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Sri Thanthondriyappar Temple, Thiru Aakkoor, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

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Sri Thanthondriyappar Temple, Thiru Aakkoor, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

46. Sri Thanthondriyappar Temple, Thiru Aakkoor, Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - South of Kaveri):

Names of God : Sri Thanthondriappar, Sri Swayambunathar
Name of Goddess : Sri Vannedunganni Ammai
Holy water (Theertham) : Kumudha Theertham
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : Kondrai, Vilva, Betel Nut
Thevaram : Thirunavukkarasar ; Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 06:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 08:30 p.m

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This is the 46th sthalam on the southern side of river Cauvery. Thiruganasambandar and Appar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva Of this temple. Thiruakkur/Thanthondri Madam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva built by King Ko-Chengan Chozha widely known as Madakkovil. Saint Gnanasambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. In the hymns, the saint says, “My Lord in Thanthondri Madam graces with His Than Kondrai garland and the sacred ashes, He rose furious against Yama the Lord of Death and made him tremble, He is the Lord of Vedas and its six angas and the rules for performing the yajnas.”

Important Features:
  • This temple classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
  • This is one of the maada temple constructed by Ko Chenkat Chozhan.
  • This is birth place of Sirappuli Nayanar.
  • This is one of the sthalam in which Lord Shiva had given Kalyana dharshana to Sage Agasthiyar.
  • Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Moovar, Sundaramurti Nayanar with Sangili Nachiyar & Paravai Nachiyar, Kala Bhairavar, Lord Surya, Lord Bhairava, Thiru Siruppuli Nayanar, Vishwanathar & Visalakshi, Ayirathil Oruvar.
  • The Aayirathil Oruvar Sannithi is located on the north of main moolavar.
  • Sri Muruga peruman sannadhi is in the form of Chariot looks beautiful.
This is a place that enjoys a higher importance than Kasi. Sri Vinayaka behind the temple is praised as Lord Poyya Vinayaka. He came in the disguise of a Brahmin to a king wandering around the place and inquired of his problem. The king replied that he was searching for a location to build a temple. Lord Vinayaka advised the king to stay at the bottom of the tank for some three and half hours (Nazhigai) to get the reply. The king stood confused. Lord Vinayaka said that the place was more holy than Kasi and what was left in Kasi could be recovered from this tank. The king obeyed the advice of the Brahmin and came out with the sanctum sanctorum. He was happy and built this temple.

Image Gallery Of Thanthondriyappar Temple:

Thiru Aakkoor
Thiru Aakkoor – Main Gopuram
Thiru Aakkoor – Side Entrance

Thiru Aakkoor – Gopuram View From Inside
Thiru Aakkoor – Inside Temple Front View
Thiru Aakkoor – Small Shrine Inside Temple Complex

Thiru Aakkoor – Vimana Gopurams
Thiru Aakkoor – Temple Prakaram 01
Thiru Aakkoor – Shrine In Temple Prakaram

Thiru Aakkoor - Temple Prakaram 02
Thiru Aakkoor – Goddess Valnedunkanni
Thiru Aakkoor – Main Deity Shrine

Thiru Aakkoor – Main Deity Thanthondreeswarar
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History / Legend:

This is a place considered sacred for performing remedial rituals for removal of any evil and adverse effects faced by the devotees. Devotees perform Parvathi Homa to conclude wedding proposals successfully. Those seeking child boon perform Santhana Gopalakrishna Homa.

This is the birth place of Sirapuli Nayanar, one among the 63 celebrated saivite Nayanmars. He attained salvation also here. People also celebrate their 60th birth day in the temple. Devotees perform Sahasranama (chanting 1000 names of the Lord) archana to Lord Bhairava on the Ashtami the 8th day of the new moon fortnight. Lord Muruga in the temple is praised in the Tirupugazh hymns of Arunagiriar. This is also one of the sacred places where Lord Shiva granted Wedding Darshan to Sage Agasthya. The temple belongs to Mada category built by king Kochengatkannan. In a banquet here, Lord Shiva participated sitting with others.

King Kochenganan was suffering from ulcer in the stomach. A voice said that he could be cured if he built in a temple at a place that had three sthala vrukshas-sacred trees. He saw Kondrai, Pakku and Vilwa trees here and began building the temple. During the construction, the wall built the previous day would fall the next day. He begged Lord Shiva for the solution. He was advised to feed 1000 Brahmins for 48 days. He found that one Brahmin short each day. He again fell at the feet of the Lord to help him. On the final day-48th day- all the seats were full with 1000 Brahmins present. The king politely asked the old 1000th guest to which place he belonged to. The old man replied “Yarukku Oor” meaning “place! to whom?”. The security with the king was angry as the old man questioned back the king. The guest ran from there and disappeared in an anthill. When opened, a Swayambulinga was found in the anthill with an injury caused by the hit of the crowbar used to demolish the anthill. It is still visible on the Linga.

For removal of adverse effects on children, people use to offer their kids in adoption to other, and get them back again. Those seeking child boon perform archanas with white lotus flowers.

Location: This sivasthalam temple is located 16 Kms to the east of Mayiladuturai on the Mayiladuturai - Tarangambadi road. Another paadal petra sthalam Tiruthalaichangadu is at a distance of 2 Kms from here. Town buses available from Mayiladuthurai to Seerkazhi.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple,
Akkur,
Tarangampadi Taluk,
Nagapattinam district,
Pin code: 609 301.
Phone: 98658 09768, 97877 09742.

Sri Sangaranyeswarar Temple, Thalaichangadu, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

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Sri Sangaranyeswarar Temple, Thalaichangadu, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

45. Sri Sangaranyeswarar Temple, Thalaichangadu, Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - South of Kaveri):

Names of God : Sri Sangaranyeswarar, Sri Thalaipathudaiyar
Name of Goddess : Sri Soundara Nayaki, Sri Bruhath Sundarambikai
Holy water (Theertham) : Sankhu Theertham, Cauvery Theertham
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : Palasha Tree
Thevaram : Thiru Gnana Sambandar
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 05:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m

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This is the 45th sthalam on the southern side of river Cauvery. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Thiruthalaichangadu/Pancharanya Kshetram 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 King Ko-Chengan Chozha known as Madakkovil. The temple inscriptions reveal that the Queen Sembian Madhevi, mother of King Uthama Chozha has made abundance of contributions to this temple. The Pancharanya Kshetrams Thiruthalaichangadu, Thiruvengadu, Thiruchaikkadu, Thirumaraikkadu and Thiruthalaialangadu are known as Sankaranyam, Swetharanyam, Vadavaranyam, Vedaranyam and Vilvaranyam respectively. This town is also known as Shankharanyam and is located 2 km South West of Tiruvalampuram (Perumpallam) on the route between Sirkazhi and Poompuhaar, near Tiruvenkadu near the Aakkoor Railway Station.

Important Features:
  • This temple classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
  • This is one of the maada temple constructed by Ko Chenkat Chozhan.
  • Vishnu worshiped Shiva here to acquire the greatest of all Shankhs (Conch) Panchajanyam.
  • The temple is structured in conch-shape.
  • The temple houses separate shrine for Saint Pattinathar.
  • The temple has the ‘somaskanda structure’.
  • Women devotees throng this temple mainly seeking boons for children.
This is a maadakkoyil built at an elevation and the tank is across from the temple. This temple occupies an area of about 2 acres. Chitra Pournami is celebrated here. The ancient Tamil scholars have given the names of the natural plants to the land as well as the city that depends on it. Hence, the meaning of ‘Thalaichangaadu’ can be understood, if it is separated as ‘thalai+changu+kaadu’. ‘Changu’ flowers (shell-like flowers) were grown abundantly in the gardens here and were sent to these temples and also to the surrounding temples. The inscription informs that the name ‘Thalaichangaadu’ must have come into vogue because of these flower gardens.

Image Gallery Of Sangaranyeswarar Temple:

Thalaichangadu Temple Entrance
Thalaichangadu Temple Front View With Bali Peedam
Thalaichangadu Temple Entrance To Maha Mandapam 01

Thalaichangadu Temple Entrance To Maha Mandapam 02
Thalaichangadu Temple Right Side View
Thalaichangadu Temple Ambal Shrine Front View

Thalaichangadu Temple Main Shrine Vimanam
Thalaichangadu Temple Inscriptions
Thalaichangadu Temple Lord Ganesha Shrine

Thalaichangadu Temple Inside Shrine
Thalaichangadu Temple Complex Inside View
Thalaichangadu Temple Side Entrance

Thalaichangadu Temple Pond
Thalaichangadu Temple Goddess Soundara Nayaki
Thalaichangadu Temple Main Deity
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History / Legend:


Women come here seeking boons for children. They undertake fasting here during the full moon days and consume a little sandalwood applied on the Goddess and pray to Her to bless them with a child.

The temple is in the shape of a conch (Sangu). Devotees get the Darshan of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma in a single Shiva temple here. The presiding deity and the Pradosha detity are housed separately. The richest (cosmic billionaires) of the world Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi receive the devotees at the entrance.

Kochengannan was the king who built a number of Shiva temples. He had built some temples with narrow entrance space in which elephants cannot enter. Sangaranyeswarar temple is one such.

One can see hairs on the presiding deity in lamp light pouring oil on the idol. It is also noteworthy that the temple is designed in the shape of Somaskanda – Shiva on the left, Muruga in the middle and Goddess Parvathi on the right. Thiruthalaichangadu is one among the Thiruvengadu, Thiruchaikadu, Thirumaraikadu and Thiruthalaiangadu.

Lord Vishnu, in order to protect this world and its inhabitants, had worshiped Sankaaranyeswarar and procured the Conch as His weapon. Hence, there is a separate sanctum for Lord Vishnu in this temple. The Lord of this place stands at three feet height as a swayambu moorthy. Pouring gingely oil on the icon of the Prime Deity Sankaaranyeswarar and look at the lamp light, we can see the hair-roots in the lingam.

Women devotees throng this temple mainly seeking boons for children. They submit their prayers to Mother Soundaryanayaki. They express their gratitude to the Goddess by adoring Her with sandalwood paste sooner they are blessed with a child.

Location: This Siva sthalam temple is located 18 Kms from Mayiladuturai on the Mayiladuturai - Tarangambadi road. Another paadal petra sthalam is situated nearby at Tiruakkur. One of the 108 Divya Desam shrines of Lord Vishnu known as Tiruthalaichanga Nanmathiyam is also situated nearby the Shiva temple.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Thalaichangadu Sankaranyeswarar Temple,
Thalaichangaadu,
Aakkoor Post,
Tarangampadi Taluk,
Nagapattinam district,
Pin code: 609 301.
Phone: 04364 – 280 757.

Sri Valampuranathar Temple, Thiruvalampuram, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

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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.