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Sri Vellimalai Nathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Vellimalai Nathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Perianayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Coconut
  Theertham: Sivagangai
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tiru Thengur
  City: Thiru Thangur
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  The temple is mentioned in the hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar.This is the 116th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Special pujas are celebrated in the temple on Vaikasi Visakam day in May-June.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. There is also Navagraha Lingas in the temple comprising the attributes of the nine planets.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Vellimalainathar Temple, Tiru Thangur-610 205. Thanjavur district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4369 237 454, 94443- 54461 
    
 General Information:
     
  This is a small ancient temple with no great festivities.  The Navagraha Lingas named after the planets-Sun, Moon, Mars-Sevvai or Mangal, Mercury the Budha, Guru the Jupiter, Venus the Shukra, Sani the Saturn and the two serpent planets Rahu and Ketu are maintained safely in the temple.  These Lingas are in the prakara in a line in various sizes-big and small.
It is the faith of the devotees that all adverse planetary aspects will be relieved by worshipping these Lingas that had merged with Lord Shiva during a Rahu-Ketu transition period.  Besides these Lingas, the temple has the traditional Navagraha shrine too.  The shrine of Mother Perianayaki is on the right side of the entrance.
 
     
 
Prayers
    
  It is believed that blessings of Mother Mahalakshmi would bring in all prosperity to devotees worshipping this temple. 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  It is suggested that devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering vastras and contribute to the renovation of the temple. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Mother Mahalakshmi had stayed in this holy place performing penance on Lord Shiva.  There was a tank here with both white and red Lotus flowers.  It is now dry.  Lord Shiva in this land of the Goddess of Wealth Mother Mahalakshmi assures all prosperity to devotees.
Lord is also known as Rajathagiri Easwara –Rajatha in Sanskrit and Velli in Tamil mean Silver and Giri means mount.  The temple is facing west.  It is believed that west facing temples are more merciful than the ones facing east.  A great Saint Vamadeva had said in his treatise that West looking Shiva darshan will be 1000 times more beneficial to the devotee.  So is the power of the Avudayar bearing the Linga.  No great festivals are celebrated in the temple.  Only usual pujas are followed.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  Millenniums ago the world was destroyed by the great flood.  Lord Shiva asked Lord Vishnu to create the world again.  Lord Vishnu first created Lord Brahmma
from His naval and ordered Him to create a new world.  Even during the great pralaya the floods, one place stood unaffected with Vilwa trees.  Wondered by the glory of the place withstanding the devastating currents of floods, the planets including the serpent planets installed a Linga each on the banks of Agashya River and performed penance on Lord Shiva for 1000 years.  Lord Shiva appeared before them, organized the new world into different zones and appointed each planet as the head of a particular zone and empowered them to treat people with rewards and punishments based on their good or bad deeds.
Lord Brahmma came to this place and named the place as Navagrahapuram pleased with the planets.  Devendra came here and installed the Vellimalainathar Linga.  Mother was named Brhunnayaki-Perianayaki.
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva facing west is a Swayambumurthi. There are also Navagraha Lingas in the temple representing the nine planets.
 
     
 
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