Thursday, October 6, 2016

Achalpuram Shivalokathyagar Temple, Nagapattinam

Achalpuram Shivalokathyagar Temple, Nagapattinam
Shivalokathyagar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu Shiva located at Achalpuram in Nagapattinam district of TamilnaduIndia. Achalpuram is historically known as Tirunallur Perumanam Shivalokapuram, Mukthipuram, Thirumana Nallur and Thirumanavai. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Shivalokathyagar. His consort is known as Tiruvennetru Umaiammai. Lord Shiva graces in the temple as Swayambumurthy. It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar.

Legends
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The Temple
The temple stands majestically facing east with a five tier Rajagopuram. Nanda Mandapam and 100 pillared Mandapam is next to the tower. Saint Sambandar graces in the 100 pillar Mandapam with Stotra Poornambikai in wedding posture. Next to this are the shrines of Lord Shivaloka Thyagarajar and Mother Tiruvennetru Umai Ammai, both are facing east. Lord Vishnu, Sages Kaka, Vasishta, Parasara, Brugu and Jamadagni had worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple.


The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Shivalokathyagar. His consort is known as Tiruvennetru Umaiammai. She is also known as Suvedha Vibhuti Nayaki. Thala Vriksham is Mango Tree. Panchakkara, Ashwa, Vasishta, Athiri Jamadagni and Vyasa Mrigandu Theerthams are the Theerthams associated with this Temple. The marriage of Tirugnanasambandar with Sthothra Poornambikai was held at this Shivasthalam. There is a separate shrine for Sambandar and his wife inside the temple.


Temple 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.
Festivals
Mahasivarathri is very devotionally celebrated in the temple in February-March.
Literary Mention
The temple is praised by Saint Tirugnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 5th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery river praised in Thevaram hymns (Paadal Petra Sthalam).
Tirugnanasambandar describes the feature of the deity as:
அன்புறு சிந்தைய ராகி யடியவர்
நன்புறு நல்லூர்ப் பெருமண மேவிநின்
றின்புறு மெந்தை யிணையடி யேத்துவார்
துன்புறு வாரல்லர் தொண்டுசெய் வாரே.
Prayers
Devotees worshipping in this temple will never suffer from poverty and are sure to attain salvation, according to belief. Devotees offer vastras to Lord and Mother and contribute for the renovation of the temple.
Contact
Sri Shivaloka Thyagaraja Swami Temple,
Achalpuram, Sirkali – 609 101,
Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91- 4364 - 278 272, 277 800.
Connectivity
Achalpuram is 13 km northeast of Sirkali and 12 km southeast of Chidambaram. Sirkali-Mahendrapuram buses pass through this place. One has to travel on Chidambaram - Sirkazhi road and reach a village called Kollidam after crossing the river Kollidam bridge. From Kollidam, one has to travel by a branch road that goes to Achalpuram and Tirumayendrapalli. This temple is located at about 5 Kms from Kollidam at Aachchaalpuram. Bus facilities are available from Chidambaram and Sirkazhi. Another Paadal Petra Sthalam Mahendrapalli is located very close to this temple. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkazhi & Chidambaram and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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