Visited on: June 30, 2018.
Thiru Neithanam is situated at a distance of about 2 kms from Thiruvaiyaru. It is located at a distance of about 37 kms from Kumbakonam and 15 kms from Tanjore.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam near this place are – Thiruvaiyaru, Thirukkandiyur, Thiru Chotruthurai, Thiruvedhikudi, Thiruppazhanam and Thiruvirkudi.
|Moolavar||Sri Neyyadiyappar, Sri Gruthapureeswarar, Sri Pasupatheeswarar|
|Ambal||Sri Ilamangai Ammai, Sri Vaalambigai, Sri Balambigai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||River Cauveri|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-1, Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)-5|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 52nd Shiva Sthalam on the northern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Vadakarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This is one of the “Saptha Sthana” temples of Thiruvaiyaru.
- This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 09.04.2001.
History of the Temple
Thiru Neithanam is the 7th Sapthasthana temple of Thiruvaiyaru. During the Sapthasthana festival, palanquins from the other six places come to this place and are joined by Neiyaadiappar. The lords from these seven temples then take part in a procession to Thiruvaiyaryu.
The historical names of this place are Thiru Neithanam and Thillai Sthanam.
There are 51 stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of five Chola kings including Paranthakan-I. In these stone inscriptions this place is referred to as “Rajaraja Valanattu Bainganaattu Thiru Neithanam” and the lord of this temple is praised as Sri Neithanamudaiyar. Most of these inscriptions are related to the endowments and donations made to this temple.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).