Sri Gomuktheeswarar temple is located in the village named Tiruvavaduthurai – (Tiru Avadu Thurai) in the district of Nagapattinam, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Gomuktheeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Oppilamulai Nayaki.
The holy tree of this temple is Padar Arasu. The holy waters of this temple are Gomukthi, Kaivalya and Padma theerthams. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical names of this place are Nandhi Nagar and Navakoti Chitharpuram.
According to the local legends, “The shrine is praised in the Thevaram hymns of the three Saivite Saints, Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar. Saint Sundarar, in his hymns prays to Lord Gomuktheeswarar that he had reached him fearing the deep adverse destinies following him. This is the 36th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.”
The important festivals of this temple are Shivrathri Annabishekam in February-March, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, New Year day, Deepavalli, Pongal and Purattasi Brahmmotsavam in September-October.
This ancient temple reflects the Dravidian temple architecture style in all angels. The temple remains open from early morning to mid-noon and later in the early evening hours to dusk for the devotees and pilgrims. During the festive days and auspicious days, the temple remains open for long hours without any break for the pilgrims and devotees. The people from far and near visit this temple frequently in order to worship and prayer.