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197. Paandikkodumudi


Location: Paandikkodumudi near Kodumudi .
(Kongu Naadu)
Shiva: Kodumudi Nathar, Makuteswarar
Ambal: Panmozhi Nayaki, Soundarambika
Vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Kaveri
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Erode
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Description: Kodumudi is one of the Shivastalams in Kongunadu and is believed to be one of the shikarams of Kailash. Sundarar composed his Namachivaayappatikam here Several literary works praise the glory of this temple. This temple  is regarded as the 6th of the 7 Tevara Stalams in the Kongu Region of Tamilnadu.

Legends: Bhrama and Vishnu who are enshrined here, are said to have worshipped Shiva, hence the name Trimurthy Kovil. Agasthyar is said to have worshipped here.. In a test of strength between Adiseshan and Vayu, 5 gems are said to have gotten scattered from the head of Adisesha. A red stone landed at Tiruvannamalai, an emerald at Eengoimalai, a blue diamond at Potikai, a manikkam at Vaatpoki and a diamond here. This temple  is regarded as the 6th of the 7 Tevara Stalams in the Kongu Region of Tamilnadu.

The legend of Agasthyar travelling to the South to tilt the balance of the earth is associated with Paandikkodumudi; it is believed that the waters of his kamandalam flowed from here as the Kaveri river to alleviate the misery of the farmers downstream. The Vinayakar here is referred to as Kaviri Kanda Vinayakar.

The Temple: This is a vast temple with grand shrines to Kodumudi nathar, Vadivudaiammai and Perumaal and Taayaar. This vast temple has 3 entrances leading to the Kodumudi nathar, Ambal and Veeranarayana Perumal shrines.Kunchitapaada Natarajar has both his feet on the ground, in contrast to the raised left foot. The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum of Shiva and Ambal for a period of 4 days in the months of Panguni and Aavani (Pisces and Virgo)

Endowments from the Pandyan rulers have lent the name Paandikkodumudi to this shrine. There are several inscriptions here recording endowments from various royal dynasties.. The lion faced pilars testify to Pallava contributions.

Festivals: Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in Chittirai (Aries), in addition to Aadipperukku where lighted lamps are set afloat in the river, Aippasi Pournami, Thaippoosam & Arudra Darisanam .

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