Thoovai Nathar Temple, Thoovanayanar Koil

Sri Thoovai Nathar temple is located in the village named Thoovanayanar koil, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Thoovainathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Panchin Mennadiyal. The festival deity of this temple is Sathyavakeeswarar.

The holy tree of this temple is Jack tree. The holy water of this temple is Akashatheertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kamiya Agamam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Arurparavaiyunmandazhi.

According to the local legends, “Saint Tirugnana Sambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 89th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The festivals of this temple             are Markazhi thiruvathirai, Mahashivarathri, Deepavalli, Pongal, New Year days according to Hindu traditional calendar and Georgian calendar, masi month, Amavasya and pournima.

The temple’s speciality is that Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthi. In the Agni corner-southeast corner-is located in the temple tank. It is an auspicious sign in this shrine. During abishek to this particular Lord, pilgrims and devotees can largely observe the eye symbol on this Lord greatly reminding His boon to Saint Sundarar who is offering an eye to him.  The temple was under the sea as a sand temple as per to ancient scriptures. This temple is the most sought after temple in this region. It is often visited by local and native devotees and pilgrims.

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