Nadutariappar Temple, Kovil Kannapur, Thiruvarur
Nadutariappar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kovil Kannapur Village near Thiruvarur Town in Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Vasthathampapureeswarar / Natuthariappar / Natutharinaathar. Mother is called as Valli Nayaki / Maathumai Nayaki. Sthala Vriksham is Kalpanai (a variety of Palm Tree). Theerthams of this temple are Gangaamirtham, Sivagangai (at the opposite side of the temple), and Jnanaamirtham. The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Appar and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. This is the 237th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 120th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. This place is also called as Thirukandrapur and Koil Kanraapur.
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This east facing temple has a 3 tiered Rajagopuram, Palipeedam and Nandhi are in an elevated level. The outer prakaram is spacious which houses a platform (“Thirumaaligai paththi”) where we find many Shivalingas. Presiding Deity is called as Vasthathampapureeswarar / Natuthariappar / Natutharinaathar. Mother is called as Valli Nayaki / Maathumai Nayaki. Sthala Vriksham is Kalpanai (a variety of Palm Tree). Theerthams of this temple are Gangaamirtham, Sivagangai (at the opposite side of the temple), and Jnanaamirtham. The Prime Deity offers grace as self-manifested icon. Even today we can see the ax-cut at the head of the Prime Deity.
In the Karuvarai base miniature sculptures of 63 Shaivite Nayanmars can be seen. The Ambal shrine faces south. Dhakshinamoorthi in the Deva Goshtam is awesome. He is flanked on both sides by Chanakaathi Rishis as seen everywhere. But the unusual additions here are the deities of Saints Sambandar in dancing position and Appar on one side and Adhikara Nandikeswara with folded hands standing along with his wife. All the ten songs of Appar’s Padigam are carved in a stone slab and installed in the Mahamandapam.
In the inside paved corridor the sanctum of Lords Vinayaka, Sundareswarar, Six types of Vinayakar, Pidariamman, Muruga, Durgai, Chandran, Suryan, Lingodhbava, Navagrahas, Saneeswarar, Three Bhairavars, Karpaganathar are seen. Of the Naalvar adjacent to Sani Bhagwan, two appear to be Thirugnana Sambandar and two as Appar. The other two are not to be seen. Nattukkottai Nagarathaar have renovated and converted the Temple to granite structure few decades ago. The Temple is so neat that it presents a divine atmosphere to the devotees.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open in the morning from 7.00 till 12.300 pm and in the evening from 4.00 till 8.30 pm.
Four worship services are offered here each day and the annual Brahmmotsavam is held as a three day festival in connection with Vaikasi Visakam. For the Utsava Deity here, Mariamman (Seethlaambikai), during the month of Chithirai every year for ten days, an ostentatious festival is celebrated.
Appar has sung hymns in praise of lord Shiva of this temple. This is the 237th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 120th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.
To be relieved from eye diseases, devotees take bath in the Jnanakoopam Theertham; to become renowned and to get issues, they take bath in the Sivagangai Theertham. Once the prayers are fulfilled, the devotees perform abishekam to the Lord and adorn him with new clothes.
Koil Kannapur P.O., via Valivalam,
Thiruvarur District – 610 207
Phone: +91 – 4365 – 204 144
Mobile: +91 – 94424 59978
The temple is located at about 17 Kms from Thiruvarur, 16 Kms from Kizh Velur, 7 Kms from Thirukkaravasal, 16 Kms from Thirukollikadu, 8 Kms from Kachanam, 20 Kms from Thiruthuraipoondi, 9 Kms from Thirukkuvalai and 133 Kms from Trichy. This Shivastalam can be reached either by Kizh Velur – Kachanam road or Thiruvarur-Thiruthuraipoondi road. In the Kizh Velur-Kachanam road, we have to take a west ward diversion at Sattiyakkudi. In the Thiruvarur-Thiruthuraipoondi road, we have to take East ward diversion at Mavur. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruvarur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.