Masilamani Nathar Temple, Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam
Masilamani Nathar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Tharangampadi Town in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. It is situated right in front of the British Collector’s bungalow that is today known as the ‘Bungalow on the Beach’ hotel property. It is also called as Kulasekhara Pattinam, Sadangambadi, Thayangambadi and Tharangambadi.
The 700 year old Masilamani Nathar Temple built in 1306 by the Pandya King Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan is unique in its architecture. It was built combining Chinese architecture with Tamil architectural technique, possibly in an attempt to attract Chinese merchants who were visiting India. Masilamani Nathar Temple is in complete ruins ravaged by the vagaries of time and the increasing sea levels.
Though, one can still admire the rich South Indian temple architecture on the temple dome and main door. Tharangampadi is located at about 283 kms (176 miles) from the state capital Chennai and 30 kms from Mayiladuthurai, in Nagapattinam District. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai & Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.