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Sri Iyravatheswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Iyravatheswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Sugantha Kundalambikai
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Iravadha theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Ethirkolpadi
  City: MelaThirumanancheri
  District: Nagapattinam
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Lord Shiva of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Sundarar.  This is the 24th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Chithirai Indira Vizha in April-May; Karthikai Mondays in November-December and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva in the temple is Swayambumurthi  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Iravadeshwarar Temple, Mela Tirumananjeri-609 813, Ethirkolpadi, Nagapattinam district  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4364-235 487. 
    
 General Information:
     
 

It is believed that the Rajagopuram of the temple was built earlier by Mallappa Naicker.  Presently it is a five tier structure facing east.  Entering into the temple, there are the Balipeeta and the Kodimaram-flag post.  Mother’s shrine is on the right of the front Mandap.  Ambica is small in stature in a sitting posture.  Presiding deity is just opposite.  Lord Muruga, Naalvar the four Saivite saints, Mother Gajalakshmi, Lord Kala Bhairava and Sani Bagwan shrines are in the prakara.  Lords Bikshadanar, Balaganapathi, Nataraja, Dakshinamurthi, Lingodhbava, Brahmma, planet Rahu and Mother Durga are in the goshta walls.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Majority of the devotees pray for recovery of things lost, restoration of positions lost, those suffering from stomach problems and those for recovery of losses in business and facing delays in wedding matters.  It is believed that Lord would relieve them from their sufferings as He did in the case of Indira and his Iravadha elephant.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Indira the king of Devas arrogantly neglected the garland presented to him by Sage Duruvasa.  The garland was the one offered to Lord Shiva in pujas.  His Iravadham elephant too was equally indifferent as its master.  Angry Sage cursed Indira that his head would be chopped off by a weapon in the hands of Pandya king.  Shocked and trembling, Indira sought the pardon of the sage.  The sage said his crown would fall down saving his head.
Iravadham came down to earth and wandered among many places worshipping Lord Shiva and finally got relieved of the curse in this place.  As Iravadha worshipped Lord Shiva here, He is praised as Iravada Easwarar.  Mother is worshipped as Sugantha Kundalambika and Malar Kuzhal Nayaki in Tamil.  Indira too got back his position.
Don’t change your mind, be determined to worship Lord at Ethirkolpadi” says Saint Sundarar in his celebrated hymns.  It is noteworthy that that the Bhakti relationship between Lord Shiva and Sundarar was as one between bosom friends.  As Iravadham worshipped here, the sanctum sanctorum is vast enough that an elephant can enter in it.
People organize wedding receptions in the temple hoping that the couple would be close to each other as Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Sage Bharatha, as head priest, conducted the wedding of Lord and Mother at Tiruvelvikudi and invited them to his place Tirumananjeri.  He arranged a grand reception to the divine couple.  He welcomed (Ethir Kollal in Tamil) the divine couple with due honours.  Hence, the place is named as Ethirkol Padi.  Presently it is known as Melakoil.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple.
 
     
 
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