Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Naanmaraiyurar Temple, Perumkadambanur, Nagapattinam

Naanmaraiyurar Temple, Perumkadambanur, Nagapattinam
Naanmaraiyurar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Perumkadambanur Village in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Naanmaraiyurar and Mother is called as Muzhumathichoodi. It is believed that this is one of the Mada temple built by Kochengata Chola.

Kochengat Chola was a Chola king and one of the 63 Nayanmars (Saivite saints) of Saivism. He is believed to have attained spiritual rebirth of a spider that fought with an elephant in its previous birth over the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. He had red eyes during birth as he remained in his mother’s womb a little longer. His mother, looking into the babies red eyes said Kochengkannano (in Tamil Ko=king, Cheng=red, Kan=eyes), which literally means king with red eyes and hence he was named Kochengat Cholan. After becoming a king, he followed Saivism and built 70 Maadakovils, temples with elevated structure where elephants cannot reach the sanctum, in the Chola empire. It is believed that this is one of the temple built by him.

The Temple is located at about 5 Kms from Sikkal, 6 Kms from Sikkal Railway Station, 6 Kms from Aazhiyur, 9 Kms from Nagapattinam, 8 Kms from Nagapattinam New Bus Stand, 10 Kms from Nagapattinam Railway Junction and 141 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Thiruvarur – Nagore Bypass Road. Nearest Railway Stations are located at Sikkal and Nagapattinam. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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