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Sri Rathnapureeswarar temple

Moolavar : Rathnapureeswarar-Manickavannar-Karinaleswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Mangalambikai
Thala Virutcham : Mavilangai
Theertham : Surya and Chandra Theerthams
Agamam / Pooja : Kamya Agama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Natiyathankudi
City : Tirunattiyathankudi
District : Tiruvarur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Sundarar.? This is the 118th temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Kotpuli Nayanar Guru Puja on Jeshta (Kettai in Tamil) star day in Aadi (July-August) is the main festival of the temple. Also, all Shiva related festivals are observed.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Rathnapureeswarar Temple, Tirunattiyathankudi Post-610 202, Via Mavoor, Tiruvarur district.


   91- 4367 - 237 707, 94438 06496.

General Information:

   Nagarathar devotees had liberally contributed to this temple facing east.??At the?eastern entrance of the tower is the shrine for Lord Vinayaka facing west who showed way by hand to Saint Sundarar.??The Rajagopuram is of a five tier structure.??There are shrines for Lords Vinayaka, Muruga, Viswanatha, Mother Gajalakshmi and the Navagrahas the nine planets in the inner prakara.??Lords Dakshinamurthy, Lingodhbava, Brahmma are are on the Goshta the wall around the sanctum sanctorum.??It also has Kotpuli Nayanar.??Nataraja Sabha and procession deities are in the Mahamandap.


   People come to pray to Lord seeking solutions for problems in family, assets that could not be partitioned and for high yield in agriculture.??It is the staunch belief of the devotees that Lord will guide in such complex issues.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord offering vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Kotpuli Nayanar one among the celebrated 63 Nayanmars and a native of this place was the commander of the Chola army.? He was a furious tiger (Puli in Tamil) before the enemies, hence called Kotpuli.? He used to spend a major part of his earnings in procuring paddy to be used for temple renovation purpose.? Once, when he left for a war against the enemies, he left strict instructions to members of the family all stocks of paddy should be in tact saying that they belonged to Lord and warned that any personal or misuse by anybody would end in their death.? Meantime, they can use it for temple use genuinely, he said.
After his departure, famine engulfed the country. The family had but to use the paddy meant for temple use. Nayanar returned victoriously but was shocked that the paddy in store had been used by his people. He asked his security to see that none escape from the house. He called his parents, wife and children and mercilessly murdered them with his sword. One little boy was in a corner. The security asked Nayanar to spare him as he did not take food for days. Nayanar simply replied that though he did not eat the rice kept for the Lord, he would have been breast fed by his mother who misused God?s paddy and cut him into two pieces. Lord appeared before him with Mother Parvathi on His bull vehicle Nandhi and said that all his people had reached His Lotus feet and asked Nayanar to join them. He granted salvation to Kotpuli Nayanar.

Temple History:

   King Ratnendra Chola and his brother wanted to partition the diamonds left by their parents.? They did not agree with the value determined by various assessers.? Only confusion continued.? Both sought the help of Lord of the temple to decide the issue.? Lord came in the guise of diamond merchant and solved their problem and also in sharing the kingdom.? As Lord came as diamond (Rathna in Sanskrit and Gem in English) merchant, He is praised as Rathnapureeswarar.

Special Features:


*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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