Navaneetheswarar Temple, Sikkal, Nagapattinam

Sri Navaneetheswarar temple is located in the village named Sikkal, in the district of Nagapattinam, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Navaneetheswarar (vennaip perumaan – Butter Lord) (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Satyaayadaakshi (Velnetunkanni).

The holy tree of this temple is Jasmine. The holy waters of this temple are Kshhera pushkarini and Milk pond. 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 none. Shivarathri is celebrated with festivity here.

The Vinayaka of this temple wholeheartedly graces and blesses the devotees and pilgrims in the name ‘Sundara Ganapathi’. It is to be largely noted that Lord Muruga in the scared places, Ettukkudi, Enkan and Sikkal are more alike in the structure and therefore it is said, that these particular three images are well sculpted by the same ancient sculptor in those days.  There is a separate sanctum for Aanjaneyar on the North-western corner of the temple.

According to the local legends, “People pray to the Lord of this place to be relieved off from their hardships. Devotees perform archanas and offer vastras to Lord.” As per the words of Kolavaamana Perumal, “Once the devas complained about the troubles caused by Mahabali Chakravarthi of the asura clan.  So when Lord Vishnu took Vaamana avatar, it is believed that He came to this sacred place, worshipped Lord Siva and got power to annihilate Mahabali.  Hence, Lord Vishnu of this place blesses the devotees with the sacred name ‘Kolavaamana Perumal’ from a separate sanctum.”

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