Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Abhimukteeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||–|
|Agamam:||Age (years):||Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
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|City / town:||Kodaganallur||District:||Tirunelveli|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Tirunelveli (17 km)||Nagercoil (74 km)|
|Thoothukudi (79 km)||Kanyakumari (84 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
Karkotakan attained liberation due to his penance here, and hence the place was known as Karkotaka Nallur, which has been modified to Kodaganallur in today’s convention.
This temple is an unusual west-facing temple, abutting the Tambraparani river. The temple was in reasonable shape, but would have definitely seen better days in the past. This temple was patronized by Kodaganallur Sundara Swamigal, hailing from the lineage of Appaiya Deekshitar.
The temple is simple, but said to be very powerful. It is estimated that the temple is over 500 years old, but there are no records or inscriptions here to provide any further information.
Interestingly, while the garbhagriham faces west, the other deities are aligned in the same way as any other east-facing Siva temple. While this arrangement is not unique to this temple, it is quite rare to find.
Also, there is a separate south-facing shrine for Dakshinamurti on the left, as soon as one enters the temple. Dakshinamurti here is seated with His right leg folded, which is unusual (normally it is the left that is folded).
Very close to this temple are the Brihan Madhavan temple and the Kailasanathar temple – the latter being one of the Nava Kailasam temples in the region.
Other information for your visit
When we visited this temple in October 2016, the temple gurukkal – an elderly gentleman named Sri Meenakshi Sundaram, gave us a detailed narration about the temple, including various miracles in his life, which he attributed to the grace of the Lord.