Nallathangal Temple is located in the village named Vatrayiruppu, in the small town Srivilliputhur, in the district of Virudhunagar, Tamilnadu. It is the one and only temple in the state that is largely dedicated to Lord Nallathangal. This temple is about 1000 years old. The presiding deity of this temple is Nallathangal. The important festivals of this temple are Navarathri in September-October. Tamil New Year, Deepavali, Pongal, all the days of Poornima and Amavasya celebrate in grand manner.
Legends and Stories
Nallathangal was a resident of Vattirayiruppu. Nallathambi was her elder brother hailing from an agricultural family noted for their high qualities. Nallathangal was married to one Kasirajan of Madurai. Nallthangal became mother of seven children. Madurai was then under severe famine. She had to come to Vatrayiruppu seeking the help of brother Nallathambi. He was not available in the house then. His wife ignored her and did not receive her. She only gave them an old earthern pot, wet woods and a cup unfit for use. However, she was able to light the stone stove with her power of chastity, cooked food and managed hunger. Yet, unable to manage the situation, she took the extreme decision and committed suicide by falling into a well with all her children.
On his return, Nallathambi came to know the tragic events, killed his wife for her cruelty and stabbed himself fatally. Nallthangal was a devout woman. Lord and Mother appeared before the brother and sister and blessed them with life again. Nallathangal begged God to have them at Their feet and not return them to earth. The Lord said that the time will come soon and asked her to protect people till then. The temple was built for both sister and the brother. The children are also here in the form of idols.
The temple celebrates Navarathri in September-October.
Seeking child boon and welfare of children, devotees place cradles made of lime before the Goddess and Children shrine in the temple.
Realizing their wishes, devotees offer tonsuring and name the children Nallathangal and Nallthambi.
How To Reach Sri Nallathangal Temple, Vatrayiruppu
The nearest airport is at Madurai Airport.
The nearest railway station is at Srivilliputhur Railway Station.
There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Vatrayiruppu.
Sri Nallathangal Temple,
Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu,
Pincode - 626126.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For Seeking child boon
- For the welfare of children
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. continuously.