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Sri Nedungala Nathar temple

Moolavar : Tiru Nedungala Nathar, Nitya Sundareswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Mangala Nayaki, Oppila Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Kasthuri, Arali
Theertham : Agasthya, Sundara Theerthams
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Thiru Nedunkulam
City : Thiruchirapalli
District : Thiruchirapalli
State : Tamil Nadu


   The glory of Lord of the temple is sung by Saint Gnana Sambandar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 8th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns by four saivite saints.


   Monthly Pradoshas (thirteenth day of new moon or full moon days) are devotionally observed in the temple. Special pujas are dedicated to four Saivite Saints, Ganasambandar, Turunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manicka Vasagar (praised as Naalvar-Four) on their respective birth star days. On Aadi Fridays in July-August special pujas are performed.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthi. The rays of Sun fall on the presiding deity from Aadi 7th to 12th ?July-August.

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 Thiru Nedungala Nathar, Nitya Sundareswarar Temple, Thiru Nedunkulam-620 015, Tiruchi district.


   91- 431-252 0126.

General Information:

   The temple is facing west with its two prakaras. The tank is before the temple. There is no tower at the front entrance. It is at the second entrance with aesthetic sculptures. Shrines of Lord Somaskanda and Chandrasekhara are in the southeast of inner corridor. Saptha Kannikas, Lord Dakshinamurthi and Aiyanar shrines are in the southern prakara with a shrine for Lord Valampuri Vinayaka in the Kanni Mooa corner. Shrine of Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai is in the west prakara. The Shrine of Lord Varadaraja Perumal with His Upa Nachiars is on the southern side and that of Sage Agasthya is in the north. The Agasthya Theertham is ever perennial. Shrine for Mother Ambica is in the northeast corner of the outer prakara with a Wedding Hall ? Tiru Kalyana Mandapam.


   Devotees pray for wedding and child boon and for excellence in education.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform special abishek to Lord and Mother offering Vastras-clothing.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Mother Parvathi graces in the temple formless in the sanctum sanctorum, hence there are two towers above. This is the only temple in this form next to Kasi-Varanasi in India. It is noteworthy that procession deity Lord Somaskanda does not have His right thumb. It is said that an angry king cut it when he deposed as a witness in disguise to protect a devotee, according to puranas. The antiquity of the temple dates back to 1500 years. Four Saivite Saints and Saint Arunagirinathar had sung the glory of the Lord of the temples in their hymns.

Temple History:

   Devotees know that Lord Shiva is praised as Artha Nareeswara as He had parted His left part with Mother Parvathi. While Lord Shiva is seen occupying the central space in the sanctum sanctorum in temples, He is on a siding to the right leaving the left for Mother Ambica. Though the sanctum has only a Shiva Linga, it is the belief that Mother too is in ? formless. Tiru Nedungalam in Tamil means a vast place in plains. Mother Parvathi performed penance here. Lord, in appreciation of Her worship came in disguise and took Her hands.

Special Features:

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

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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