Wednesday, 18 July 2018


15th July 2018.
On the Foot path of Nandhanar... a visit to the places and the temples associated with the Nandhanar, one of the 63 Nayanmars was organised by Prof Madhusuthanan Kalaiselvan and the songs composed by Sri Gopalakrishna Bharathi  are sung by Vidwans Bharat Sundar and Sunil Gargyan between 14th July & 15th July 2018. After completing the visit to Aanandathandavapuram, where most part of his life was spent  and Adhanoor, where our Nandhanar was born and lived the early part of life, 

we continued our journey to places where miracles happened  in Nandhanar’s life, one such a place is Thiruppunkur Shiva temple. Nandhanar used to sing and dance in front front of Shiva temples wherever he goes. When he reached Thiruppunkur, The big Nandhi was obstructing the view of Lord Shiva. Gopalakrishna Bharathi, had written  this as “malai pola madu paduthukkidakkuthee” மலை போல மாடு படுத்துக்கிடக்குதே”Nandhanar became very sad and cried & shed tears. Shiva came to his rescue and asked Nandhi to move side ( சற்றே விலகியிரும் பிள்ளாய்”), to give dharshan to Nandhanar. He was so happy, to have the dharshan of Lord Shiva. After dharshan Nandhanar dugout a tank in the low lying area on the back side of the temple. Lord Vinayagar helped for this, hence the Vinayagar is called as "Kulam Vettiya Vinayagar".

This is the 74th thevara padal petra sthalam and 20th stalam on the north side of river Cauvery. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.  

Iraivan : Sri Sivaloganatha Swamy
Iraivi    : Sri Soundra Nayaki

Some of the important details are...
The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram.  Nandhanar’s shrine is in front of the Rajagopuram.  Dwajasthambam is immediately after the Rajagopuram. Nandhi and palipedam are in the front mandapam. The Dwajasthambam, Nandhi and palipedam are little away from the centre such that, moolavar can be seen from out side the temple.

The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala, arthamandapam  and a mahamandapam. In the outer prakaram Kulam Vettiya Vinayagar ( Vinayagar who dugout the tank ), Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Pancha Lingas under the Sthala virukasham Punga tree and Brahma Lingam.

Second stage Rajagopuram is of 3 tiers. In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Siva Suryan, Somaskandhar, Agasthiyar, Surya Lingam, Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Thathpurusha, Agora, Vaamadeva, sathyojaatha lingas, Gajalakshmi, Mahalakshmi, Durgai, Sandikeswarar, Abhisheka theertha well, Ambal, Navagrahas, Bairavar and Chandran.

In Koshtam Vinayagar, Bairavar, Agasthiyar, Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma, Durgai and Arthanareeswarar. In the Arthamandapam Natarajar and Sivakami. The Sanctum is of kabothabandha athistanam.

The main sanctum and second stage Rajagopuram  was built by Chembiyan Madevi during Chozha period. Prakaram was constructed by Chettiyars.

The temple will be kept opened between 06.30 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.30 Hrs.

Temple office may be contacted through mobile numbers  9994144876 and 94867 17634.

On the bus route Vaitheeswaran Koil to Thirupananthaal get down after 3 Km and the temple is 1 Km away from main road.

 Monolithic Nandhi – a beautiful sculpture with bells, beads mala, mat on the back, yazhi image on the front legs. 

 Nandhanar shrine

   Nandhanar's face in the Rajagopuram
 The temple Tank was believed to be dugout by Nandhanar
The Music concert