Visited on: 30th June, 2018.
Vada Kurangaduthurai is situated at a distance of about 22 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Thiruvaiyaru route. It is less than a kilometre from Aduthurai Perumal Koil en route Ganapathy Agraharam. From Thiruvaiyaru, this place is about 11 kms away.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam near this place are –
Thiruppazhanam, Thiruvaiyaru, Thiru Neithanam, Perumpuliyur, Thiru Mazhapadi, Thirukkandiyur, Thiru Chotruthurai, Thiruvedhikudi, Thiruvirkudi, Thiru Nallur and Thiru Palaithurai.
|Moolavar||Sri Dhayanidheeswarar, Sri Vaalinathar, Sri Kulai Vanangu Nathar, Sri Chitti Lingeswarar, Sri Azhagu Sadai Mudi Nathar|
|Ambal||Sri Azhagu Sadai Mudi Ammai, Sri Jadamagudeswari|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Cauvery river|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Coconut tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 49th Shiva Sthalam on the Northern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Vadakarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- This temple has no flag post (Dwajasthambam).
History of the Temple
This ancient temple is believed to have been built about 1300 years ago.
There are some stone inscriptions here which date back to the periods of Chola Kings - Koppara Kesari Varman, Pandian Thalaikonda Koppara Kesari Varman, Raja Rajan-I, Rajendran-I, Kulothungan-III and Pandiya King Vikrama Pandiya Devan.
There are two places by the name of “Kurangaduthurai”. At these two places, Lord Shiva is believed to have been worshiped by two monkeys (“kurangu” in Tamil) from Ramayana – Sugreev and Vaali.
This place is called as “Vada Kurangaduthurai” as it is located on the northern side of the river Cauvery and Vaali is believed to have worshiped Lord Shiva here. The other Kurangaduthurai is called “Then Kurangaduthurai” since it is located on the southern side of the river Cauvery and Sukreevan is believed to have worshiped the Lord Shiva there.
This place (Vada Kurangaduthurai) is now also known as Aaduthurai Perumal Koil.
This temple is one of the 88 temples controlled by Tanjore Palace Devasthanam and it is also under the purview of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).