Karukudi Kailasanathar temple

This temple is a renowned star temple and is associated with the star, Revathi, which is the last star or Nakshatra  among the 27 Birth Nakshathras. Sri Kailasanathar Temple is located at Karukudi in Musiri taluk, Tiruchirapalli,Tamil Nadu. The Moolavar or presiding deity of this temple is Shiva. The Goddess is called Karunakara Valli.

Karukudi Kailasanathar Temple

People born under Revathi Nakshathra are honest, friendly, and courageous in character. They have a pure heart and strive for balance. They love luxuries, and think well of themselves.

They have the ability to conquer enemies. As they are soft-hearted and emotional, they tend to get hurt easily. They often reside far away from their place of birth, and do not receive much help from their relatives. This is an auspicious and lucky star.

The planets, Guru (Jupiter) and Budha (Mercury), rule this star. Revathi star people can excel in the fields of art and literature. They may not find it easy to get a suitable marriage alliance, and there may be other marriage-related problems, too.

There is a strong belief that they can overcome all these problems by worshipping Shiva in this temple. So people born under this star come to this temple from far and wide, seeking relief for various problems in their life and planetary Doshas.

The temple is quite old and the deity here graces devotees as a Suyambu Moorthy. The temple was supposedly rebuilt by a chieftain called Valvil Ori who was the ruler of Kollimalai.

He was known for his acts of charity. In 1266, the Karnataka king, Veera Ramanathan made a donation of land to the temple. Another king, Rama Chakravarthy, too, donated lands in 1541 and 1619.

Temple Legends

According to Sthala Purana, the planet Chandra, or Moon, married the deity of the star, Revathi. Soon after the wedding, they sought the divine darshan of Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati.  

As the Goddess was merciful enough to grant darshan to them with Shiva, she is called Karunakara Valli (Merciful Goddess). Devotees believe that this place is so sacred that it is next only to Kashi, and that the Ashoka star is circling under the land here.

Though Shiva and Goddess Karunakaravalli gave darshan to all the 27-star deities in this temple, Revathi star continued to worship here. This is why the temple has a close association with Revathi Nakshathra.

There is another myth regarding the temple. ‘Kar’ in Tamil means rain clouds. The belief goes that 7 rain clouds worship in this temple on Revati Nakshathra day.

Hence, the place is called Karukudi. Special poojas performed to Varuna, the rain God, on a Sunday, when combined with Revathi or Thiruvathirai star, is believed to bring good rainfall. This makes it a special temple for farmers as well.

Revathi Nakshathra

People who are born under Revathi Nakshathra are told by astrologers to frequent this temple and make offerings of 27 different objects. They could be 27 Mangal Sutras, 27 blouse bits or 27 food packets.

After they have worshipped at the temple, they have to distribute these to the people visiting the temple for getting their wishes fulfilled.

Other shrines found in this temple are for Ganapati, Muruga, Kasi Visalakshi, Navagrahas, Kala Bhairava, Brahma, Dakshinamurthi, Vishnu and Goddess Gomu Durga.

People who are born on Revathi Nakshathra day, the belief goes, can get relief from all Doshas and health problems by circumambulating the temple and offering Milk Abishekam to the deity during the last 12 minutes of the Revathi star, before AswiniNakshathra begins.

Vision problems, chronic diseases, and illnesses due to water-related problems are believed to get cured by worshipping here.

karukudi kailasanathar Temple Timings

6 am to 11 am;  5 pm to 8 pm.

How to reach karukudi kailasanathar temple?

By Air

The temple is 68 km from Trichy airport, and 66 km from Trichy.

By Rail

It is 29 km from Kulithalai railway station.  It is 34 km from Namakkal.

By Road Plenty of buses and cabs are available.

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