Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sivalokanathar Temple, Tirupunkur, Nagapattinam

Sivalokanathar Temple, Tirupunkur, Nagapattinam
Sivalokanathar Temple is a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Tamilnadu. It is dedicated to the god Shiva. The temple is situated in the village of Tirupunkur or Thirupunkur which lies about 3 miles west of Vaitheeswaran Koil. The temple is associated with the legend of the Saivite saint Nanthanar who was one of the 63 Nayanmars. While being a Dalit, Nanthanar was not allowed inside the temple, the idol of Nandi within the temple precincts moved a few inches at the command of Shiva so as not to obstruct Nandanar's view from the gate of the shrine.








The name of the place Tirupunkur comes from the name of the sacred tree of the temple Punga Maram. This is an ancient temple. Renovations of the temple were carried out during the period of Rajendra Chola. The Shiva lingam is a Swayambhu (Self manifested) lingam, the Nandi here is also a Swayambhu. The presiding deity at this temple is Sivaloganathar and his consort is Soundaryanayaki. The temple is praised in the Devaram hymns by three Saints; Appar, Thirugnanasambanthar and Sundarar. This is the 20th Shiva temple on the northern bank of river Cauvery praised in Devaram hymns.








Legends
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Festivals
10 day Vaikasi Visakam Brahmotsavam with Lord’s procession each day is the most important festival of the temple. The devotee crowd in the temple on the monthly Pradosham days is usually huge. Special pujas and Aaradhanas are performed in the temple on Deepavali day in October-November, Pongal falling almost on January 14 except in Leap Years and Tamil and English New Year days are grandly celebrated in the temple.
Literary Mention
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Prayers
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Contact
Sri Shivaloka Nathar Temple,
Tirupunkur-609 112,
Nagapattinam District
Mobile:  +91 – 9486717634
Connectivity
Tirupunkur is 15 kms far from Mayiladuthurai, 3 kms from Vaitheeswaran koil, 11 kms from Sirkazhi and 60 km from Nagapattinam. Bus facility is available from Mayiladuthurai and Sirkali. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Tiruchi.

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