Tamilnadu has been enriched with temples which reflect the architecture, style, dynasty, special features of the yore. I shared many temples with you in my ester writings. Today the most ancient Kodumudi Temple, Tamilnadu is waiting for you on this page.
Lord Shiva has many abodes throughout our country where Kodumudi temple is one such. The temple is located in the place called Kodumudi near Erode district. The shrine is surrounded by Karur, Dharapuram, Tiruchengode, Namakkal and Tiruppur towns.
It owns the pride of being one of the shikarams of Kailash. Lord Magudeshwar temple is a popular Shiva sthalam or Padal petra sthalam. It is 264th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 6th Sthalam in Kongu Naadu. Moovar had sung hymns to praise the prime deity Lord Shiva.
The Kodumudi temple is located on the western bank of Cauvery River. The east facing temple is 640 feet in length and 484 feet in breadth. There are three entrances on the east side. One can enter into the lords’ temple through each gate.
As Pandiya kings had patronized the temple regularly, the temple is called as Thiruppandi Kodumudi. Pandiya Kesarivarman, Malayathvuja Pandian, Maravarman Sundarapandian kings had donated jewelry, cash, and land to the temple.
History (Sthala puranam)
The strength of Adiseshan (King of Snakes) and Vayu (Wind god) were tested. During the fight, five gems scattered from the Adiseshan’s head. The gems scattered in different temples such as an emerald at Eengoimalai, A red stone landed at Thiruvannamalai, a ruby at Vaatpoki, a blue diamond at Potikai, and a diamond in Kodumudi.
The Main Deities & Consorts
The lingam in the temple is “Swaymbhu”. Left to Lord Shiva Temple his better half Parvathy’s temple is there. The pilgrims can see three medium sized towers in the temple. Kodumudinathar and Magudeshwar Swamy are the names of Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvathi is called as vadivudai nayaki and sowdambigai in this temple.
There is a big Vanni tree of 3000 years along with Lord Brahma’s idol enshrined below the tree. Lord Magudeshwar temple’s sthalavricksham ( holy tree) is VANNI tree. Here Brahma has only three heads whereas VANNI tree is considered as his fourth head. The first half of the tree is considered as Goddess Saraswathi, his wife. Veer Anjaneyar small shrine is there behind the tree. Lord Mahavishnu is prayed here in the name of “Veera Narayana Perumal” He lies in Sayana Posture along with his consort Thirumangai Nachiyar (Maha Lakshmi).
It is being the Parihara Sthalam for Raghu (snake) planet. A stone serpent is installed under the Vanni tree. People who are afflicted with serpent evil effects will pray the serpents to remove the obstacles, finalize their marriage, and also for childbirth. Devotees perform ablutions to Lord Vinayaka with pots of water equal to their age. Navagraha pooja is performed for nine planets and a Mangalsutra is tied to a banana or plantain tree. Sthala Viruksham (Sacred Tree) of the Kodumudi Temple is Vanni Tree.
Tamil New Year onwards various festivals are celebrated in the temple. In ten days of the temple ceremony, the Lord Shiva, Vishnu are taken in different types of vehicles (Vahanam) for public dharshan. Mahasivarathri is a grand Saivite festival celebrated in the temple. On Aadi 18th, the deities are taken to the river bank, bathed and festooned with sandalwood powder. Tamil month “Aavani” Moola Nakshatra is celebrated as “Pittu Thiruvizha” and the Rohini Nakshatra day is celebrated as Lord Krishna’s birthday. Aippasi Pournami, Arudra Darisanam and Thaipusam are other main festivals.
5 kala pooja is performed according to the ‘Kaarana Nagama’ Pooja system
Holy Water Points: (Theertham)
The holy river Cauvery and other holy water origins inside the temple are Brahma Theertham, Deva Theertham and Bharadhwaja Theertham.
The temple is kept open from 6.00 am to 12.30 pm & 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm for devotees’ dharshan.
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