Kattazhagar Temple,Senbagathoppu,Srivilliputhur, India
In the westerly direction of Srivilliputhur, just 15 Km away, this temple exists atop a hill surrounded by Senbagathoppu forest area. In this temple, Lord Thirumal takes incarnation in the name of “Kattazagar”.
Government buses are operated from dawn to dusk, between Srivilliputhur and Senbagathoppu. From Senbagathoppu, by walking through a dense forest, one can reach the foot of the temple hill. A holy fountain called “Nupura Gangai” is present at the base of the temple. It is the place where Saint Subadha got deliverance from the curse given by Saint Dhurvasar. There are 246 steps to ascend the mountain. Here, Lord Sundaresa Perumal alias Kattazagar, along with Sri Devi (Sundara Valli) and Booma Devi (Soundara Valli), blesses the devotees, being in standing posture. The statues of Dhuvaragapalagar, Saint Subadha (Mandooga Maharishi), Chakkarathazvar, Senai Mudhalvan, Adhivaragar and Gnanapran are housed in the inner hall (Artha mandapam) of the temple.
The Garudazvar temple facing towards Lord Kattazagar is located on the outer side of the big hall. The statues of Protector-Gods like Pathinettampadi Karuppasami, Yama, Kalan, Thuthan are found in this big hall. The pillars of this hall are embellished with excellent artistic designs.
On Tamil New year day and every Saturday, special poojas are conducted. A large number of worshippers get the darshan of Lord Kattazagar on the last Saturday of every Tamil month.
Translated from Tamil by Professor. Dr. M. Shanmugam, Ph.D., Thiruvalluvar College of Engineering & Technology, Vandavasi – 604 505, India