33. Sri Vaikalnathar Temple, Vaikanmaadakkovil, Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - South of Kaveri):Names of God : Sri Shenbagaranyeswarar, Sri Vaikalnathar
Name of Goddess : Sri Vaikal Nayaki, Sri Kombiyan Kothai, Sri Saga Komalavalli
Holy water (Theertham) : Chembaka Theertham
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : Chembakam
Thevaram : Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 07:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 03:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m
For Complete List of 275 Shiva Temples : Click HereThis is the 33rd sthalam on the southern side of river Cauvery. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymans in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Vaikan maadakkoyil refers to two shrines, Vaikal and Maadakkoyil. (8km from Aaduturai railway stn). Vaikal enshrines Vaikalnathar and Vaikalambika. Vaikanmaadakkoyil is considered to be the 33rd in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
The Maadakkoyil is one of the 78 maadakkovils built at an elevation by KoChenkan Cholan. Komaleswarar and Ilankothai Amman are worshiped in the Maadakkoyil. Vishnu, Lakshmi and Bhrama are said to have worshiped Shiva here. Shiva is also referred to as Bhramapureeswarar. Sambandar has glorified both these Shivastalams in one Patikam.
- This temple classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
- Sri Lakshmi worshiped the Iraivan of this temple.
- Separate sannadhi for Ambal.
- Moolavar is suymbu.
- There is no navagrahas.
- The Maada temple was built by Ko chenkat Chozhan.
History / Legend:This is one of the Mada temples built by Kochengannan. As the three eyes of Lord Shiva, the place has three Shiva temples. The right eye of the Lord is Viswanatha-Visalakshi temple, the second left is with Lord Brahammapureeswarar with Mother Perianayaki and the third forehead is for Lord Vaigalnathar with Mother Kombial Kothai. Lord Brahmma, Lord Vishnu, Mother Mahalakshmi and Sage Agasthya had worshiped in this temple.
One elephant, searching for its calf damaged an anthill of ants. They bit the elephant and killed it. Both prayed to Lord Shiva and attained salvation here.
Mother Earth –Bhoomidevi prayed to Lord Maha Vishnu to marry her which Lord obliged and had Her as His consort. This was not acceptable to Mother Mahalakshmi and left the Lord. She came to this Shenbagavanam and took on a severe penance to get back her Lord. Lord Vishnu and Bhoomidevi came in search of Mahalakshmi. Brahma followed in search of Lord Vishnu. They found Mother Mahalakshmi here and prayed to Lord Shiva. By the grace of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu had both Lakshmi and Bhoodevi as His consorts. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in this temple.
Location: This sivasthalam temple is located 7 Kms from Thenkurangaaduthurai sivasthalam. Nearest railway station is Aduturai which is on the Mayiladuturai - Kumbakonam section of the Southern Railway. Nearest town is Kumbakonam. On the bus route Kumbakonam to Karaikkal, after Thiruneelakkudi get down at Paliyangiya nalloor and the temple is 2 KM from there. Frequency of bus is limited.
Temple Address & Contact Details:Sri Vaigalnathar Temple,
Pin code: 612 101.
Phone: 0435 2465616.