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Sri Siddha Natheswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Siddha Natheswarar
  Urchavar: Somaskandar
  Amman / Thayar: Soundarya Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Pavalamalli
  Theertham: Siddhanatha Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Siddheeswaram
  City: Tirunarayur
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  The temple is praised by Saints Tirugnanasambandar and Sundarar.This is the 65th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  10 day Brahmmotsavam during Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals observed in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva is Swayambumurthy. As this is the Avatar place of Mother Mahalakshmi, she is endearingly named Mazhalai (sweet speech of infants) Mahalakshmi and dressed in skirts and gowns.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Siddhanatheswarar Temple, Tirunarayur-612 102. Thanjavur district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 435 - 246 7343, 246 7219 
    
 General Information:
     
   This is west facing temple. Lord Aanda Vinayaka welcomes the devotees with His blessings.  Mother Soundarya Nayaki graces from a separate shrine.  She is decorated with sandal paste on the last Friday of Thai month-January-February.  Lord Dakshinamurthy blesses devotees from a shrine near that of Mother Mahalakshmi facing west against the traditional direction of south.  Navagraha shrine is opposite to this.  Those facing adverse effects of planets pray to Lord Dakshinamurthy and the planets.  The presence of three Chandikeswaras in the prakara is a special feature in the temple.  Mother Durga on the goshta wall is praised as Prasanna Durga.  Mother with eight hands looks soft and stylish with Her right leg forward.  This is a rare posture.  Lords Umai Oru Bagan, Bikshandava, Brahmma are near this shrine.  There are also shrines in the prakara for Saptha Kannikas, Panchalingas, Aanda Vinayaka, Kala Bhairava, Veera and Bhairava.  
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Those suffering from stammering and aspiring for a sweet voice pray to Lord and Mother performing abishek with gingly oil.  For cure from skin troubles, they pray to Siddha.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees contribute for the renovation of the temple, perform oil abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  This is the place of Avatar of Mahalakshmi.  She wedded Lord Perumal and is gracing the devotees from the nearby Nachiarkoil.  Presents as silk sari, bathing items as oil and soapnut powder, cooking pot (Pongal Panai) jaggery and such gifts are sent from this temple (Her birth house) on Pongal, Deepavali festival days.  Lord Shiva and Mother Ambica visit this Perumal temple the day next to Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January.  Mother Mahalakshmi is an infant in this temple.  She is dressed with skirt and gowns as a child and is praised as Mazhalai Mahalakshmi.  Gomatha (cow) puja and yajna are performed in this shrine on Fridays and on full moon days with 108 lotus flowers.  Lord Muruga is in a separate shrine nearby. Gorakkar, a siddha had to incur a curse of the Devas and was afflicted with skin diseases.  He came to this place and worshipped Lord Shiva for relief.  Lord granted darshan to Siddha and cured him.  Hence, Lord has the name Siddhanatheswara.  There is a sculpture of Gorakka Siddha in the temple.  Sage Medhavi also is nearby.  Those suffering from skin diseases perform abishek to Siddha with oil on full moon days and Fridays and apply it on their body as a medicine for relief.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  Sage Medhavi aspired that Mother Mahalakshmi be born his daughter and prayed to Lord Shiva to realize his wish.  Lord Shiva spoke to Perumal to allow Mother Mahalakshmi to be born the daughter of the sage which Lord Perumal gladly obliged.  Mother Mahalakshmi appeared on a Lotus flower in Panguni Uthira star day in March-April.  Maharshi named Her Vanjula Devi, brought Her up and offered to Perumal as His consort.  Lord Shiva granting darshan to Rishi is gracing the devotees from this temple.  
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is Swayambumurthy in the temple facing west.
 
     
 
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