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Nattrunai Appar Temple


The Nattrunai Appar temple is located in Punjai, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu state, India.The main God here is Nattrunai Appar and Amman (Thayar) is Parvatharaja Putri, Malayan Madanthai Two Ambicas. This temple is a 274 Sivalayam Koil.

About the Temple

The sanctum sanctorum is very big in size that facilitated an elephant to worship Lord directly inside.There are two Ambicas in the temples, Mother Parvatharaja Puthri and Mother Malayan Madanthai. Lord Shiva granted His wedding darshan to Lord Vinayaka and Sage Agasthya.Mother is on the right of the Lord. Lord Kalyanasundarar graces with Mother Ambica from another shrine in the temple. Cauvery, though flows eastward turns here westward.This is called Basvamangini. Lord Vinayaka had to incur a dosha as he toppled the Kamandala-hand bowl of Sage Agasthya. For relief, he bathed in a tank here. The place came to be known as Pon Sei which later changed as Punjai. While Mother Durga appears in Shiva temples standing on the head of a buffalo, She graces here with a deer and a lion destroying the demons Sumba and Nisumba.

About the Deity

The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Parvatharaja Putri . His consort is known as Sri Malayan Madanthai – Two Ambicas.

Legend and Stories

This area marks the place of birth of Baghvathi Ammayar, mother of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar. He sang the praise of Lord of the temple sitting on the loving shoulders of his father Shivapada Hrudhayar.The place was a desert-Palai in Tamil. Yet, as wished by the devotees, he described this place as Neidhal-sea shore region.


Pujas to Sun-Surya are performed from Chithirai 7-13 in April-May. Pradosha pujas (13th day of both full moon and new moon fortnights) and all Shiva related pujas are celebrated in the temple.


People pray to Lord Kalyana Sundareswara for wedding boon and Lord Nattrunai Appar for excellence in education and prosperity.

Nearby Place to Visit

Kayaroganeswarar Temple
Thanthondreeswarar Temple
Neelakandeswarar Temple
Pallavaneswarar Temple
Aranyeswarar Temple
Naganathar Temple


Punjai is 10 km far from Mayiladuthurai on the Poombuhar Road. The closest railways are in Mayiladuthurai and the airport is in Chennai.

Temple Address

Sri Nattrunai Appar Temple,
Punjai (Tiru Nanipalli),
Post – 609 304,
Nagapattinam district.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Wedding boon
  • Excellence in education
  • Prosperity

Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree

Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.

Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat

Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.


9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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