Moolavar: Kadamba Vaneswarar
Amman / Thayar: Muttrila Mulaiammai
Thala Virutcham: Kadamba tree
Theertham: Cauvery, Brhamma theertham
Agamam / Pooja: Kameekam
Old year: 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name: Kadambandurai, Kuzhithandalai
This sivasthalam temple is located 2 Kms from Kulitalai railway station which is situated on the Karur - Tiruchirapalli section of the Southern Railway. This sivasthalam is 23 Kms from Karur and 55 Kms from Tiruchy.
Lord Shiva graces in the temple as a Swayambu Linga facing north. Seven Virgins (Saptha Kannikas) are worshipping Him from behind.
13 day Masi Brahmmotsavam in (February-March),
Thai Poosam in (January-February)
Vaikasi Visakam in (May-June)
Aaipasi Skanda Sashti in (October-November)
Panguni Uthiram in (March-April) are the festivals in the temple.
Women believe that Lord Shiva would be their constant protector and submit all their grievances at His feet.
Devotees perform wedding festival to Mother and Lord.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Sri Kadamba Vaneswarar temple, Kulithalai-639 104. Karur district. Contact number +914323 225 228
The shrine is praised in the hymns of Saints
Tirunavukkarasar and Arunagiriar. Saint Tirunavukkarasar adivises his
own heart to remember the Lord of Kadamba Vanam where He appears with His blue
scar in the neck Neelakanda as the very Four Vedas and its six Angas and
worshipped by those in the celestial world. This is the 65th shrine on
the southern bank of Cauvery and mentioned in Thevaram hymns.
The temple graced by Lord Anugnai Vinayaka has its Vimana tower above the sanctum sanctorum is of Tridala design. The Rajagopura has five tiers. Lord Shiva is facing north while Lord Dakshinamurthy on the Koshta (wall around the sanctum) is facing south. Lord Chandikeswara is facing west against traditional south and Lord Brahamma east against north. Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai are above the Navagrahas the nine planets to facilitate worshipping of those affected by Mars planet adverse aspects. Lord Muruga is the deity of Planet Mars. There is also a separate shrine for Sani Bhagwan Saturn.
Saptha Kannikas, the Seven Virgins prayed to Lord Shiva to protect them from the sins caused by killing demon Doomralochana. Lord Shiva is believed to be their security in this place. He also destroyed the demon. Devotees consider Mother Chamundi here as Mother Durga. Hence, there is no special shrine for Mother Durga. Worships to Mother Durga are offered in Shiva shrine itself. Pujas during Rahukala time are performed to Lord Shiva and Mother Durga simultaneously.
Lord Shiva graces as Vamadeva Swyambu (facing north). Cauvery flows in front of the temple. Remembering the occasion of Lord Shiva granting darshan to the Saptha Kannikas, Lord visits Cauvery with Mother Ambica. Also Lords of 7 Shiva temples around the place visit Cauvery the same day, same time. It is a rare opportunity for the devotees to worship 8 Lord Shivas simultaneously. The first part of Aipasi Tula Snanam (bathing in Cauvery in (October-November) is followed devotionally here with Kalai Kadambar (morning) Sokkar (midday) and Eengoinathar (evening) worships. Morning worship is considered very beneficialwith multiple profits including the one of worshipping the Lord in Kasi in north. The place also has the reputation of being called Dakshina Kasi (Kasi of South).
Mother Muttrila Mulai Ammai graces from a shrine facing east. Paramanathar is the guardian deity of this shrine with his hand on the forehead in a saluting form. People perform abishek to Paramanathar with honey and offer porridge made of Pasi corn, praying Him to be a guardian of their houses too.
Lord Muruga worshipped Lord Shiva here for washing off the sin caused by killing of demon Surapanma. He graces from a shrine in the prakara with His consorts Valli and Deivanai with His six faces, described by Saint Arunagiriar as Lord of six military camps attributed to Him. Lord Lingodhbava is on the Sanctum Koshta wall around the shrine.
There are two Natarajas with Muyalagan under one and one without. Crescent moon shines on the head. Devas of the celestial world appealed to Mother Ambica to protect them from the atrocities of Demon Doomralochana. Mother took the form of Durga and fought with the demon. As his boons were very strong, he fought with equal might with Mother. Mother began to feel weak. Lord Shiva deputed Saptha Kannikas to fight him. The demon could not stand their force and hid himself in the hermitage of Maharshi Kathyayana. The virgins mistook the Rishi as the demon and eliminated him and thus incurred Brahmmahathi dosha a sin that would make the sinner dark with a gruesome face. As advised by Ambica, they performed penance on Lord Shiva and got relieved of the sin when Lord granted them darshan from the Kadamba tree.