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Nathan Kovil



Nathan Kovil or Thiru Nandipura Vinnagaram Temple in Nathan Kovil, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th and 9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Srinivasan and his consort Lakshmi as Shenbagavalli.

Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva, is believed to have got his curses relieved by worshipping Vishnu here and hence the place is called Nandipuram. All the shrines and water bodies associated with the temple are named after Nandi.

Six rituals are performed everyday and two festivals are celebrated every year in the temple. The Fridays during the Tamil month of Aipasi are believed to be auspicious to worship Shenbagavalli.

Nandi (ox) is the Vahanam (carrier) of Lord Shiva. He is one of an extraordinary example for pure love and devotion to god. He has proved that neither good appearance nor sweet voice is needed to reach God.

Only pure and simple devotion would bring God near you.He was the one who explained the greatness of Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu. Once this Nandi performed Tapas (penance) seeking Lord Vishnu blessing and because of this, the place is known as "Nandipura Vinnagaram". Nathan means "Teacher" or "Guide". As Lord Narayana guided at this place, he is called as "Nathanadha".



Thiru Nandhipura Vinnagaram Divyadesam familiarly worshipped as Nathankoil. Jaganatha Perumal Temple resembles Puri Jagnathar Temple hence it is also called as Dakshina Jaganatham.

Moolavar is blessing as Natha Nathan, Vinnagara Perumal  and  Jaganathan, blessing in HIS Sitting Posture holding a Sword, a Bow, a Sudharshana Chakram ( The Discus ), Sangu ( The Conch ) and a Dhandam ( The Stick ) in His hands under the Mandhaara Vimanam facing West.

Utsava Murthi is Jaganathan. This place was once with full of the flower called  Shenbagam.  Hence Thayar here is being worshipped as Shenbagavalli Thayar. Temple Pushkarini is Nandhi Theertham. The place is being called as Nadhipuram as this village and the temple were built by one of the Vishnu Devotee King Nandhi Varman.

The temple rituals are performed six times a day: Ushathkalam at 7 a.m., Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 12:00 p.m.,Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 7:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 10:00 p.m.

Molavar - Thiru Vinnagara Perumal, Nathanathan

Utsavar  - Jaganathan

Thayar   - Shenbagavalli Thayar

Blessing Pose  - Sitting Posture Facing West

Kshetram   - Shenbaharanya Kshetram

Theertham  - Nandhi Theertham

Vimanam -   Mandhara Viamanam

Praised By -
Thirumangai Azhwar with 10 Pasurams

Speciality  -
Chandhra Dhosha Parikara Sthalam - Seperated Couple will get Re-Unieted by praying the ALMIGHTY here

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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