Around June 2014, an initiative was started to map the cultural diversity and richness of Cooum was started on facebook. How Cooum had once been so holy a river, that even the sins that were not washed away by bathing in the river Ganges could be washed away by bathing in the Cooum. This extremely rich piece of work developed by many enthusiastic contributors can be found here. I joined in to see if something could be done to map the temples on the bank of the river Cooum. What started as a brief journey has today become a treasure hunt. We were able to put together about thirty six temples by referring to a number of books and websites, including the Koova Puranam, but when we actually ventured out, the number of sites crossed a hundred, and is still growing!
I am going to link all the Cooum river side temples in this page, so that it provides easy access and one stop solution for referring to the same. We sincerely hope, that the rich cultural heritage of the river, will enthuse heritage enthusiasts, volunteers, administrators and politicians alike, to revive the temple to its lost glory! The list at the moment is in no particular order. Once the posts have all been completed, I will put them in the order of occurrence along the river!
1. Sri Tripurantaka Swamy Temple, Thiruvirkoovam
2. Sri Deivanayakeswara Swamy Temple, Elumiyankottur
3. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Narasimhapuram
4. Sri Kailaaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple, Kesavaram
5. Veera Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Kakkalur
6. Sri Utpalambika samedha Sri Singaandeeswara Temple, Thiruvur
7. Sri Aavundeeswara Temple, Nemam
8. Ashtalingams around Thiruverkadu
9. Sri Kari Varadaraja Swamy Temple, Nerkundram
10. Kurungaleeswarar Temple, Koyambedu
11.The Samadhis of Harrington Road
12. Kandasamy Murugan Temple, Vayalanallur
Koovam was divided into eighteen sub-divisions. The temples under these subdivisions are still considered to be Koovam temples although now due to the shrinking of the river and the increase in habitations, these villages have moved a few kilometres away from the river. We tried as much to identify all the eighteen subdivisions and temples in them. A couple of them could not be identified and a couple did not have any temples in them. The temples in the remaining Kottams are listed here.
1. Sri Brahma Sastha Murugan Temple, Pagasalai
2. The Ganeshas of Thandalam