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Sri Kayaroganeswarar temple



Moolavar : Kayaroganeswarar
Urchavar : Chandrasekharar
Amman / Thayar : Neelayadhakshi
Thala Virutcham : Mango
Theertham : Pundarikaksha Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Nagai Karonam
City : Nagapattinam
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Gnanasambandar. This is the 82nd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


Festival:

   Vaikasi Wedding festival in May-June; Aadi Pooram in July-August; Shivrathri in February-March; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva as a Swayambumurthy appears very handsome.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.


Address:

   Sri Kayaroganeswarar Temple, Nagapattinam-611 001.


Phone:

   91- 4365 - 242 844, 98945 01319, 93666 72737.


General Information:

   The fruits of the Mango tree taste citric, sweet and bitter.??Viewing the tree from the southeast prakara, it looks like a Nandhi.


Prayers:

   People pray for relief from the sins committed and for salvation:


Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.


Greatness Of Temple:

   Emperor Mushukunda got seven Lingas from Indira for the helps he had rendered him.??These Lingas were small ? Vidanga in size.??The Emperor installed the Linga in Seven Places called Saptha Vidanga sthalas.??This is one such Sthalas with a Linga so beautiful made of Ruby.??Hence, the Lord is named Sundara (beautiful) Vidangar.??Lord Thyagaraja is in a separate shrine right of the sanctum sanctorum.?In majority of the temple, people can see only the face of Lord Thyagaraja.??During the Vaikasi Visaka and Margazhi Tiruvadirai festivals, Lord is dressed (Alankara) showing His right hand and feet.??Lord comes in procession waving His hands to and fro and in a dancing form.??This dance is called Paara Vaara Natanam
The eyes of Mother Ambica is blue in colour as sea showing Her mercy as vast and deep as sea. Hence, named Neelayadakshi-blue eyed. She is also Karundhadanganni. She has Her own shrine with a flag post-Kodi Maram. Ambica graces as a virgin. Aadi Pooram is very grandly celebrated in the temple. Her shrine is designed as a Rath. On the festival day, Mother comes in procession in a Rath made purely in crockeryware.
As Ambica is a virgin, Lord sent Nandhi Deva to be Her guard. But Nandhi expressed his wish to be with Lord for ever seeing Him. Lord said that he can have His darshan though with Ambica. Nandhi in the temple is seen with its neck turned towards Lord with one eye on Ambica and other on the Lord. Hence, the Nandhi is known as Twin View Nandhi (Irattai Parvai in Tamil). Those having vision problems pray to this Nandhi.
Generally, temples are closed if a death occurs in a nearby place. In this place, the garlands and the clothes ? vastras used for the Lord is placed on corpse. A fisherman, Adhipathar attained salvation with the grace of Lord Shiva in this place. Remembering this event, as a mark of respect to the community, this practice is followed in this temple. The body is placed before the temple without closing the doors. The garland and the vastras used for the Lord are placed on the body.
During festival procession, Lord goes round the Mada Veedhis (Streets) and return to the temple. But Lord beginning his procession from this temple, goes to seven places ? Poigainallur, Poravacherry, Sikkal, Palur, Vadagudi, Thethi and Nagoor. Maharaja Salija worshipped Lord Shiva and performed puja in these seven places. The present system is to remember this history.
Against the practice of Lord coming in the Vrushab vahan on Pradosham days, Lord Vishnu too accompanies Lord Shiva in the guise of Mohini. When the milk ocean was churned, Nectar came out and was served by Lord Vishnu to Devas. Devas failed to pray to Lord Shiva who swallowed the Halahala poison to save the world. Realizing their folly, they begged the pardon of the Lord. Showing His mercy to them, Lord Shiva danced on Nandhi. This dance took place at the Pradosham time. Lord Vishnu?s Mohini Avtar took place a little before this time. This Vishnu darshan is available to the devotees on Pradosham day only.
Emperor Dasaratha came to know that Planet Saturn would be splitting the Rohini star causing severe famine in his country. He planned to fight Saturn to prevent him from doing so. Sun God advised Dasaratha to drop his plan but to beg Saturn to change his transit route in public interest. Saturn also admired the earlier plan of the emperor to meet him in war for the sake of his subjects without any selfish motive personally. The planet yielded to the emperor?s wish. Remembering this event, all the planets (Navagrahas) in the temple are facing west-the Lord.
Fisherman Athipathar was a staunch Shiva devotee. When he went for fishing, he would offer the first to Lord Shiva. At a stage, he was getting only one fish each day but did not break away from his commitment. He offered them to Lord and returned without any catch. He got a golden fish one day. Though every one prevented him from throwing it into the sea, Athipathar resolutely stood by his commitment and threw it into the sea. He was awarded with salvation and a place among the 63 Nayanmars. The event is celebrated on the Ayilyam star day in Aavani month (August-September). Athipathar goes in catamaran when fishermen place two gold fishes in the net as if caught in the net. Lord Shiva will appear on the sea shore. Athipathar performs pujas to Lord Shiva with the golden fishes. Shiva will grace darshan to Athipathar. So goes the festival grandly.
Fisherman Athipathar was a staunch Shiva devotee. When he went for fishing, he would offer the first to Lord Shiva. At a stage, he was getting only one fish each day but did not break away from his commitment. He offered them to Lord and returned without any catch. He got a golden fish one day. Though every one prevented him from throwing it into the sea, Athipathar resolutely stood by his commitment and threw it into the sea. He was awarded with salvation and


Temple History:

   Sage Pundarika as advised by Sage Kanwa performed penance on Lord Shiva seeking salvation. Granting His darshan, Lord embraced the sage and granted salvation. As a rule, the soul merges with the Lord attaining salvation. But in this case Lord embraced with the body (Kayam in Tamil) with that of Sage (Aaroganam). Hence Lord is named Kaya (body) Aarogana (embracing) Easwarar-Lord ? Kayaroganeswarar.
King of serpents prayed to Lord and got a girl child. It had three breasts in birth itself. The king was sad to see this abnormality. Lord Shiva assured the king that one breast will disappear when a king of Surya dynasty visited his place. When king Shalisuhan came there, one breast of the girl disappeared. Happy Naga king gave his daughter to Shalisuhan in marriage. As Naga king worshipped here, the place came to be known as Nagai Karonam. Now it is Nagapattinam.


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*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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