275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruthuruthi Sri Uddhavedheeswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruthuruthi/Thiru Kuthalam/Uthalavanam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.   This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva built by the Kings of Chola Dynasty, the temple inscriptions reveal the contributions made by the Emperors of Vijayanagara.   In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
Presiding deity – Sri Uddhavedeeswarar/Sri Uthara Vedheeswarar/ Kalyanasundareswarar/ Kuthaleswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Parimalasugandha Nayaki/Arumvannavalamulaiyal
Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Sundarar,
Thiru Aiyadikal Katvarkon Nayanar also sung praising the glories of Lord Kuthaleswarar in this temple.
Life of Thiru Aiyadikal Katvarkon Nayanar :
Sthalavruksham – Athimaram/Uthalavruksham
This tree was brought from Indraloka which has marvelous herbal qualities to witness the betrothal of the divine couple.  A pair of padhukas of Lord can be seen under this tree.
Theertham – Thmarai Theertham/Sundara Theertham, Padma Theertham, Cauvery Theertham
Thiru Sundaramurthy Nayanar lost his eyes sight when he crossed the land of Thiruvotriyur due to the denial of promise given to his wife Sangili Nachiyar. Later, he regained the sight of one eye from Kanchipuram.   Sundarar was in a wretched state mentally and physically as well.  He arrived at this sacred land, he passionately sung praising the glories of Lord and earnestly prayed for forgiveness.  Soon, a mysterious voice instructed Sundarar to have a holy dip in the pond situated here and Sundarar reverently followed the instruction.  Immediately after the holy dip Sundarar regained his ever charming physique.  There is a shrine for Sundarar positioned near this pond.  Hence, this pond has got its name Sundara Theertham.
Life of Sundaramurthi Nayanar :
Worshipped by – Goddess Sri Parvati, Lord Varuna, Lord Agni, Saptharishis –Sage Kashyapa, Gouthama, Markandeya, Angira, Pulastya, Vashishta, Agastya, Sage Bharatha,
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Thiru Karthikai, Markazhi Utsavam, Navaratri, Panguni Uthiram, Masi Makam, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam,
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Nandikeshwara, 63 Nayanmars, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Navagrahas, Saptharishiswarar, Shaneeswarar, Bhiaravar, Pancha Lingas, Serpant Gods, Goshtamurtham – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lingodhbavar, Goddess Durga,
The legend has that Goddess Sri Parvati in the form of a cow worshipped Lord Shiva at Thiruvavaduthurai/Thiru Avaduthurai, Lord was pleased at her devotion and gave dharshan to her. At Thiruthuruthi, Goddess Sri Parvati born as a daughter to Sage Bharatha as he was desired, she was originated from the sacrificial fire.  Sage Bharatha brought up this divine child with lots of love and affection.  As years passed, Goddess Sri Parvati was a staunch devotee of Lord at the early ages of her childhood.  She worshipped Lord Shiva and underwent severe austerities to attain him as her husband.  She arrived on the sand bed of river Cauvery and sanctified Linga, this was repeated for eight days.  On the eighth day Lord Shiva was appeared before Goddess Sri Parvati and agreed to marry her.   She put forward a condition that the marriage should be taken place in the presence of her parents and relatives; Lord was granted her wish and married her as she was desired.
Another legend has that a Sage was proceeding to Mount Kailash with a yearning to have dharshan of Lord without knowing the significance and the devoutness of Thiruthuruthi.  Lord Shiva appeared as snake charmer before the Sage.   The most compassionate Lord narrated the importance of worship at Thiruthuruthi holds equivalent religious fervor as worship in Mount Kailash.
This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 11.30 AM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 8.30 PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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