Iluppaipattu Neelakandeswarar Temple, Nagapattinam
Iluppaipattu Neelakandeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Iluppaipattu in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu, India. The place is also called as Pazhamanni Padikarai and Tirumannippadikkarai. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Thiruneelakandeshwarar and Padikarai Nathar. His consort is Amirthavalli. Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple. This is the 84th Devaram paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 30th Sthalam on the north side river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Sundarar has hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
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The temple has a five tier Rajagopuram. Valampuri Vinayaka worshipped by Draupathi is in the prakara along with Idampuri Vinayaka by the side. It is a rare chance for the devotees to worship two Vinayakas same time. It is believed that any undertaking after worshipping the twin Vinayakas will be successful. As the region is dense with Iluppai trees, the place is named Iluppaipattu. The place is also named Pazhamanni Padikarai and Madhukavanam.
Dhakshinamoorthy is seen sitting on Rishaba below kalla tree. There is a through hole from left ear to the right ear. Natarajar is of Dhasapuja Thandavamurthy and standing on bull surrounding with Devars is kept under custody. This will be taken only on Pradosham day. This temple is of Karakkoil one type out of nine types of architecture. The Moolavar Karuvarai was built like Chariot pulled by horses. The basement is 18 layered Adhittanam called pathmayapandham and manjapathram.
Vijaya Ganapathy is located opposite to the temple. Sthalavruksham is Iluppai maram. There is no Dwajasthambam in this Temple. The Shiva temple where Lord hid the sword of Arjuna – Tiru Val Oli Puttrur – Where the sword was hidden – is just 3 km from this place. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple.
There are five Shivalingas in the temple worshipped by the five Pandava brothers, Dharma, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva namely 1) Neelakandeswarar, 2) Padikarai Nathar, 3) Magadeeswarar, 4) Parameswarar and 5) Muthugiriswarar. Ambica shrines are there for Neelakandeswarar and Padikarai Nathar.
Mangalambikai shrine is with Padikarai Nathar facing south. The Linga worshipped by Bheema is with 16 stripes as Shodasalinga. People worship here to have the 16 types of wealth. Though all the Murthis in the temple are considered presiding deities, prominence is for Neelakandeswarar and Padikarai Nathar. Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva is before these shrines only. Lord Muthugiriswarar, worshipped by Sahadeva is facing south. Those aspiring to master in astrology and scriptures pray here.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
10 day Chithirai Brahmotsavam in April-May, Shivrathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple. Masi Makam, Panguni Uthiram, Arudra Dharisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam and Markazhi Utsavam are the other festivals celebrated in this Temple.
The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 30th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
For remedy from illness, to achieve promotions in job, people pray in this temple. They pray in the shrine of Lord Shodasalinga to achieve 16 types of wealth. Devotees perform abishek and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.
Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple,
Iluppaipattu, Manalmedu - 609 202,
Mobile: +91-92456 19738
This temple is 16 Kms on the west direction from Vaitheeswaran Kovil by road. It is situated near Manalmedu at Iluppaipattu. Bus facilities are available from Mayiladuthurai and Vaitheeswaran Kovil. From Vaitheeswaran Kovil take the right going to Manalmedu which is about 12 Kilometers and take a right to reach Pazhamanni Padikarai. Ask for Iluppaipattu if you have a doubt. There are about 5 other Paadal Petra Shivasthalams in this route and area, be sure to combine them together.