Thursday, December 22, 2016

Manathunai Nathar Temple, Valivalam, Nagapattinam

Manathunai Nathar Temple, Valivalam, Nagapattinam
Manathunai Nathar Temple is a Hindu temple in the village of Valivalam in the Nagapattinam district of TamilnaduIndia. The temple is located at a distance of 5 kilometres from Kachanur on the Tiruvarur-Thiruthuraipoondi route. This Shivastalam is located 9 km southeast of Tiruvarur and is a Maadakkovil built at an elevation. Saattiyakkudi, a shrine to the Northeast of this temple has been sung in Thiruvisaippa. The temple is praised in Thevaram hymns of saints Gnanasambandar, Appar and Sundarar.  This is the 238th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 121st Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.



Legends
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History
The temple is believed to have been constructed by the Early Chola king Kochenganan and renovated in more recent times. Stone inscriptions of 2nd Kulothungan, 3rd Rajendran, and Sundra pandiyan period is seen in the temple.


The Temple
This temple with 3 prakarams occupies an area of 1.8 acres, and has an 85 feet tall Rajagopuram. The sanctum is a monolithic structure. Traces of a moat and grand walls remain in this temple. Ambal's shrine is located in the outermost prakaram. Ekachakra Perumal has a shrine here. The presiding deity is Shiva. Lord in the temple is a swayambumurthy.



There are also shrines to SuryaKaranamamunivar, the Pandavas, Kochenganan and Arunagirinathar. Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Arulmigu Manathunai Nadhar / Idaya kamala Nadhar and his consort known as Madyaayadatshi / Maazhiyun Kanni Ammai. Sthala Vriksham is Punnai. Teertham is known as Chakra Teertham and Karanar Gangai in this temple.


Valivalam Valampuri Vinayaka, blessing the devotees coming to the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymn of Saint Sambandar.  The hymn begins with the line “Pidi athan uruvumai kolamigu kariathu”.  As a rule, chanting Thevaram hymns in any Shiva temple should begin with this song only. The glory of Lord Valivalam Valampuri Vinayaka is great. This is one of the Mada type temples built by Kochengat Cholan.  Lord Muruga in the temple is praised by saint Arunagiriar in his Thirupugazh hymns.


Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Festivals
Chithirai Brahmotsavam in April-May; Thai Poosam in January-February; Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aavani Sundays in August-September; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple. Six worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam conducted in the month of Chittirai concludes with the float festival in the Chakra Theertham.
Literary Mention
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Prayers
Those suffering from cardiac problems, confused mind, mentally weak pray in the temple for solutions. Devotees perform Rudrabishekam to Lord on realizing their wishes.
Contact
Sri Manathunai Nathar-Hrudaya Kamala Natheswarar Temple,
Valivalam – 610 207, Tirukkuvalai Taluk,
Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91- 4366 - 205 636
Connectivity
The temple is located at a distance of 5 kilometres from Kachanur on the Tiruvarur-Thiruthuraipoondi route. Nearest Railway Station is located at Tirunellikkaa and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy. 

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