This temple is a Shivastalam and is considered to be among the holiest Shaivite shrines. It has the third highest number of Patikams, the first two being Sirkali and Tiruvarur. Tiruveezhimizhalai is considered to be the 61st in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
About the Temple
This temple has three prakarams and covers an area of four acres and its entrance is crowned with a 7 tiered Rajagopuram. The 100 pillared hall is of interest here as are the 25 theerthams.The Nandi mandapam here is of great beauty. The Rajagopuram and the Vinnizhi Vimanam of the sanctum are of great significance here. The Vowalottimandapam (100 pillared hall) has beautiful pillars and images. Appar and Sambandar are said to have established their mutts at Veezhimizhalai. Inscriptions from as early as the period of Parantaka I (early 10th cent) are found here. This temple is under the administration of the Tiruvavaduturai Adhinam.
About The deity
The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called Netrarpaneswarar . His consort is Veezhiazhageeswarar.
Legend and Stories
Parvati is said to have been reborn as Katyayani and married Shiva here. The same legend that is associated with Tirumalper (viz that of Vishnu offering one of his eyes in lieu of the 1000th flower in worship to Shiva to obtain the cosmic Chakrayudam) is associated with Tiruveezhimizhalai. Legend has it that Shiva had used this Chakrayudam to destroy Jalandarasuran at Tiruvirkudi Veerattam. A panel depicting the divine marriage is seen behind the Shivalingam; the temple is believed to be the Vimanam which was brought by Mahavishnu. Shiva is said to have blessed Appar and Sambandar with material resources during a bad drought here.
Five worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam is observed in the month of Chittirai. Other festivals here include Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Skanda Sashti, Sivaratri, Aadi Pooram, Aavani Moolam and Navaratri.
One can a get flight to Civil Airport on regular basis. There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Nagapattinam. Nagapattinam is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
Sri Nethrarbaneswarar Temple,
Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India.
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.