Karur Kalyana Pasupateeswarar temple :

God and Godess :

  • Pasupatheeswara swamy ,
  • Alankaravalli / Soundarya Nayaki ,
  • Lord Vinayaka,
  • Lord (Arumugha)Murugan ,
  • Mahalakshmi Amman.

Location :

Karur Kalyana Pasupateeswarar temple,
Pasupateeswarar temple, Sannathi (Street), Karur (City),
Karur district-639001,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 6:00AM – 11:00AM.
  • Evening 4:00PM – 8:00PM.

Temple History :

Karur, Arulmigu Kalyana Pasupatheswarar Temple is one of the seven Shiva Shrines of the Kongu Region. Karur Sri Pasupatheeswarar is considered first and foremost. Lord Shiva is the principle deity of this temple as Sri Kalyana Pasupatheeswarar.Entering the temple, the stone-made Flag post-Kodimaram greets the devotee. One side of the Kodimaram has the sculpture of King Pugazh Chola Nayanar with his hand holding a head on a plate. The other side has the sculpture of a cow licking the Shivalinga from its rear legs under its milk organs.

The 100 pillar Mandapam is called Pugazh Chozhar Mandap. This is one of the five capitals of the Chola kings. Lords Nataraja and Dakshinamurthi are in the Ghoshta wall. There is also a shrine for Lord in inner prakara and shrines for Mother Mahalakshmi and Lord Arumugha.Emperor Musukunda, belonging to the Skanda Mahapurana period is believed to have undertaken a renovation of this temple. According to the history of this place, Emperor Musukunda was extended an invitation to attend the wedding of Lord Muruga that took place in Tiruparankundram near Madurai. Karur has the reputation that Siddha Karuvurar lived here.

As Karuvurar dissolved himself with the Lord, the Linga is found in a slanting position. Karur also was the place of residence of Eripathanayanar, Pugazh Chola Nayanar. On 14, 15 and 16th of Panguni Tamil month (March-April), Sun rays fall on the shrine.Lord Brahma became proud of his position as Creator of the world. To teach him a lesson, Lord Shiva made divine cow Kamadenu come to Earth through Narada to perform penance on Him in this place, a forest of Vanji trees then. A divine voice instructed Kamadenu to worship the Linga hidden in an anthill there. Following the instructions, Kamadenu was pouring its milk on Lord in the anthill. As its foot hit the Linga in, it began to bleed. Lord told Kamadenu that He would be worshiped as Pasupathi Nathar as the cow (Kamadenu) worshiped Him and that Kamadenu would do the creation work. Kamadenu began the job that wiped off the pride of Brahma. Merciful Lord returned the creation job to Brahmma then and took Kamadenu with Him.

The place was ruled by devout Pugazh Chola Nayanar. Eripatha Nayanar and Karuvur Thevar author of Tiruvisaipa forming part of the 12 Saivite hymns editions were born here. Another celebrated Nayanar, Sivakami Andar placed himself in the service of Lord in the temple. This is a very ancient temple renovated by emperor Mushukunda. According to Sthala Puranas, the invitation for the wedding of Lord Muruga with Deivanai at Tiruparankundram was dispatched from Karur. Karuvurar, one of the 18 Siddhas merged with Lord Aanilayappar in this place causing a slight siding of the Linga.The Aanilai Linga in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Lord Brahma is mentioned as the ever first devotees to worship Lord Shiva in this temple. Divine cow Kamadenu has worshiped Lord here. Its footprint is visible on the Linga.

The temple of Siddha Karuvuruar is in the southwest corner of this place. Some Brahmins complained against him to the king that the Siddha was following the Vama Marga offering wine and meat to the Lord. The inquiry revealed that the complaint was biased and false and the king punished the complainants. As they continued to harass him, the Siddha merged with Lord Aanilayappar on Thai Poosam day (January-February).

Festivals :

  • Chittirai ,
  • Aadi ,
  • Avani ,
  • Aipasi ,
  • Karthigai ,
  • Markazhi ,
  • Thai (Pushpa Nakshatra of Thai month is the day of theer thavizha),
  • Panguni (Uthra Nakshatraday worship of Lord Muruga),
  • Monthly Festivals : Sasti ,Kiruthigal ,Prathosam.

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Kala Sandhi pooja – 7:00AM.
  • Uchakala pooja(Sunrise pooja) – 6:00PM.
  • Uchikala pooja(Noon pooja) – 12:00PM.
  • Sayarkha pooja(sunset pooja) – 6:00PM.
  • Arthajama pooja(Night pooja) – 8:00PM.
  • Archanai – Rs.2/-
  • Thiruvilakku pooja – Rs.1/-
  • Ghee Deepam – Rs.2/-
  • Abhishegam – Rs.50/-
  • Cycle pooja – Rs.2/-
  • Car pooja – Rs.10/-
  • Special Entrance – Rs.5/-
  • Sahasranamam – Rs.5/-
  • Thala Varalaaru – Rs.15/-
  • Two/3 Wheelers pooja – Rs.5/-
  • Van,Bus,Lorry pooja – Rs.20/-
  • Sri Kalabairavar Milk Abhishegam – Rs.100/-
  • Earboring Engagement – Rs.250/-
  • Karuvar Sanathi Pournami pooja – Rs.150/-
  • Irumudi – Rs.50/-
  • Milk Abhishegam – Rs.1/-

Nearest Temples Around Karur Kalyana Pasupateeswarar temple :

  • Pariyur Kali Amman temple – 105 km
  • Palani Dandayuthapani temple – 109 km
  • Palani Idumban temple – 110 km
  • Namakkal Narasimha temple – 46 km
  • Elumathur(Erode) Kabaliswarar temple – 46 km
  • Banari(Satyamangalam) Bannari Amman temple – 150 km
  • Satyamangalam Venugopala temple – 137 km
  • Uttukuli Vetrivelayutha swamy temple – 86 km
  • Thirumurugan poondi ThirumurugaNatha swamy temple – 105 km
  • Srirangam Ranganatha swamy temple – 80 km
  • Avinashi Avinashi Lingeswarar temple – 107 km
  • Erode Sakti Vinayagar temple – 67 km
  • Dindigul Abhirami/Kalahasteeswara swamy temple – 80 km
  • Dindigul Srinivasa perumal temple – 80 km
  • Devarmalai Kathi Narasinga temple – 33 km
  • Thanthondrimalai Venkataramana swamy temple – 4 km
  • Manapparai Nallandavar temple – 70 km
  • Tiruchengode Arthanareeswarar temple – 63 km
  • Thirumayam Sathyamoorthi swamy temple – 146 km
  • Kulithalai Kadamba Vaneswarar temple – 46 km
  • Narthamalai Muthumariamman temple – 117 km
  • Peraiyur Naganatha temple – 139 km
  • Avudaiyarkoil Thiruperundurai temple – 175 km
  • Tirupattur Brahmapureeswarar temple – 104 km
  • Tiruchirapalli(Trichy) Jambukeswarar temple – 77 km
  • Kangayam Kariya Kali Amman temple – 71 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Karur – 1.00 km
  • Vellaikovil – 42.00 km
  • Namakkal – 46.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

Karur Railway station – 1.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore airport – 125 km
  • Chennai airport – 376 km
  • Tirupati airport – 450km
  • Cochi airport – 278 km
  • Calicut airport – 275km
  • Bangalore airport – 330km

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