Thiru Nageswaram Temple Details – Famous temples near kumbakonam
This place is to the east of Kumbakonam on the north bank of the Arisil river. The distance is about 6 miles. This is one of the Panche Krosa sthalas.
This temple attained fame as early as 7th century A.D and it is a favourite place of Sekkilar. He erected another temple called Thiru Nageswaram in his birth place at Kunnattur near Chennai. It was Kandaraditya Chola (950-957 A.D) who changed it into a granite edifice. Gnanasambandar, Appar and Sundarar have sung hymns adoring this Deity. Gnaniar Swamigal the great Saiva scholar who was the pontiff at the Mutt at Thirupapuliur was born here. Govinda Dikshitar too has contributed to its improvement. A mandapa near the flag staff is his contribution.
Legends declare that the five-headed naga Adi-sesha worshipped here. Besides, the snakes Takshan, Karkotakan also worshipped here Adi-sesha constructed a tank in which Surya, the sun god bathed and god bliss. This tank is called Surya Tirtham. It is in the outer circuit.
The gopuram is small but the temple is big with three circuits the outermost provided with gopuras on four sides. That sekkilar was blessed by the Vinayakar on the banks of the Surya Tirtha, that Chandravarman got rid of his dog form; that the devil shape of Sambumali was removed, that Indra’s curse was cancelled, were all due to the grace of this God.
Images of Sekkilar, his brother Balaravoyar and their mother can be seen.
In the south-west corner of the second circuit is housed Nagarajan with his two spouses. When pure milk is poured over him by way of oblation, the colour of the milk changed into blue. People afflicted with Naga Dosha perform this oblations.
Naganatha is the God and is flanked by two sanctums sheltering Pirai Ani ammai and Kunra Mulai Nayaki, who is also called Girikujambal. Has Ganga who is sheltered in the locks of Siva got the name Pirai ani ammai. The goddess KunraMulai is of stucco and hence no oblations are performed. Only an unguent is smeared over her periodically.