Friday, July 7, 2017

Thirunethranathar Temple, Thirupalli Mukkudal, Thiruvarur

Thirunethranathar Temple, Thirupalli Mukkudal, Thiruvarur
Thirunethranathar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thirupalli Mukkudal in Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. The historical name of the place is Kekkarai. Presiding Deity is called as Thirunethranathar / Mukkona Nathar. His consort, Parvati, is known as Mayilmevum Kanni / Anjakshi. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa. Theertham is Shodasa (Mukkudal) Theertham. It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Thirunavukkarasar. This is the 203rd Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 86th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.

Legends
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The Temple
The Temple is east facing with one Praharam. There is no Rajagopuram and Kodimaram. Presiding Deity is called as Mukkona Nathar / Thirunethranathar / Mukkudal Nathar. Lord of the temple is a Swayambu Murthy. The Lingam has a highly polished appearance. Rays of Sun God fall on the Lord on Masi Shivarathri day in February-March. Mother is called as Anjakshi / Mayilmevum Kanni and she is facing east. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa. There are sculptures of the presiding deity, Lord Sri Rama, Jatayu, Kanni Vinayaka and Subramanya at the top side of the front entrance.

Nandi, facing the Sanctum has turned its head slightly. The Moorthis of Ganapathi, Subramanya and Lakshmi in the Prakara are extraordinarily beautiful. Sannadhi for Vinayagar, Subramaniyar, Gajalakshmi, Suryan & Chandran (In one place), Nagar, Bairavar, Saneeswarar and Valli can be seen in this Temple. Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai are the Koshta idols.

Theertham is Mukkudal Theertham, known by the name Shodasa Sethu, is considered on par with Allahabad Triveni Sangamam. There are 12 wells in the temple tank. The devotee derives the benefit of bathing in the Maha Magam tank if he/she bathes here. Also bathing in this temple for 12 new moon days without a break will relieve the devotees of delays in their weddings and also concerns about the welfare of children. There is a Ramaswamy temple behind this Shivastalam.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Festivals
Besides all Lord Shiva related festivals, three new moon days in Aadi (July-August), Thai (January-February) and Mahalaya in Purattasi (September-October) are celebrated in the temple with special abisheks and pujas.
Literary Mention
The lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Thirunavukkarasar. The Saint profusely feels that the life had been wasted without knowing and understanding the great grace of the Lord who frees the devotee from sins, ailments, fate, whose neck is beautifully blue. He has no equals. He is all philosophy. He dwells in the minds of those filled with his thoughts. This is the 203rd Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 86th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.
Thirunavukkarasar describes the feature of the deity as:
ஊனவனை உடலவனை உயிரா னானை உலகேழு மானானை உம்பர் கோவை
வானவனை மதிசூடும் வளவி யானை மலைமகள்முன் வராகத்தின் பின்பே சென்ற
கானவனைக் கயிலாய மலையு ளானைக் கலந்துருகி நைவார்தம் நெஞ்சி னுள்ளே
பானவனைப் பள்ளியின்முக் கூட லானைப் பயிலாதே பாழேநான் உழன்ற வாறே
Prayers
Bathing in the tank of the temple and worshipping Lord continuously for 12 new moon days (Amavasya) will bring in effective relief to those facing delays in wedding and adverse aspects on children, it is firmly believed by the devotees. Devotees perform abishek to Lord offering vastras. They also offer oil for lighting lamps in the temple permanently. There are 12 wells in the temple tank. The devotee derives the benefit of bathing in the Maha Magam tank if he/she bathes here. Also bathing in this temple for 12 new moon days without a break will relieve the devotees of delays in their weddings and also concerns about the welfare of children.  
Contact
Thirunethranathar Temple,
Thirupalli Mukkudal,
Kekkarai – 610 002,
Thiruvarur District
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 244 714
Mobile: +91 – 98658 44677
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Pallivaramangalam, 5 Kms from Thiruvarur, 10 Kms from Thiruvirkudi, 2 Kms from Kekkarai and 120 Kms from Trichy. The devotee has to reach Pallivaramangalam from Tiruvarur. Autos are available to the temple from this place. There are Two mini Buses (Thiruvarur to Pallivaramangalam and Pallivaramangalam to Peruntharakudi via Bus stand) available from Thiruvarur Bus stand. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruvarur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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