Sunday, January 22, 2017

Poravacherry Murugan Temple, Nagapattinam

Poravacherry Murugan Temple, Nagapattinam
Poravacherry Murugan Temple is situated at Poravacherry four kilometers from Nagapattinam on the Nagapattinam -Tiruvarur route just one kilometer from Sikkal. Poravacherry, Ettukudi and Enkan, are three Subramanya Swamy temples, in which the idols were sculpted by same sculptor in same pattern. The complete idol is of single granite stone.

Legends
There lived a sculptor in the village named Porulvaitha Cheri about a km away from Sikkal town of Nagapattinam district. He was a great devotee of Lord Muruga and used to chants Saravana manthram always. He sculpted an idol of Arumugan on peacock. The idol was beautiful and the Chola king who happen, to see this was impressed. He was too greedy and wanted the idol to be unique one of its kind in his kingdom. So he removed the thumb of sculpture so that, he may not be able to make another similar idol.
The sculpture moved away from the place and on his way he saw a stone with all good qualities to make an idol. With great effort he started working on the stone. The king Mutharasan who was ruling that place saw him working with lot of effort and dedication. He was visiting the place to see the development in the work. He made another idol of Arumugan exactly similar to the previous one. At the time of completion light rays passed over the sculpture and the peacock started flying with Arumugan on its back. The sculpture lost his eye sight.
He screamed out to catch (Etti Pidi- which means catch in tamil language) the peacock, At that time Raja Mutharasan was entering inside, his soldiers caught hold of the peacock and made a scar on the leg. The complete thing became an idol and the king built a temple in the same place which was known as Ettipidi. Over a period the name became Ettukudi in usage. The sculpture with the help of his daughter was able to sculpt another idol of Arumugan which was installed at Enkan. At the completion of the sculpture he got back his eye sight.
The Temple
The Lord Subramanyar is sculpted with six face (Arumugan) and ten hands. He is seen with weapons, in ten hands, and two hands are Abhaya Varadha Hastham. He carved the idol with every detail of the 6 faces of the lord with separate ear ring holes, fingers and toes with nails. Lord Murugan is seen in seated form on his peacock which holds a snake to its beak. The sculpture of Subramanian is beautiful with minute details like finger, and nails which gives a feeling of life in the sculpture. The peacock is holding a snake in its mouth and the snake is curving with a hole. This is the specialty about the Lord Subramanyar idol in all three places.
Lord Shanmuga with his consorts Valli and Devayanai is in the form of granite statue. The peacock, Lord Muruga and the Thiruvasi are all made of a single piece of granite. Lord Subramanya received Vel from his mother Parvathy to fight against Sooran. As we go around we see Lord Ganesha named as Annadhana Pillaiyar. There is a separate sanctum for Ambal, who is worshiped as Swarna kalika Devi. Lord Siva is seen here, in Linga form known as Sundareswarar and his consort Meenakshi. There is a place here for Idumban.
Singers
Arunagirinathar sung Thirupugazh on Lord Murugan of this temple.
Connectivity
This temple is situated at Poravacherry four kilometers from Nagapattinam on the Nagapattinam – Tiruvarur route just one kilometer from Sikkal. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Panchavateeswarar Temple, Anandha Thandava Puram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam

Panchavateeswarar Temple, Anandha Thandava Puram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam
Panchavateeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Anandha Thandava Puram Village near Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. It is also called as Anandha Thandavareswarar Temple. This temple is one of the Thevara Vaipu Thalams. This is the Avathara Sthalam of Manakancharar, one of the 63 Nayanmars. The village of Anandathandavapuram is located 5 Kms north east of Mayiladuthurai. It has a railway station in the Mayiladuthurai – Chidambaram train route. The place is also called Kayatharu or Kanjaru. The village is having many temples such as Anandha Thandavareswarar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ganapathi Temple, Veeran Koil, Mariyamman Koil, Chinna Mariyamman Koil, Sapthamatha Temple (Selliamman temple) etc.

The great Carnatic composer and lyricist Sri Gopalakrishna Bharathi lived in this village for most of his life. His music Guru - Sri Govinda Yati also lived here. As a tribute to this great man, a music festival in the name of Gopala Krishna Bharathi is conducted in this village annually when renowned musicians from all over the country like Sudha RaghunathanSanjay Subramanian come to this village and render wonderful performances on Sri Gopala Krishna Bharathi's creations.
Legends
For brief details, please refer below link;
The Temple
Lord Shiva in the temple appears as Jata Nathar holding a bunch of hair in his hands. The temple has the reputation of two Ambicas, Bruhannayaki and Kalyana Sundari.  She is praised as Kalyana Sundari as she granted darshan to Sage Bharadwaja in her wedding posture. There is also a tank in the temple where Lord Shiva bathed as a Shiva devotee himself. Those bathing here and worship Lord Panchavateeswarar and celebrated devotee Manakkanjarar Nayanar will enjoy mental peace and attain salvation. The Lord was known in various names like Kailasanadhar, Bharadhwajaswara etc., during various yugas.

In the outside prakaram there is a Sannadhi for Sri Dhakshinamurthy, Pillayar, and Murugar with his consorts and in the esanamoolai there is a Sri Mahalakshmi Sannadhi. And the main Ambal Sri Kalyanasundari and Sri Durgai Amman Sannadhis are in outside prakaram. Near to the temple there one small madam, those days sannyasins used to come and stay there. Now it is not functioning.
The huge tank before the temple is known as Bindu theertham or Amirtha Bindu Saras which can cure many diseases. Once Garuda, the King of birds carried Amirtha (Bindu) in a Kumba (pot) and a drop of it dropped here, hence the name. This Temple is noted for its unique image of Lord Natarajar. “Ananda Thandavam” is a pose in which the foot of the raised left leg of the Lord is kept in line with the face and the right foot. Since Natarajar here exhibits this pose, the place came to be known as Ananda Thandavapuram. The presiding deity of the temple is a Swayambu Lingam.
The temple has a hundred feet high gopuram. It is said that it was built during the period of the Chola Rulers. There is a fine bronze image of Sri Jatanathar here with an excellent arrangement of his “Jata Makuda”. There are also several other festival idols made of panchaloham. An ancient peacock and a rishaba vahanam made of wood are the only vahanams in the temple.
Apart from the main temple, there is a temple for Sri Mariamman. During the month of Chithirai there used to be a ten day Uthsavam, as in other villages. Also there is a Perumal temple and Pillayar Koil in the street in between two houses. And Sri Aiyanar koil is also famous. In contrast to Poorana and Pushkala, the consorts of Ayyanar in most of the places, here we see Sundarambal / Sokkayi. Ayyanar is called as Thiruvarasamurthy. A Temple dedicated to Veerappasway is also there in this Village and it is Kuladeivam to most of the Vadhyamas. There is a particular type of Pooja called as Veerappasway Pongal or Pallyam.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
The Srijayanthi Utsavam (during Krishnashtami) is being celebrated every year for more than 200 years. In Thiruvarasamurthy Ayyanar temple, the Panguni Uttiram is celebrated in a grand scale with Thrikalyana utsavam. Every year Radha Kalyanam is being celebrated during the month of January.
Monthly Pradoshams and Shivarathri are celebrated in the temple. Thai Poosam is the most important annual festival celebrated by the temple which attracts devoted from neighboring villages and taluks.
Singers
His Holiness Appar Peruman referred this village as Kancharur in his Vaipu sthala Pathigam.
Prayers
People pray for total salvation, for removal of confusions in family life and for mental peace. Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord and Mother offering vastras.
Connectivity
Anandha Thandavapuram is located at about 4 kms far from Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Panchavateeswarar Temple, Anandha Thandava Puram, Mayiladuthurai – Legends

Panchavateeswarar Temple, Anandha Thandava Puram, Mayiladuthurai – Legends
Story of Mankkanjara Nayanar & Kalikkama Nayanar:
Staunch Shiva devotee Mankkanjara Nayanar was also the commander of the forces of his king. He saw more happiness in taking care of Shiva devotees. Yet, he had his own sorrow. He had no child. He and his wife were praying to Lord seeking child boon. The time too came to make him happier when his wife delivered a girl baby on an auspicious day. They named the child Punniya Vardhini. She grew with all charm and long shining hair and attained the marriageable age.  Mankkanjarar chose Kalikammar who too was a staunch Shiva devotee as the bridegroom for his daughter. It was an alliance between two devotee families. People of the place were happy of this relationship.  
Lord Shiva cannot afford to be absent on the occasion. He arrived a day earlier in  his saffron belonging to Ma Viradhiar sect of the devotees wearing the sacred thread made of hair. On seeing bride Punniavardhini and her long hair, he said it would be very useful for his sacred thread. Without any hesitation, Manakkanjarar simply cut his daughter’s hair, whose marriage was to take place the next day, and offered to the Shiva devotee. While the public were blaming both the devotee and the father of the bride, Lord Shiva appeared, granted Darshan to the couple holding the hair in a hand. Meantime, the long hair also adored the head of the bride. 
Bridegroom Kalikkamar also came running to the place not for the loss of the hair of his would be wife, but for the darshan of Lord, he had miserably missed. He said that he would have offered the hair himself to the Lord after the marriage when she would be his wife legally. He shed tears saying he had lost the opportunity. He became Kalikkama Nayanar later. Both father-in-law and son-in-law are among the 63 Nayanmars worshipped with equal respect as Lord himself.
Shiva gave his Anandathandava Darshan to Ananda Maha Muni:
Once, a Rishi known as Ananda Maha Muni lived in Rameswaram. He used to visit daily the temple of Lord Nataraja at Chidambaram during Arthajama (night 10 pm) by his yogic power through the sky. One day there was a heavy rain at that time; he could not reach Chidambaram and landed at this place. He decided to commit suicide as he could not get the Dharsan of Lord Nataraja. Lord gave his Dharsan in the posture of Anandathandava and saved him. Anandathandava is a unique posture, keeping the left leg thump in line with the nose. The Nataraja of this temple is in the Anandathandava posture.
Panchavateeswarar:
As per the Sthala puranam the present Anandathandava Puram was known as Panchavadi and the main deity was known as Panchavateeswarar.

Paal Mozhi Amman Temple, Vadakku Poigai Nallur, Nagapattinam

Paal Mozhi Amman Temple, Vadakku Poigai Nallur, Nagapattinam
Paal Mozhi Amman Temple is located at Vadakku Poigai Nallur Village in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Kakapuganda Theertham is the Temple Theertham and Itchi Maram is the Sthala Vriksham. Historical name of this place is Kakapuganda Vanam.

Legends
This is a holy land where Devas, Sages and Siddhas worshipped in large numbers thousands of years ago.  It is also said that a Sadhu, Tirumurugan by name had stayed here under the Itchi tree for many years and was fed with milk by a woman when he fainted due to hunger.  She also advised him to remove the sand hill and disappeared.  The Sadhu did it with his hands and found the Mother in Her sanctum Sanctorum and was granted darshan. The sanctum sanctorum is protected even now by the roots of the Itchi tree.  With the hard work and efforts of the Sadhu, a beautiful temple arose then.
In days of yore, Siddhas established schools and researched on medicine, developed Maantrika skills and performed miracles in this place, once a dense forest.  Even today, it is believed that the soil, water and air have their medicinal qualities.  People believe that many Siddhas are still living in this place invisibly in many forms.  It is also believed that Indira the king of Devas bathed in one of the tanks here and was relieved from the curse of a woman.  
The Temple
The five towered temple is facing east.  Custodian deities Pathinettaampadi Karuppu, Sangili Karuppu, Easana Ganapathi, Vanni Ganapathi and Valampuri Vinayaka on the right and Kadal Kanni in water, Kadal Raja, 9 feet Sheerdi Saibaba in marble shrine, Navagraha shrine are at the entrance of the temple. The Twin sanctum sanctorum of Mother Paal Mozhi Amman is guarded by roots of the Itchi tree. 18 Siddhas are in prayer sitting on the lotus flowers in water around Pall Mozhi Amman shrine. 
Nallur Nadhar and Varadaraja Perumal with their consorts grace from their respective shrines on the right side. Sri Bala Veera Anjaneya graces from His own shrine on the west of the northeast side where six monkeys attained Samadhi. A Nandhi with its two legs folded and drawing its tongue in is performing penance in front of Lord Nallur Nadhar shrine which looks very live. Lords Valampuri Vinayaka, Bala Murugan and a five hooded serpent shrine are on the western side. 
The temple stands dilapidated due to nature’s fury.  It is surprising that the Sanctum Sanctorum is still intact protected by the roots of the Itchi tree. The rays of Sun God fall on the Swayambu Amman daily during the pujas. Devotees can worship both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in this temple.  There are two sanctum sanctorums for Mother Paal Mozhi Amman. The temple feeds hundreds of Sadhus staying in the temple thrice a day. The place is revered as a holy land where Siddhas lived.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 4.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Prayers
The devotees strongly believe that participating in the Yaga Pujas performed according to Siddha procedures from sun set to wee hours of the next day would bring a solution to the various problems they face as delay in wedding proposals and childless worries and relieve them from the impact of all evil effects. Realizing their wishes, devotees offer abishek and new vastras to Mother Amman.
Contact
Sri Paal Mozhi Amman Temple,
Vadakku Poigai Nallur,
South Poigai Nallur Post,
Nagapattinam District – 611 111
Phone: +91 4365 295050
Mobile: +91 98651 92046 / 95976 11505
Connectivity
The temple can be reached at a distance of 200 meters from the Veeran Kudi Kadu bus stop. This bus stop is 5 km far from the Nagapattinam – Velankanni beach road. Bus facility is available from Nagapattinam. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Nellukadai Mariyamman Temple, Nagapattinam

Nellukadai Mariyamman Temple, Nagapattinam
Nellukadai Mariyamman Temple is one of the popular temples present in Nagapattinam Town. The temple was built by a rice trader and the temple was built as per the wishes of Mariamman, who had appeared in his dream. Devotees, who visit the temple every year to offer prayers during Thiruvizha, believe that some mystical powers do exist within the temple. 

Agneeswarar Temple, Nalladai, Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam

Agneeswarar Temple, Nalladai, Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam
Agneeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located in Nalladai Village in Tharangampadi Taluk of Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. The temple sprawls across an area of two acres. There are three entrances with majestic Gopurams (Towers). It is believed to be built in 1147. The sanctum sanctorum has Lord Siva surrounded by water in order to cool down the heat from the idol.

It is unusual to see the lord facing west. Presiding Deity is called as Agneeswarar or Baraninathar and Mother is called as Suntharanayagi. This temple is famous for dislodging obstacles in wedding, child boon and planetary effects. This is one among 27 Nakshatra temples. This is the special temple for people born in “Barani” Star.
Legends
Sage Mruganda Maharshi’s Yagna on Lord Shiva:
Sage Mruganda Maharshi organized a great Yagna for the Lord of Nalladai. He also announced that the materials required for the Yagna may be contributed by the public. They wove three silk clothes with gold and offered one to the Lord, one to the Rishi and the third to their king. At the end of the yagna, the rishi put two clothes given to him and the Lord in the Yaga Gunda-the fire pit. The public raised the question “would the clothes placed in the Yaga Gunda reach the Lord.”  The sage asked them to go and see it for themselves in the sanctum sanctorum. It was a pleasant surprise for the devotees to see their product covering the Lord in all freshness. The sage explained that of the various types of Agni and Bharani Rudragni was one and that power took things they gave to the Lord.  Hence, the Nalladai temple is attributed to Bharani star. 
Shiva appeared before Sivanesa Nayanar:
One day, the Chola King of the day and Sivanesa Nayanar came here to worship the Lord. A tiger chased Nayanar who climbed on the tree nearby. After a while, when he came to the Kundangulam tank, the animal still followed but was killed by the Nayanar. Lord appeared before Nayanar and blessed him.
History
The sanctum sanctorum of the temple was built with stones during the rule of Rajaraja Chola II covering the years 1146 – 1163.  Other parts of the temple were built by his representative Somanthozhar.  The epigraphic details of this are recorded on the eastern wall of the sanctum.  It also mentions that the place presently known as Nalladai was “Nalladai Mangala Kulothunga Cholapuram in Kurumbur of Jayamkonda Cholanadu.” Inscriptions indicate that the temple was administered by a committee headed by Kasiban Koothan Mummudi Cholapattan and that land was donated by the king for maintenance of the temple to offer nivedhanas to the Lord and lighting lamps.
The Temple
Presiding deity Lord Agneeswarar was known earlier as Tiruvanneeswaram Udayar, during the Puranic Age.  Lord Agneeswarar graces facing west against the traditional direction of east. There is slope like formation around the Shivalinga filled with water to calm down the Agni feature (heat) of the Lord. This is a significant feature in the temple. The temple covers an area of two acres. There are entrances on three sides of the temple with towers.

Mother Sundaranayaki graces facing south.  There are shrines for Dwara Vinayaka, Balamuruga, Selva Vinayaka, Lord Mahavishnu, Somaskandar, Mahalakshmi, Sani Bhagwan (Saturn), Kailasanathar, Kalyani, Bhuvaneswari, Chandikeswara, Veerabadra, Lord Dakshinamurthy, Sun, Bhairava and Mother Durga in the corridor-prakara.  As Lord Shiva himself is heading the 9 planets-Navagrahas, there is no separate shrine for them in the temple. 

Theertham of this Temple is Kaduvaiyaru River. Vanni & Vilwa are the Sthala Vrikshams of this Temple. This is the place that wove clothes to Lord himself, it is named Neithaladai – weaving fine clothes. In the days following, it shrunk as Nalladai. It is noteworthy that famous Shiva temples of Sembanarkoil, Keelaparasalur, Thirukadaiyur, and Thirunallaru are very near to this temple.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Festivals
Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, Karthikai Somawar-Mondays of Karthikai in November-December, Margazhi Danur pujas and Arudra Darshan also called Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Thai Fridays and Thai Poosam in January-February, Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Panchamoorthis processions on Karthikai Sundays in November-December, Chithirai festival in April-May, Visaka festival in May-June and Margazhi festival in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Prayers
People belonging to Bharani star pray in this temple in particular for relief from adverse planetary effects. People also pray for happy wedding, child boon and other benefits. Devotees perform Homas and Archanas in favour of Lord and Mother. Bharani starrers are advised to visit this temple as often as they could and worship Lord Agneeswarar. The proverb goes that Bharani people would rule Dharani-world meaning that they will be very popular.
They are advised to perform homas to the Lord who is Agni-Fire personified. The benefits would be double if they do so on the Bharani star day in Karthikai-November-December. As the temple is facing west, it is said that praying in such temples would bring great benefits to the devotee as the Lord would be furious in nature here.  
Contact
Sri Agneeswarar Temple,
Nalladai – 609 306,
Tharangampadi Taluk,
Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91 4364 285 341
Mobile: +91 97159 60413 / 94866 31196
Connectivity
The temple is located on the Mayiladuthurai – Karaikal road via Nedungadu on State Highway 149. It is around 15 kms from Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Nagore Dargah, Nagapattinam

Nagore Dargah, Nagapattinam
Nagore Dargah (also called Nagoor Dargah or Hazrat Syed Shahul Hameed Dargah) is a dargah built over the tomb of the Sufi saint Hazrath Nagore Shahul Hamid (1490–1579 CE). It is located in Nagore, a coastal town in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. Outer doors kept open always. Internal doors opening time is from 4:30 am to 07:00 am and 6:25 pm to 9:30 pm. Friday alone additionally kept open from 12 noon to 2:30 pm also. Shahul Hamid is believed to have performed many miracles in Nagore, and cured the physical affliction of King Achuthappa Nayak, a 16th-century Hindu ruler of Thanjavur. He is locally referred to as Nagore Andavar, meaning the "god of Nagore".

Nagore dargah as it stands now is believed to have been built by ardent devotees of Shahul Hamid, with major contribution from Hindus. There are five minarets in the dargah, with the Hindu Maratha ruler of Thanjavur Pratap Singh (1739–1763 CE), building the tallest minaret. The dargah is a major pilgrimage centre that attracts pilgrims from both Islam and Hinduism, symbolizing peaceful coexistence between the two religions. The most prominent event celebrated at Nagore dargah is the Kanduri festival, a fourteen-day commemoration of the death anniversary of Shahul Hamid.

Common worship practices at Nagore dargah include the presentation of offerings, accompanied by the playing of musical instruments like Nadaswaram, a typical of Hindu religious tradition. The Shifa Gunta, a pool within the precincts of the dargah, is considered sacred; pilgrims take a holy dip in it. The hereditary Khalifa (Sufi saint), selected from among the descendants of saint Yusuf, performs all the official and religious duties of the dargah. The administration and maintenance of the dargah is governed by a committee which operates under a scheme decreed by the Madras High Court.

Sufi Saint Hazrath Nagore Shahul Hamid
Hazrath Shahul Hamid Badusha Kaadiri was born to Hazrath Syed Hassan Kuthos Baba Kaadiri and Bibi Fathima at Manikpur, in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. He was a 13th generation descendant of the renowned Sufi saint, Hazrath Muhiyudin Abd al-Qadir al-Jalani. He had his Islamic education at Gwalior under the guidance of Hazrat Mohammad Ghouse. He left on a pilgrimage to Mecca and then moved to MaldivesSri Lanka and Tamilnadu with his spiritual team.

Historians Sayyid and Qadir Hussain (1957) place the date of his birth on 10 November 1504, death on 10 November 1570 and arrival in Nagore during 1533–34. Other sources mention the year of death as 1558, 1570 or 1579. He is believed to have led a simple and pious life, performing a lot of miracles, giving him the name Nagore Andavar (meaning god of Nagore). His popularity grew outside Tanjore region during the period. He was also called Meera Saheb, Qadir Wali and Ganj-e-Sawai.

As per local legend, hagiographical texts and historical records, Shahul Hamid is believed to have cured a Hindu ruler of Thanjavur, King Achuthappa Nayak (1529–1542 A.D.), of his physical affliction caused by sorcery. Shahul Hamid found a needled pigeon in the palace believed to be the cause of the misery. He removed the pins from the pigeon, resulting in the king's health improvement. In remembrance of the event, the practice of setting pigeons free in the premises of the dargah is continued by worshipers in modern times.

History
Achuthappa Nayak, the king of Thanjavur during the 16th century, donated 200 acres (81 ha) of land to the entourage of Shahul, after the saint cured the king's affliction. The dargah was built on a part of the land donated by Nayak. Shahul Hamid is believed to have predicted his death and advised his adopted son Yusuf about his burial location and rites to be performed after his death. Yusuf performed the rites as per the instructions and decided to stay there for the rest of his life.

A mausoleum was constructed over the grave. Devotees of Shahul, who continued to believe in his powers after his death, venerated the site of the burial. The shrine was initially a smaller one & gradually gained prominence. Pratap Singh (1739–1763 A.D.), the Hindu Maratha ruler of Thanjavur prayed for a son and built the tallest of the five minarets (called Periya Manara locally) with a height of 131 ft. (40 m) once his wish was fulfilled.

The Marathas of the later period were patrons to the dargah, with the Maratha king Thuljaji, the son of Pratap Singh, donating 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) of agricultural land to the dargah. During the last quarter of 18th century, when there was conflict between European powers, the Nawab of Arcot, the Maratha kings and Tipu Sultan of Mysore over Thanjavur region, the dargah was considered strategically important by all of them.

Architecture
The Nagore Dargah covers an area of 5 acres (2.0 ha) enclosed by a compound wall. The main complex has four entrances in each direction. The dargah is believed to have been built by ardent devotees of Shahul Hamid, who are 60 per cent Hindus. There are five minarets with different heights and the tallest one has a height of 131 ft. (40 m). It was erected during the 195th death anniversary of Shahul. The dargah has a gold-plated dome located on the west face outside the main entrance over the tombs of Shahul, his son Yusuf and his daughter-in-law Saeeda Sultana Biwi.

The other four minarets are 77 ft. (23 m) tall Sahib Minara, 93.5 ft. (28.5 m) tall Thalaimattu Minara, 93.25 ft. (28.42 m) tall Muthubaq Minara and 80 ft (24 m) tall Ottu Minara, each constructed in four cardinal points around the dome. As a mark of respect, devotees venerate the sandals of the saint which are preserved in the shrine. The central part of the dargah is the tomb of the saint Shahul Hamid, which is approached through seven thresholds. Four of these doorways are made of silver and the remaining three of gold.

The other tombs in the shrines are the ones for Shahul's grandson Hassan Alaihis Salam and Abdel Khader Gilani, each located in different chambers. The adjoining portion of the complex is called Peer Mandap, the Trusty's place of fasting during the annual festival. A mosque is located next to the Peer Mandap, where daily prayers are offered. Shifa Gunta is a holy tank with stepped sides, located within the precincts of the dargah. As per a local legend, Shahul Hamid is believed to have brought an iron chain with him to Nagore to bind himself during severe austerities.

The distinctive chain is identified as the one hanging from the ceiling above the tomb of Yusuf. Vanjur shrine and Silladi shrine, located outside the main complex, are associated with the Nagore Dargah. The Vanjur shrine is an underground cave located 2 km (1.2 mi) north of the main complex at Nagore. It is the place where Shahul is believed to have meditated for 40 days. Silladi shrine is located 1 km (0.62 mi) towards the east of main complex, facing the Bay of Bengal, where Shahul is believed to have offered daily prayers.

There are similar shrines built in Shahul Hamid's honour in Penang (Malaysia) and Singapore. The Singapore dargah, built during 1827, has been declared a national monument. These two shrines along with the Masjid Jamae at Chulia in Singapore and the Keramat Data Koya in Penang are influenced by the architectural style of Nagore dargah.

Festivals
Kanduri festival is a 14-day annual event celebrated during the urs (death anniversary) of the saint. The festival is celebrated in commemoration of the anniversary of the saint's death, and pilgrims participate in the rituals and rites. The word Kanduri is derived from the Persian word for table cloth. The festival is also called Qadir Wali Ke Fande festival. A saffron flag-carrying ceremony is also observed, during which a flag is carried from a devotee's house to the dargah, accompanied by a procession in streets.
The flag is hoisted on a tree known as Fande ka Fahad by a Sirang (hereditary trustee) who is assisted by twenty assistants. The Islamic rites performed during the festival include the recitation of Quaranic verses and observance of Fatiha (it includes; recitation of Al-Fatiha an essential part of daily prayer and Durood). The main attraction of the festival is the presence of Fakhir Jamas (mendicant priests) and Qalandars—the disciples of the saint who witness the festival.
On the 9th day of Jamathul Akhir month in the Islamic calendar, at 10 p.m., a pir (one of the disciples) is chosen for the spiritual exercise of offering prayers to the saint. The disciple throws lemons at the end of the prayers on devotees, which is believed to provide miraculous relief to worldly sorrows. The festival is also seen as a sacred exchange between Hindus and Muslims expressing solidarity of mixed faith in the region. Pilgrims from both the religions from the state and also from Sri LankaBurma and Gulf countries, attend the festival. 
In the evening of the ninth day of Akhir month in the Islamic calendar, a chariot containing sandal paste (locally called santhanakoodu) is pulled across the streets of Nagore by pilgrims and devotees, accompanied by banging of instruments. The sandal paste is received by the saint's descendants and used to anoint the Rowla Sharif (sanctum) of the saint by the Khalifa of the dargah.
Worship, Rituals & Administration
Nagore dargah is a common place of worship for devotees of various religious faiths. According to the administration of the dargah, about 50–75 per cent of pilgrims visiting the dargah everyday are Hindus. The practise of offering flowers, sweetmeats and food, the way of conducting worship, and playing musical instruments like Nadaswaram (a type of pipe instrument commonly used in Tamilnadu) are a typical of Hindu tradition. Other worship practises include offering flags and lighting lamps of ghee at the saint's tomb. Devotees shave their heads near the tank and offer tin or silver-plated facsimiles of body parts, houses, sailboats matching their material needs.
Since Shahul Hamid was a celibate, he is offered a Sehra (head dress), and not the customary flowers as at other dargahs. As per a local legend, he was approached by a childless couple who informed them that they would be blessed with children but the first offspring would be presented to him to adopt. Following the tradition, many childless couple worship in the dargah. While the dargah is open throughout the day, the doors of the shrines are open only during early morning and evening.
Shifa Gunta, the tank within the precincts of the dargah, is considered sacred. It is believed that a dip in the tank cures physical ailments. There is a hereditary Khalifa, from among the descendants of saint Yusuf. He performs all the religious duties of the dargah. A central parliamentary committee deputed to verify the implementation of the Wakf Act of 1995 was informed in 2008 that the Nagore Dargah was not administered as per the provisions of the Act. The committee found that it is against the spirit of the provisions of the Act as the dargah is a surveyed and notified body under the Tamil Nadu Wakf board. The administration and maintenance of the dargah was henceforth governed by a committee which operates under a scheme decreed by the Madras High Court.
Literary Mention
Shahul Hamid and the dargah are revered in Tamil religious literature across different centuries. The most important among them is Tirukkarana Puranam (1812) by Ceyk Aptul Kaatiru Nayinar Leppai Alim (also called Cekuna Pulavar) that details the life of the saint. The Nakur Puranam, written by Kulam Katiru Navalar in 1893, describes the miracles performed by Shahul in the dargah after his death. A prose biography Kanjul Kaaramattu, by Kulam Katiru Navalar, is also very popular. Nakaiyanthathi, a Tamil devotional poem, mentions the tank as "a haven of sweetness and comfort bedecked with the auspicious lotus".
Connectivity
Nagore is located near the Sea-Shore of Bay of Bengal near Nagapattinam Town in Nagapattinam District.  Nagoor is 325 Kms from Chennai (Madras), 275 Kms from Madurai, 145 Kms from Trichy, 135 Kms from Pondicherry and 85 Kms from Thanjavur. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagore itself and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.