Kuttala, Kuṭṭāla: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kuṭṭāla (कुट्टाल).—Seat of a famous Śiva temple in South India, originally a Viṣṇu temple. There is a story about its conversion into the present Śiva temple as follows:—

Agastya, on his journey to the south, reached Tirukkutralam (Kuṭṭālam) in the Tirunelveli Zilla on the southern borders of Tamil Nadu. The temple there was dedicated to Viṣṇu, and the Vaiṣṇavas (devotees of Viṣṇu) prevented Agastya from entering the temple with ashes on his forehead. At once he transformed himself into a devotee of Viṣṇu, and was permitted entry into the temple. As Viṣṇu wanted to show the world that he and Śiva were one and the same, and also the greatness of Agastya, the idol of Viṣṇu was all on a sudden changed into a Śiva Liṅga. Since then the temple has remained a Śiva Temple. (Skanda Purāṇa).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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