Visited on: 25th March, 2018.
Thirunageswaram is situated at a distance of about 8 kms east of Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Karaikkal route. From Thiruvidaimaruthur it is about 5 kms. There is a railway station in Thirunageswaram on the Kumbakonam to Mayiladuthurai route.
Other Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are – Thiruvidaimaruthur, Kumbakonam (3 temples – Kudamukku, Kharonam and Keezhkkottam), Aduthurai, Thiruneelakkudi, Thiruvavaduthurai, Thirukkozhambam, Therizhanthur, Kuthalam, Thirumanancheri, Velvikkudi, Ethirkolpadi and Mayiladuthurai.
One of the famous Vaishnava temples, Oppliyappan Koil (Lord Venkatesa Perumal of Thirupathi) is very close to this place.
|Moolavar||Sri Thiru Nageswarar, Sri Naganathaswami,|
|Ambal||Sri Kuntramulai Nayagi, Sri Girigujaambigai,|
Sri Piraiyanivaal Nuthal Ammai
|Theertham (Holy water)||Surya Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Shenbagam tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-2,|
Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)-3,
Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar)-1
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 29th Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This is one of the 44 Paadal petra sthalams where the “Moovar” (the three saints - Saint Thirugnanasambanthar, Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar) and Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar) had rendered their Pathigams.
- This is a very famous “Parihara Sthalam” for Raahu dosham.
- This east facing temple has three corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers. There are 6 other towers (Gopurams) in this temple.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 15.08.2005.
History of the Temple
According to legend, in ancient times, this region was a forest densely covered with Shenbaka trees. Hence this place gets the name Shenbakaranyam and the lord is praised as Sri Shenbakaranyeswarar.
The historical names of this place are Shenbaka vanam and Girikannikai vanam.
There are 16 stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of Chola kings Kandarathithan, Raajarajan and Rajendran. This temple was originally built by Kandarathithan. Later it was renovated and extended by Saint Sekkizhar and Govinda Dikshithar, a minister in the kingdom of Achuthappa Nayakkar.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).