Swami: Veezhinathar, Veezhiazhagar, Nethrarpaneswarar
Ambal: Brihatsundarakuchamba (Azhagiyavanmulaiammai), Kathyayani
Parvati is said to have been reborn as Katyayani and married Shiva here. Vishnu received Chakrayudam from Shiva here in lieu of the 1000 flower worship to Shiva. Once due to the reduction of a lotus flower in the count, Vishnu plucked one of his his eyes and did archana considering it as lotus flower. A panel depicting the divine marriage is seen behind the Shivalingam. The Moolvar vimanam is believed to be brought to here by Mahavishnu.
When Appar and Sambandar visit this place, there was a severe drought all around. They prayed to Lord Shiva who gave Padikasu (Gold Coin) one each every day to both of them. Sambandar gets Padikasu at the Pedam in front of Mahamandapam. Navukarasar gets gold coin in the Pedam in Merkku (west) Pragaram. Using these gold coins, they offered food to the needy people. (In that sambandar got gold coins of more value and appar got coins of bit less value it seems).
Special Deity: MAPPILAI SWAMY
This special idol of swami and ambal is known as “mappilai swamy”. (Swami in bridal form). Swami and ambal were seen in this idol as newly married couples. This temple is also known as “Marriage Sthala”.
In the Mayiladuthurai–Thiruvarur route, as usual get down at Poonthotam. From there, Poonthotam–Nachiarkoil (Get down at Thenkarai stop). From there a 5 min walk is required to reach the temple.
The temple is very big and there are so many special things to see (morning visit is advisable). A padhala nandhi is also there. It is also in a type of “Mada kovil”. This sthalam was sung by all the three saints (Appar-sundarar-sambandar)
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