Kailasanathar Temple, Narthampoondi, Thiruvannamalai
Kailasanathar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Narthampoondi Village in Thiruvannamalai District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kailasanathar and Mother is called as Periyanayaki.
Sapthakarai Kantangal & Sapthakailasas:
Mother Uma was proceeding to Thiruvannamalai from Kancheepuram with the view of getting the left part of Lord Shiva. She stayed in a place called Vazhai Pandal and searched for a Shivalinga for puja. She could not get one. Mother Uma decided to make one with sand and asked Muruga to provide her water to make the Linga. Lord Muruga threw his Vel towards the west and water came in red colour from the hills there. Seven Munis – Puthirandan, Puruhudan, Pandurangan, Bodhavan, Bodhan, Koman and Vaman – who were performing penance there were injured; hence the water was red with their blood.
Meantime, due to the touch of Muruga’s Vel, they were relieved of the curses they were undergoing then. Mother Uma made the Linga and worshipped. But Lord Muruga had to bear the sin of killing the seven Munis. As directed by Mother Uma, Lord Muruga established seven temples on the northern bank of Cheyyar and seven on the southern bank of the river. Kancheepuram, Kadaladi, Mambakkam, Madhimangalam. Elathur, Poondi and Kuruvimalai on the northern bank were called as Sapthakarai Kantangal. Thamaraipakkam, Vasudevampattu, Narthampoondi, Thenpandripattu, Pazhangovil, Karapoondi and Mandakulathur on the southern bank were called as Sapthakailasas.
Sage Narada worshipped Shiva here:
This Temple is one of the seven Kailasa temples worshipped by Rishi Narada. The temple in Narthampoondi worshipped by Muni Naradha is the third in the line. This temple is mentioned in Skanda Mahapurana. King Daksha, known for his enmity with Shiva, wanted to develop his three sons equal to him but Narada imparted Shiva Upadesha to the sons and made them good. Angry Daksha cursed Narada as he presented his sons to come his way.
Muni Narada performed penance for 12 years in Narthampoondi on Sri Kailasanatha. Lord Shiva appeared on his Vrishaba (bull vehicle of Lord Shiva) with his Panchamurtis and relieved Narada of his curse. Narada also was elevated as the head of the rishis. The place was known in early days Naradhapoondi after Muni Narada and in the days followed the name changed to Narthampoondi.
Presiding Deity is called as Kailasanathar and Mother is called as Periyanayaki. The Kailasanatha Temple was built by Sambuvaraya and Vallala kings and maintained by Vijayanagara kings. Of the various shrines where Lord Muruga worshipped Lord Shiva for relief of his doshas (some adverse aspects), this is also an important temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Brahmotsavam, Krithigai in November-December, Masi Magam in February-March, are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees seek removal of obstacles in marriage alliances, child boon and distinction in education through their prayers to the Lord. Devotees offer abishek and vastras (clothing) to the Lord.
The visitor has to take the bus to Polur from Thiruvannamalai, get down at the Naidumangalam junction bus stop and then proceed to Narthampoondi by another bus. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruvannamalai and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.