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Kanjanagaram Temple – Kathra Sundareswarar temple at Kanjanagaram near Mayiladuthurai

Kanjanagaram Temple, also known as Kathra Sundareswarar temple, is located at Kanjanagaram near Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The shrine is located 1 km off the Mayiladuthurai – Poompuhar State Highway 22 and is around 8 km from Mayiladuthurai.

The shivling worshipped in the temple is Swayambhu – that which appeared on its own. Mother Goddess is worshipped here as Tungabalasthanambikai. She holds neelothpal flower, discus, conch and a parrot called Vedamirt Keeram. It is believed that the parrot is Lord Shiva himself.  It chants the Vedas. Veda Vyasa and Suka Rishi is said to have worshipped Mother Goddess  here.
The popular belief is that the six Krittuka maidens who took care of Lord Muruga during his birth were born here.

Kanjanagaram Temple Timings

Morning Puja Time – 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Puja Time – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Kanjanagaram Temple Contact Address

Sri Kathra Sundareswarar Temple,
Tharangambadi Taluka, Via Keezhayur,
Nagapattinam district.
Tamil Nadu
Pincode – 609 304

Legend has it that the demons under the leadership of Padmasura and Singamukha were harassing people and sages. They prayed to Goddess Parvati for protection. Goddess Parvati went and informed Shiva who was in katra or gatrajyoti yoga. When Goddess Parvati interrupted the meditation, Shiva as Katra Sundareswarar (Karthika Sundareswarar) opened his eyes and six sparks emanated from them. They united to become Kartikeya or Muruga. He then annihilated the demons. The place is thus associated with the origin of Krittika Nakshatra and Muruga.

Subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Selva Vinayaka, Nardana Vinayaka, Muruga, Goddess Durga, Brahma, Chandikeshwara, Daskhinamurti, Nandi and Navgrahas. Sattanadha is worshiped in a shrine about the sanctum sanctorum vimana of  Kathra Sundareswarar.

An important puja performed here is sumangali puja for early marriage. It is also believed that having darshan of Mother Goddess and her parrot on Fridays will speedup marriage related matters.

The temple is associated with Karthigai Nakshatra. It is believed that Karthigai Star women will have early marriage after offering prayers here on monthly Karthigai Star date or during pradosham (13th day of a fortnight)