Kutralam temple History, Timings, Pooja, Darshan, Route info
Kutralam temple History
As per the Legend, Lord Siva asked Saint Agastheeswara to reach south and balance the Earth. All Devas gathered at Mount Kailash on the occasion of Lord Siva and Parvathi wedding. On his request, Agasthya reached Trikoota Hills. He thought of entering Vishnu temple on the hills. The gatekeepers stopped him from entering the temple as Saint is Saivite. Agasthsya disguised himself as a Vaishnavite and entered the temple. He then touched the Lord Vishnu Idol which turned to Kutralanathar. The handprint is still visible on the Siva Linga.
Agasthya performed Abhishekam for years after converting the Idol. He used to perform Abhishekam with 64 Herbal items and Shanthanathi Oil Palam. The same Abhishekam performed even today.
From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built before 5 BC. This temple was built by the Chola King Raja Rajan. This temple was later renovated by the Pandya Kings.
Kutralam temple Timings
Morning Hours: 6:00 am – 12:00 pm
Evening Hours: 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Temple timings might change on special days.
Food will be served to the devotees daily in the temple premises. Only Lunch is available.
How to reach Kutralam temple?
- The nearest airport is at Madurai which is 160 Km away
- The nearest railway station is at Thenkasi which is 8 Km away.
1. The direct bus is available from Thenkasi to the temple with good frequency.
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