SRI VEERATTESWARAR TEMPLE, Korukkai, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu,
TEMPLE FOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
DEITIES: LORD VEERATTESWARAR, GODDESS GNANAMBIKAI
PLACE: KORUKKAI – NAGAPATTINAM
This is the 26th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy.
Address: Sri Veeratteswarar Temple, Korukkai, Nagapattinam district,Tamil Nadu.
Phone: +91- 4365-22389
Devotees pray to Kama Dahana Murthy for physical and mental health, for steadfastness of mind, removal of hardships and mental peace. They also pray for job, promotions, wedding and child boons.
There is a lotus flower design in the Avudayar-the seat or peeta on which the Linga is placed. This is one of the eight places (Atta Veeratta Sthalas) where Lord Shiva played heroic events. He burnt the cupid (Manmatha) in this place. Rathi and Manmatha are in the temple as procession deities.
The place has the reputation of Sage Theerthavagu bringing Holy Ganga for the consecration of the temple.
Of the eight places known as Atta Veera Sthalas of Lord Shiva, this is the place where cupid-Manmatha was burnt, hence Lord is praised as Kama Dahana Murthy.
He appears in a sitting posture with His left leg folded, right hanging down, right hand assuring His devotees – with Abhaya Mudra – and the left hand on the left leg.
It is worthy to note the places linked with the history of this temple in Kurukkai. This is the place where Manmatha attempted to disturb the penance of Lord.
Kanganam Puthur is the place where he decided to disturb the penance of Lord Shiva and tied the vow thread in his hand. He drank the milk at Palakudi. Took his bow at Villinur. Aimed at the Lord at Kavalamedu. Those who followed him at Ivanallur suggested action from here. As the place was not suitable, Manmatha came to Mettu Korkai and tried directions. Finally, he applied the arrow on Lord from a corner.
Puthrakameshti Yaga is performed in the temple by those seeking child boon. Lord is praised as Yogeswara. Mother Goddess is Gnambikai. As Lord is in meditation for ever, it is difficult to have his darshan. It is not possible to have the darshan when one desires it. Some obstacle would intervene. Cupid-Manmatha, the deity of love and lust was burnt here and had a rebirth in this place.
Lord Shiva was under deep meditation.
The heat that emanated from the penance had its impact everywhere. The Devas, unable to bear the heat, approached Lord Muruga to stop Lord’s meditation and save them. But Muruga refused to disturb His Father’s penance. They finally approached Manmatha. Without thinking of the consequences, foolish Manmatha applied his love arrows on Lord to disturb the penance. Lord opened His eyes and burnt him with the fire sparks from His third eye in His forehead. Rathi his wife fell at Lord’s feet and begged for her husband’s life. Lord assured her that he would be sent to Devaloka for her on a new moon fortnight. Thus Manmatha had his rebirth here.
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