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Temples   Even today, much of Chettinad's life style is centered around the activities and festivities of the temples. These temples were built with the help of the Kings who ruled region from time to time. Nagara Koil became the family temple or the temple belonging to a particular clan or sub divisions of the Chettiars of the region. Garlands from their family temple to the bride and bride groom is a ritual in vogue to confirm the wedding process. These temples were built according to Vasstu Sasthras and Agama Sasthras and exists as a testimony to the spiritual belief of the people. Wealthy Chettiars and the royal families maintained these temple sites. The holy tanks found in these temples are called as the OORANI. Majestic towers and exotic architecture are the special features of these temples called as the Nagara Koil. Karpaga Vinayakar, Kundrakudi Murugan, Kottaiyur Sivan, and Kandanur Sivan, Vairavan Kovil, Iraniyur temples, with each having its own unique deity are some among the famous temples of this region.

Vinayagar Chathurthi and the Pillaiyar Nonbu in the month of December are the important festivals celebrated every year with pomp and show. The Nonbu concludes with a sweet called Illai or Ellai.

Ilayathangudi : The Kailasanathar Nithyakalyani, is the first of the clan temple, 25 kms from Karaikudi on the Kunrakudi road, Via Nemam, Keelasivalpatti and Avinipatti. Nagarathars received this place as a grant in the year 707 A.D. The temple is known for its great sculptural value and it has the biggest OORANI or the Temple Tank. Soora sashti and Karthikai Deepam and Mahasivarathiri are few of the important festivals of this place. Legend says: Because this was believed to the resting place of the gods this was called as Illaipatrankudi [ilaippu meaning tiredness, attru meaning to relieve and kudi meaning place] and got corrupted as Ilayathangudi as the years passed by. Mahadevendra Saraswati Shankaracharya Swamiji, 65th Acharya of the Kanchi Kamkoti Peetam attained siddhi [eternal bliss] in 1891 at Ilayathangudi and a Temple [Adishtanam] has been built by the Nattukottai Chettiars on his Samadhi[tomb].


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