Nattrateeswarar Temple, Kangayampalayam, Erode, Tamil Nadu

Sri Nattrateeswarar Temple is situated in the locally named Kangayampalayam, in the district of Erode, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The presiding deity of this temple is Nattrateeswarar  (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Nalla Nayaki (Annapurani).

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is well water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Sivagmmam. This temple is just 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Kangayampalayam.

The chief festivals of this particular temple are Chitra Poornima in April-May;  Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aani Tirumanjanam in June-July;  Masi Magam in February-March, Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Thai Poosam in January-February, Tirukarthikai in November-December and  9 day Navrathri celebrations in September-October are celebrated in the temple. These festivals are grandly celebrated with the presence of devotees and pilgrims.

The temple’s specialty is that in separate shrine, Lord Shiva appears as ‘Shakti Dakshinamurthy’. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m for all the Hindus. As per the local legends and pundits, “The Shivalinga is made of sand by sage Agasthya. Of the five categories of Earth classification in our scriptures, this place belongs to Prithvi class (Sand). The holy Athi tree is on a rock in the temple complex. This is an ancient tree that has no new branches. Lord Muruga in the temple graces in a walking form with His right leg forward and the left at the back. The form represents His welcome to Sage Agasthya when the latter came to the temple to worship Lord Shiva. That Lord Muruga holding a parrot in His left hand is also noteworthy.”

Address – Sri Nattrateeswarar Temple, Kangayampalayam, Erode district.Tamil Nadu

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