Vaigalnathar Temple, Tiruvaigal, Nagapattinam

Sri Vaigalnathar temple is located in the village named Tiruvaigal, in the district of Nagapattinam, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Vaigalnathar (Shenbaga Aranyeswarar) (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Kombial Kothai (Shaka Komalavalli). The holy tree of this temple is Shenbagam.

The holy water of this temple is Shenbaga 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 Vaigal Madakoil.

As per the local legends, “The temple is praised in the Thevaram and Tiruvasagam hymns of saints Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar. This is the 33rd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in the hymns.”

In the temple, all important festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva are celebrated with lot of devotion and dedication by the devotees and pilgrims. Other festivals celebrated are Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, New Year Days, Deepavalli and Pongal.

Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy that is the specialty of this shrine. The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for pilgrims and devotees. It is to be noted that Lord grants every wish and desires of His devotee. In this temple, Lord Brahmma, Lord Vishnu, Sage Agasthya and Mother Mahalakshmi are worshipped. People from far and near visit this temple with lot of devotion and dedication.

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