This temple is the 19th sthalam on the northern side of River Cauvery. Saints Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar have sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. This is a Padal Petra Sthalam.
About The Temple
This temple has a 3 tier Rajagopuram. Lord Vinayaka in the temple is praised as Selva Ganapathy gracing in the prakara. Pujas are performed to Him on Anusha star day. Those facing debt burdens pray to Vinayaka for relief. Muyalagan the symbol of ignorance under the feet of Lord Dakshinamurthy is on the left side with a serpent in his hand. There is shrine for Lord Muruga gracing with His consorts Valli and Deivanai on His peacock vehicle. This is an East facing Mada temple, meaning it is built over a raised platform. The main deity is Lakshmipureeswarar and his Consort is Ulaganayaki. The Lingam here is one of the 64 Swayambhu Lingams. Lakshmi and Vishnu have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lakshmi was granted the boon of winning Vishnu’s heart, hence the name Lakshmipureeswaraar. Lord Shiva here is known as Mahalakshmeesar also. There are separate shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi, the Navagrahas, Bhairavar, Chandran and the Shivalingam worshipped by Parasurama. This temple is to be visited for gaining Kubera Sampathu or prosperity. While Kubera is the Lord of Wealth and is responsible for the distribution of the same, Goddess Lakshmi is the creator of wealth. In other words Kubera is the treasurer while the Goddess is the CFO.
About The deity
Goddess Lakshmi is one of the most worshipped deities. She is the Goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Lakshmi is usually seen sitting or standing on a lotus in the ocean of milk symbolising purity, peace and prosperity. Her four arms signify Purity, Prosperity, Perfection and Freedom from bondage. The gold coins flowing out of her hand signifies prosperity. Her right hand is in abhayahastha mudra or hand held in the posture of blessing.
Legend and Stories
Legend goes that the Sanskrit name for this spot is Varthi Nirvapanapuram, which implies Tirininravur in Tamil. Tiri implies wick and ninravur implies place where it was put off. A Chola King used to go through Thiruninriyur consistently in the wake of worshiping at Sirkali. As he was going through this town, the lights conveyed by his company used to go off. Fascinated, he needed to look at it and went to the same spot in the morning. He saw Kamadhenu plunging into the timberland. He continued to the spot where Kamadhenu had plunged. He cleared the shrubs with his sword and advanced through the brush. At the same time, his sword hit something and he saw blood growing from that specific spot. He recognized a Shiva Lingam in the undergrowth, from which the blood was overflowing. The opening that the Chola King incidentally made on top of the Shiva Lingam is still seen. He assembled a sanctuary at the same spot which is presently Lakshmipureeswarar Temple at Thiruninriyur.
Aani Tirumanjanam in June-July, Mahashivrathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
People approach this temple with various prayers. There are three tanks around the temple as a garland praised as Neela Malar Poigai by Saint Sambandar .Those praying here will have a peaceful life free of ailments, fear and sins, it is believed. Devotees perform abishek to Lord Shiva with Madhulai fruit pearls. As Mother Mahalakshmi worshipped Lord Shiva here and was blessed, the Lord is praised as Mahalakshmeeswarar.
Nearby Place to Visit
The place is 7 km from Mayiladuthurai on the Sirkali route. The closest railways are in Thanjavur, and the closest airports are in Trichy and Chennai.
Arulmighu Mahalakshminathar Temple
Tirunindriyur Post, Mayiladuthurai Taluk
Nagapattinam District, PIN 609118
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.