Visited on: April 1, 2018.
Thiru Nallur is situated at a distance of about 15 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam – Papanasam – Tanjore route. After Sundara Perumal Koil, take the diversion road at Uthani village and proceed further for about 2 kms to reach Nallur. From Papanasam (via Vazhappazhakkadai) Nallur is about 5 kms.
Nearest railway station is Sundaraperumal Koil (3 kms) on the Kumbakonam to Tanjore line.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are – Patteeeswaram, Thiru Sakthi Mutram, Thiruvalanchuzhi, Pazhaiyarai, Thirukkarukkavur, Avoor, Thiruppalaththurai, Vada Kurangaduthurai, Thiruppazhanam and Thiruvaiyaru.
|Moolavar||Sri Kalyanasundareswarar, Sri Panchavarneswarar, Sri Periyandeswarar, Sri Soundara Naayakar, Sri Amirthalingar|
|Ambal||Sri Kalyana Sundari, Sri Giri Sundari, Sri Thiripurasundari, Sri Parvatha Sundari, Sri Vanduvaazh kuzhali, Sri Thirumalai Sokki|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Saptha Sahara Theertham, river Kaveri|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-3,|
Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)-2
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 20th 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 temple is counted as one of the Maadak Koils built by King Kochengat Cholan.
- This temple is also famous as “Then (Dakshina) Kayilayam”.
- The uniqueness of this temple is that the Shivalingam here changes its colour 5 times in a day.
- Lord Shiva granted his “Thiruvadi Deekshai” here to Saint Thirunavukkarasar.
- Amaraneethi Nayanar, one of the 63 Nayanmars, lived in this place and attained salvation.
- This east facing temple has three corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 30.08.2013 and prior to that on 11.09.1991.
History of the Temple
As per Hindu mythology, Adisheshan (the serpent on whom Sri Mahavishnu rests) and Vayu (lord of the winds) fought among themselves frequently to test their superiority. During one such struggle, against Vayu’s severe wind, Adhiseshan failed to hold on to the Mount Meru. In this process, two peaks of the mountain were dislocated and fell onto the earth, one at this place (Nallur) and the other at Aavoor, a nearby village. The Shivalingam here is believed to have formed from the mountain peak that fell here.
There are 23 stone inscriptions in this temple which mostly date back to the periods of Chola kings – Uthama Chola, Raja Raja Chola and Rajendra Chola. A few inscriptions belong to the Hoysala and Vijayanagara empires.
This temple is under the administrative control of Thiruvavaduthurai Aadheenam since the early part of the 13th century.