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Sri Mayuranathar temple

Moolavar : Mayuranathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Anjal Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Mango Tree
Theertham : Idabam, Brahmma and Agasthya
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Mayiladuthurai
City : Mayiladuthurai
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised by saints Ganasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their Thevaram hymns and by Arunagiriar in Tirupugazh. If one has to get rid of the darkness of ignorance, he/she has to seek wisdom by praying at the feet of the honey-sweet Lord gracing from the skies of Mayiladuthurai. Gnanasambandar. This is the 39th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May-June, Aipasi Thula Snanam (bathing in Cauvery) in October-November and Laksha Deepam on the last Friday of Aadi month-July-August are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord in the temple is a swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   The Executive Officer, Sri Mayuranathaswami Temple, Mayiladuthurai-609 001. Nagapattinam district.


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General Information:

   The vimana above the sanctum sanctorum is known as Tridala vimana.??Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Agasthya Vinayaka.??The temple has a nine tier Rajagopuram.??Lord Nataraja appears in His Gauri Thandava posture.


   Those seeking pardon for a wrong committed unknowingly pray to Lord for peace of mind after a bath in Cauvery. Also those aspiring mastery in dancing seek the blessings of Lord.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees, on realizing their wishes perform special abishek to Lord and Mother with vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Lord Aadhi Mayuranathar graces from a separate shrine in the prakara. While the Presiding deity is in the form of Shivalinga, Ambica appears as a peacock worshipping the Lord. Lord Muruga in the prakara is praised by saint Arunagiriar in his Tirupugazh hymns. During the Skanda Sashti festival in Shiva temples, Lord Muruga would receive His Vel weapon from Mother Ambica. Here, He receives it from Lord Shiva. The Gouri Thandavam dance performance of Lord is celebrated as Mayura Thandavam ? Mayura-peacock. Lord Nataraja graces from a separate shrine. The first puja in the evening is dedicated to Lord Nataraja. Mayilamman shrine is opposite to Nataraja shrine where both Lord and Mother grace in the form of a peacock.

Temple History:

   Daksha, father of Mother Parvathi conducted a yajna but intentionally failed to invite Lord Shiva to humiliate Him. Lord Shiva did not want Parvathi too to attend the yajna. Yet, with a view to correct Her father, Parvathi attended the function but was humiliated by Daksha. Lord Shiva took the Veerabadra form and destroyed the yajna. A peacock used for the rituals sought asylum at the feet of Mother Parvathi. As She ignored Lord?s advice, She was cursed to become a peacock. She came to this place as a peacock and performed severe penance to get back Her Lord. Pleased with Her penance, Lord Shiva appeared before here as a Peacock Himself and danced as a peacock ? Mayura Thandavam. Ambica was restored to Her original form. As Lord came here as a peacock-Mayura, He is praised as Mayuranathar.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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