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    Kethu (Dragan’s Head)

    Located Place: Thiru koodalur (Jagat Rakshakan Kovil) located near Kumbakonam

    Deity: Vaiyam Katha Perumal (Vishnu) Goddess: Padmasana valli, (Lakshmi).

    Urchavar: Jagath Ratchagar

    Thala Virutcham: Jack Tree

    Theertham: Chakra Theertham

    Agama/Pooja: Vaikanasam Agama

    Historical Name: Thirukavithalam.

    How to Reach: within 25 km from kumbakonam Bus stand

    Old Year: 500- 1000 years old

    Temple Worship time: 7. 30 AM to 12.30 PM & 4.00 PM to 7.30 PM.

    Temple contact no: 9344303803

    About Thiruk koodalur (Thirukavithalam):

    The Village Thirukkoodalur located near Kumbakonam, Tamil nadu, south India. And the main deity is Vaiyam katha perumal (Vishnu) and his consorts Padmasana valli (Lakshmi) and it’s only one of the temple for Kethu (Navagraha in Kumbakonam.

    Jakath Rakshaka Perumal Temple or Thirukoodalur (locally called Aduthurai Perumal Temple) in Vadakurangaduthurai, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

    It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Jegadth ratchagar and his consort Lakshmi as Padmasana valli.

    The temple is Constructed by Cholas and renovated by Madurai Nayak. Separate shrines for the consort of Oppiliappan Perumal (Vishnu), and the Deity is Bhumi Devi (Lakshmi).

    The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th to 9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam.

    History:

    Demon Hiranyaksha fought with mother earth and hid her under the world below-padala lokha. Lord rescued here back to her place with his varaha avatar. He split the earth for the purpose and brought back her at Sri Mushnam. Remembering this event, saint thirumangai alwar praises this place as puganthan oor (Lord Entered in to the earth). As lord protected the world (Vaiyum) from the demon. He praised as vaiyamkatha perumal.

    Feature:

    As per Hindu legend, King Ambarisha who immersed himself in the worship of Vishnu, failed to strengthen his army and lost his kingdom. While doing worship, he also did not observe the sage Durvasa who went along his way.

    The sage got irritated and cursed the king. The king went to Vishnu for rescue, who sent his discus to chase the sage. The sage surrendered to Vishnu and begged pardon. The king Ambarishan is believed to have built the temple and hence the presiding deity is also called Ambarisha Varadhar at this place.

    As per another legend, all rivers come to river Kaveri for cleansing themselves. Kaveri wanted to cleanse herself and approached Hindu god Brahma. She is believed to have worshipped Vishnu at this place and got relieved. A parrot which was devoted to Vishnu was shot down in the nearby forest. Vishnu rescued the parrot and appeased him of him previous birth.

    Thus it is believed that Vishnu descends here for all forms of life. Vishnu is also believed to have appeared for sage Nandaka. Since all sages came here and prayed to Vishnu, the place is called Koodalaur (Koodal means group).

    The temple is called Vaiyam Katha Perumal as the presiding deity is believed to have saved the world.

    Festivals:

  • There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
  • The Brahmotsavam festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May–June).
  • Vaikunta Ekadasicelebrated during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December–January) are the major festivals celebrated in the temple.
  • Srisukta Homam, a religious practice, is performed in the temple with 108 lotus leaves on full moon days.