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Sri Thondargal Nainar Swami temple



Moolavar : Thondargal Nainar
Urchavar : Bhaktavatsalesar
Amman / Thayar : Gomathi
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Pancha Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : Venuvanam
City : Tirunelveli
District : Tirunelveli
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   NA


Festival:

   Chitra Poornima in April-May, Aani Uthiram in June-July, Aipasi wedding festival in October-November, Tirukarthikari in November-December and Masi Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Vinayaka graces on an Avudayar (the seat or peeta on which Shivalingas are installed) in the prakara under a peepal tree-Arasa maram. Behind Him is another Vinayaka facing north. This is a strange form of Vinayaka facing opposite sides. Saint Tirugnanasambandar and Sage Agasthya are in the mandap in front of Lord Shiva shrine. Sani Bhagwan in the prakara graces with a parrot in his hand. There is also a Vanni tree and a well in the temple complex. It is worth recalling the story of a well, vanni tree and a Shivalinga deposing in a case of wedding of a girl in Madurai in her favour at Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, when mischievous relatives tried to defame her. Lord Vanni Vinayaka reminds us this story. There is a Shivalinga right of Vinayaka with two nagas (serpent deity) near by each facing the opposite side. Those facing adverse aspects of serpent planets pray here for relief. Lord Dakshinamurthy in the ghoshta wall has His left hand on a serpent. There are shrines for Lord Nardana Vinayaka and Lord Muruga in the prakara.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


Address:

   Sri Thondargal Nainar Swami Temple, Near Sri Nellayappar temple, Tirunelveli-627 006.


Phone:

   91-462- 256 1138


General Information:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. Main Vianayaka of the temple is Vanni Vinayaka. The vimana-tower above the sanctum sanctorum is of hexaganol type.


Prayers:

   People pray for the welfare of children, relief from the adverse effects of serpent planets and wedding boons.


Thanks giving:

   Performing special pujas, offering vastras and sweet pudding (sarkarai pongal) to Lord and Mother, devotees execute the prayer commitment.


Greatness Of Temple:

   Karuvur Chithar, a staunch Shiva devotee begged Lord Nellaiappar seeking His darshan but Lord did not turn up. Chithar angrily said that Lord Shiva was not there and cursed the land be infested with bushes and returned back. After passing a short distance, Chithar had the darshan of Lord in the form of Jyoti-light. When he prostrated at His feet, Jyoti began to move towards the Nellai temple and merged with the Linga. Granting darshan, Lord advised Chithar to practice patience and said impatience could not bring anything good. Chithar said, ?Lord is here, let the bushes disappear and moved asway. This event is celebrated in the temple on Aavani Moola Star day in August-September. Saint Tirugnanasambandar visited and worshipped the Lord in this temple. Mother Gomathi, left of the Lord graces from a separate shrine facing east. Sri Chakra is installed in the Maha Mandap before Mother?s shrine. Devotees chant Abhirami Andhadhi hymn on Fridays in the shrine. During Aadi Thapasu festival, devotees light Maavilakku lamps made of a paste of rice flour and ghee. Women facing problems in wedding proposals offer Sari to Mother.


Temple History:

   ?During his pilgrimage, saint Tirugnanasambandar came to Nellayappar temple from Kuttralam, worshipped the Lord and sung hymns.? His followers desired to install a Shivalinga and expressed their wish to the saint.? Though Sambandar agreed to their wish, he did not want to do it individually himself.? He prayed to Sage Agasthya and sought his blessings to fulfil the desire of his followers.?? Sage Agasthya pointed out a place thick with Vilwa trees and indicated the presence of a Swayambu Shivalinga.? Sambandar got the Shivalinga and performed pujas and worshipped with his followers-Thondargal.? As Lord Shiva appeared here for Thondars, He is named Thondargal Nainar.


Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord Vinayaka graces on an Avudayar (the seat or peeta on which Shivalingas are installed) in the prakara under a peepal tree-Arasa maram. Behind Him is another Vinayaka facing north. This is a strange form of Vinayaka facing opposite sides. Saint Tirugnanasambandar and Sage Agasthya are in the mandap in front of Lord Shiva shrine. Sani Bhagwan in the prakara graces with a parrot in his hand. There is also a Vanni tree and a well in the temple complex. It is worth recalling the story of a well, vanni tree and a Shivalinga deposing in a case of wedding of a girl in Madurai in her favour at Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, when mischievous relatives tried to defame her. Lord Vanni Vinayaka reminds us this story. There is a Shivalinga right of Vinayaka with two nagas (serpent deity) near by each facing the opposite side. Those facing adverse aspects of serpent planets pray here for relief. Lord Dakshinamurthy in the ghoshta wall has His left hand on a serpent. There are shrines for Lord Nardana Vinayaka and Lord Muruga in the prakara. Miracle Based: Lord Vinayaka graces on an Avudayar (the seat or peeta on which Shivalingas are installed) in the prakara under a peepal tree-Arasa maram. Behind Him is another Vinayaka facing north. This is a strange form of Vinayaka facing opposite sides. Saint Tirugnanasambandar and Sage Agasthya are in the mandap in front of Lord Shiva shrine. Sani Bhagwan in the prakara graces with a parrot in his hand. There is also a Vanni tree and a well in the temple complex. It is worth recalling the story of a well, vanni tree and a Shivalinga deposing in a case of wedding of a girl in Madurai in her favour at Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, when mischievous relatives tried to defame her. Lord Vanni Vinayaka reminds us this story. There is a Shivalinga right of Vinayaka with two nagas (serpent deity) near by each facing the opposite side. Those facing adverse aspects of serpent planets pray here for relief. Lord Dakshinamurthy in the ghoshta wall has His left hand on a serpent. There are shrines for Lord Nardana Vinayaka and Lord Muruga in the prakara.


*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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