Pancha Sabha Kshetram !! Chithra Sabha - Thiru Kutralam Thirukutralanathar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiru Kutralam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga. This is one of the Pancha Sabha Kshetram of Lord Shiva known as Chithra Sabha temple. The marvelous Chithra Sabha positioned here is prominent for its stunning wall painting and carvings with a close resemblance to Chidambaram, one of the Pancha Sabha Keshtram. This temple situated in a serene atmosphere with the shape of a Conch and it occupies 3.5 acres of land at the foot hills of Trikoodamalai.
Presiding deity – Sri Kutralanathar/Kurumbaleeswarar/Trikoodasalapathy/Trikoodasaleswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Kuzhalvaimozhiammai/Goddess Parasakthi ( one of the 64 Sakthi Peetam)
Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar

Worshipped by – Sage Agastya

Theertham – Vadavaruvi, Thenaruve/Shivamadhugangai

Festivals – Brahmostavam, Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Vasanthostavam, Karthikai Utsavam, Skandha Shashti, Chithirai & Aippasi Utsavam, Navaratri
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Surya, Lord Subramanya, Lord Vishnu, sculptures of Lord Dakshinamurthy, Sapthakanyakas, Panchaboothalingam, Lord Shaneeswara,
The legend has that the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati took place in Mount Kailash. There were all the deities, Rishis and Sages were present to witness this grand occasion. Therefore, this particular part of the earth started to tilt to one side due to the heaviness of the multitude of entities. In order to bring equability on Earth, Lord Shiva instructed Sage Agastya to proceed to Pothigaimalai in southwards, also promised to reveal the wedding procession of this divine couple at the place of worship.
Sage Agastya arrived on this sacred land and had a dip on the holy pond. He visited the temple situated here, but it was a Vaishnavaite temple prohibited the entry of Sage Agastya as he was not a Vaishnavaite. Sage Agastya was totally distressed and set off to the temple of Lord Subramanya situated within the proximity. Lord Subramanya instructed Sage Agastya to dress up like a Vaishnavaite and go back to the Vaishnava temple situated. He also promised that there he could envision the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Sage Agastya arrived in this temple as per the instruction of Lord Subramanya and scurried to the Sanctum Sanctorum, there he could see Lord Vishnu with his consorts Goddess Sri Devi and Boodevi. He approached the deities with intense yearning, closed his eyes and visualized Lord Shiva’s wedding with Goddess Parvati at Mount Kailash. He touched the cranium of the Idols with his palm; surprisingly the idol of Lord Vishnu turned into a Linga with the mark of his fingers on it and Goddess Sri Devi and Boodevi into Goddess Kuzhalvaimozhiammai and Goddess Parasakthi respectively.
This temple remains open from 6.30AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.30PM to 7.30 PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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