Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Mahalakshmeeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Lokanayaki|
|Timing:||6 to 11 & 4 to 8||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Paadal Petra Sthalam (Kaveri Vada Karai)||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Tirinindriyur||District:||Nagapattinam|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Mayiladuthurai (12 km)||Kumbakonam (50 km)|
|Thiruvarur (52 km)||Nagapattinam (57 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
Mahalakshmi, consort of Vishnu, worshipped Lord Siva at this temple, and so the moolavar deity is called Mahalakshmeeswarar or Lakshmipureeswarar. When Lakshmi came here, she stayed in this place for some time. Another name for Lakshmi is “Tiru” or “Sri”, and so the place is called Tiru-Nindra-Oor (the place where Lakshmi stayed).
At the instruction of his father Sage Jamadagni, Parasurama beheading his mother Renuka. Then he worshipped Siva for pardon (there are various temples where he is said to have worshipped, including at Pazhuvur and Muzhayur). Jamadagni also realized his hasty decision, and prayed to Siva here. The Lord pardoned both father and son. Siva here is also worshipped as Jamadagneeswarar (the Lingam installed by Jamadagni). There is also another Lingam installed by Parasurama.
Worshipping at this temple is considered particularly auspicious for those born under the Anusham nakshatram. Interestingly, devotees offer pomegranate seeds to worship Lord Siva.
This is one of the 78 maadakoil temples built by Kochchenga Cholan, and much of the architecture indicates this is a Chola temple. In a rather unique Navagraham arrangement, Suryan and Chandran face each other (Chandran is said to be Lakshmi’s elder brother, as he emerged before her, from the churning of the ocean).
Other information for your visit
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