Sri Mayuranathar temple is located in the town named Mayiladuthurai, in the district of Nagapattinam, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Mayuranathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Anjal Nayaki.
The holy tree of this temple is Mango Tree. The holy water of this temple are Idabam, Brahmma and Agasthya. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Mayiladuthurai.
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “The temple is praised by saints Ganasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their Thevaram hymns and by Arunagiriar in Tirupugazh. If one has to get rid of the darkness of ignorance, heinshe has to seek wisdom by praying at the feet of the honey-sweet Lord gracing from the skies of Mayiladuthurai – Gnanasambandar. This is the 39th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.”
The important festivals of this temple are Laksha Deepam on the last Friday of Aadi month-July-August, Aipasi Thula Snanam (bathing in Cauvery) in October-November, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Thai Kruthikai in January-February, Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May-June, Karthikai Deepam in November-December, Vijayadasami in September-October and Aadi Kruthikai in July-August.
The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m for devotees and pilgrims. Lord in the temple is a swayambumurthy largely worshipped with lot of devotion and dedication. In this temple, Lord Nataraja greatly and attractively appears in His Gauri Thandava posture. Tridala vimana is the specialty of this temple.