Nigarili Chola Vinnagar Azhvaar temple is a God Vishu's Temple located at a distance of 1 kilometer from North of Cheran Maha Devi (Tirunelveli-Tenkasi rail course) bus stand at the foot of the Western Ghats. It is built near the green paddy fields. A 1000 years old antiquated temple has its details in Chola and Pandya Period inscriptions. The Three layer Aadhi Narayanan Ramaswamy Temple,in a 10th Century A.D. engravings is celebrated as the Nigarili Chola Vinnagar Azhvaar sanctuary and whose deity was alluded to as Raghava Chakravarti in a 1020 A.D. Rajendra I period engraving, that right now is in a decaying condition with bats being the only tenants of the dull prakaras in row 1 and 2. This temple has a 3 layered Vimana. The temple is indicated as God Vishnu's Temple through the magnificent God Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, God Hanuman's idols at the passage and some fascinating figures in the theme at the passageway.Later, the kings had designed and the Bronzes idols of God Rama, Lakshmana and Sita,God Hanuman were given to this temple for Urchava Moorthis' worship, one can never envision the Vimana having inside itself the layers where original glue with their luster lost and ravaged. It seems as a perfect example of our negligence to such rare beauties. There are a few engravings on the internal and external walls of the this temple. There are additionally engravings in the walls near the steps leading to 1st layer of the temple that give bits of knowledge into the how the festivals are celebrated here, the daily pooja rituals done in this temple, the changes the temple undergone under various kings and their donation to the prosperity of the temple.According to the inscriptions of the Chola and Pandya period, during the month of Margazhi,Tamil calendar the Theppotsavam is celebrated here. It is believed that Ganga comes here to Porunai stream on the day of Maa Viyathi Paatham in Margazhi month to wash down her sins. It is said that individuals from Cheran Maha Devi used to gather here for a shower at this stream on this day.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.