Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bheemeswarar Temple, Athalayur, Nagapattinam

Bheemeswarar Temple, Athalayur, Nagapattinam

Bheemeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Athalayur Village in Nagapattinam Taluk in Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Bheemeswarar and Mother is called as Ananda Nayaki. It is said that Kavadi procession for Ettukudi Murugan Temple starts from this temple.


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The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east. Nandi and Balipeedam can be found facing towards the sanctum. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam and maha mandapam. Presiding Deity is called as Bheemeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Lord is a Swayambhu Moorthy (self-manifested). Mother is called as Ananda Nayaki.

She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. Her shrine is situated in maha mandapam on the right side.  There is a separate shrine for Varadaraja Perumal in the temple premises. He is gracing the devotees along with his consorts Bhoomidevi and Neeladevi. It is said that the idols belonged to an ancient Vishnu temple once existed close to this temple.

There is a unique Swayambhu Vinayagar can be seen in this temple. It is said that this Vinayagar is naturally formed by the roots of the Athandai plant. People pray to this Vinayagar for better harvest. Idols of Vinayagar, Murugan, Nataraja and Dakshinamoorthy can be seen in the temple premises. Theertham associated with this temple is Thamarai Kulam (Lotus tank).

Temple Opening Time

The temple remains open from 06.00 AM to 10.00 AM and from 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM.


Monthly Pradosham and Shivarathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Devotees pray to Lord Shiva to regain their position, power and wealth. People worship Goddess Parvathy for reunion with their estranged partners. People pray to Swaymbhu Vinayaga for good harvest.


Bheemeswarar Temple,

Athalayur, Nagapattinam Taluk,

Nagapattinam District – 609 701

Mobile: +91 98654 02603 / 95852 55403


The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Ketharimangalam Bus Stop, 2.5 Kms from Sannanallur, 3 Kms from Nannilam Railway Station, 6 Kms from Nannilam Bus Stand, 6 Kms from Nannilam, 6 Kms from Thirupugalur, 7 Kms from Thirukkannapuram, 32 Kms from Nagapattinam, 36 Kms from Kumbakonam and 133 Kms from Trichy Airport. The temple is situated on Nagapattinam to Kumbakonam route. Regular buses are available from Nannilam, Nagapattinam and Kumbakonam.