Sivapuri Uchinathar Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Uchinatha swamy
  • Kanakambigai Amman
  • Dakshinamurthy
  • Lord Subramanya
  • Lord Ganesha

Location :

Sivapuri Uchinathar Temple
Tirunelvoyil, Sivapuri Village,
Via Annamalai Nagar, Near Chidambaram Town,
Cuddalore district- 608002
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 6:00AM – 11:00aM
  • Evening 5:00PM – 7:15PM.

Temple History :

Uchinathar temple is the oldest temple which is situated in Sivapuri at a distance of 3 km fromChidambaram on the Kavarapattu road. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity in this temple and giving darshan as Sri Uchinathar. Goddess Parvathi Devi is giving darshan as Kanakambikai in this temple. This is a temple which was built 1000-2000 years ago. The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 3rd Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery river. Lord Uchinathar is Swayambumurthy in the temple. The temple has one prakara. There is a beautiful Rajagopura to this temple facing east. Lord is facing east and Ambica south. Saint Gnanasambandar was born to Shiva devotees Shivapada Hrudayar and Bhagawathi.

When he was three years old, the father came to Brahma Theertha in the Sirkali temple, left the child in the steps and went for a bath. The child felt hungry and cried. Lord Shiva asked Mother Parvathi to feed the child which mother did. When Shivapada Hrudayar came back and found milk drops on the face of the child, he asked the child who gave him the milk. The child showed the direction of the temple and sung the first hymn “Thodu Udaya Sevian”. Shivapada’s joy knew no bounds when he heard that the Great Mother fed his son. The wedding of Gnanasambandar was arranged when he was 12. The relatives of both sides and 63 shiva devotees traveled to Achalpuram Shiva temple. It was midday. All in the party were hungry and stayed at Sivapuri. Knowing their suffering from hunger, Lord in the guise of the temple priest fed the party with a delicious lunch. Lord is praised as Uchi Nathar (meaning Midday Lord and Madhyaneswarar in Sanskrit). People of the place call this temple Kanakambal Kovil.

Festivals :

  • Vaikasi Visakam (March – April)
  • Purattasi Navaratri(sept – Oct)
  • Thirukarthigai
  • Karthigai Mondays (Nov – Dec)
  • Mahasivaratri
  • Vinayaka Chaturthi
  • Subramanya Shasti

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archanai
  • Abhishegam
  • Astothiram
  • Sahasranamarchana
  • Milk Abhishegam
  • Vilvarchana

Nearest Temples Around Sivapuri Uchinathar Temple :

  • Chidambaram Tillai Nataraja temple – Cuddalore district – 4.00 km
  • Omampuliyur Pranavapureeswarar Temple – Cuddalore district – 37.00 km
  • Karuvalli Prasanna Venkata Ramana Temple – Salem district – 49.00 km
  • Poovarasankuppam Sri Lakshmi Narashima Perumal Temple – Viluppuram district – 83.00 km
  • Parikkal Sri Lakshmi Narasimha murthy Temple – Viluppuram district – 87.00 km
  • Koovagam Koothandavar Temple – Viluppuram district – 93.00 km
  • Thiruvamathur Nandeeswarar Temple – Viluppuram district – 99.00 km
  • Tirukoilur Ulagalantha Perumal Temple – Viluppuram district – 111.00 km
  • Vadachennimalai Murugan Temple – Salem district – 128.00 km
  • Singavaram Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple – Viluppuram district – 136.00 km
  • Tiruchanur Sri Padmavathi ammavari temple – Chittoor district – 156.00 km
  • Tiruporur Kandaswamy Temple – Kanchipuram district – 174.00 km
  • Salem Sugavaneshwarar Temple – Salem district – 187.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Chidambaram – 4.00 km
  • Sirkali / Sirkazhi – 21.00 km
  • Sethiyathope – 27.00 km
  • Kattumannar koil – 30.00 km
  • Mayiladuthurai – 39.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Chidambaram – 3.00 km
  • Vallampadugai – 6.00 km
  • Sirkali / Sirkazi – 19.00 km
  • Mayiladuthurai – 43.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 179.00 km
  • Chennai International Airport, Chennai – 229.00 km
  • Madurai Airport, Madurai – 317.00 km
  • Tirupati Airport, Renigunta – 330.00 km
  • Coimbatore International Airport,Coimbatore – 342.00 km

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