Sri Valampurinathar Temple, Thiruvalampuram, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

44. Sri Valampuranathar Temple, Thiruvalampuram, Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - South of Kaveri):

Names of God : Sri Thiruvalampuranathar, Sri Thiruvalampuri Udaiyar
Name of Goddess : Sri Vaduvakirkanniammai, Sri Thadangan Nacchiyar
Holy water (Theertham) : Brahma Theertham, Lakshmi Theertham, Shiva Gangai Theertham
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : Palm
Thevaram : Thirunavukkarasar ; Thiru Gnana Sambandhar ; Sundarar
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 06:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 04:30 p.m. to 07:30 p.m

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This is the 44th sthalam on the southern side of river Cauvery. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Thiruvalampuram or Melai Perumpallam or Mukthisthalam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built by the King Ko-Chengan Chola widely known as Madakkovil. In this temple Lord Shiva worshiped in the form of a self-manifested Linga. Legend holds that Vishnu is worshipped Shiva to receive a Valampuri Shankh here. Near this town is Tiruttalaichankaadu, another Shivastalam associated with the same legend. Also in Talaichankaadu is the Vaishnava Divya Desam Talaichanga Naanmadiyam, where a priceless conch adorns the image of Vishnu. Heranda Muni who went into the ground in search of Kaveri at Tiruvalanchuzhi , is said to have re-emerged here.

Important Features:
  • This temple classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
  • Vishnu worshiped Shiva to receive a Valampuri Sanghu. Vishnu left back Lakshmi with Goddess to do penance. He returned with sanghu & chakra & in this place he got hands to hold it.
  • Heraranda muni who entered into the ground (phila dwara) in Thiruvalanchuzhi in search of Cauveri river came out here. He has a separate sanctum and the lingam he worshiped is present.
  • Dananjaya the King of Magada asked his son to dissolve his bones after his death in the theertha and here it bloomed into flowers.
  • When Saint Pattinathar had his meal here the king was relived of his sin occurred due to a lady curse.
  • Since the place is to the west (right side) of Cauvery river, the place got its name.
  • Moolavar is of Piruthivi Lingam. There is a shallow on the top. Sambrani and Punugu sattam is applied.
This temple covers an area of about 2 acres. The image of Bhikshatanar here depicted as playing on the veena is one of great beauty. Appar's Tevaram here (7th century), refers to Shiva holding a veena in his arms, moving around as Bhikshatanar, and this image is a later Chola (12th - 13th century) artiste's expression in metal, of Appar's description! Shiva here is also known as Dakshinapureeswarar. The completely rebuilt stone structure existed even during the period of Vikrama Chola (1121), as seen from inscriptions here. Images of Natarajar and Sivakami, Palliyarai Nachiyar, Tandanganni Nachiyar etc. were added during the period of Vikrama Chola and Rajadiraja II. The bronze image of Kiratamurthy here is of great workmanship.

Gallery Of Valampuranathar Temple:

Thiruvalampuram Temple Entrance
Thiruvalampuram Temple Complex View
Thiruvalampuram Temple Sthala Vriksham

Thiruvalampuram Temple - Eranda Munivar Jeeva Samadhi
Thiruvalampuram Temple - Saptha Kanniyar
Thiruvalampuram - Pichandavar in the form of Ardhanarishvarar

Thiruvalampuram Temple Goddess Vadu Vagir Kanni
Thiruvalampuram Temple Main Deity Valampura Nathar

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History / Legend:

The legend has that the River Cauvery was gracefully flowing through these lands, there appeared Adishesha with its thousand heads plunged into the river created a Biladhwaram/perforate. Due to the sudden thrust of Adishesha with its massive body, River Cauvery descended down to the burrow and got trapped in to the hole without any free flow at Thiruvalamchuzhi. The Chozha King who was ruled this city was witnessing this incident and shocked at this sight. Soon he could listen to a mysterious voice affirmed that the Biladhwaram would disappear when a sage get into this hole and wholeheartedly give up his life. The King met with the sages who were undergoing severe austerities in the woodlands and narrated the incident. The sages were agreed to do anything for bringing out the River Cauvery on the surface of the Earth. Sage Heranda went inside the Biladhwaram, instantly the River Cauvery spurted out from the Biladhawaram and started flowing as generously as ever. Sage Heranda circumambulated this land all the way through the tunnel; finally regained himself from this and appeared on this place on Earth. Hence this place has got the name ‘Thiruvalampuram’.

King Dhanajyaya who was ruling the City of Magada at his death bed revealed an earnest desire to his son to immerse the remnants of his corpse in a place where it turns out flowers. He visited many sacred places on the earth with the remains of his deceased father. Finally, he arrived on this sacred land and witnessed the miracle of residue turned into flowers and immersed them on the pond situated here.

Another legend has that the King who was ruled this city went for a hunting expedition. He mockingly sent back his messenger to his Kingdom with false information that the King was died in an accident. The queen was in a state of utter grief and shock after listening to the saddest news. Due to this the King was afflicted with a sin. In order to get rid of the sin he was advised to feed the devotees of Lord, if the charity turns out fruitful that would cause ringing the bell hanging at the entrance of his palace. In the meantime, Pattinathar paid a visit to the palace at the time of meal. As he was so hungry and tired, he went directly into the kitchen and requested to serve food. But the people who were serving the food were hesitant to provide him with meal. He silently got out of the place and walked towards the outlet of the kitchen where the water from the cooked rice was released. Pattinathar merrily slurped the water from the outlet and waved off his hunger. Instantaneously the bell hanging in front of the palace was started ringing repeatedly, as a result the King got relieved from the curse. The entire crowd assembled to witness the miracle had watched Pattinathar blissfully seated. The King with due respect and honor invited Pattinathar to his palace and revealed his gratitude.

People who are cursed by women in previous births face similar treatment in this life. Some families lost their good life within 20 years of time if they are not properly disciplined by elders. For those people especially male's who have ragu and venus combination in their birth chart or venus and ketu combination in a female's chart, visting Melaperumpallam Sri Valampuranathar temple 24 times is important to remove the curse caused by female's in this birth or previous birth. Those who are having this astrological planet combinations and running ragu dasa or venus dasa visiting this temple is a must.

Minimum one has to visit 6 times and on atleast on one friday in ragu kala, one has to light 108 ghee lamps and has to chant om siva siva om mantra by sitting on yellow cloth specially used for chanting mantra's before Sri Valampuranathar to get rid of women's curse.

If visiting this temple on week days is not possible, one can visit it on 24 sundays and can light 108 ghee lamps from morning 11-12am or 4.30 to 6.00 pm.

Location: To reach this temple, one has to travel on the Mayiladuthurai - Taragambadi road and has to turn into the road which branches off from the main road to Poompuhar. The temple is 2 Kms from this road junction. This sivasthalam is at a distance of about 16 Kms from Sirkazhi and about 20 Kms. from Mayiladuthurai. This temple is located near Melayur on the bus route Seerkazhi to Kaviripoompattinam.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Valampurinathar Temple,
Melaperumpallam,
Thiruvalampuram,
Mayiladuthurai Taluk,
Nagapattinam district,
Pin code: 609 304.
Phone: +91- 4364 - 200 890, 200 685.
Sri Natrunaiyappar Temple, Thirunanipalli (Ponsei), Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

43. Sri Natrunaiyappar Temple, Thirunanipalli (Ponsei), Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - South of Kaveri):

Names of God : Sri Nattrunai Appar
Name of Goddess : Sri Parvatharaja Putri &Sri Malayan Madanthai
Holy water (Theertham) : Swarna Theertham
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : Shenbagam, Pinnai
Thevaram : Thirunavukarasar ; Sambandar ; Sundarar
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 05:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m

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This is the 43rd sthalam on the southern side of river Cauvery. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Natrunaiyappar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the village of Ponsei or Thirunanipalli (Chola Nadu - South of Kaveri), Nagapattinam district, East-Central Tamil Nadu, South India. It’s one of the holy place “Tevaram has been sung on the primary god of the Shiva (Paadal Petra sthalam)”. From north side Chidambaram to The Mahendra Mountain totally 63 Shiva temples have been presented. It’s also one of the part of 63 Shiva’s holy places. Once upon a time ponsei ruled under Chola dynasty.

Important Features:
  • This temple classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
  • This is the birth place of Thiruganasambandar’s mother.
  • Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of lord Shiva Sitting on the shoulder of his father.
  • The place was once Paalai which was turned to Neithal, Forest, Paddy field when Sundarar Sung hymns in praise of Lord shiva of this temple.
  • Panchamoorthigal sudhai sirpam at the entrance of gopuram.
  • Ambal is facing west.
  • On the base of the karuvarai pudai sirpangal of Ramayana happenings to be seen.
There is a significant correlation between Thirugnanasambandar and nanipalli. His mother Bhagwati was born in this place. Thirugnasamabandar has sung a song to lord Shiva. Then this place has to change Parched wasteland to Seashore land, then he converted into Agricultural Land. So that Thirunanaipalli called Ponsei. After this incident sambandar called his named ThiruGnana Sambanthar.

Gallery Of Natrunaiyappar Temple:

Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Front View
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Main Entrance
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Nandi Mandapam & Bali Peedam

Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Inside View
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Wall
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple – Lord Ganapathy

Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple – Agathiyar
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple - Miniature Sculptures
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple - Pillar Sculptures

Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Praharam 01
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple – Lord Brahma
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple – Lord Lingothbavar

Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Praharam 02
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple – Guru Dakshinamurthy
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple – Goddess Kotravai

Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Praharam 03
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Prakara Lingam
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Sub Shrines

Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Inside Stone Pillars
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple – Goddess Parvatharaja Putri
Thirunanipalli (Ponsei) Temple Main Deity Natrunaiyappar

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History / Legend:

The sanctum sanctorum and the mandaps speak volumes of the aesthetic sense and architectural skill of ancient sculptors of Tamilnadu. The entire beauty of the temple lies in the Nanipalli Kodi Vattam with a huge Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lords Subramanya, Brahmma, Lingodhbava and Chandikeswara with his consort. The temple was built by the ancestor of Raja Raja Chozha, king Panranthaga Chozha. People pray to Lord Kalyana Sundareswara for wedding boon and Lord Nattrunai Appar for excellence in education and prosperity. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.

The sanctum sanctorum is very big in size that facilitated an elephant to worship Lord directly inside. There are two Ambicas in the temples, Mother Parvatharaja Puthri and Mother Malayan Madanthai. Lord Shiva granted His wedding darshan to Lord Vinayaka and Sage Agasthya. Mother is on the right of the Lord. Lord Kalyanasundarar graces with Mother Ambica from another shrine in the temple.

Cauvery, though flows eastward turns here westward. This is called Basvamangini. Lord Vinayaka had to incur a dosha as he toppled the Kamandala-hand bowl of Sage Agasthya. For relief, he bathed in a tank here. The place came to be known as Pon Sei which later changed as Punjai. While Mother Durga appears in Shiva temples standing on the head of a buffalo, She graces here with a deer and a lion destroying the demons Sumba and Nisumba.

This is the place of birth of Baghvathi Ammayar, mother of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar. He sang the praise of Lord of the temple sitting on the loving shoulders of his father Shivapada Hrudhayar. The place was a desert-Palai in Tamil. Yet, as wished by the devotees, he described this place as Neidhal-sea shore region.

Location: This sivasthalam temple is located at a distance of 4 Kms from Semponar Kovil and is about 13 Kms from Mayiladuthurai.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Nattrunai Appar Temple,
Punjai (Tiru Nanipalli),
Kidaramkondon Post,
Mayiladuthurai Taluk,
Nagapattinam district,
Pin code: 609 304.
Phone: +91- 4364 - 283 188.
Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil), Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

42. Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil), Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - South of Kaveri):

Names of God : Sri Swarnapureeswarar
Name of Goddess : Sri Maruvar Kuzhaliammai, Sri Sugandhavana Nayaki
Holy water (Theertham) : Surya Theertham, Indra Theertham, Cauvery
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : Vilvam, Vanni
Thevaram : Thirunavukkarasar ; Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 06:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 04:30 p.m. to 08:00 p.m

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This is the 42nd sthalam on the southern side of river Cauvery. Thiruganasambandar and Appar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Thirusemponpalli / Semponnar Kovil / Lakshmipuri / Indrapuri / Kandhapuri / Madakkovil is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva built by the King Ko-Chengan Chozha of Chozha dynasty. In this temple, Lord Shiva worshiped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.

Important Features:
  • This temple classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
  • Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi worshipped Lord Shiva and attained blessings to wed Lord Vishnu.
  • Lord Indra worshiped Lord Shiva and underwent severe austerities to eradicate the sin for attending the Yagna conducted by Dakshaprajapathi, attain Vajrayudham to behead the demon Vruthasura.
  • Lord Subramanya worshiped his father and undergone austerities to vanquish the demon Daruka.
  • Sage Agastya worshiped Lord Shiva and attained eternal wisdom (Sakala Purushartha).
  • Lord Brahma worshiped Lord Shiva and attained the responsibility of Creation.
  • Rathi Devi worshiped Lord Shiva and attained Lord Kamadeva as her husband.
  • Nagakanyakas worshiped Lord Shiva and attained virtuous companions.
  • Ambal in a separate sannadhi with Sabtha kanniyars.
  • There is no kodimaram and Rajagopuram.
The Sun's rays fall on the sanctum for a period of 11 days from the 7th day of the month of Aries in this Maadakkovil built at an elevation. This temple dates back to the period of the Chola King Aditya I (9th century AD). With just one prakaram it occupies an area of about 2 acres. Inscriptions from the Chola period and from the Maratha period are seen here. Four worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam is held in the month of Chittirai.

Gallery Of Swarnapureeswarar Temple:

Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Main Entrance 01
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Main Entrance 02
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Kodimaram

Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Inside Praharam 01
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Inside Shrine
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple - Sri Koshta Ganapathy

Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple – Guru Dakshinamurthy
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple – Sri Arthanareeswarar
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Inside Praharam 02

Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Inside Praharam 03
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Inside Praharam 04
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Inside Praharam 05

Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Goddess Suguntha Kundalambikai
Thiruchemponpalli (Semponarkoil) Temple Main Deity Swarnapureeswarar

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History / Legend:

A story goes that when Lord Shiva refused to receive Mother Parvathi back after visiting Her father’s Yajna against His advice, Lord Muruga came to the Mother in the form of Shiva and imparted good advices in this place. Based on this story, Lord Muruga appears in the temple with an Akshamala. Shiva appeared in this place only as Veerabadra. Rathi worshiped Lord Shiva here to get back her husband Manmatha. Lord Vishnu too had worshiped Lord Shiva here.

Mother Sugantha Kundalambica is praised by many names - Pushpalaki, Dakshayani, Suganthalaki, Suganthavana Nayaki and Maruvar Kuzhali. It is advised that a dip on the new moon day in Chithirai and Vaikasi Tamil months – April-May and May-June, the devotee can wash off all his/her sins.

Daksha, son of Brahmma gave his daughter Dakshayani to Lord Shiva in marriage. Yet he intentionally failed to invite Lord Shiva for a yajna he performed. Mother Dakshayani wanted to correct Her father by visiting the yajna. But clouded by arrogance and pride, Daksha humiliated his own daughter and Her Lord. Furious Dakshayani cursed her father that his yajna would not go on. She also begged Her Lord to destroy the yajna. Lord Shiva created Veerabadra, Badrakali and others to destroy the yajna along with Daksha. Dakshayani to wash off Her sin as the daughter of a Shiva opponent performed penance here sitting around five types Agni-fire. Lord, pleased with Her penance named Her Sugantha Kundalambikai and took Her to bless devotees along with Him in the temple.

Location: This sivasthalam, popularly referred to as Sombonaar Kovil, is located at about 10 Kms from Mayiladuthurai on the way to Tarangambadi. Another Paadal Petra Sthalam Tiruppariyalur is situated within 3 Kms from this temple.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Semponnarkoil Swarnapureeswarar Temple,
Somponpalli,
Mayiladuthurai Taluk,
Nagapattinam district,
Pin code: 609 309.
Phone: +91-99437 97974.