Nardana Pureeswarar Temple, Thalayalangadu, Thiruvarur
Nardana Pureeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Thalayalangadu in Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is believed to cure leprosy patients. Presiding Deity is called as Nardana Pureeswarar / Aadavallar. Mother is called as Balambikai. Theertham is Changu Theertham and Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa Tree. Praises of the temple have been sung by Thirunavukkarasar. This is the 210th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 93rd Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Naadu.
Shiva danced on Muyalagan Body:
The wicked sages in Dharukavanam (Nartanapuri) performed a yajna and created a wild elephant to destroy Lord Shiva. Lord simply stripped the skin of the animal and used it as a blanket. He held a deer in his hand. Destroyed a demon, Muyalagan by name and danced on his body in this place.
Kapila Muni worshipped Shiva:
Kapila Muni worshipped Shiva here to receive the Chinthamani gem. He is said to have walked on his head to reach here and hence the name Thalayalangadu.
This is also a place of importance in Tamil political history. Pandya king Nedunchezhian defeated the Chera and Chola kings at this place and was honoured as Thalayalanganathu Cheru (war) Vendra (conquered) Nedunchezhian – Conqueror of Thalayalanganam.
The Temple is facing south. Presiding Deity is called as Nardana Pureeswarar / Aadavallar. Lord in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Mother is called as Balambikai / Thirumadandaiammai. Moolavar is facing east and Ambal is facing south. Nandhi is located in a small mandapam. All Mandapams are of vavvalnethi type. There is no Rajagopuram. Theertham is Changu Theertham and Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa Tree. Vinayaka, Viswanatha, Sthala Vinayaka, Muruga, Bhairava and the four Saivite Saints shrines are the other shrines located in this Temple.
Theertham is situated in front of the temple. After take bath from the Theertham and lighting lamp for lord will cure the skin disease. Ambika is located in a separate shrine. The temple is linked with the Enkan temple. There are also other famous Shiva temples praised in the hymns around as Enkan, Kudavayil, Peruvelur, Manakkal and Kattoor.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m.
Thai New Moon day in January-February; Masi Shivarathri in February-March and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple. The annual Brahmotsavam festival is observed in the Tamil month of Thai here.
Saint Thirunavukkarasar had sung the glory of the Lord of the temple in a meter that runs fast with such melody suiting to the dancing skill of the Lord as the very name Nardana Pureeswarar – Aada Vallar suggests. “He is penance himself; he is the Veda and its seed, wearing the crescent moon. He always retrieve me from sufferings, hiding the Ganga in head and has Mother Uma as His part, He is all philosophy. I have wasted and lost all the days being away from him. That Lord is in Thalayalangadu.” This is the 210th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 93rd Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Naadu.
People pray here for cure from serious skin diseases as leprosy and for child boon. They bathe in the sacred spring and pray to Lord and Mother. Devotees perform abishek, special pujas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.
Sri Nardana Pureeswarar Temple,
Chimizhi Post, Via Sembangudi,
Kudavasal Taluk, Thiruvarur District
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 269 235
Mobile: +91 – 94435 00235
The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Enkan, 8 Kms from Kudavasal, 16 Kms from Thiruvarur, 27 Kms from Kumbakonam, 8 Kms from Thirukkannamangai, 8 Kms from Srivanchiyam and 110 Kms from Trichy. The Temple is located on Thiruvarur to Kumbakonam route. From bus-stand and cross a small bridge of two canals to reach this temple. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruvarur and Nearest Airport is located Trichy.