Nangur Vishnu Temples, Thirunangur, Nagapattinam
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
The Vishnu temples at Nangur are a group of 11 temples near Nangur in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu, India. The eleven temples are part of the 108 Divya Desams of the Hindu god Vishnu. The temples at Nangur are believed to have been sanctified by Tirumangai Alvar, one of the 12 Azhwars. The oldest of them have been dated to the reign of the Medieval Chola king Parantaka I.
Legend / Local stories
Angered at not being invited for the Yaagam conducted by Parasakthi’s father Dakshan, Shiva is said to have performed the Rudra Thandavam in a place called Ubaya Cauvery (between Cauvery in the South and Mani River in the North), a few kms South East of Sirkazhi. So aggressive was his performance that for every hair that fell down on the ground, a new form of Shiva emerged. And very quickly 11 forms of Shiva were each performing the Rudra Thandavam. Sensing a possible damage to the world as a result of Shiva’s fury, Lord Vishnu appeared here before Shiva as Paramapadha Naathan.
Softened by the presence of Lord Vishnu, Rudra requested Vishnu appears in just as many forms. Lord Vishnu is said to have acceded to this request and provided darshan to Rudra in 11 different forms here in Thiru Nangur, having taken one form each from 11 different Divya Desams. These together constitute the 11 Divya Desams in and around Thiru Nangur.
The Thirumangai Alvar Mangalasasana utsavam (festival) in the month of Thai (Jan-Feb) on the New Moon day (Amavasai) witnesses 11 Garuda Sevai a spectacular event in which festival images idols from the 11 Thirunangur Divyadesam shrines in the area are brought on Garuda mounts to Thirunangur. An idol of Thirumangai Alvar is also brought here on a Hamsa Vahanam (palanquin) and his paasurams (verses) dedicated to each of these 11 temples are recited.
The Utsavar (festival deity) of Thirumangai Alvar and his consort Sri Kumudhavalli Naachiyar are taken in a palanquin to each of the 11 temples, through the paddy fields in the area. The paasurams (poems) dedicated to each of the 11 Divyadesams are chanted in the respective shrines. This is the most important of the festivals in this area, and it draws thousands of visitors.
How to Reach:
These temples are located in the vicinity of Thirunangur Village. Thirunangur is about 5 miles (8 kms) away from Sirkazhi.
These temples are located on the Sirkali-Nagapattinam route. Auto facility is available. There are buses from Mayavaram/ Sirkazhi that goes past Thiru Nangur. Direct special buses are available only on special occasions. If you are going in car it is 20 kms from Mayavaram and 8 kms from Sirkazhi.
The road leading to this village is narrow and you might miss the turning from the main road if you are not watchful. Extensive network of roads connect it to Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Pondicherry, Thanjavur and all other major cities. Nagapattinam is located at a distance of about 330kms from Chennai by Road.
Nagapattinam railway junction connects Thiruvarur in the west, Nagore in the north, Velankanni in the south and Karaikal in the east. There is a daily express train to Chennai via Mayiladuthurai and Ernakulam via Coimbatore and it connects all major cities. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkazhi.
The nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, located 145 km (90 miles) away from the town.