275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruvinnagar Sri Thuraikattum Vallalar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruvinnagar is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built during the regime of Chola Dynasty.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
Presiding deity – Thiru Thuraikattum Vallalar/Uthiravaneswarar / Vallalar Swamy with his consort Goddess Sri Thozhinayaki/Veyirutholiammai
Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Theertham – Cauvery
Sthalavruksham – Vizhal
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Nandikeshwara, Nalvar, Navagrahas, Somaskandhar, Arunachaleswarar, Natarajar & Sivakami, Lord Surya, Bhairava, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Goddess Durga, Goddess Gajalakshmi, Lord Shaneeswara,
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Arudra Darisanam, Masi Makam, Aippasi Annabhishekam,
The legend has Thiru Gnana Sambandhar arrived on this sacred land and realized that the river Cauvery was brimming with strong current of water.  He was dejectedly remained on the river banks for quite some times searching for a ferryboat.  Soon there appeared a hunter from nowhere instructed Sambandhar to follow him to go across from one end of the teeming water to the other end.   As soon as the hunter got into the brimming water, the river parted into both the ways leaving a space in the middle for them to walk comfortably.  Immediately after reaching on the other side Sambandhar looked for the hunter to reveal his gratitude, but he was not to be seen.   Hence, the presiding deity has got the name Thuraikattum Vallalar.
Another legend has that a Brahmin who was a zealous devotee of Lord Shiva lived in this village.  He offered attractive garlands made of fresh flowers to worship Lord.  One day as usual he arrived on the river banks of Cauvery carrying a basket full of fresh flowers of alluring fragrances; he desperately noticed that the river was overflowing.   He set into the strong current without any wavering and headed towards the other bank.  He does not want to discontinue worship of Lord whatever may happen.  Soon, he was trapped into the strong current; he firmly clutched the basket above his head.  He was not concerned about his life, but worried nothing should happen to the flowers kept for the worship of Lord.  Lord was pleased at the firm devotion and dedication of the Brahmin.  Gradually, the water current drifted him and safely deposited on the river bank.
This temple remains open from 6.30PM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.              `
 Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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