Sri Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar temple is situated in the heart of Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The primary deity of this temple is Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Mathiyapuri nayaki.
The festive deity of the temple is Somaskanthar. The holy tree of this temple is Dhasathala Vilwa (leaves with ten petals). The holy water of this temple is Sri Puskarini.
The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Karankamam. This temple is approximately 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this spot is Maduraiyampathi.
The important festivals of this shrine are Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Masi Shivrathri and Brahmmotsavam in February-March, Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Navarathri in September-October; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Aavani Shiva Puja in August-September Other important festivals are Deepavali, Pongal and New Year day according to Hindu traditional calendar and Georgian calendar.
On new moon (Amavasya) and Ashtami (eighth day after Purnima – full moon), special pujas and rituals are dedicated to Lord Bhairava in the shrine.
It is to be remembered that it is the most sought after temple in South India. The temple is open for all Hindus from 6.15 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Devotees from several parts of Tamil Nadu and its neighboring states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala visit this particular shrine. According to the local legends, “Shivalinga in the temple is facing west. Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi are behind the Shiva Linga. The temple is praised as Bhooloka Kailash – Kailash in Earth.”
Address: Sri Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, West Masi Street, Madurai – 625 001, Madurai district. Tamil Nadu.