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Sri Somanathaswami temple

Moolavar : Somanathaswami
Urchavar : Somaskandar
Amman / Thayar : Veyurutholi Ammai
Thala Virutcham : Magizham
Theertham : 9 theerthas
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Needur
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu





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   Sri Somanathaswami Temple, Needur-609 203, Mayiladuthurai Taluk, Nagapattinam district.


   91- 4364 - 250 424, 250 142, 99436 68084.

General Information:

   Lords Sivalokanathar, Kailasanathar, Kasi Viswanatha, Ananda Thandavamurthy, Chinamayananda Vinayaka, Muruga and Saptha Kannikas are in shrines in the prakara. Lord Nataraja is in Sudha form. Siddhi Vinayaka graces the devotees from His shrine. The vimana in the sanctum sanctorum is of Irudala design.


   Those facing delays in wedding matters, concerned with the welfare of children, seeking pardon for wrongs done pray for solutions.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform special pujas, abishek and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Due to his sins, a demon Manmasudhan was born as a cancer (nandu in Tamil). He sought advice from Mahrshi Narada for relief. As advised, he came to this place, bathed in Cauvery and worshipped Lord Shiva. Pleased with his penance, Lord granted darshan to him. To facilitate his merger with Him, Lord also made a hole in Himself. Nandu entered into the Linga through the hole and got merged with Lord. The hole is visible on the Linga.

Temple History:

   Indira the king of Devas could not get a Shiva Linga for his worship in the morning hours when he once came to earth. He gathered the sand from Cauvery, made a Linga for his worship. He also sang a melodious song seeking the dance darshan of the Lord. Lord was pleased with his devotion and granted the darshan he desired and is praised with name Gana Nardana Sankara ? Lord who danced to a devotional song. When he left the place, Indira left the Linga made by him here. His finger symbols are visible on the Linga.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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