Thursday, February 25, 2016

Neelakandeswarar Temple, Thiruneelakkudi, Thanjavur

Neelakandeswarar Temple, Thiruneelakkudi, Thanjavur

Neelakandeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Thiruneelakkudi in Thiruvidaimarudur Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Manokkiyanatha Swamy / Neelakandeswarar / Vilvaranyeswarar / Brahma Nayakar / Kamadenupuradesar / Thailapriyangeswarar. There are two separate shrines for Mother Parvathy in the temple premises. One Shrine houses Baktha Beeshta Pradayini / Tapas Parvati / Thavakkola Ammai and the other shrine houses Anoopamasthani / Azhakaambigai / Oppilamulayal.

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 Tirunavukkarasar. This Temple is considered as the 149th Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 32nd sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. The Temple is considered as one of the Saptha Sthana Temples of Thiruneelakudi.


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Thiruneelakudi was called as Thennilakudi / Thennalakudi in ancient times. There are about five Chola period inscriptions in this temple. The Temple had been extensively renovated by Rajaraja Chola I and Vikrama Chola. The last consecration ceremony took place on 17th March 2006. This temple is under the administrative control of Thiruvavaduthurai Aadheenam.

The Temple

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Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 06:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM.

Pooja Timings

·        Kaala Sandhi (09.00 am)

·        Ucchi Kaalam (12.00 noon)

·        Sayaratchai (06.00 pm)

·        Artha Jamam (08.00 pm)


18 days Chithirai Brahmotsavam (Apr-May) established by Sage Markandeya with procession of Lord not only around Tiruneelakkudi but also around the surrounding 18 villages each day and considered very important among the devotees ending at Elandurai (Poundarigapuram) Village; Aippasi Annabishekam (Oct-Nov); Margazhi Thiruvadhirai (Dec-Jan); Aadippooram (Jul-Aug); Karthikai (Nov-Dec) and Masi Shivrathri (Feb-Mar) are the festivals celebrated here. Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil and English New Year days are also celebrated in this temple. Monthly Pradoshams are also observed here.

Religious Significance

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Literary Mention

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Couple separated due to various reasons prays to Lord Neelakandeswarar for their re-union and a renewed family life.  The also pray for longevity and perform remedial pujas to Lord for relief from the adverse aspects planet Rahu. Many pray for wedding, child, mental peace, job opportunities and success in trade efforts. Oil abishek is the most important commitment in this temple along with milk, curd, green coconut, sandal, sacred ash, flour, turmeric powder. Devotees also offer vastras to Lord and Mother. Some undertake feeding-Annadhanam.


Neelakandeswarar Temple,

Thiruneelakkudi Post,

Thiruvidaimaruthur Taluk,

Thanjavur District – 612 108

Phone: +91 435 246 0660

Mobile: +91 94428 61634 / 91594 55050


The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Aduthurai Railway Station, 6 Kms from Thiruvidaimaruthur, 12 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station, 13 Kms from Kumbakonam, 13 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand, 53 Kms from Thanjavur and 109 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Kumbakonam to Karaikal Route. Buses are available from Kumbakonam frequently.

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