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Sri Veeratteswarar Temple


Korukkai Veeratteswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Korukkai in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, India. The historical name of the place is Tirukurukkai. The town where this presumed sanctum standa is five kilometers north-west of Nidur railroad station which is on the Madras-Trichy main line. This is the 26th sthalam on the northern side of stream Cauvery. has the notoriety of Sage Theerthavagu bringing Holy Ganga for the temple's sanctification. Manmatha endeavored to exasperate the repentance of bother the atonement of old Siva Temple here is devoted to Sri Veeratteswarar or Yogeeswarar.

About The Temple

The Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) are Kadukkai, Arithagivanam. The sacred tank popularly called Trishul Ganga and Pasupathi. Holy Tree (Sthala Vriksham) Rathi and Manmatha are in the temple as parade divinities. Magam in February-March, 10 day Kamadagana utsav and Brahmmostsavam are the essential celebrations of the temple with Pancha Murthy parade. Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January with Lord's parade is the other extraordinary celebration. Month to month pradosha days happening on the thirteenth of new moon and full moon fortnights, Navarathri in September-October, Deepavali in October-November, Pongal or Makara Sankranti falling practically on January 14 in every year, Tamil and English New Year Days are additionally watched reverentially in the temple. The old temple covers a region of 2.5 sections of land. It was remodeled by the Adheenakartha of the Dharmapura Adheenam. There are a few stone engravings here giving profitable data about the temple. The temple has an excellent tower in the front, two prakarams, two sancta and two wonderful vimanams, one for Swamy and one for Ambal with stucco figures on them. There is a different altar for Sri Durgaparameswari Amman. Poojas are performed four times day by day by inherited Brahmin ministers as per the Agama's standards possess a rishabam, a peacock, a swan, a bandicoot and a parrot vahanam all made of wood. The Vinayaga Chathurthi, Sivarathri and Masi Magham are the normal yearly celebrations celebrated by the temple. The Manmatha celebration recognizing the legendary episode is commended with extraordinary eclat pulls in countless from far and close. found on the mandapam and Chandeswara places of worship. The vast majority of the engravings allude to blessings of grounds to the temple. On the other hand, a couple are of hobby. An engraving in the twenty-ninth year of Kulothunga III records the endowment of paddy for notice the costs of keeping up the hirelings of Thiruppalliyarai, the development of a guhai called Thirunavukkarasu Thirukkugai for bolstering the down and out apurvins who went by it and the Mahesvaras who likewise alludes to the recitation of Thiruth Thandagam in the temple. The nineteenth regnal year of Kulothunga III. Another engraving of the same ruler (Kulothunga III) records an endowment of cash by a woman to some other temple. The last named Araiyan Umaiyalvi having a place with Periya Ahapparivarman talented for offerings to the temple of Thiru Chamundisvaramudaiayr and to the pictures of Thiruppalliyaraiaa Nachiyar and Atkondanayaka Deva set up by her in the temple at Panaiyur in Kurrukkainadu.
There is a pit 200 meters from the temple which is eluded as ""Vibhoothi Kuttai"" in Tamil. According to the legend, it was here Manmadhan was blazed to fiery remains by Lord Shiva. White powder is found in this pit and has the unmistakable smell of sacred fiery remains, or vibhuthi. The encompassing ranges have red hued mud or sand.
Those looking for wedding shelter offer Kalyana Malai to Lord. Fans perform exceptional shoe abhishek to Mother Ambica and offer vastras to both. They additionally perform abishek with turmeric powder, corrective powder and oils, milk, nectar, curd, green coconut, panchamirtha and lime natural product juice. Some attempt Annadhana-sustaining guests and open.

About the Deity

The presiding deity is called as Veeratteswarar. His consort is known as Gnanambikai. Moolavar, Sri Veeratteswarar is a Swayambu Lingam. A novel component of this Lingam is that it has a wonderful lotus like structure on the top known as the Vishnu Peetam. This is one of the eight places (Atta Veeratta Sthalas) where God Shiva played heroic events. Of the eight places known as Atta Veera Sthalas of God Shiva, this is the place where cupid-Manmatha was burnt; hence God is praised as Kama Dahana Murthy. He appears in a sitting posture with His left leg folded, right hanging down, right hand assuring His devotees – with Abhaya Mudra – and the left hand on the left leg.

Legend and Stories

Shiva was in medidation the world couldn't bear the warmth radiated from his retribution. The Devas drew nearer Lord Muruga to aggravate the Lord's focus, which he won't. At last, they drew nearer Cupid for the reason, which, without understanding the outcomes, dared to play with the Lord. His bolts fell on the Lord, who, opening the eyes saw the Cupid and blazed him. His wife Rathi asked the master for his life. Noting her supplications to God, the Lord gave Cupid his life and sent him to the world above called Devaloka. Of the heavenliness that described the waters of the Soola Theertham, Saint Dheergabahu Munivar extended his hands as normal towards the Heavens to get the Noly Ganges water. In any case, without a moment's delay he was stunned to see his long hands develop short. His woeful speak to Lord Vinayaga was of no benefit. In a condition of gloom, he started to thump his head against a stone yet there shot out of the stone a hand to ensure his head and favor him. Dheergabahu who was so honored came to be known as Kurungai (Kurumkai – short hand) Munivar. The town's name is Kurungai which later on got defiled into Kurukkai or Korukkai. The grandness of this holy sthalam should have been described to the Devas by the presumed Sage Vyasar.


Masi Magam in February-March; 10 day Kamadagana utsav and Brahmmostsavam are the important festivals of the temple with Pancha Murthy procession. Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January with Lord’s procession is the other great festival. Monthly pradosha days occurring on the 13th of new moon and full moon fortnights; Navarathri in September-October, Deepavali in October-November; Pongal or Makara Sankranti falling almost on January 14 in each year; Tamil and English New Year Days are also observed devotionally in the temple.


This is one of the altars of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams celebrated in the early medieval Tevaram lyrics by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirunavukkarasar. God Shiva is a Swayambumurthy in the temple. The place is held very sacred since according to a popular belief it was here that the God in Yogic posture opened His third eye on the forehead and burnt Kama or Cupid to ashes.


Korukkai is located 22 Km from Mayiladuthurai and 30 from Sirkali.

Temple Address

Sri Veeratteswarar Temple,
Korukkai, Nagapattinam district.


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

  • To conquer lust
  • Physical and mental fitness
  • To be cured of illness
  • For meditation
  • To get mental peace
  • New job

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 7.00 a.m. and 12.00 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

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