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Vellimalai Nathar Temple, Thiru Thangur, Tiruvarur

Sri Vellimalai Nathar temple is located in the village named Thiru Thangur, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Vellimalai Nathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Perianayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Coconut. The holy water of this temple is Sivagangai. 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 Tiru Thengur.

According to the local legends, “The temple is mentioned in the hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar.This is the 116th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.” The important festivals of this particular shrine are Vaikasi Visakam day in May-June, Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Deepavalli, Pongal, New Year days, Shanranthi, Masi month and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January. Special pujas and rituals are conducted in this temple with much devotion and dedication. A large number of devotees and pilgrims throng this temple on all the auspicious days and religious important days according to the Hindu traditional calendar.

Lord Shiva in the shrine is largely is a Swayambumurthy.  In the temple, there is also Navagraha Lingas including the attributes of the nine planets. The temple is open for all from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Other shrines in this temple complex are Mars-Sevvai or Mangal, Guru the Jupiter, Mercury the Budha, Venus the Shukra, the two serpent planets Rahu and Ketu plus Sani the Saturn.

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