Kutrallam (Coutrallam) Courtrallanathar temple :

God and Godess :

  • Kutralanathar swamy (or) Courtrallanathar swamy
  • Kuzhal vai Mozhi
  • Parashakti Amman

Location :

Kutrallam Courtrallanathar temple,
kutranatha temple, Courtallam/Courtrallam (village), Tenkasi (Taluk),
Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district-627802,

Timings :

  • Morning 6:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Evening 4:30PM to 8:00PM

Temple History :

Kutrallam Courtrallanathar temple is located at about five kilometers, away from Tenkasi, Tirunelveli – district. With the adjoining background of main falls, this Courtralanathaswami temple is found in the Courtralam Township. As Courtralam – falls is popular among the people; Sri Courtralanatha Swamy Temple is famous for one of its Pancha-Sabha was known as Chitra – Sabha. The temple is dedicated to Sri Thiru Courtrallanathar, Thirukootachalapathi and Kuzhalvoimozhi Amman (Devi whose voice is as sweet as the music of the flute). Jack tree is the Sthala Vruksha. Saint Tirugnanasambander of 7th Century A.D. glorifies the Lord of Kutralam in 2 Pathihams one of which relates to the Sthala Vruksha Other Saints Tirunavkarasar Manickavachagar Pattinathar etc., have poured forth their feelings of spiritual ecstasy in soul-stirring lyrics. At Kutralam be found a Vaishnava temple which he transformed by his magic touch into a Siva one, God Vishnu changing into Sivalingam, the conch in his hand, expanding as the temple and the chakra rising as the Siharam. The temple is, therefore, conch shaped a peculiarity, unlike other temples that are either square of rectangles in shape.The Sthalapurana describes this story in interesting detail, Three major festivals of ten days each is celebrated in a year; Vishu festival (April) Aipasi Vishu festival (October) Arudra (Erato) Festival.

A special feature of this temple is that during Arudra festival, Thandava Deeparadhana representing the cosmic Dance of the supreme being is offered daily to God Nataraja both morning and evening in the temple and especially on the Arudra day and During the other two festivals this offering and picturesque festival days. Along the outer periphery are seen idols of the Gods, Goddesses and saints such as Kurumbalanathar, sixty three Nayanmars, Nannagara perumal, Sailappar, Vallabha Vinayagar, Papanasar, Ulagamman, Nellaippar, Gandhimathi Amman, Manakkola Nathar, Narumbunathar, Sankaralinganathar, Palvannanathar, Oppanai Amman, Chockalingar, Meenakshi, Sastha, Madunatheswarar, Aram Valarthanayaki Amman, Agasthiar, Vasugi, Pancha Darshana, Sahasralingam (1000 lingam), Kasiviswanathar, Visalakshi, Sivalaya Muni, Bairava, Yagashala, Navagraha (a shrine of nine planets). Hence, worship at Sri Courtallanathar temple is equivalent to worshipping at all important Saivite temples.

When Parvati’s marriage took place in the Himalayas, All three world come to be in a single line the south seemed to be higher than the north. Lord sent sage Agasthiar equaling him to the status of devas to the Trigooda hills. When sage Agasthiar came this temple was a Vairava temple. when he tried to enter the temple was a stopped by Dwaraplakas. Then Agasthiar worshiped Ilanji Kumaran. He was Granted a wish to get whatever he wanted. At this instance, Agasthiyar told Ilanji Kumaran the problem he faced while trying to enter the temple. So he grants him the boon to take the form of a Vairavate, took bath in the ascade and entered the temple successfully.Everyone considered him as a guru and showed due respect when enquired about his where about Agasthiar replied that he came from Tirupathi Mularri Kannan Tirupathi and ordered that all pooja articles be brought he removed the priest from the street he worshiped the stupa and the surrounding gods and lord Thirumal.He took the Vishwaroopa form and kept his hand on lord Thirumal saying ‘kuru kuru Kutralanathre!’ and turned him into Thiru Kutralanathar says the Stala Purana.

Today’s Thirukkutralanathr temple was constructed by Raja Rajan.The first round wall was built by him.Is an example of Chola reign. Historians claim that there was a perumal sannithi on the left side of the Mollavar.During the Pandya reign the karuvarai Artha mandapam, maha mandapa, separate temple for Kulalvai Mozhi Amman and Pillayan Kattalai mandapam.At the time of Nayakkar rule, Parasakthi temple was constructed, the compound wall, Sangu street and inner street and new Sanity’s were built.Shiva devotee Agathiyar may here be removed the perumal sannithi and that place is used as a vengam room at present.Thirikooda mandapam, Pasupirai, Thattodi, Vaitheeyappavilasam, The front mandapam of Kulalvai Mozhi Amman, Sangai veethi and Kalpavuthal at Vasantha Veethi. Were build by the things of Vadakarai Aathikkam Sokkampatti. In 1925, The Aaralvai Mozhi temple was renovated by the people of the town.

Festivals :

  • Chithirai Visu Festival(10 days)
  • Iaippasi Visu festival(10 days)
  • Markali Thiruvathirai festival(10 days)
  • Navaratri festival(9 days)
  • Adi new Moonday patradeepam festival(1 day)
  • Avani Moola festival(1 day)
  • Iaippasi Thirukkalayanam (1 day)
  • Kandhi Sasti festivals(1 day)
  • Karthigai Lamp festival(1 day)
  • Thai Maha Thappa festival(1 day)
  • Maasi Monthi Shivarathri (1 day)
  • Panguni Uthirai festival (1 day)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thiruvananthal – 6:00AM
  • Udhayamarthandam – 7:00AM
  • Vila pooja – 8:00AM
  • Srukala Sandhi pooja – 9:00PM
  • Kala Sandhi – 10:00PM
  • Uchikalam – 12:00PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 6:00PM
  • Arthasama – 9:00PM
    • PoojaName – Cost
  • Coconut offering – Rs 1
  • Swamy Astottaram(108 Names) – Rs 2
  • Scented Water – Rs 2
  • Sahasranamam(1008 Names) – Rs 10
  • Conducting Marriage – Rs 50
  • Abhishegam – Rs 25
  • Offering ‘Ma’ Lamps – Rs 2
  • To adorn with silk Parivattan – Rs 10

Nearest Temples Around Kutrallam (Coutrallam) Courtrallanathar temple :

  • Papanasam Papanatha swamy temple – 35 km
  • Kovil patti Poovanatha temple – 87 km
  • Tenkasi Kasi Viswanatha swamy temple – 5 km
  • Sankara kovil Sankara Narayana temple – 49 km
  • Kadayam Vilva Vananatha temple – 20 km
  • Tirunelveli Nellaiappar temple – 57 km
  • Kanyakumari Bhagavathi amman temple – 131 km
  • Suchindram Thanumalayam swamy temple – 134 km
  • Thiruvattur Adikesava perumal temple – 154 km
  • Tiruchendur Subramanya swamy temple – 120 km
  • Kalugumalai Kalugasalamoorthy temple – 66 km
  • Srivilliputtur Andal/Nachiyar temple – 84 km
  • Sathuragiri Sundhara Mahalingam temple – 116 km
  • Virudhunagar Chokkanatha temple – 128 km
  • (Kollam)Thangassery Ammachiveedu moorthy temple – 109 km
  • Sasthancotta Dharmasastha temple – 96 km
  • Oachira Parabrahma temple – 116 km
  • (Patanamtitta)Sabarimala Dharmasastha/Ayyappa temple – 157 km
  • Aranmula Parthasarathy temple – 109 km
  • Malayalappuzha Malayalappuzha devi temple – 95 km
  • Kaviyoor Mahadevar temple – 123 km
  • Mandaikadu Bhagavathi temple – 147 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Tenkasi – 7 km
  • Puliyangudi – 34 km
  • Tirunelveli – 62 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Tenkasi – 6 km
  • Shenkottai – 9 km
  • Kalikadayam – 20 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore – 358 km
  • Madhurai – 160 km
  • Salem – 403 km
  • Trivendrum -123 km

Photos of the temple :