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Arulmigu Thiruvilanji Kumarar Temple, Ilanji

      ILANJI KUMARAR TEMPLE : Lord Muruga is known here in the name of Thiruvilanji Kumarar. The temple is located amidst a lush green locale and a mere visit to the temple surrounding is so pleasing. The temple is also rich in historical significance. It is believed that Courtaleeswar temple used to be a vaishnavite temple. Sage Agasthiyar was not allowed to enter the temple as he was a strong devotee of Shiva. The sage is said to have come to Ilanji and performed a penance. Lord Muruga, being the reigning god of the region, appeared before the sage and had asked him to visit the temple the following day, dressed as a vaishnavite.

      It is also believed that Sage Agasthiyar also made two lingas out of white sand available in the region, which were then converged into one. This linga is found within the Ilanji Kumaran temple premise under the name Iruvulaga Nayagar (Lord of Two worlds, referring to the combination of two lingas). Since the linga is made out of sand, no abhishekams are performed to the linga. Lordess Parvati is known here as Iruvulaga Eeserkiniyal.

      As you move around the temple premise, you can observe several tall trees and wonderful greenery, making it a great visual treat for your eyes. There are also shrines here for Kanni Vinayakar, Suriyan (Sun God) and Suradevar (God who is said to cure people with fever; suram in tamil stands for fever). Major lords of near-by temples like Courtaleswar, Tenkasi Viswanathar and Kuzhalvai Mozhi Ammal also have a shrine at Ilanji. Sage Agasthiyar also has a shrine here. The stala Vriksham (primary tree of existence) is Magizha maram.


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