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Sri Nattrunai Appar temple

Moolavar : Nattrunai Appar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Parvatharaja Putri, Malayan Madanthai ? Two Ambicas
Thala Virutcham : Shenbagam, Pinnai
Theertham : Swarna Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tiru Nanipalli
City : Punjai
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   Saint Tirugnasambandar praises Lord Shiva in his following Thevaram hymn. ?Devotion to Lord Shiva is but chanting His Five Lettered Mantra-Name ? Na Ma Shi Va Ya day in and day out without fail, for He made nectar of the poisonous food offered by the Jains. This is 43rd Shiva temple in the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Pujas to Sun-Surya are performed from Chithirai 7-13 in April-May. Pradosha pujas (13th day of both full moon and new moon fortnights) and all Shiva related pujas are celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord from Chithirai 7 to 13 when special pujas are performed.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.


   Sri Nattrunai Appar Temple, Punjai (Tiru Nanipalli), Kidaramkondon Post ? 609 304. Nagapattinam district.


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General Information:

   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.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   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.

Temple History:

   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.

Special Features:


*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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