Saturday, October 16, 2021

Neelakandeswarar Temple, Tirumannippadikkarai

Location of the templeTirumannippadikkarai (now known as Eluppaippattu)
Lord Shiva known asNeelakandeswarar, Padikkarai Nayagar, Paramesar
Female deity known asMangalanayagi, Amuthavalli
How to reach This temple is 16 Kms on the west direction from Vaitheeswarankovil by road. It is situated near Manalmedu at Eluppaipattu. Bus facilities are available from Mayiladuthurai and Vaitheeswaran Kovil.
Temple addressArulmighu Neelakandeswarar Temple
Manalmedu Post
Mayiladuthurai Taluk
Mayiladuthurai District
PIN 609202

According to legend, it is believed that the Pancha Paandavas of Mahabharatham installed 5 Sivalingams at this Sthalam and worshipped God Shiva afer they escaped from the poison pond (Natchupoigai). As such, there are 5 shrines for Lord Shiva. The main deity isknown as Neelakandeswarar. The other 4 shrines are for 1. Padikkarai Nayagar, 2. Muktheesar, 3. Paramesar and 4. Magadeesar. Lord Brahma is also believed to have worshipped Shiva here.

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