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Sri Thoovai Nathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Thoovainathar
  Urchavar: Sathyavakeeswarar
  Amman / Thayar: Panchin Mennadiyal
  Thala Virutcham: Jack tree
  Theertham: Akashatheertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Kamiya Agamam
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Arurparavaiyunmandazhi
  City: Thoovanayanar koil
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Saint Tirugnana Sambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 89th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Markazhi thiruvathirai  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthi. The location of the temple tank in the Agni corner-southeast corner-is an auspicious sign in the temple. During abishek to Lord, devotees can observe the eye symbol on the Lord reminding His boon to Saint Sundarar offering an eye to him. According to scriptures, the temple was under the sea as a sand temple.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Thoovai Nathar temple, Tiruvarur East Street, Tiruvarur.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4366 - 240 646, 99425 40479 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Vinayaka in the temple graces in the name of Lord Siddhi Vinayaka.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Those with impaired vision bathe in the tank of the temple, pray to Lord offering  red flower – Sevvarali – garlands, perform archanas to gain clear eye sight.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord with milk and feed the poor. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Saint Sundarar of Saivite Trinity promised his first wife Sangili Nachiar that he would never part with her.  But, when thoughts of his first wife Paravai Nachiar came to his mind, he set out to Tiruvarur.  As he violated his promise to Sangiliar, he lost his eyes.  To gain eye sight, he began a pilgrimage to all Shiva temples.  At Kancheepuram, with the grace of Mother Kamakshi and Lord Ekambareswara, Sundarar regained vision of his left eye.  He came to Tiruvarur and begged the Lord to grace him the vision of the other eye.  He was advised by the Lord to have a dip in the tank at the southeast corner and pray Him then.  Sundarar obeyed Lord and gained sight of his right eye.

 

It is said that all idols of the temple were made by the divine sculptor Vishwakarma.  The location of the tank at the southeast corner is of special importance according to Vastu rules.  Planet Sani Baghwan is facing south and graces the devotees.  The event of Sundarar getting vision of his right eye is evidenced by the eye symbol visible on the Lord during abishek times.  This was once a sand temple under the sea, according to the history of the land.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

When tides of sea burst devastatingly tall threatening destruction of the world, Devas and Sages surrendered at the feet of Lord Shiva for protection.  Lord told Sage Durvasa that if a tank could be dug at the Agni corner-southeast corner of the land and prayers offered to Him, the tides would subside and lives would be saved.  Headed by Sage Durvasa, all carried out the instructions of Lord and performed pujas.  Responding to the prayers of the devotees, Lord Shiva absorbed the fury of the sea and saved the world.  As Lord was worshipped by Sage Durvasa, He is also known as Durvas Nayanar.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Sundarar regains vision: Saint Sundaramurthy Nayanar once violated his promise made to his second wife Sangili Nachiar. He promised that he would never part her. As he wanted to see his first wife Paravai Nachiar, he proceeded to Tiruvarur. As a punishment for the violation of the promise, he lost his vision. Sundarar began his journey with his blind eyes to the Shiva shrines praying for the restoration of vision. At Kancheepuram, Lord Ekabareswarar blessed him with the left eye, as recommended by His consort Sri Kamakshi. Continuing the journey, Sundarar reached Tiruvarur and prayed the Lord to regain the vision of the right eye. Lord Shiva advised him to bathe in the tank in the northeast corner and worship Him. Sundarar got back his eyes by the grace of Lord Shiva.
 
     
 
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