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Thirukoteeswarar Temple



Praises of the temple have been sung by the Saivite saints Appar and Sambandar. The temple was also visited by the saint Bhaskararaya of Bhaskararajapuram. The temple has separate shrines for Vinayaga, Muruga, Gajalakshmi, Saptha Kanniyar, Bhairavar, Surya, Chandra, Sani, Durvasa and Nataraja.

Thirukoteeswarar Temple has located at Thirukodikaval village of Mayiladuthurai taluk, Nagapattinam district. This temple located at Kumbakonam to Mayiladuthurai route. This temple had built by the great Chola Queen Sembiyan Maha Devi, who was the mother of the great King Uthama Cholan.

The main God of this temple is Lord Shiva known as Thirukotteeswarar and Goddess as Vadivambigai.

On the Chithirai month, the full moon day has celebrated in this temple. Chitrapournami has dedicated to the Chitraguptan, who is the assistant of Yamadharmaraja; he deals with good and the bad things of the people (Karma Vinai).On the Chitrapournami day, the people worshipping Chitraguptan to forgive their sins.



Thirukoteeswarar is the presiding deity in this temple. There are seperate sannadhis for Chitrgupta and Yama. Chitra Pournami festival is celebrated in a grand manner every year.

Chitra Pournami, or Chitirai Purnima, is a unique Tamil festival observed on the full moon day (Pournami) in the month of Chitirai (April/May).

The day is dedicated to Chitragupta, the official keeper of deeds in the abode of Yama. It is believed that bathing in holy rivers and temple ponds on the day will wash away the sins committed.

Temple time:

Morning: 6.00 am to 11.00 pmEvening: 4.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray Your Ishta Devata before Pilgrimage to temple
  • Do Contact Temple Devasthanam information center for inquiry ,temple information and for pooja details etc.
  • Do 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 your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only
Don't s:
  • Do not come to Temple for any Purpose other than worshiping 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 Dharshanam. 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

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