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Sri Natuthariappar temple

Moolavar : Vasthathampapureeswarar, Natuthariappar, Natutharinaathar
Urchavar : Pitaariamman
Amman / Thayar : Sri Valli Nayaki, Maathumai Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Kalpanai (a variety of Palm Tree)
Theertham : Gangaamirtham, Sivagangai (at the opposite side), Jnanaamirtham,
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Thirukkanraaippur
City : Koil Kannaappur
District : Tiruvarur
State : Tamil Nadu


   ThirunaavukkarasarThevaram songVitivathume vennirrai meyyirpoociVelluththamaintha kiil?tu kovanamuntharrucCetiyutaiya valvinai n?y thiirppai enrumCelkathikku valikaatum civane enrumThutiyanaiya itaimatavaal pankaa enrumCutalithanil natamaatum c?thii enrumKatimalar thooyth thotumatiyaar nencinulleKanraappur natuthariyaik kaanalaame.--- ThirunavukkarasarThis is the 120


   Poojas are performed five times a day. A grand festival is conducted for three days during Vaikaasi Visaakam. For the Utsava Deity here, Mariamman (Seethlaambikai), during the month of Chithirai every year for ten days, an ostentatious festival is celebrated.

Temple's Speciality:

   Here the Prime Deity reveals as a self-manifested Deity (Swayambu Murthi). We can see the ax-injury in the head of Natutharinaathar.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open in the morning from 7.00 till 12.300 pm and in the evening from 4.00 till 8.30 pm.


   Arulmigu Natuthariappar Thirukkoil, Koil Kannappur P.O., via Valivalam, Thiruvarror Taluk, Thanjavur District ? 610 207.


   91 -4365 - 204 144, 94424 59978

General Information:

   In the inside paved corridor the sanctum of Lords Vinayaka, Sundareswarar, Six types of Vinayakar, Muruga, Durgai, Lingodhbhavar, Karpakanaathar are seen. Of the Naalvar adjacent to Sani Bhagawan, two appear to be Thrujnanacampantar and two as Appar. The other two are not to be seen.


   To be relieved from eye diseases, devotees take bath in the Jnanakoopam Thirtham; to become renowned and to get issues, they take bath in the Sivagangai Thirtham.

Thanks giving:

   Once the prayers are fulfilled , the devotees perform abishekam to the Lord and adorn Him with new clothes

Greatness Of Temple:

   All lands in this city are as Recorded Settlement (patta) in the name of Arulmigu Natutharinaathar. No individual member owns any land as Recorded Settlement.Kanraappur is considered to be more significant than the holy places like Chidambaram, Thirukkaalaththi, Keelvelloor and Naakaikkaaronam. It is believed that worshipping twice the Deity of this place is like worshipping all the holy places of Lord Siva in the world. To tread across this sacred place is to get the benediction of living in this place. A person who lives in this holy city and conducts a righteous life is blessed with good spouse, good children and also rich recompense. By just uttering once the name ?Kanraappur?, all sins get abolished, a person is relieved of diseases and is blessed with good life.

Temple History:

   (Kanru ? cow?s calf; Aappu ? wedge to which the calf is tied; natuthari ? positioned wedge; thari ? wedge) Once Lord Siva with His spouse Uma Devi was in Mount Kailash. The devas with Lord Brahma as their Leader were carrying on their job of creation. At that time, Sudhavalli, a vidhyadara girl, as Goddess Uma acted before the Lord and made Him happy. Goddess Uma seeing Sudhavalli taking Her form, became angry and cursed her to be born on this earth. Sudhavalli who acted without knowing the consequences felt very sad and trembled. Goddess Uma then blessed her with the boon that she could worship Lord Siva on the earth and then reach their abode. Sudhavalli likewise reached the southern Tamilnadu and in this sacred place on the southern part of Thevoor was born in the hereditary saiva vellala lineage and was growing as Kamalavalli, a girl with abundant Sivajnana. She was brought up in the Saiva tradition, constantly worshipping Lord Siva, continuing her devotion of her previous birth. When she attained marriageable age, her parents gave her in marriage to a suitable man. They also made them live in a separate home nearby. Like Karaikkaal Ammaiyar, Sudhavalli was living as a beloved to this god. However, she was performing all the dharmic rites for the beloved of her soul, Lord Siva. Kamalavalli?s husband without understanding the merit of his wife and because of his hatred in her Siva-puja threw away the Sivalingam in the well. Kamalavalli was confused whether to continue the worship of Lord Siva against the wish of the lord of her home. She decided to carry on the Siva-puja without his knowledge, by accepting as Sivalinga, the wedge in which the calf of her home was tied. The angry husband came to know that Kamalavalli was going against his wish and hit the wedge with an ax. Blood oozed out of the wedge. In order to make every one including her husband, know about Kamalavalli?s bhakti, Lord Siva manifested as Lingam in that wedge. Both Kamalavalli and her husband attained mukti and reached the abode of Lord Siva. Since the wedge of the calf became a Lingam this holy place was called ?Kanraappur?. Though the Lingam appeared as a swayambu murti , the Lord came to be known as Natutharinaathar as He came out of the wedge. The place the calf?s wedge was, is where the Natutharinaathar Temple now. Even today we can see the ax-injury on the head of the Prime Deity. An asura, Itumpan worshipped Nathutharinaathar at this holy place and was blessed.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?The Prime Deity offers grace as self-manifested icon. Even today we can see the ax-cut at the head of the Prime Deity.?

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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