Tirunethranathar Temple, Tirupalli Mukkudal

Sri Tirunethranathar Temple is located in the village named Tirupalli Mukkudal, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Tirunethranathar – Mukkona Nathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Anjakshi – Mayilmevum Kanni.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Shodasa (Mukkodal) Theertham. 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 Kekkarai.

According to the local legends, “The lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirunavukkarasar.  The Saint profusely feels that the life had been wasted without knowing and understanding the great grace of the Lord who frees the devotee from sins, ailments, fate, whose neck is beautifully blue.  He has no equals.  He is all philosophy.  He dwells in the minds of those filled with His thoughts.  This is the 86th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The important festivals of this particular temple are all the Lord Shiva related festivals are celebrated in this temple. Other festivals are three new moon days in Thai (January-February), Aadi (July-August) and Mahalaya in Purattasi (September-October) are celebrated in the temple with special pujas and abisheks. On Masi Shivrathri day in February-March, rays of Sun God fall on the Lord. It is to be noted that Lord of the temple is a swyambumurthy.

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