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Sri Manathunai Nathar temple

Moolavar : Manathunai Nathar (Hrudaya Kamala Nathar)
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Maazhai Onkanni (Madhyayadhakshi)
Thala Virutcham : Punnai
Theertham : Chakkara theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Valivalam
City : Valivalam
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in Thevaram hymns of saints Gananasambandar, Appar and Sundarar.? This is the 121st Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised by saints.


   Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May; Thai Poosam in January-February; Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aavani Sundays in August-September; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord in the temple is a swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Manathunai Nathar-Hrudaya Kamala Natheswarar Temple, Valivalam-610 207, Tirukuvalai Taluk, Nagapattinam district.


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General Information:

   Sun, Valian, Sage Karanamamunivar, Pandavas, Kochengatcholan and saint Arunagiriar had worshipped Lord in this temple.


   Those suffering from cardiac problems, confused mind, mentally weak pray in the temple for solutions.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform Rudrabishekam to Lord on realizing their wishes.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Valivalam Valampuri Vinayaka, blessing the devotees coming to the temple is praised in the Thevarm hymn of Saint Sambandar.??The hymn begins with the line ?Pidi athan uruvumai kolamigu kariathu?.??As a rule, chanting Thevaram hymns in any Shiva temple should begin with this song only.??The glory of Lord Valivalam Valampuri Vinayaka is great.
This is one of the Mada type temples built by Kochengat Cholan. Lord Muruga in the temple is praised by saint Arunagiriar in his Tirupugazh hymns.

Temple History:

   A man though noted for his high characters, committed some sins.??As a result, he was born as a Karikuruvi-black sparrow in his next birth.??This small bird had to face the harassment of its big counterparts.??In one such attack, it was bleeding.??It flew and took shelter in the hole of a tree.??A Shivayogi was teaching his disciples under the tree.??The sparrow listened carefully.??The yogi was telling his disciples, ?Of all Shiva Sthalas (places)?Madurai?is great.??Of the sacred springs, Pottramarai in the temple is great.??Of Shiva Murthis, Chokkanatha is great.??There is none to equal?Madurai.??Lord Somasundara-Chokkanathar is all merciful granting boons to His devotees.???The sparrow heard the advice of the Yogi with all attention.??It also gained wisdom and enlightenment and understood the cause of its birth as a sparrow.??The bird few to?Madurai?and circumambulated the temple and had a dip in the Pottramarai tank in the temple.??It very sincerely prayed to Lord Somasundara for three days continuously.??Pleased Lord called the bird and taught the Mrutyunjaya Mantra.??The bird was further enlightened.??It appealed to Shiva to protect it from the attack of bigger birds as it was too tiny in size and prayed for strength to face such incidents.??Lord said that it would be stronger than all bigger birds.??The sparrow begged the boon for all sparrow species.??It got the name Valian-strong.??Based on this event, the place came to be known as Valivalam.
A hair of this sparrow came to this temple, worshipped Manathunai Nathar and attained salvation.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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