Kundrakudi Temple

Sri Shanmuganatha Perumal Temple is a one thousand-year-old temple in Kundrakudi, also spelt Kundrakudi, just 3km from Pillayarpatti.  It is located on a 61m (200 feet) hill.

Lord Subramanya is addressed here as Sri Shanmuganatha Perumal, as He is seen here with six faces (Shanmugam).  The Mayuragiri puranam refers to the Lord here.  He is flanked by the divine consorts, Valli and Deivayanai.  The passage to the sanctum is quite narrow.  Also here are idols of Shiva, Ganesh, Nataraja, and the Navagrahas. Uniquely, the Navagrahas do not face different directions, as in other temples.  They are all in one direction, facing Lord Subramanya.

Mostly local people patronize this temple.  Many get married here, are come here soon after the wedding.  Worship here is said to relieve one from disease and worries.  Devotees, it is said, are blessed with good offspring.  The temple is maintained by the Kundrakudi Mutt.

There are shrines for Lord Subramanya and His brother, Ganesha, at the bottom of the hill.  Lord Subramanya is known as Palani Murugan in this shrine, for He is taken to the famous Sri Dhandayudhapani temple in Palani every year during Thai Poosam (January).  For this reason, the idol is not fixed to the floor.
On the western side of the hill are three excavated cave shrines at ground level, dedicated to Lord Shiva.  They belong to the 11th century.

How to get there:

Kundrakudi is just 3km from Pillayarpatti.  It can be accessed from Karaidudi, as well. Accomodation: Pillayarpatti or Karaikudi.

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