Tiruvaikal Vaikalnathar Temple, Nagapattinam
Tiruvaikal Vaikalnathar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. Presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Vaikalnathar (Shenbaga Aranyeswarar). His consort is Kombial Kothai (Shaka Komalavalli). It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams. Thirunavukarasar have sung hymns in praise of the temple. Vaigal Maadakkovil refers to two shrines, Vaigal and Maadakkovil. Sambandar has glorified both these Shivastalams in one Patikams.
Mahalakshmi penance on Lord Shiva:
Mother Earth – Bhoomidevi prayed to Lord Maha Vishnu to marry her which Lord obliged and had her as his consort. This was not acceptable to Mother Mahalakshmi and left the Lord. She came to this Shenbagavanam and took on a severe penance to get back her Lord. Lord Vishnu and Bhoomidevi came in search of Mahalakshmi. Brahamma followed in search of Lord Vishnu. They found Mother Mahalakshmi here and prayed to Lord Shiva. By the grace of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu had both Lakshmi and Bhoodevi as his consorts.
People who worshipped Shiva here:
Lord Brahmma, Lord Vishnu, Mother Mahalakshmi and Sage Agasthya had worshipped in this temple.
Elephant attained Salvation here:
One elephant, searching for its calf damaged an anthill of ants. They bit the elephant and killed it. Both prayed to Lord Shiva and attained salvation here.
This is one of the Mada temples built by Kochenganan. As the three eyes of Lord Shiva, the place has three Shiva temples. The right eye of the Lord is Viswanatha – Visalakshi temple, the second left is with Lord Brahmapureeswarar with Mother Perianayaki and the third forehead is for Lord Vaikalnathar with Mother Kombial Kothai. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. But only two temples are left intact.
Vaikal Maadakkovil refers to two shrines, Vaikal and Maadakkovil. Komaleswarar and Ilankothai Amman are worshipped in the Maadakkovil. Vaikalnathar (Shenbaga Aranyeswarar) and Kombial Kothai (Shaka Komalavalli) are worshipped in the Vaikal. Thala Vriksham is Shenbagam and Theertham is Shenbaga theertham.
Other deities seen in the temple, as we go around the prakaram, are Vinayakar, Murugan, Varadaraja Perumal, Gaja Lakshmi, Bairavar and Sooriyan in different sanctums. Though highly praised in the hymns of saints, presently the temple is in a bad and dilapidated condition.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November; and all important festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva are celebrated in the temple.
The temple is praised in the Thevaram and Tiruvasagam hymns of saints Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar. This is the 33rd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in the hymns.
Lord grants every wish of his devotee. The devotee may offer what he/she could to continue the pujas.
Sri Vaikalnathar Temple,
Phone: +91 – 435 – 246 5616
The temple is 18 km from Kumbakonam on the Karaikal route. The devotee has to get down at Pazhinjanallur bus stop. The temple is 1 km from here southward. This Shivasthalam temple is located 7 Kms from Thenkurangaduthurai Shivasthalam and 4 kms North - West of Konerirajapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Aduthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.