Thirukutralanathar temple Kutralam

Kutralam is a popular tourist resort in Southern Tamil Nadu known for its waterfalls, amidst picturesque surroundings – and is a source of inspiration of many a literary work. Thousands visit this town when the waterfalls are in season.

At a distance of 200 m from Courtallam Bus Station, 7 km from Tenkasi and 62 km from Tirunelveli, The Kutralanathar Temple also known as Thirukkutralanathar is one of the most popular temples of Tamilnadu and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

It is one of the 275 Paadal petra Shivalayam. The temple is of 2000 years old and there is lot of old Tamil inscriptions of Chola and Pandyan periods. It is situated near Courtallam Falls.

One has to cross this temple before going to the falls .

The main deity is Thirukutralanathar and Goddess named Arulvaimozhi or Kuzhalvaimozhi.

While entering the temple Ambalaswamy Vinayagar and Arumughaswamy Murugar shrines are opposite to each other which leads to the Vasantha Mandapam. Next comes the theerthavari mandapam with Kodimaram Nandi which leads to the main sanctum sanctorum . Goddess kuzhalvaimozhi Amman shrine is to the right with a few steps of the Lord Shivas shrine which is rare as in most of the Lord Shivas shrine Goddess shrine is to the left .

Sthala vritcham being jackfruit tree and there are idols of Nayanmars , Dakshinamurthy and Panchaboodha Lingams , Lord Nellaiyappar with His consort Gandhimathi , Kasi Viswanath and so many lingams are present .

There is Chakra peedam (Maha Meru) which is said to be installed by sage Agasthiyar by his mystic power those who sits in front of this Maha Meru and meditates is believed to have their wishes fulfilled and finally Bhairavar . In the western side inside the temple there’s another Lord Vinayagar idol and there is a arrow mark indicating the vision of the falls from the temple .

Earlier this temple was a Vaishnava sthalam even now one can see Garuda and Lord Hanuman in the Gopuram. As per legends sage Agasthiyar was being a Shaivaite was denied entering this temple. Later sage Agasthiyar entered the temple with ‘Tiruman Nama’ on his forehead , a Tulsi mala around his neck and worshipped keeping Lord Shiva in his mind . By shrinking the image of Lord Vishnu with his hands , converted into Kutralanathar (Lingam). The finger prints of sage Agasthiyar is visible on the Linga . So the deity has permanent head-ache and to cure it , abisheka is performed every evening with 64 herbs . Moreover, during the pooja at night a concoction of herb is prepared as Prasadam .The conch shape of the temple indicates that it was a Vaishnative temple . Since conch is sacred to Vaishnavites .

This place is the birth place of famous Tamil poet Thirukudarasappakavirayar .

The main significance of this temple is the Chitrasabhai which is a painting gallery at the backside of the temple .

Thirukutralam represents one of the five Pancha Sabhas of Nataraja – Chitra Sabhai. The five dance halls of Shiva are Chidambaram being Kangasabhai Madurai being Vellisabhai , Thiruvalangadu being Ratnasabhai , Tirunelveli being Thamirasabha and Kutralam being Chitrasabhai. Kutralam is also known as Trikootaachalam.

Chitrasabhai complex is outside the temple and one has to walk half a km distance from the temple and has to climb up 50 steps . Here Lord Natarajar is worshipped in painted form and there are much more paintings which will leave you awestruck .

In front of Thirukutralanathar temple
View of the Kutralam falls from the temple
Kutralam falls
Chitrasabhai

Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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