Sunday, December 29, 2013

Neelayadakshi Kayarohaneshwarar temple Nagapattinam- A padal petra sthalam and Shakthi peetam

There is no dearth of Shiva temples in Nagapattinam district and this is one such ancient temple which has been sung about by Appar, Sundarar and Thirugnanasambandar. Though it is a siva temple it is more famous as neelayadakshi temple.
How to reach:
It is very easy to find in Nagapattinam as all roads go around this temple only.It is close to the sea.IMG_0036
Legends:
The lord is present here as a maragadha lingam kept here by Mujukundha chakravarthy a ruler who assisted Indra to defeat the devas and obtained a boon for this idol. The Lord also is present as Thyagaraja in the sanctum.
Pundarika maharishi did penance to the lord to attain salvation with his physical body and was embraced by the lord here hence he is also called kayarohaneshwarar
The naga king used to worship the lord here. He had a daughter born with three breasts. As per blessings the third breast fell off when her suitor king Shalisuhan appeared in the court.
As you enter you see the Ganapathy at the gate the Vishwaroopa vinayakarIMG_0037
Here to the left we find the statue of Pundarika maharishiIMG_0039
Entrance to the second praharamIMG_0040
The dwajastambam and sivan sannidhi behind
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The inner praharam around the main sannidhiIMG_0047 IMG_0044  IMG_0046

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The entrance to the ambal sannidhiIMG_0053

The ambal is very enthraling with blue eyes hence called Neelayadakshi. She has a separate sannidhi facing south and a Nandi guarding the entrance. The nandi is so exquisite with one eye on the Shivan and another eye on the GoddessIMG_0051
It is a very ancient and peaceful temple