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Sri Thaalapureeswarar Temple, Thirunageswaram

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  • This is a fantastic place of worship with main deity Eeshwara and also navagraha. It has a very big image of Eeshwara carved out of monolithic stone, and is a wonderful piece of art and sculpture.  more »
  • NCN039 - Thirupananthal Shiva Temple / Thaalapureeswarar Siva Temple Deity : Thaalapureeswarar About : This is one of the 276 Paadal Petra Sthalams. Timing : 6 AM to 12:30 PM, 4 PM to 9:30...  more »
  • Ancient Holy historical Shiva temple at Tirupanndal. Kasi mutt at Tirupanndal maintained well.
  • Sri Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Aanda Vinayaka.  The temple is situated on the southern bank of Kollidam River.  The 7 tier Rajagopuram is facing west and the 5 tier tower is on the east.  There are three prakaras in the temple.  Lord Shiva and Ambica grace the devotees in their wedding posture facing east.   The temple belongs to Darumapuram Aadheenam.  The Kasi Mutt established by Saint Kumara Guruparar is in the temple. Keel Perumpallam, Kalahasthi and Tirunageswaram are places where male snakes worshipped.  Tirupanandal is the place where female snake Naga Kanni worshipped.  Mother Durga in the temple is all powerful.  There are two male palm trees in the prakara.  Mother Parvathi, Iravadham the elephant, Sangu Kannan, Nagu Kannan, Naga Kannikas, Lords Brahmma and Vishnu had worshipped Lord in this temple.  Lord Shiva visits the Brahmma Theertham of the temple on the Aavani new moon day in August-September.  The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on some days in the month of Chithirai-April-May.  Lord Oordhva Thandavar is in the Asthana Mandap-Royal parlour. Celebrated Saivite Saints Tirunavukkarasar, Aiyadigal Kadavzrkon, Nambiandar Nambi, Arunagiriar, Chidambara Munivar, Poet Kalamega, Senjadai Vedia Desikar and Tharumai Shanmuga Thambiran had sung the glory of Lord of this temple. Thadaga, a staunch Shiva devotee was unable to place her garland to Lord one day as her upper sari slipped.  She held the sari by one hand and tried to place the garland by other, yet could not.  Lord obliged His devotee by leaning His neck for her.  The girl was happy to place the garland on the Lord.  Since that day, the Shivalinga was always in a leaning posture.  It was the time when Chola king was renovating the temple.  On hearing that the Shivalinga was not straight as it should be, he sent his men to set the shivalinga in order.  They did their best but could not.  They even used elephants to pull the Shivalinga to set it in order but failed.  A Shiva devotee, one among the Nayanmars, Kungilia Kalaya Nayanar came there for usual worship and learnt that Lord was leaning on a side.  He began reciting the Panchakshara “Shivaya Nama” and offered the Kungilia Dhoop to Lord.  He took a rope covered with flowers, connected one end with the Shivalinga and the other around his neck and pulled to straighten the position.  As the rope tightened around his neck, he was likely to lose his life.   But Nayanar did not mind the risk.  Lord did not want to test Nayanar anymore and yielded to his pious efforts and returned to the original straight position.  The king paid rich tributes to Nayanar and honoured him with gifts. 
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