Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

Sri Kodeeswarar temple – kottaiyur

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About Temple:

kottaiyur is situated 3Km distance from Kumbakonam in the way to Thirupurampuyam. Kottaiyur is also known as Vilvaranyam and Herandapuram. The respectful name of Kottaiyur is Thirukottaiyur.
The Shivalingam here is said to have merged from a castor seed, hence Kottaiyur, Herandapuram; also the Shivalingam is believed to be composed of several Shivalingam, hence Koteeswarar.
History:

Atreya rishi performed penances here, hence Heranda Munivar. Heranda muni who descended into the Kaveri at Tiruvalanchuzhi, emerged out here, hence the connection between the shrines. Good deeds committed here are said to multiply severalfold in value.
A 60 feet high five tiered gopuram adorns the entrace of this temple with 2 prakarams. An image of Manu needhi Cholan’s episode is seen near the 2nd gopuram as in Tiruvarur. There is a separate vimanam for Somaskandar here. Vinayakar here is Kotivinayakar. Kotivinayakar’s image is composed of several Vinayakars. The Utsava Vinayakar with his consorts resembles that at Tiruvalanchuzhi which is also located close by.
7th century inscriptions are found here in addition to inscriptions dating back to the 12th century that refer to the Eragaram Tevara Vaippustalam nearby. Tirunavukkarasar has sung the glory of this shrine along with that of Tiruvalanchuzhi
Speciality:

The place Kottaiyur derived the name as the Shiva Lingam materialized under the castor bushes. A great sage Eranda Munivar came out through a cave and showed the Cauvery River to the Chozha Kingdom and is believed that lord Shiva had given him and the Chozha king Darshan as millions of Shiva Lingams. Hence the place got the name of Koteeswarar. The main idol’s body covered with boil like eruptions is a specialty here. Also the Navagrahas here are depicted with their respective vehicles and Chakras which is a speciality too. Worshipping in this temple is considered equal to having the Darshan of a million Shiva Lingams.

Legends:

The Shivalingam here is said to have merged from a castor seed, hence Kottaiyur, Herandapuram;also the Shivalingam is believed to be composed of several Shivalingam, hence Koteeswarar. Atreya rishi performed penances here, hence Heranda Munivar. Heranda muni who descended into the Kaveri at Tiruvalanchuzhi, emerged out here, hence the connection between the shrines. Good deeds committed here are said to multiply severalfold in value.

 

Speciality:

A 60 feet high five tiered gopuram adorns the entrace of this temple with 2 prakarams. An image of Manu needhi Cholan’s episode is seen near the 2nd gopuram as in Tiruvarur.There is a separate vimanam for Somaskandar here.

Vinayakar here is Kotivinayakar. Kotivinayakar’s image is composed of several Vinayakars. The Utsava Vinayakar with his consorts resembles that at Tiruvalanchuzhi which is also located close by.

7th century inscriptions are found here in addition to inscriptions dating back to the 12th century that refer to the Eragaram Tevara Vaippustalam nearby.

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