Sri Kayaroganeswarar temple is located in the heart of Nagapattinam town in the district of nagapattinam, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Kayaroganeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Neelayadhakshi.
The holy tree of this temple is Mango. The festival deity is Chandrasekharar. The holy water of this temple is Pundarikaksha Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Nagai Karonam.
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Gnanasambandar. This is the 82nd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The main festivals of this shrine are Vaikasi Wedding festival in May-June; Aadi Pooram in July-August; Shivrathri in February-March; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The temple’s speciality is that Lord Shiva as a Swayambumurthy appears very gentle and handsome. The temple is open for pilgrims and devotees from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. According to the local legends, “The fruits of the Mango tree taste citric, sweet and bitter. Viewing the tree from the southeast prakara, it looks like a Nandhi.” Devotees and pilgrims pray for immediate relief from the all kind of sins committed in the past and for salvation. The Lord and Mother is offered special Abhishek and offered Vastras.