Visited on: 11th June, 2018.
Nannilam is situated at a distance of about 30 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Nagore route. It can also be reached from Mayiladuthurai (30 kms) and Thiruvarur (17 kms) on the Mayiladuthurai to Thiruvarur route. Nearest railway station is Nannilam which is 5 kms away from this temple.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are –
Thiru Kondeecharam, Srivanchiyam, Thiru Panaiyur, Thiru Pukalur, Thiru Pukalur Vardhamaneecharam, Ramanadeecharam, Thirumarugal, Thiru Payatrur and Thiru Chenkattangudi.
|Moolavar||Sri Madhuvaneswarar, Sri Brahatheeswarar,|
Sri Devaranyeswarar, Sri Prakasa Nathar
|Ambal||Sri Madhu Vana Nayaki, Sri Periya Nayaki,|
Sri Deva Kaanthara Nayaki
|Theertham (Holy water)||Brahma Theertham, Sula Theertham, Deva Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar)-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 71st Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This temple is counted as one of the Maadak Koils built by Chola King Kochenganan.
- This east facing temple’s main tower is not tiered. In place of the Gopuram, there is a beautiful sculpture depicting Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 14.09.2008 and prior to that on 15.09.1996.
History of the Temple
The historical names of this place are Sundaravani, Madhuvanam, Devaranyam, Sundaravanam and Bruhathpuram.
This place is surrounded by fertile agricultural land; hence it gets the name Nannilam (“Nalla” means good and “nilam” means land in Tamil).
This ancient temple is located on the southern bank of the river Mudikondan. This place is referred as Nannilam and the temple is known as “Perungkoil” (big temple).
As per stone inscriptions in this temple, the temple was built in the 9th century by Chola King Kochenganan.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).