Sri Nageswarar temple is located in the village named Tirunageswaram in the district of Thanjavur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Nageswarar, Naganathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Periya Nayaki.
The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Maha Magam Tank. 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 Thirukudanthai.
According to the local legends and pundits, “The Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirunavukkarasar. This is the 27th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.”
The festivals celebrated in this temple with lot of dedication and devotion are Panguni Peru Vizha – Great Festival in March-April, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Purattasi Navarathri in August-September, Shivarathri in February- March, Karthikai Deepam, Panguni Uthiram in March-April and many other auspicious days plus Hindu religious important days.
On the 11, 12 and 13 days of Panguni in March, the rays of the sun falls on the deity. Lord Shiva of the temple is a swayambu murthy.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m for devotees and pilgrims who visit with much devotion and dedication. Among the south Indian ancient Shiva temples, it is the most sought after temple in this particular district known for special pujas and rituals for devotees and pilgrims.
In this temple, for Rahu dosham, special pujas and milk abishekam are done between 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. A single shrine in the temple is largely dedicated to three Mothers Girigujambikai, Maahalakshmi and Saraswathi to grace the devotees and pilgrims. It is to be noted that the presiding deity Lord Sri Nageswarar is a swayambu murthi in this temple. A large number of people visit this temple daily for worship and prayer.