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Sri Mullaivananathar temple

Moolavar : Mullaivana Nathar, Masila Maneesar, Yudhika Parameswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Ani Konda Kothai Ammai, Sathyananda Soundari
Thala Virutcham : Mullai ? (Jasmine family)
Theertham : Brahmma theertham, Chandra theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Then Thirumullaivayul
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Thirumullaivasal
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   Saint Tirugnana Sambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 7th Shiva temple on the northern bank Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Masi Magam Theerthavari festival in February-March is grandly celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   3.5 feet tall Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthi. The sword cut scar on the head of the Linga is still visible.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Mullaivananathar Temple, Thirumullaivasal, Nagapattinam Dist.


   91-94865 24626

General Information:

   The place is now declared as a tourist spot. Sea shore is just half a kilometer from the temple


   People who chant the Panchakshara-five letter mantra, Na Ma Shi Va Ya in the temple on Solar and Lunar eclipse days and on new days (Amavasya) would not be subjected to next birth, is the belief of the devotees.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Palli Arai puja is performed at all Shiva temples both in the morning and night. But the Tirumullaivayil temple has no such Palli Arai. Lord Mullaivana Nathar is 3.5 feet tall big swayambumurthi. He is also praised as Yuthika Parameswarar. Mother Anikonda Kothai, also praised as Sathyanada Soundari worshipped Lord here to learn the Panchakshara Mantra. Lord is a Guru here, hence there is no Palli Arai and pujas.

Temple History:

   King Killi Valavan, grandfather of Karikal Valavan was suffering from skin problems. Palace doctors advised him that he should have a bath in a reputed Shiva Sthala. He came to this place for a sea bath. The place was dense with Mullai plants which bound the legs of the horses. They could not move further. The king removed the plants with his sword. The sword hit a Shivalinga hidden under the bushes. It began to bleed. The king was shocked and thought he had killed somebody and on cleaning the place, he found the Linga bleeding and attempted to kill himself for the mistake. Lord with Mother Parvathi immediately appeared before him on His Nandhi vehicle and protected Killivalavan. Thus the place came to be known as Tiru Mullai Vayil. The scar on the Linga is still visible.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: 3.5 feet tall Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The scar on the Linga is still visible.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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