Neeneri Nathar Temple, Thandalacherry, Tiruvarur

Sri Neeneri Nathar temple is located in the village named Thandalacherry, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Neeneri Nathar – Sthira Buddhi Easwarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Gnambikai.

The holy tree of this temple is Kurundham. The holy water of this temple is Omaka theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Karana Agama. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tiru Thandalai Neel Neri.

A per the local legends, “The Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar.This is the 110th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.” In the month of Thai-January-February,   Guru Puja of Arivaldaya Nayanar is grandly celebrated on the Arudra star day. In this temple, Lord is a swayambumurthi. It is to be noted that this is the birth place of Saint Arivaldaya Nayanar who is one of the 63 Saivite Nayanmars.

The shrine is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m for all devotees and pilgrims. Farmers who belong to this native village and its surrounding village pray at this temple before commencing cultivation.  on the other hand, farmers wholeheartedly contribute their immediate yields to this shrine. After a bath or dip in the sacred spring, those who are suffering from leprosy wholeheartedly pray to this Lord for a cure.

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