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Sri Iyravatheswarar temple

Moolavar : Iyravatheswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Sugantha Kundalambikai
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Iravadha theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Ethirkolpadi
City : MelaThirumanancheri
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   Lord Shiva of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Sundarar. This is the 24th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Chithirai Indira Vizha in April-May; Karthikai Mondays in November-December and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is Swayambumurthi

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Iravadeshwarar Temple, Mela Tirumananjeri-609 813, Ethirkolpadi, Nagapattinam district


   91- 4364-235 487.

General Information:

   It is believed that the Rajagopuram of the temple was built earlier by Mallappa Naicker. Presently it is a five tier structure facing east. Entering into the temple, there are the Balipeeta and the Kodimaram-flag post. Mother?s shrine is on the right of the front Mandap. Ambica is small in stature in a sitting posture. Presiding deity is just opposite. Lord Muruga, Naalvar the four Saivite saints, Mother Gajalakshmi, Lord Kala Bhairava and Sani Bagwan shrines are in the prakara. Lords Bikshadanar, Balaganapathi, Nataraja, Dakshinamurthi, Lingodhbava, Brahmma, planet Rahu and Mother Durga are in the goshta walls.


   Majority of the devotees pray for recovery of things lost, restoration of positions lost, those suffering from stomach problems and those for recovery of losses in business and facing delays in wedding matters. It is believed that Lord would relieve them from their sufferings as He did in the case of Indira and his Iravadha elephant.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Indira the king of Devas arrogantly neglected the garland presented to him by Sage Duruvasa. The garland was the one offered to Lord Shiva in pujas. His Iravadham elephant too was equally indifferent as its master. Angry Sage cursed Indira that his head would be chopped off by a weapon in the hands of Pandya king. Shocked and trembling, Indira sought the pardon of the sage. The sage said his crown would fall down saving his head.

Temple History:

   Sage Bharatha, as head priest, conducted the wedding of Lord and Mother at Tiruvelvikudi and invited them to his place Tirumananjeri.??He arranged a grand reception to the divine couple.??He welcomed (Ethir Kollal in Tamil) the divine couple with due honours.??Hence, the place is named as Ethirkol Padi.??Presently it is known as Melakoil.

Special Features:

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

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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