Saturday, October 8, 2016

Kayarohanaswami Temple, Nagapattinam

Kayarohanaswami Temple, Nagapattinam
The Kayarohanaswami Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva situated in the town of Nagapattinam in TamilnaduIndia. The presiding deity is known as Kayarohana and his consort is Nilayathakshi. The temple has been in existence from the 6th century AD and has been praised by the Nayanmars ApparSambandar and Sundarar. The temple has been constructed by the Lakolisa cult which originated in Gujarat and their only other temple in Tamilnadu is at Kanchipuram. The idol of Thyagaraja in the temple is made of lapis lazuli.



The temple is a Shakti Peetham and better known by her name as Neelayadakshi Kovil (temple). Special pujas are performed in this shrine on Poornima (full moon days) and a milk pudding (Payasam / kheer) is offered as Naivedhyam (special food offered to a Hindu deity as part of a worship ritual, before eating it). As the temple is on the seashore, it is said that Shiva is ruling the region as a king and so the name Shiva Rajadhani (capital of Shiva’s kingdom) is also attributed to this temple.



This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams. This is the 82nd Shiva temple on the southern banks of the Cauvery that is praised in the Thevaram, a collection of hymns sung by Saint Sambandar. The Lingam is not one of the original lingams, which was stolen ages ago, and recently replaced by a Gomedakam lingam.



Legends
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History
The temple has been in existence from the 6th century AD and praised by the Nayanmars Appar, Sambandar and Sundarar. The temple has been constructed by the Lakolisa cult which originated in Gujarat. The idol of Thyagaraja in the temple is made of lapis lazuli. Karona is a corruption of Kaya-rohana and the temple is the twin of Kayarohana temple in Gujarat. Karonam might also have been derived from other origin such as “Kar Onam” and Lord Vishnu has been referred as “Onathan”. The temple has been rebuilt by the Pallavas and Cholas. This temple is one of the sapthavitanga Sthalams. It is also known as the temple of Neelayadakshi.



The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.
Festivals
Vaikasi Wedding festival in May-June; Aadi Pooram in July-August; Shivrathri in February-March; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The event of Sage Pundarika entering the shrine of Lord Shiva and merging with him is celebrated during the Arthajama Puja (last puja of the day) in Aani (June-July) on the day when the star Ayilyam rules the skies.  
The Abhishekam (ablution) is performed to the lingam daily at 9 AM and 8 P.M. When anyone from the sage's family passes away, the body is brought to the temple gate. The deity’s clothes and garlands are brought out to adorn the body as a special blessing.
Processional Dance
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Singers
The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Gnanasambandar. This is the 82nd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
Prayers
People pray for relief from the sins committed and for salvation. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Contact
Sri Kayaroganeswarar Temple,
Nagapattinam-611 001
Phone: +91- 4365 - 242 844
Mobile: +91 - 98945 01319, 93666 72737
Connectivity
This Shivasthalam temple is located in Nagapattinam town. A Divya Desam shrine of Lord Vishnu is also located at Nagapattinam in the vicinity of Shiva temple. The temple is 2 km away from Nagapattinam bus stand. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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