- May 21, 2021
🛕 Mudhu Kundreeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Mudanai Village in Virudhachalam Taluk in Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Mudhu Kundreeswarar / Pazha Malai Nathar and Mother is called as Periya Nayaki. The temple is situated on the banks of the lake to southwest side of the Village. Mudanai was called as Mudal Nei in ancient times.
🛕 One of the leaders of Kadava family called Kachirayars was living in this Mudhunei village during the 12th century. He was visiting Virudhachalam each day to worship Lord Vriddhagiriswarar. He could not able to visit due to his older age. He was praying to Lord Shiva for his inability to visit Virudhachalam. Pleased with his devotion, it is said that Lord Vriddhagiriswarar granted darshan to the old man with Mother Periya Nayaki and the devotee built the temple at the same spot where he had the darshan.
🛕 It is believed that Ghee used in Karthigai Deepam in Thiruvannamalai Annamalaiyar Temple used to be sent from this village. The villagers used to travel to Thiruvannamalai by walk to offer the first ghee to light lamps in Karthigai Deepam. Hence, the village came to be called as Mudhal Nei and later got corrupted to Mudanai.
🛕 This temple is facing towards east with a three-tiered Rajagopuram. The temple is enclosed by compound wall. Lord Vinayaga seated on his Moonjuru vahana and Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Deivanai can be seen at the entrance in Rajagopuram. Bali Peedam, Dhwaja Sthambam (flag staff) and Adhikara Nandhi can be found immediately after the Rajagopuram. The Temple consists of Sanctum, Artha Mandapam and Maha Mandapam.
🛕 Presiding Deity is called as Mudhu Kundreeswarar / Pazha Malai Nathar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. He appears in Sadasiva form. The Linga is about 2.5 feet tall. Dakshinamoorthy and Durga are the Koshta idols located around the sanctum walls. Lord Dakshinamurthy appears under the banyan tree teaching his four disciples with Muyalagan the symbol of ignorance under his feet.
🛕 Mother is called as Periya Nayaki. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. Her shrine is situated on the Maha Mandapam. The temple is so designed to enable the devotees to have the darshan of Lord Pazha Malai Nathar and Mother Periya Nayaki in different locations by standing in the Maha Mandapam of the temple.
🛕 There is a shrine for Kanni Moola Vinayaka in the southwest corner of the temple premises. Chandikeswarar Shrine can be found in his usual location. He is about 1.5 feet tall. There is a shrine for Lord Murugan to the north of Chandikeswarar Shrine. He is 12 armed. Lord Muruga with his weapon Vel in the right hand, an arrow, sword, flag, staff, and a bow in his left hand, lotus etc.
🛕 There is a shrine for Lord Vishnu to the north of Lord Murugan Shrine. Anjaneya Idol of about 1.5 feet tall can be seen facing Lord Vishnu Shrine. There is a shrine for Mother Durga in the temple premises. She is four-armed holding discus and conch (upper) and assuring sign by the lower right and the left placed on the hip.
🛕 There are shrines for Kasi Viswanathar, Viswanathar, Vinayaga, Bhairavar, Suryan, Chandran and Navagrahas can be seen in the temple premises. Sthala Vriksham is Kondrai Tree. It is situated on the backside of sanctum. Theertham associated with this temple is Nanneer Kulam.
🛕 The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 09.00 a.m. and from 05.00 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.
🛕 Chitra Poornima in April-May; Vaikasi Visagam in May-June; Aavani Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November; Karthika Deepam in November-December; Thai Brahmotsavam in January-February (Vel dipping) and Masi Magam in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple. Besides the above, the temple conducts Somavara (Mondays) and Pradosha pujas regularly.
🛕 Devotees seek boons from Lord and Mother to realize various wishes they have in mind.
🛕 The Temple is located at about 14 Kms from Virudhachalam Junction Railway Station, 15 Kms from Virudhachalam, 15 Kms from Virudhachalam Bus Stand, 17 Kms from Neyveli, 56 Kms from Cuddalore and 146 Kms from Trichy Airport. Devotees need to travel in Virudhachalam to Neyveli Route and take a left diversion road at Arasakuzhi, then travel for about 8 Kms to reach this Temple.
Mudhu Kundreeswarar Temple,
Mudanai, Virudhachalam Taluk,
Cuddalore District – 607 804,
Mobile: +91 97876 92379.