15th October 2017.
This temple visit was a part of Thiruvarur temples visit organised by RATHAM for Prof. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan. After the dharshan of Sri Kayarokaneswarar of Nagapattinam, came to his temple. This Sri Soundararaja Perumal temple is the 18th temples of 108 Divya desams. After dharshan Mr Bharath and Sunil sung the songs of Thirumangai Alwar.
Moolavar : Sri Soundaraja Perumal aka Neelamega Perumal
Thayar : Sri Soundaravalli.
Some of the important features of this temple are....
The temple is facing east with a 7 tier Rajagopuram. Immediately after the Rajagopuram Temple tank is on the left and Sri Varadharaja Perumal is on the right. Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and Garudalwar are in the front mandapam. The sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, antarala, Arthamandapam and a muka mandapam. Perumal bless us in three postures in this temple. In the sanctum moolavar is in standing posture is of about 8 to 9 feet tall. The perumal is not like usual posture. While the upper hands holds conch and Chakra, the lower right hand in vara hastha and left hand on the thandam. Looks cute in Maratha type of alangaram. He was wearing a shoe also. The other two postures of Sitting and reclining are in the right side of the mandapam.
In the prakaram Thayar Sri Soundaravalli is in a separate temple, with dwajasthambam & Palipedam, Srinivasa Perumal, Veera Anjaneyar, Viswak Senar and Andal.
The temple exists even before 8th century Chozha Period (may belongs to Pallava Period). Nayaks, Maratha kings and Nattu kottai Chettiyars has the contributions to this temple towards extensions, renovations of the temple.
It was believed that Sri Soundaraja Perumal gave dharshan to Saleesa Chozha in Kali yuga, Markandeya maharishi in duvabha yuga and Dhuruva. Brahma, Nagaras, adhi sheshan worshipped Perumal of this temple. Thirumangai Alwar has sung hymns in praise of Perumal as "Nagai Azhakiyar".
The temple will be kept opened between 07.30 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 17.30 Hrs to 21.00 Hrs.
The temple office land line number is +91 4365 221374.
Battars Ranganathan and Sriraman may be contacted on their mobile number +91 9442213741 for further details.
HOW TO REACH:
Buses are available from Various parts of TamilNadu to nagapattinam.
The temple is about 3 Km from Nagapattinam new Bus stand and autos are available.
The temple is very near to Nagapattinam Railway station.