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Sri Shivaloka Nathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Shivaloka Nathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Soundarya Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Punga tree
  Theertham: Vrushba, Devendra and Nandanar theerthams
  Agamam / Pooja : Karana Agama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Punkur
  City: Thirupunkur
  District: Nagapattinam
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Saints Tirugnana Sambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar had sung the glory of Lord in their Thevaram hymns.  This is the 20th Lord Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  10 day Vaikasi Visakam Brahmmotsavam with Lord’s procession each day is the most important festival of the temple. The devotee crowd in the temple on the monthly Pradosham days is usually huge. Special pujas and Aradhanas are performed in the temple on Deepavali day in October-November, Pongal falling almost on January 14 except in Leap Years and Tamil and English new year days are grandly celebrated in the temple  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple where Lord directed Nandhi to move to enable Nandanar a noted Shiva devotee to have His darshan.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Shivaloka Nathar Temple, Tirupunkur-609 112, Nagapattinam district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 9486717634 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The name of the place Tirupunkur comes from the name of the sacred tree of the temple Punga Maram.  This is an ancient temple.  Renovations of the temple were carried out during the period of Rajendra Chola.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
  Devotees throng the temple for relief from the adverse aspects of serpent planets and sin effects of past birth.  They pray to Lord Shivalokanathar in anthill form for mental peace, employment opportunity, development in professions and it is the strong faith of the devotees that He would not fail them
 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees offer the punugu paste-a cosmetic paste-to Lord Shivalokanathar at about 8.30 p.m. on Mondays with Tirukuvalai pujas. Those facing long delays in wedding due to serpent planet aspects make silver pieces with snake symbol and place it in the Hundi. They also offer Wedding garlands with Parihara Archanas. For relief from the sin effects of the past births, devotees perform special archanas to Lord Vinayaka, Shiva, Mother Ambika, Lord Muruga and Sage Agasthya (Pancha Puja-five pujas). Devotees perform special abisheks to Mother Ambika and Lord with cosmetic powders, oils, milk, curd, sacred ash, rose water, green coconut, pachamirtha, lime fruit, honey, sandal etc. and offer vastras. They also contribute for the renovation of the temple 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  The temple was earlier known as Punkur temple as it was dense with Punga trees.  Lord is in the form of an anthill, small in size.  Nandhi came a little later.  The first Linga and Nandhi alone brought name and fame to the temple.  As Lord is in the form of an anthill, the Kuvalai- to cover the anthill Linga- is removed on Mondays at about 8.30 p.m. for offering the punugu paste.  Devotees can have the darshan of the Lord only with Kuvalai cover. Once a contest arose between Lord and Mother about their beauty.  Lord said that He would drop a Durba grass with three knots and would accept that she was more beautiful at the place where the grass fell.  This grass fell as five Lingas-Pancha Lingas.  The power of these Lingas are such that they bless the devotees with wedding boon and freedom from curses of past births etc. This is also the temple where Lord directed Nandhi to move a little to grant His darshan to His devotee Nandanar.  Nandhi in the temple has no tongue.  We see Dwarapalakas in all temples with their heads raised.  Here they are polite bowing as
if to receive Nandanar the choice devotee of Lord. There is a shrine for Kulam Vettiya Pillayar meaning Lord Vinayaka who dug the tank with the help of Boodhas in a single night to enable Nandanar to have his bath to be blessed with the darshan of Lord.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  Nandanar a farm worker belonging to backward community was a staunch Shiva devotee harbouring a desire to worship Shiva in Chidambaram.  But his boss denied him leave.  He was hoping Naalai Pogalam-let me go tomorrow.  That tomorrow came when his boss granted him leave.  Nandanar was passing through this place where he desired to have the darshan of Lord Shivalokanathar but Nandi was in the way.  The Dwarapalakas informed the Lord that Nandanar was there for His darshan.  Lord ordered Nandhi to move a little so that Nandanar could have a comfortable darshan.  This is a temple that honoured a devotee of highest standard of Bhakti
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthi.
 
     
 
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