half a km far from the branch of the prominent road





Temple Address

Sri Kathra Sundareswarar Temple,
Kanjanagaram Post,
Tharangambadi Taluk,
Keezhayur (Via),
Nagapattinam district,
Pincode -609 304.


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

  • Relief from adverse planetary effect
  • Marriage
  • Child boon
  • To resolve property disputes
  • Unity in family
  • For general well-being of people born under Krittika/Karthikai star

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.


10 a.m. to 11 a.m.4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Weather in Kanjanagaram
Scattered Clouds
13° 15°

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