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Sri Uchinathar temple

Moolavar : Uchinathar ? Madhyaneswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Kanakambikai
Thala Virutcham : Ghooseberry
Theertham : Krupa Samudram
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirunelvoyil
City : Sivapuri
District : Cuddalore
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 3rd Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Vaikasi Visakam in March-April, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Karthikai Soma varams-Mondays in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord is Swayambumurthy in the temple.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.15 p.m.


   Sri Uchinathar Temple, Sivapuri ? 608 002, Via Annamalainagar, Cuddalore district.


   91- 98426 24580.

General Information:

   The temple has one prakara. The Rajagopuram is facing east. Lord is facing east and Ambica south.


   Parents perform the Anna Prasana ritual (first rice feeding of the child) in the temple hoping that the child would never face food problem in life.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   This is one of the sacred places where Lord Shiva granted darshan to Sage Agasthya. Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi appear in their wedding posture behind the Shivalinga. During his stay in Chidambaram, Sambandar used to come to this temple everyday to worship the Lord. The places around Chidambaram were once green with paddy fields, hence the name of the place Tirunelvoyil, presently called Sivapuri. The temple is in this place. After Mother Parvathi fed Gnanasambandar with Wisdom Milk (Gnanappal in Tamil), Lord Shiva too offered food to the saint.

Temple History:

   Saint Gnanasambandar was born to Shiva devotees Shivapada Hrudayar and Bhagawathi. When he was three years old, the father came to Brahmma Theertha in the Sirkali temple, left the child in the steps and went for bath. The child felt hungry and cried. Lord Shiva asked Mother Parvathi to feed the child which mother did. When Shivapada Hrudayar came back and found milk drops on the face of child, he asked the child who gave him the milk. Child showed the direction of the temple and sung the first hymn ?Thodu Udaya Sevian?. Shivapada?s joy knew no bounds when he heard that the Great Mother fed his son.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is swayambumurthy in the temple.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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