275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirumeychur Thiru Meganathar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thirumeychur is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Mayavaram, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the oldest temples built during the Chola Dynasty, King Rajendra Chola and Sembian Medhavi also has made abundance of contributions to this temple.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.

Presiding deity – Sri Meganathar/Thirumeni Nathar with his consort Goddess Sri Soundarar Nayaki/ Lalithambikai/Lalitha Tripura Sundari/Shantha Nayaki

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Thirunavukkarasar

Vimanam – Gajabrushta Vimanam

Sthalavruksham – Vilvam/Mandharam

Worshipped by – Lord Surya, Kadru and Vinatha - wives of Sage Kashyapa, Sage Agastya.  Lord Yama worshipped to have a virtuous offspring and Lord Shaneeswara was born to him. 

Significance – Brahmanda Puranam – Uthara Khandam describes the glory of ‘Lalitha Sahasranam’ which was narrated by Lord Hayagreeva to Sage Agastya on this sacred land.

Theertham – Surya Theertham, Kali Theertham

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhavar, Lord Brahma, Goddess Durga, Ashtabujanga Durga, Lord Shiva with Goddess Uma, Rishabeshwara, Serpent God, Shekkizhar, Linga worshipped by Sage Markandeya, Lord Agni, Lord Yama and Lord Indra.

The legend has that Lord Surya has reduced his radiance due to the curse of Lord Shiva.  He arrived on this sacred land and worshipped Lord Shiva.  He underwent severe austerities praying to Lord.   Finally, he lost his patience; He wept bitterly and called out for Lord Shiva in a loud voice.  In the meantime, Goddess Parvati was having pastime with Lord Shiva.  The shrieking voice of Lord Surya disturbed the calmness of the atmosphere, therefore Goddess Parvati was irritated and  she was about to curse Lord Surya.  At once, the most compassionate Lord discouraged her from the act and pacified her passionately.  Consequently, Goddess turned out Shanthanayaki once again and Lord Shiva brought peace and calmness to this situation.  The words poured out of her mouth were transformed into the glorious verses of ‘Lalitha Sahasranam’.    At last, Lord Surya was got rid of the curse.

The worship of  Goddess Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari in this temple and chanting her glorious verses of Lalitha Sahasranama and Lalitha Navarathnamalai, performance Ayush homam and Mruythyunjaya Homam etc.. provides abundance of merits.

This temple remains open from 7.00AM to 12.30PM in the morning and 4.30PM  to 8.30PM in the evenings.

 Jaya Jya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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