Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Agasteeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Mangai Nayaki, BagampiriyaaL|
|Vriksham:||Vanni||Teertham:||Agastya Teertham, Agni Teertham (Sea)|
|Timing:||6 to 11 & 4 to 8.30||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Paadal Petra Sthalam (Kaveri Then Karai)||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Agasthiyan Palli||District:||Nagapattinam|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Nagapattinam (55.3 km)||Tiruvarur (64.9 km)|
|Kumbakonam (103 km)||Mayiladuthurai (105.7 km)|
Agasthiyan Palli is located 2km south of Vedaranyam, on the way to Kodikkarai.
Sthala puranam and temple information
This temple is one of many connected with Siva’s marriage to Parvati. Since all the Devas were in Kailasam for the wedding ceremonies, the northern part of Bharata Khandam tilted down, while the southern part rose. To balance this out, Siva asked Agastyar to go south. Agastyar complied, and in order to worship Lord Siva, installed or consecrated existing swayambhu Lingams at various places and prayed to them. At many of these places, he was given a vision of the divine wedding of Siva and Parvati – this temple is one of them. Since this temple was installed by Agastyar, the Lord here is called Agasteeswarar.
Agastyar has a separate shrine inside the temple, facing west, while Siva – a swayambhu Lingam – faces east. Mangai Nayaki Amman (also known as Bagam Piriyaal) faces south. Amongst others, Yama is said to have worshipped at this temple.
Interestingly, unlike the typical agamic orientation, the Navagrahams all face the same direction.
This is a temple from the medieval Chola period, and has inscriptions that refer to Raja Raja Chola I, Rajendra Chola and Kulothunga Chola. There are also references to Maravarman Kulasekara Pandiyan (late 13th to early 14th century) in the inscriptions, including his illness and subsequent cure after worshipping at this temple.
Other information for your visit
Locally, this temple is referred to as Agastyar Koil, and it is sign-posted in that way as well, on the main road.
Vedaranyam, the nearest town, does not have much by way of accommodation facilities (some limited food outlets are available). Nagapattinam (50km) and Mannargudi (65km) offer some budget accommodation, and some budget and mid-range resorts on the stretch between Nagapatinam and Velankanni.