Visited on: 30th September, 2017.
Nedungalam is situated at a distance of about 4 kms from Thuvakkudi (near Thiruverumbur) on the Thiruchirappalli to Tanjure route. Thuuvakkudi is about 17 kms away from Thiruchirapalli and 42 kms away from Tanjure.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are – Thiru Erumbiyur (Thiruverumbur), Mukkeecharam (Urayur) and Thiruchirapalli (Malaikkottai).
|Moolavar||Sri Nedungalanathar, Sri Nithya Sundareswarar|
|Ambal||Sri Oppila Nayaki, Sri Mangala Nayaki|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Agasthiyar Theertham, Sundara theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam & Kasthuri Arali|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 8th 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 Sthalam is considered to be as sacred as Kasi.
- Saint Thirugnanasambanthar’s pathigam of this temple is very famous and is known as “Idar Kalaiyum Pthigam” (which can be loosely translated as “the Pathigam that removes obstacles”).
- This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 12.03.2014 and prior to that on 30.06.1999.
History of the Temple
Thiru Nedungalam in Tamil means vast plains. This place has been described as “Nedungala Maanagar” in Devaram. It means that it used to be a large city in the olden days. However, now it is a small village.
This place is also known as “Dakshina Kailash” (Southern Kailash).
There are certain stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of Chola kings Parakesari Varman, Rajarajan, Rajarajan-III, Kulothungan-III and Aditya Karikalan-II. A few other inscriptions date back to the periods of Pandiyas, Hoisala and Vijayanagaram kingdoms.
The lord here is praised by many names - Nedungalanatha Swamy, Nedungalathu Mahadevar, Nedungalathu Nayanar, Kalanthai Nayakar, Kayilayathu Mahadevar and Sundaramurthy.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).