Visited on: 11th June, 2018.
Naalur Mayanam is situated at a distance of about 16 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Kudavasal route (Via Thirucherai). After reaching Kudavasal, take diversion road from Athikadai bridge to Naalur and proceed further for about 2 kms to reach this place.
In Naalur, there is another Shiva temple, Sri Periya Nayagi with Sri Palasavaneswarar, which is a “Devara Vaippu Sthalam”. This is a Madakkoil built by king Kochengat Cholan.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam near this place are – Kalayanallur, Karukkudi, Sivapuram, Kudavasal, Naraiyur Siddheecharam, Thirucherai, Arisirkarai Puthur, Penu Perunthurai, Thalaiyalangaadu, Peruvelur, Karaveeram, Kaduvaikarai Puthur (Andankoil) and Thiru Kollamputhur.
|Moolavar||Sri Gnanaparameswarar, Sri Mayanathu Paramaswamy, Sri Mayanathu Moolathanathu Peruman|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Gnana Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 96th 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 east facing temple has no main tower (Rajagopuram) but has a beautiful entrance with sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 24.01.2007.
History of the Temple
It is believed that this temple was originally built in the early Chola period and later on it was built using granite by Aditya Chola-I.
There are 23 stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of various Chola kings starting from Paranthaka Chola-I.
The historical names of this place are Chaturvedi Mangalam, Thirumayanam and Thirumeignanam.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).