Arulmigu Koothandavar Thirukoil, Koovagam

Main God    :  Lord Koothandavar

Location     :  Arulmigu Koothandavar Thirukoil,
Ulundurpet Taluk,
Villupuram District,
Pin Code: 606 102.

Festivals  :

1). Aadi Amavasai

2). Thai Pongal

3). Chitra Pournami Festival(16 Days)

Worship Time :

From Morning 06:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M
From Evening 04:00 P.M to 09:00 P.M

History Of Koothandavar Kovil :

Having no choice, he goes to Sahadeva who is blessed with the talent of accurately forecasting the future and reading horoscopes, and to his greatest dismay finds Dhuryodhana there too. “Welcome, my lord”, exclaimed Sahadeva,” and you too, cousin. How may I help you both?” Dhuryodhana lays forward his request, “Oh MadriPutra, being true to your skill, guide me along a path, wherein I can surely claim victory in the upcoming war.” Nodding thoughtfully, Sahadeva looked at Shri Krishna, “and you my lord?”. “Sahadeva, I came to ask the same favor on behalf of the Pandavas.” Krishna blurted out. Without saying a word, Sahadeva rolled his Shozhi (shells used to help in prediction) and after several calculations looked up to both his guests.


“The path to success is alike for both of you”, he explained. “To attain victory in the upcoming war, you need to sacrifice a man filled with all the good qualities of Valor, strength, bravery, beauty and such, to the goddess of war, Kali. He who first performs this sacrifice will gain the blessings of Kali and win the war”, he concluded and with very worried eyes looked at Krishna. “Leave that to me Sahadeva. Why fear when I am here?”, and with a dangerous look at Duryodhana, he left Sahadeva.

All along his way back his mind was filled with a single thought, “Can it be? Hope it is not so. I cannot bear to lose him. Oh, wish that we do get another suitable person for the sacrifice.” The reason for his worried thoughts-Arjuna. Matching the qualities required in the sacrificial person to the various people in the Pandava camps, he could come up with only two people, Himself and Arjuna, and he wanted to lose neither. With a heavy heart he summons the Pandavas and relays Sahadeva’s prediction. “Is there anyone… Anyone else, other than Arjuna who can match the requirements of sacrifice? Anyone at all?” He pleaded, only to be met by a stunning silence. Krishna’s heart shattered at the thought of losing a dear friend. He felt light headed and started to sway with dizziness, when a voice cut through his haziness.


“Am I eligible to be sacrificed?” the voice asked. Looking for the source of the voice, Krishna’s eyes land on a very handsome man, dressed as a warrior and bearing resemblances to Arjuna. “Who are you, may I know?” questioned Krishna, as hope revived in his heart. “I am Aravaan, the son of Arjuna, born to the Naaga princess Chithrangadha, through an illicit wedlock. I have come here to help bring victory to my father and his brothers. And if I can indeed help them win by sacrificing myself, then I am ready to die.” he proclaimed.

Krishna is flooded with relief. Using his divine powers, he comes to know that Aravaan is indeed a warrior par excellence, full of good qualities and excellent character. “He would make the perfect sacrifice to Kali”, Krishna thought and he beckoned Aravaan to come with him. He introduced Aravaan to the Pandavas including to Arjuna, his father (what weirdness!!!) and praised the sacrificial qualities of Aravaan. “So you will be sacrificed to the Goddess at the dawn of war, tomorrow. Purify yourself mentally and physically and prepare for the day. Long live your sacrifice”, Krishna told Aravaan and turned to leave.

koothandavar temple :

The small hamlet of Koovagam is present in the Vizhuppuram district of Tamil Nadu, making it virtually a ‘nothing’. However, once a year this tiny village turns into the biggest camp for transgenders from all over the country. They gather in flocks to take part in the rituals of the festival which lasts for 18 days, culminating on chitra pournami (april-may).avar temple villupuram koothandavar temple villupuram koothandavar temple villupuram

Of the many bizarre and strange customs and festivals observed in India, the Koothandavar festival of Koovagam is one among them. The very basis of the festival, its associated rituals and the people involved make it the weirdest possible celebration on earth. A celebration of love and death, of sacrifice and life. villupuram koothandavar festival


A festival which has its base rooted into the depths of the Mahabharatha war, Krishna’s cunningness and the noble nature of a very valiant young man.War between the Pandavas and Kauravas was imminent. There was no way that a war could be averted, thus saving millions of innocent human lives. Krishna, as the protector of the universe was worried about the outcome of the war. It was true that he could intervene with his divine powers and avert catastrophe, but humans are required to decide their own fates. That’s what the vedas and shastras say. But still, he wanted the Pandavas to win the war, for he was on their side and their doings were just and moral. This would be the ultimate “Good wins over Bad” story if it went along as he desired.




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