Thiru Koodalaiyatroor, Arulmigu Vallabeswarar Temple, Kattumannar Koil, Cuddlore District.  

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Thiru Koodalaiyatroor:   Arulmigu Nardhana Vallabeswarar Temple.

The place is about 20 kms from Chidambaram and about 8 kms from Sri Mushnam, near the confluence of River Vellaru and River Manimuthuaru.This is one of the Devara Sthalam of Nadu Nadu Temples.

The main Raja Gopuram is of three storeys. The main sanctum Vimanam is of two stages. We have to climb few steps to reach a mandapam.

Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Nerikattu Nadhar / Arulmigu Nardhana Vallabeswarar and his consort known as Gyana Sakthy and Parasakthy in two different sanctums. In the month of Chittirai 1 to 3, Sun rays falls on Siva lingam.

We see Nandi in the Prakaram.

Natarajar, Amudha Vinayakar, Viswanadhar, Arumugar, Lord Vishnu, Gyana Sakthy and Amudha Sakthy Sanctums are seen. Here in this temple we see only Saneeswarar sanctum. Here he is known as Pongu Sani. Navagrams is not seen here. There is a sanctum for Chitraguptar.

Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathy penance here in this place and were blessed by Lord Siva who gave darshan and danced for them, hence the name Nardhana Vallabeswarar. The temple is near the confluence of two Rivers Vellaaru and Manimuthaaru hence the name Koodalayatroor for this place

Kallala Vruksham is sthala Vruksham of this temple.

Terrtham in this place is Brahma, Agasthya, Kathyayanar, River Vellaaru and River Manimuthaaru.  


Sculpture seen to the temple wall.

Sthala purana says the Chola Raja by name King Dinakaran suspected his wife and killed his queen. Due to his act he got Brahmahathi Dosham. He left the kingdom and wandered like a lunatic. One day he saw a dog with skin disease was following him. As they were passing by River bank the dog jumped into the River and when it came out the dog was cured of all its skin disease. The King saw this and he also did the same and got relieved t of Brahmahathi Dosha. He got back his Kingdom and constructed a temple for Lord Siva near the confluence of two rivers River Vellaaru and River Manimuthaaru here.

Over a period the temple was sunk and the idols were lost. Goddess appeared in the dream of the priest and told him about the presence of the idols in the River. Priest did as he was told and found the idols. He constructed temple and installed the idols.

Sage Agasthya had a son by name Karthyanan who was also a great Rishi like his father. Agasthyar worshiped Lord Siva here for daughter. Sage found a Girl baby playing on lotus leaf in River Manimuthaaru. He brought the child to his place and named her as Ambujavalli. During the Varaha Avatara of Lord Vishnu, saw His consort Lakshmi Devi as Ambujavalli and married Her. We find a shrine for Lord Vishnu here.

Sundarar sang Hymns on Lord Siva of this temple.

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