18. Sri Kadaimudinathar Temple, Tirukkadaimudi, Keezhaiyur (Chola Nadu - North of Kaveri):Names of God : Sri Kadaimudinathar, Sri Anthi Samraksneeswarar
Name of Goddess : Sri Abirami
Holy water (Theertham) : Karuna Theertham.
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : Kiluvai.
Thevaram : Sambandar - 1
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.
For Complete List of 275 Shiva Temples : Click HereThis is the 18th sthalam on the northern side of river Cauvery. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Adhi Murthy of the temple Lord Kiluvai Nathar is under Kiluvai tree in the prakara. There is also a Nandhi before Him. Lord Subramania with His consorts Valli and Deivanai is in a shrine in the prakara. Sri Vinayaka of the temple is worshiped as Lord Kadaimudi Vinayaka.
The temple is facing west. Cauvery flows westward. As Lord Shiva protects the world even during the Maha Pralaya time-the uprising of the rivers and oceans destroying the world, He is praised as Kadai Mudi Nathar – Lord rescuing beings even on the ending day, according to sthala puranas. Shiva Linga has 16 stripes known as Shotasa Linga. Wealth is classified under 16 heads, hence it is believed that those worshipping Kadaimudi Nathar will achieve all the wealth.
The Navagrahas in the prakara are on a hexagonal avudayar seat facing right side. The planets are not in a regular line. They are looking front and back to each other. Lord Dakshinamurthy has a ring only in one ear. The other is plain. Lord Bhairava too has a ring only in one ear.
Mother Abhirami is all merciful. Her shrine is facing south with an entrance. Woman awaiting marriage use to tie Mangalstra to Her for early wedding. When marriage proposals conclude happily, they take back the mangalsutra, tie it on their neck, worship Her and leave it then again with Mother. Their belief is that doing so would ensure the longevity of their mangalsutras till the end of their life.
History / Legend:Due to his pride, Lord Brahmma incurred the curse of Lord Shiva. For relief, he performed Shiva Puja in many places including this place. Lord Shiva granted darshan to Brahmma under this Kiluvai tree. When Brahmma sought pardon and relief, Lord told him that the relief would come to Brahmma at an appropriate time. As requested by Brahma, Lord Shiva stayed in this place. Sage Kanva also worshipped Shiva in this place and attained salvation.
Location: This temple is situated at Keezhaiyur which is on the Mayiladuthurai - Poompuhar route. The temple is about 2 Kms from Keezaiyur bus stop. One can also reach Keezhaiyur from Sirkazhi by travelling up to Poompuhar and then taking the road to Mayiladuthurai from there.
Temple Address & Contact Details:Arulmighu Kadaimudinathar Temple
Phone: 04364 - 283261 ; 283360 ; 9442779580 ; 9095120653.