Valampurinathar Temple, Melaperumpallam, Nagapattinam
The Valampurinathar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva located in Melaperumpallam, Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. It situated close to Puhar and Thiruvenkadu. The temple dates back to the Medieval Cholas period. The temple is revered by the Thevaram hymns of Saiva nayanars, 7th century Tamil saint poets & classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. This is the 44th sthalam on the southern side of river Cauvery. This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built by the King Ko-Chenganan Chola widely known as Maadakkovil. In this temple Lord Shiva worshiped in the form of a self-manifested Linga. Keezhperumpallam enshrining Naganathar, located nearby is a Kethu Stalam - one of the 9 Navagraha Stalams.
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This temple covers an area of about 2 acres. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Valampurinathar. Shiva here is also known as Dakshina Pureeswarar. His consort is known as Vaduvakirkanni. Lord is a Swayambu Murthy in the temple. Lord Vallabha Vinayaka opposite the Mada temple tank blesses the devotees. There are some epigraphic details about the temple in this part of the temple. Urchavar is Chandrashekarar. Procession female deity is Padma Nayaki.
Sthala Vriksham is Male Palm tree (Aan Panai in Tamil). Theerthams of this Temple are Brhamma, Lakshmi and Sivaganga Theerthams. Lord Bikshadana in the temple is very handsome and is praised as Arthanareeswarar Bikshadana. The image of Bhikshatanar here depicted as playing on the veena is one of great beauty. Appar's Tevaram here (7th century), refers to Shiva holding a veena in his arms, moving around as Bhikshatanar, and this image is a later Chola (12th - 13th century) artiste's expression in metal, of Appar's description.
There are two hollows on the Shivalinga. Only perfumed oil and punugu a perfumed paste are applied on the Lord. During abishek a funnel-Kuvalai is placed on the Linga. The completely rebuilt stone structure existed even during the period of Vikrama Chola (1121), as seen from inscriptions here. Images of Natarajar and Sivakami, Palliyarai Nachiyar, Tandanganni Nachiyar etc. were added during the period of Vikrama Chola and Rajadiraja II. The bronze image of Kiradhamurthy here is of great workmanship.
Five worship services are offered each day and the annual festival is observed in the month of Thai. Bikshadanar festival on Bharani star day in Thai-January-February; Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Karthikai Mondays in November-December; Vinayaka Chathurthi; Aadi Pooram in July-August; New Moon Days in Thai-January-February, Aadi-July-August and Mahalaya in Purattasi-September-October and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of saints Gnanasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar. This is the 44th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
Those seeking child boon, facing skin problems, doshas caused by women, obstacles in wedding proposals and adverse aspects of serpent planets pray in the temple for relief. Realizing their wishes, devotees ring the temple bell and feed the poor. People who are cursed by women in previous births face similar treatment in this life. Some families lost their good life within 20 years of time if they are not properly disciplined by elders.
For those people especially male's who have raagu and Venus combination in their birth chart or Venus and Ketu combination in a female's chart, visiting Melaperumpallam sri Valampurinathar temple 24 times is important to remove the curse caused by female's in this birth or previous birth. Those who are having this astrological planet combinations and running raagu dasa or Venus dasa visiting this temple is a must.
Minimum one has to visit 6 times and on atleast on one Friday in raagu kala, one has to light 108 ghee lamps and has to chant Om Siva Siva Om mantra by sitting on yellow cloth specially used for chanting mantra's before Sri Valampurinathar to get rid of women's curse. If visiting this temple on week days is not possible, one can visit it on 24 Sundays and can light 108 ghee lamps from morning 11-12am or 4.30 to 6.00 pm.
Sri Valampurinathar Temple,
Phone: +91 – 4364 – 200 890 / 200 685
Melaperumpallam is located at a distance 5 kms Poompuhar on the Mayiladuthurai road. This Temple is located at distance of 12 kms from Sembanar Temple, 16 Kms from Sirkazhi and 20 Kms from Mayiladuthurai. One has to reach Melayur on the way to Poompuhar from Mayiladuthurai. From there one has to go by auto to visit this temple. To reach this temple, one has to travel on the Mayiladuthurai - Tarangambadi road and has to turn into the road which branches off from the main road to Poompuhar. The temple is 2 Kms from this road junction. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkali and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.