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Kurumanakkudi Kannayiram Udayar Temple



Kurumanakkudi Kannayiram Udayar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Kurumanakkudi in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is also known as Kannarkovil. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Kannayiram Udayar and Kannayiranathar. His consort is Murugu Valar Kothai Naayaki.

Saint Gnanasambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 17th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.

It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite NayanarTirugnanasambandar.

Moolavar:Kannayiram Udayar 
Amman / Thayar: Murugu Valar Kothai Nayaki 
Thala Virutcham: Kondrai 
Theertham:Indira Theertham 
Agamam / Pooja:Shivagama



Indira the king of Devas desired to have Akalika, wife of sage Gautama.  To realize his illegal wish, he came to his Asram in the guise of the sagehimself.  He also made a trick to send the sage out of the hermitage. 

Akalika too, though knowing that the visitor was not her husband, yielded to Indira.  Meantime, the sage returned home and understood what was happening.  Indira immediately took the form of a cat and tried to escape.  Angry Sage cursed Indira to have the female organ throughout his body.  He cursed Akalika to become a stone

When Akalika begged the sage for relief, he said that her curse will end on the day when the feet of Lord Sri Rama touched her stone form. Indira went to Brahmma and narrated his sad story and sought a remedy.  Lord Brahmma advised him to worship Lord Shiva in Kurumanakudi Indira had a dip in the spring and worshipped the Lord.  The ugly sign in the body changed into 1000 beautiful eyes which Lord accepted.  Hence, Lord is named Kan Ayiram (1000 eyes) Udayar.  


Besides the Brahmmotsava festival in Karthikai Somavara-Monday in November-December, all festivals related to Shiva worship are celebrated in the temple.

Opening time:

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite Om Namahsivaya or your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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