Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gnanaparameswarar Temple, Thiru Naalur Mayanam, Thanjavur

Gnanaparameswarar Temple, Thiru Naalur Mayanam, Thanjavur

Gnanaparameswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Thiru Naalur Mayanam near Thirucherai in Kumbakonam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Gnana Parameswarar / Palasavananathar / Mayanathu Parama Siva Swamy / Mayanathu Moolathanathu Peruman and Mother is called as Gnanambigai / Periyanayaki / Brihannayagi. This place is also called as Thirumeignanam.

The Temple is considered as one of the shrines of the 276 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Shiva Sthalams) glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Thirugnana Sambandar. This Temple is considered as the 213th Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 96th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Naalur Village also houses another Shiva Temple called Palasavaneswarar  Temple, a Devara Vaippu Sthalam and Maada Kovil.


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This Temple is believed to be built in brick during early Chola period and was converted into a granite edifice by Aditya Chola. There are about 23 inscriptions in this temple belonged to various Chola Kings starting from Aditya Chola I. This place was called as Chaturvedi Mangalam, Thirumayanam and Thirumeignanam in ancient times. This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).

The Temple

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Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.


Aippasi Annabishekam (Oct-Nov), Masi Shivaratri (Feb-Mar) and Aavani Vinayakar Chaturthi (Aug-Sept) are the festivals celebrated here. Monthly pradoshams are also observed here.

Religious Significance

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Literary Mention

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Devotees pray for removal of obstacles in marriage alliances, brilliance in education and all general benefits in life. People who wish to become vedic scholars pray to Lord Shiva of this temple. As token of their gratitude to Lord and Mother Goddess, devotees perform abishek and offer vastras (clothing).


Gnanaparameswarar Temple,

Thiru Naalur Mayanam (Thirumeignanam),

Thirucherai Post,

Kumbakonam Taluk,

Thanjavur District – 612 605

Mobile: +91 94867 67962 / 75020 56284 / 94439 59839


The Temple is located at about 2.5 Kms from Thirunaalur Mayanam Temple, 3 Kms from Kudavasal, 3 Kms from Kudavasal Bus Stand, 4 Kms from Thirucherai, 4 Kms from Thirucherai Bus Stop, 7 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 16 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station, 17 Kms from Kumbakonam, 25 Kms from Thiruvarur, 50 Kms from Thanjavur and 110 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Kumbakonam to Thiruvarur route near Thirucherai. Get down at Thirucherai Bus Stop and get an auto to reach this Temple.

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