Tuesday, 18 October 2016

For Controlling Anger - Sri Nellivananathar Temple, Tirunellikka, Tiruvarur

Nellivananathar Temple Raja Gopuram With Kodimaram
Nellivananathar Temple Raja Gopuram With Kodimaram
Tirunellikka Nellivananathar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Tirunellikka in Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, as the moolavar presiding deity, in his manifestation as Nellivananathar. His consort, Parvati, is known as Mangalanayaki. The temple inscriptions reveal the existence of this temple from the period of Chozha regime. This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva by King Rajaraja Chozha famous for its stunning architectural and murals. In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.

Nellivananathar Temple Front View
Nellivananathar Temple Front View
A staunch Shiva devotee residing in Tiruvarur came to this place to worship Lord. He noticed that wild beasts in the place living together in harmony and the Devas from the celestial world visit the temple each day and turn back before dawn. He informed the matter to the Chola king. The king came to the place, cured the land destroying the forests, made a city and built a great temple. Amala in Sanskrit means Gooseberry, the sacred tree of the temple. Hence, Lord is also known as Amalakesan. The Chola king who built the temple was also referred to as Amalakesa Chola.

Amala Kesa Chola’s son Uthama Chola and his wife Paduma Malai came to the temple and worshipped Lord Shiva seeking child boon. Mother Bharathi as a child of three years appeared there and sat on the lap of the king. A voice from the sky told the King that Mother Herself had come to him as the child and should be named Mangala Nayaki. The king followed the advice obediently. After Uthama Chola’s end, child Mangala Nayaki grew under the care of the mother and attained the marriageable age. While worshipping at the Tiruvarur temple one day, Mangala Nayaki heard the voice of Lord telling her that He would come to Tirunellikka on the first Friday of Aavani-August-September and marry her. Lord came to Tirunellikka and wedded Mangalanayaki amid chanting of Vedas. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord for a week from Masi 18 (February-March) on the Lord during the evenings when Surya Puja is performed in the temple. The beneficial effects men and women get in various places by virtue of their birth, worships, thoughts and death are available to them in this single holy land and temple.

Front Mandapam In Nellivananathar Temple
Front Mandapam In Nellivananathar Temple
There are five divine trees in the celestial world as Parijatha, Karpaga, Saanthanam, Hrichandan and Mandhara capable of offering any wish the devotee expects. This power made them proud and grew to the extent of humiliating great Rishi Durvasa too. He cursed the trees to become gooseberry trees on earth whose fruits would be citric in taste as tamarind. With all His mercy, Lord Shiva granted them relief from the curse and enable them return back to their place. He also gave this Nelli-gooseberry tree an importance among trees. These trees thus became lucky of serving the Lord. As Lord stayed under the Nelli tree, He came to be praised as Nellivana Nathar and place as Tiru Nellikka. Devotees pray here for removal of delays in marriage, for child boon, conquering anger and cure from leprosy.

Vimanam Of Lord Nellivananathar
Vimanam Of Lord Nellivananathar

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Temple Location:

This sivasthalam is situated 13 Kms from Tiruvarur in the south direction. Other paadal petra sivasthalams in the vicinity are Tirukollili, Tirukkaichinam, Tirukkaraayil. On the train route between Thiruvarur to Thiruthuraipoondi, Nellikka is one of the station. On the bus route Thiruvarur to Thiruthuraipoondi after (14 KM) Pudur, Thiru Nellikka. Town bus is available from Thiruvarur to Thirukkollikkadu passes through this village. 1.5 KM from Thoruthengur and 3 KM from Thiruvarur to Thiruthuraipoondi main road and the junction is called as Naal Road. (Share Autos are available up to Naal Road)

Sthala Vriksham Of Nellivananathar Temple
Sthala Vriksham Of Nellivananathar Temple

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Nellivananathar Temple,
Tirunellikka,
Tiruvarur-610 205,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 04369 237507 ; 04369 237438.

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