Friday, February 3, 2017

Naganathaswami Temple, Thirukkalachery, Nagapattinam

Naganathaswami Temple, Thirukkalachery, Nagapattinam
Naganathaswami Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Thirukkalachery in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. As per Hindu Legend, Brahma and Shiva had a problem arised due to dice game and Brahma laughed at Shiva. Angry Shiva cursed Brahma to become a Snake. Brahma came to this place and got relieved of Lord Shiva curse. As per another legend, Shiva cursed Mother Parvathi to become Thirukura Tree. Parvathi came to this place and got relieved of Lord Shiva curse. It is believed that Ashta Bhairavars guarded this village during Parvathi penance.

This place is also called as Vanmiga Natha Puram and Gynanapuram. Presiding Deity is called as Naganathar and Mother is called as Sivagama Sundari. Varadharaja Perumal along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi graces devotees from separate shrine facing west direction. It is believed Parvathi in Thirukura Tree form is worshipping Lord Shiva here. People pray to Naganathar to get rid of Naga Doshams and Planetary Doshams.

Thirukkalachery is located at about 25 kms from Mayiladuthurai on Mayiladuthurai to Poraiyaar Route. In olden days, this place is called as Thirukuracheri but now it is called as Thirukkalachery. There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai. Thirukkalachery is well-connected with other major towns in the region. Nearest Railway Junction is also at Mayiladuthurai. Nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 150 kilometres from Thirukkalachery and Chennai International Airport is approx. 300 kilometers away. 

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