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Sri Chaya Vaneswarar temple

Moolavar : Chaya Vaneswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Kuyilinum Inia Mozhiyal ? Ambica with a voice sweeter than of a nightingale
Thala Virutcham : Korai
Theertham : Iravadham, Cauvery and confluence of springs
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tiru Chaikadu, Melayur
City : Sayavanam
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   Saint Tirunavukkarasar had sung the praise of Lord in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 9th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   21 day Indira Vizha beginning from Chithira Poornima-full moon day in April-May; Thanneer Pandal ? offering buttermilk and water to pilgrims in the name of devotee Iyarpagai Nayanar during April-June covering Tamil months Chithirai and Vaikasi in summer to quench their thirst; public feeding on Aadi new moon day in July-August; Saint Kumara Guruparar Guru Puja in May-June, 5 day Margazhi Iyarpagai Nayanar festival in December-January with Lord?s darshan on the fourth day, are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.oo a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.


   Sri Chaya Vaneswarar Temple, Chayavanam-609 105, Nagapattinam district


   91- 4364 - 260 151

General Information:

   The temple of Champagi Amman, guardian deity of Poompuhar is nearby the temple. The tank is on the south side. In the place of Kodimaram the flag post, Lord Vinayaka is in the place. As this is a Mada type temple, Nandhi is on a higher level. There are shrines of Sun, Indira, Iyarpagai Nayanar with his wife in the outer prakara. There is also a shrine for the three saivite saints. The devotee, while circumambulating the prakara can also have the darshan of Lords Vinayaka, Muruga and Kala Bhairava on a higher level and Mother Gajalakshmi and Navagrahas. In the end, they reach bats mandap through steps and the Palli Arai and Ambica shrine.


   Those afraid of enemies worship Lord Muruga in the temple holding a bow.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Chola King Kotchengannan built many Shiva temples, majority of them are of Mada style. Mada temples are the ones in which an elephant cannot enter. This is also a Mada temple.

Temple History:

   Athithi, mother of Indira had a desire to worship Lord Chaya Vaneswarar in this place. She came to earth for the purpose. Missing his mother, Indira found her in this place. To fulfill the wish of his mother, he tried to take the very temple to his place pulled by his elephant Iravadam. While the elephant began to pull the temple, Ambica expressed a sound that was sweeter than a nightingale. She came to be known as Kuyilinum Inia Mozhiyal. Lord appeared before Indira and advised him to drop his idea and be benefitted by his worship in this place itself.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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