Tirunaraiyur Sounadaryeswara swamy temple :

God and Godess :

  • Soundaryeswarar
  • Tripura sundari devi
  • Pollappillaiyar
  • Lord subramanya
  • Gajalakshmi

Location :

Thirunaraiyur Soundaryeswarar Temple
Chidambaram – Kattumannarkoil Road,
Tirunaraiyur,
Cuddalore district – 608303
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 06:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Evening 04:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Temple History :

Sage Durvasa known for his temperament was on an intense penance to have the darshan of Lord Shiva. A Gandharva from the celestial world caused hindrance to Rishi’s penance. The Rishi cursed him to become a Narai-crane. He also refused to accept his apology and suggest a relief. The Gandharva appealed to Lord Shiva for relief. Lord said that he would be relieved of the curse if he performed abhisheka to Him with Ganga water fetched each day from Kasi. As a bird, he flew to Kasi each day as fast as he could, fetched Ganga Water in his mouth, performed Abhisheka and got the relief. As Narai the crane bird was granted salvation here, the place is named Narayur. Later it called as Thirunarayur.

Nambi Andar Nambi, who collected and saved the sacred Thevaram hymns from pests and edited them, while young, was watching his father offering Nivedhanas to Polla Pillar-Vinayaka. He wanted to know whether the Lord would accept only the nivedhana offered by his father and not his. The time came to Nambi to take charge of the priesthood of the temple. He offered nivedhana to Pillayar and insisted Him to consume the offer. But Pillayar was silent and Nambi began to weep. He dashed his head at the feet of Vinayaka and cried. Pleased with his Bhakti, Vinayaka accepted the nivedhana of Nambi and consumed it.King Rajaraja Cholan did not believe this miracle and came with different nivedhana and asked Nambi to offer it to Lord Vinayaka. Pillayar was smilingly silent. Nambi sang the Irattai Mani Malai hymns with a touching prayer. Polla Pillayar ate the nivedhana in the presence of all.The indebtedness to NambibytheSaivite devotees are endless as we would have lost the treasure of our Thevaram Bhakti literature to pests but for the painstaking efforts of Nambi. The idol of Nambi and king Rajaraja also are in the temple.

Festivals :

  • Mahashivaratri
  • Thirukarthigai
  • Navaratri Festival
  • Mukkoti Ekadasi
  • Vinayaka Chaturthi
  • Vaikasi Thiruvadhirai (may – Jun) 13days

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archanai
  • Abhishegam
  • Milk Abhishegam
  • Astothoiram
  • Alankarana
  • Kumkumarchana
  • Sahasranamrchana
  • Vastra Samarpana

Nearest Temples Around Tirunaraiyur Sounadaryeswara swamy temple :

  • Omampuliyur Pranavapureeswarar Temple – Cuddalore district – 16.00 km
  • Chidambaram Tillai Nataraja temple – Cuddalore district – 18.00 km
  • Srimushnam Sri Bhoovaraha Swamy Temple – Cuddalore district – 42.00 km
  • Poovarasankuppam Sri Lakshmi Narashima Perumal Temple – Viluppuram district – 80.00 km
  • Parikkal Sri Lakshmi Narasimha murthy Temple – Viluppuram district – 84.00 km
  • Koovagam Koothandavar Temple – Viluppuram district – 90.00 km
  • Thiruvamathur Nandeeswarar Temple – Viluppuram district – 95.00 km
  • Tirukoilur Ulagalantha Perumal Temple – Viluppuram district – 107.00 km
  • Singavaram Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple – Viluppuram district – 133.00 km
  • Vadachennimalai Murugan Temple – Salem district – 134.00 km
  • Tiruvannamalai Sri Arunachaleswar Temple – Tiruvannamalai district – 153.00 km
  • Tiruporur Kandaswamy Temple – Kanchipuram district – 188.00 km
  • Salem Sugavaneshwarar Temple – Salem district – 193.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kumartchi – 4.00 km
  • Kattumannar koil – 8.00 km
  • Chidambaram – 18.00 km
  • Mayiladuthurai – 35.00 km
  • Sirkali / Sirkazhi – 36.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Kollidam – 16.00 km
  • Vallampadugai – 16.00 km
  • Chidambaram – 19.00 km
  • Sirkali / Sirkazi – 35.00 km
  • Mayiladuthurai – 38.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 136.00 km
  • Chennai International Airport,Chennai – 225.00 km
  • Madurai Airport,Madurai – 274.00 km
  • Tirupati Airport,Renigunta – 341.00 km
  • Coimbatore International Airport,Coimbatore – 348.00 km

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