Sundareswarar Temple, Nannimangalam, Trichy
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Sundareswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Nannimangalam near Lalgudi Town in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. Nannimangalam is also called as Sennivaikkal. The Temple is believed to be 1200 years old.
Legend / Local stories
There is a snake pit near the compound of this Temple. It believed that snake from the pit enters the sanctum via Komukham and stays at night in the sanctum. Snake returns back to the pit when it hears the priest Paasurams.
Swarna Vilva Tree:
It is believed that when Brahma was having 5 faces worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lord Shiva gave darshan to Brahma with five faces. Since Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva with five heads and attained salvation, this place is called as Senni (Senni means Head). Lord Shiva gifted Swarna Vilva Tree to Lord Brahma. In turn Lord Brahma gifted it to Lord Kubera. Kubera gifted the same to his sons Manikriva and Nalakooban and said this tree will be visible to siddhas only.
Further he asked him to plant the tree in earth on appropriate place and start worship. A divine voice guided them to Thiruthavathurai. They took bath in the Shiva Ganga Theertham and they were surprised to get up in some other place. Also, the Swarna Vilva Tree got disappeared from their hands. At that time sanctum door got opened and they found the Vilva Tree with the Maragatha Linga in the sanctum. This incident happened in this place on a Pournami Day.
Presiding Deity is called as Sundareswarar and Mother is called as Meenakshi. The Temple is believed to be built by Pandya King. The largest Maragatha lingam in the world is in this ancient temple. But this temple is not known to people. Shrines of valli-Devasena-Murugan, Saneeswarar, Bhairava, Sevi Saitha Vinayagar, Lakshmi Narayana Perumal, Varada Raja Perumal along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi, 2 Chandikeswarar can be seen in the temple. Sthala Vriksham is Sandalwood Tree and Pon Vilvam Tree. There is a snake pit near the compound of this Temple.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Lalgudi, 3.5 Kms from Lalgudi Bus Station, 4 Kms from Lalgudi Railway Station, 7 Kms from Anbil, 26 Kms from Trichy and 31 Kms from Trichy Airport.