The Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple is located at Thiruneelakudi and is dedicated to God Shiva. This temple is revered by Saint Sambandar in the famoys hymn Thevaram. This temple is also related to the life of Thiruneelakanta Nayanar
About the Temple
When someone hears the name of Tiruneelakudi, the first thing that hits the mind is the oil abhishekam that is offered to God. A lot of oil is poured on the God’s lingam which dries off later and then it appears like no abhishekam was done on it. No one knows where the oil goes. Despite the oil abhishekam, the shivlingam remains sturdy and rough. According to legend, the large quantity of oil is used to take down the poisonous effect on God’s neck or Neelakanda. The Vilwa tree and the jack tree in the temple have a lot of importance and sacredness too. The fruit of these trees should be cut and offered to God first and then only it should be taken to homes by the people. If they take it without offering to God then it could result in trouble later on. It has been proved by many who have tested it. This place is where renowned sage Markandeya was attained immortality. Goddess Dakshayani, against the wishes of the God, attended the yajna of Daksha here and also performed penance. After that she joined God again.
Legend and Stories
In this temple one can see two Goddesses here, one is Ippilamulai Amman who is in a wedding posture and the second one is Bakathapeesthapradayini who graces the devotees in the posture of penance. God Varun, angels, God Brahma, Devaganda, Sage Vasishta, Soorapanma and Kamadenu are known to have performed penances here and all of them had got relieved of their sins. This place also has been revered in the Appar Swamigal hymns in Thevaram. It is known that when the Jains had tied Appar and threw him, he started worshipping Neelakandeswara in the celebrated hymn Kallinodu Aman Kaiyar in this very temple.
The major festivals celebrated and organized in this temple include 15 days Brahmmotsavam, Thiruvadirai, Adipooram, Karthika Deepam, Pradosha days, Deepawali, Pngal and New Year days.
Prasad and Offering
Devotees offer oil abhisekam, milk, curd, green coconut, sacred ash, turmeric powder, sandal to the God. Devotees offer clothing to the God and the Goddess and many of them also undertake Annadhana.
Couple who get separated due to some reason come and pray her to God Neelakandeswara so that they can reunite. Couples also pray for longevity in their relationship and perform pujas to God.
Nearby Place To Visit
Devotees also visit Andalakkum Aiyan, Padikasu Nathar, Gajendra Varadhan, Hara Shaba Vimochana Perumal, Appakudathan and Adhivaraha Perumal.
This place is just around 15 km away from Kumbakonam and bus services can easily be accessed to reach the temple.
The nearest railway station to the temple is Kumbakonam railway station.
The closest airport to the temple is Trichy airport.
Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To pray for estranged couples to be reunited
- To pray for freedom from the fear of death and Rahu inflictions
- For mental peace
- To pray for good children
- To pray for employment opportunities
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.
5:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.