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Sri Soundaryeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Soundaryeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Tiripurasundari
  Thala Virutcham: Punnai
  Theertham: Sengazhuneer
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Thirunaraiyur
  City: Thirunarayur
  District: Cuddalore
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 33rd Shiva shrine praised in Thevaram hymns on the northern bank of Cauvery.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Vaikasi Thiruvadhirai in May-June, 13 day Rajarajan festival and Vinayaka Chaturthi are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Polla Pillayar-Lord Vinayaka is a swayambumurthi in the temple.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Sri Soundaryeswarar Temple, Thirunarayur – 608 303, Kattumannarkoil Taluk, Cuddalore district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 94425 71039, 94439 06219 
    
 General Information:
     
  Three tier Rajagopuram is facing east.  There are shrines for Lord Vinayaka, Lord Muruga, Mother Gajalakshmi, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sani Bhagwan, Bhairava and Sun God.
 
     
 
Prayers
    
  Lord grants all that the devotees wish.
 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering new vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Nambi Andar Nambi, who collected and saved the sacred Thevaram hyms from pests and edited them, while young, was watching his father offering nivedhanas to Polla Pillar-Vinayaka.  He wanted to know whether the Lord would accept only the nivedhana offered by his father and not his.  The time came to Nambi to take charge of the priesthood of the temple.  He offered nivedhana to Pillayar and insisted Him to consume the offer.  But Pillayar was silent and Nambi began to weep.  He dashed his head at the feet of Vinayaka and cried.  Pleased with his Bhakti, Vinayaka accepted the nivedhana of Nambi and consumed it.
King Rajaraja Cholan did not believe this miracle and came with different nivedhana and asked Nambi to offer it to Lord Vinayaka.  Pillayar was smilingly silent.  Nambi sang the Irattai Mani Malai hymns with a touching prayer.  Polla Pillayar ate the nivedhana in the presence of all.
The indebtedness to Nambi by the saivite devotees is endless as we would have lost the treasure of our Thevaram Bhakti literature to pests but for the painstaking efforts of Nambi.  The idol of Nambi and king Rajaraja also are in the temple.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  Sage Durvasa known for his temperament was on an intense penance to have the darshan of Lord Shiva.  A Gandharva from the celestial world caused hindrance to Rishi’s penance.  The Rishi cursed him to become a Narai-crane.  He also refused to accept his apology and suggest a relief.  The Gandharva appealed to Lord Shiva for relief.  Lord said that he would be relieved of the curse if he performed abishek to Him with Ganga water fetched each day from Kasi.  As a bird, he flew to Kasi each day as fast as he could, fetched Ganga Water in his mouth, performed abishek and got the relief.  As Narai the crane bird was granted salvation here, the place is named Narayur – Thirunarayur.  
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Polla Pillayar in the temple is a swayambumurthi
 
     
 
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