Sikkal Singaravelan Temple – The Temple
Sikkal Navaneetheswarar Temple is the main temple. The Singaravelan temple is found in the premises of Sikkal Navaneetheswarar Temple. Sikkal Navaneetheswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Sikkal in Nagapattinam district, Tamilnadu, India. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, as the Moolavar presiding deity, in his manifestation as Navaneetheswarar and Vennai Lingeswarar. His consort, Parvati, is known as Velnadunkanni. The 7 tiered Rajagopuram that adorns the entrance to this temple is about 80 feet in height.
Inscriptions from the Imperial Chola period and from the Vijayanagar period abound in this temple which covers an area of about 2 acres. The Karthikai Mandapam in the forefront exhibits a number of paintings depicting legends related to Subramanya. The Vinayaka of this place blesses the devotees in the name ‘Sundara Ganapathi’. Lord Muruga in the holy places, Ettukkudi, Enkan and Sikkal are alike in structure and so it is said, that these three images are sculpted by the same sculptor. On the North-western corner of the temple is a separate sanctum for Aanjaneyar.
This is one of the 64 Sakthi Peetams of Amman. The four deities Lord Siva, Perumal, Murugan and Hanuman offering benedictions is a significant aspect of this temple. Arunagirinathar has sung ‘Thirupugazh’ celebrating Lord Muruga of this place. The temple is built on an artificial mound (a Maadakkovil said to have been built by the king Kochengata Cholan). Shiva's shrine faces east, while Singaravelar's and Ambal Velnedunkanni's shrines face south. The jewelry adorning Skanda is of great beauty here.
Ganapati, Mahalakshmi, Nataraja, the sixty three Nayanmars, Bhairava, Surya and Chandra are also having Sannadhis at the respective places as per agamic standards. The sthala vriksha (sacred tree) here is jasmine. There are three holy tanks for this temple namely Ksheera (i.e. milk), Gaya and Lakshmi Tanks.
Plaster figures of Dhakshinamoorthy, Murugan, Natarajar, Thiyagarajar, Pathanjali, Viyakrapathar, and of Gajendra Motcham, penance of saint Dhuruva are present here. Beautiful painting depicting the marriage of goddess Parvathi is seen in Kalyana Mandapam. There is a beautiful sculpture of Vaikuntanathan seated in Perumal Sannidhi. Two cars with sculptures, kalyana chariot, and golden vehicles are present in this temple. Gold plated horse, peacock, goat and silver rishaba vehicle are present in this temple.
Kalyana mandapam is found in front of the temple. It is full of artistic works. This mandapam is huge measuring 300 feet in length and 60 feet in width. It can accommodate more than 4,000 people. It was constructed in 1932. Karthikai Mandapam contains paintings from Kandapuranam. Abhisekam is performed to Singaravelar here during Karthikai festival. Sani Bhagavan is also in the koshtam along with usual moorthams.
Lord Anjaneyar blessing the devotees has a separate Sannidhi in the North West corner of this temple. There is an Anjaneyar here who is very famous in granting our wishes in the outer praharam. The perumal Kolavaamana Perumal here is resting before he takes up the Vamana Avataram after praying to Lord Shiva. This is the adjoining complex.
The scene where Lord Muruga gets vel from his mother Gnanambikai is spectacular. The front Mandalam (figure) of Lord Muruga appears bright like gold, due to sun rays falling on it. With music from four types of organs in the background and a smiling face, Lord Muruga returns to Somaskandhar Sannidhi very quickly like an arrow shot from a bow. Sweat appear like snow on the figure of Lord Muruga, even when cooled with peacock feather, and dried with silk and rose petals. Even if a part of sweat drops found on the walls of Sannidhi sprinkles, one will attain the benefit of this life.