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Sri Swarnapureeswarar temple
Moolavar: Ponnambalanathar, Swarnapureeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Tirupurasundari
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Nallathur
  District: Cuddalore
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirunavukkarasar.  
  Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy facing east. There are temples in Tamilnadu that do not have doors of the sanctum sanctorum but a stone wall with holes as in windows. This is called Palakani in Tamil. This temple belongs to this category. There is a lotus sculpture with 24 petals in the Chokkattan Mandap (dice hall) upside down in a three tier form telling our architectural skills.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.  
  Sri Ponnambalanathar-Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Nallathur-605 106, Cuddalore district.  
  +91- 413 - 269 9422, 94427 86351. 
 General Information:
  Lord Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Sundara Vinayaka.  The Chokkattan Mandap and the lotus sculpture speak volumes of Tamil architectural skills.  It is believed that praying from this mandap brings total peace in families.  There are shrines for Lords Sundara Vinayaka, Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Sri Venugopala with His consorts Rukmini and Satyabama, Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeswara, Sun, Moon, Sri Anjaneya, Navagrahas the nine planets, divine cow Kamadenu, Bhairava, Sani Bhagwan (Saturn) in the corridor-prakara.
During the British rule, Pakoda daughter of the Cuddalore district collector prayed to Lord Shiva for restoration of her eye sight.  As Lord granted her prayer, she offered a big bell to the temple the sound of which is audible even at a long distance.

Those suffering from impaired vision pray in this temple.

Thanks giving:
  Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  It is noteworthy that Mahameru (the standing form Sri Chakra) is installed under the Feet of Mother Maha Tirupurasundari.
Though a Shiva Temple, all importance goes to Lord Muruga.  Skanda Sashti in October-November is the Brahmmotsavam of the temple.  The flag post of the tempe is before the shrine of Lord Muruga.  Lord Sundara Vinayaka, as the very name aptly suggests, is very handsome.  Those having pimples or scars in face worship Sundara Vinayaka applying sandal paste.
There is a sculpture in the Maha mandap of the temple depicting Maha Saraswathi-Goddess of wisdom- playing the Veena named Karna Vidayini.  Those aspiring higher education and educational skills worship Mother Karna Vidayini.
The Dwarapalakas (securites) at the entrance of shrine are close to the wall in Shiva temples.  Here, they are conveniently placed with sufficient space around and the devotee can circumambulate them with prayers.
There is a shrine for Lord Kalasamhara Murthy who hit Lord Yama the God of Death to protect Sage Markandeya.  Those aspiring longevity perform pujas here.  Maha Mryutyanja Homa (a ritual to beat Lord Yama) is performed in the temple on Tiruvadhirai day in December-January.  The place is also revered as Vada (north) Tirukadayur where Lord Amruthakadeswarar hit Yama to protect Sage Markandeya.
  Temple History:
  As it is too ancient in age, it is difficult to explain the history of the temple clearly.  The structures are really wonderful.  It is said that Shivalingas being looked into through holes are of Fire nature.  The devotee cannot have that power of the body or soul to see the Lord directly.  It is believed that worshipping through wall holes gives the devotee the strength and power to do his/her prayers.
The Navagraha Yantra – a disc in which the powers of the planets are collectively embodied – is installed under the feet of the presiding deity Lord Swarnapureeswarar.  There is also a Nandhi Mandap.  A five minute prayer in the temple is believed to be equal to prayers of years.  Those suffering from breathing and stomach troubles pray to Sun on the first day of Adi falling in July and on the first day of Thai falling mostly on January 14, offering orange coloured clothes and wheat preparations as Dhan.  This is a suitable place for performing tarpan and ceremonies for ancestors also.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Sivan Faces at East. Among the temples there is type of salara temple. Which has no entrance Before Moolavar. Devotees have to worship the Shivalingas through windows.
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