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Sri Thanthondreeswarar temple

Moolavar : Thanthondriappar
Urchavar : Aayirathil Oruvar (one in a thousand)
Amman / Thayar : Valnedunkanni
Thala Virutcham : Kondrai, Arecanut, Vilwa
Theertham : Kumuda theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Karana Agama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Yarukku Oor (to whom the place belongs)
City : Nagapattinam
District : Saint Gnanasambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. ? In the hymns, the s
State : Tamil Nadu


   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.? ? This is the 46th temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Thiruvadhirai in Margazhi (December-January) is the important festival in the temple. Monthly Shivarathri, Pradosham. Karthikai deepam, Poornimas are the festive days in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Thanthondreeswarar is a swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 a.m to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Akkur- 609 301, Nagapattinam Dist.


   91- 98658 09768, 9787709742

General Information:

   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 Brahamin to a king wandering around the place and enquired 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.



Thanks giving:

   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.

Greatness Of Temple:

   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.

Temple History:

   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.

Special Features:

   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??.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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