Sri Kunthalanathar Temple is located in Thirukkurukukka, Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - North of Kaveri). This is the 28th sthalam on the northern side of river Cauvery. The Shivasthalam and the temple here is closely associated with another temple at Tirukaruppariyalur.
About the Temple :
Sri Anjaneya shrine is opposite to that of God Shiva. Many may know that God Shiva Himself came as Anjaneya to help God Vishnu in the Ramavatara period. Consecrated Tree (Sthala Vriksham) Hanuman once attempted to remove the Sivalingam introduced by Sri Ramar so that the Sivalingam brought by him could be introduced and revered. For doing this offense of attempting to evacuate a Sivalingam, Hanuman asked and loved God Shiva at Tirukaruppariyalur. Shiva, satisfied with his love, favored him at Tirukaruppariyalur Sthalam. Hanuman from that point assembled a temple for Shiva at Tirukkurukukka at this Sthalam. Mahashivrathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Hanuman Jayanthi are the celebrations celebrated in the temple. Sri Anjaneya altar is inverse to that of Lord Shiva. Numerous may realize that Lord Shiva Himself came as Anjaneya to help Lord Vishnu in the Ramavatara period. Anjaneya is yet Lord Shiva Himself. It is said that Anjaneya graces in the temple as Shiva reveres Him. He is known as Shiva Anjaneya and Shiva Bhakta Anjaneya. He appreciates more significance in the temple. A Homa is performed in the hallowed place on each New Moon day. It is additionally a ponder that two monkeys visit the temple in Chithirai month even in this Kali age and love Vilwa takes off. Mother Kundalanayaki graces from a different hallowed place. Dakshinamurthy is siding somewhat on the right side. Those looking for youngster shelter go to Mother Kundala Nayaki offering bangles.
About the Deity
The presiding deity is Sri Kunthaleswarar. His consort is known as Sri Kunthalambigai.
Rama vanquished Ravana in the skirmish of Ramayana, he came back to Ayodhya to be delegated King. Ravana, in spite of the fact that an exemplification of malice, had gained his monstrous forces through years of retribution and commitment to malice that Ravana spoke to, he had in the meantime additionally vanquished a dedicated Bhakt of Lord Shiva. To give penance for killing an enthusiast of Lord Shiva, paying little respect to the avocation, Lord Rama was encouraged to pay obeisance to Rameshwaram in South Tamil Nadu, inside of 2 days of the triumph. His fan Lord Hanuman was allocated the undertaking of discovering a linga suitable for the reparation ceremonies. He was to be joined by Jatayu in his pursuit. Looked high and low before discovering one in Northern India, close present day Kashi. On the other hand they thought that it was hard to get their hands onto the lingam as it was watched by Lord Kala Bhairava, another incarnation of Lord Shiva. A fight resulted between Bhairavar with the previous at long last winning. Back in Rameshwaram, time was running out. With no indication, Sita set up a lingam out of the ocean sand close-by. She did as such, and this was utilized for the amends ceremonies. As the ceremonies were finding some conclusion, located with the lingam close by. With no sign of God Hanuman or Jatayu, God Rama advised his consort God Sita to prepare a lingam out of the sea sand nearby. She did so, and this was used for the atonement rituals. As the rituals were coming to a close, God Hanuman was sighted with the lingam in hand. However on seeing that the ceremonies were finished without his vicinity, he was to a great degree frustrated. He had a go at winning on utilize the lingam secured by him, for the customs, rather than the one built by Lord Sita. In an offer to pacify him Lord Rama proposed that if that somehow managed to be done, Lord Hanuman would need to clear out the lingam developed by spot the lingam brought by him, in its place. As hard as Lord Hanuman attempted, he couldn't move the lingam. At last he attempted to wrap his tail around it and yank it off the ground. The power he connected was great to the point that the lingam did get evacuated, yet handled a couple of miles far from Rameshwaram in a spot called Hanuman Pallam (pit made by Lord Hanuman). All the while, his tail got isolated from his body. God Hanuman realized his folly. It was preordained that the lingam prepared by God Sita was to be used for the rituals and sought forgiveness from God Rama and Sita to regrow his tail. Besides flowers, he also offered his ear rings – kundalam and secured the pardon of the God. As the God was worshipped with Kundalams, He is also praised as Kundalakeswarar. Ruler Hanuman understood his indiscretion. It was pre-appointed that the lingam arranged by visit Thirukurungaval and love Lord Shiva there to get back his tail. Consequently the spot has procured its name, Tirukurunkaval (Place where monkey-confronted God) The affirmation to this story is that it is one of only a handful few Lord Shiva sanctuaries on the planet, with a holy place to worship.
Mahashivrathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Hanuman Jayanthi are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Appar has sung hymns in praise of God of this temple. The temple is praised by Tirunavukkarasar in Thevaram hymns. Those seeking child boon pray to Mother Kundala Nayaki offering bangles.
Sri Kundaleswarar Temple,
Tirukurakka -609 201,
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.