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Neelakandeswarar Temple



Neelakandeswarar Temple is located inErukkattampuliyur,Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu . This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one among 275 Shiva Sthalams and is one of the naadu Nadu Shiva Sthalams.

Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple. There are five Shivalingas in the temple worshipped by the five Pandava brthers, Dharma, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva.

It is believed that the Naimisaranya Munis lived here in the form of trees and when the locals began cutting the trees for firewood, Siva is said to have converted them all to Vellerukku trees, unsuitable for firewood.

This shrine is believed to have been built by a childless Pandya King, who was later blessed with a child - Rajendran, hence the name Rajendrapattinam.

For remedy from illness, to achieve promotions in job, people pray in this temple. They pray in the shrine of Lord Shodasalinga to achieve 16 types of wealth.

Lord granted darshan to them individually. They prayed to the Lord that He should grace all devotees from this place.  He appeared then as five Shivalingas as prayed by the Pandava brothers.  Hence, there are five Lingas (Panchalingas) in separates shrines in the temple.



This Sivastalam is located at Rajendrapattinam near Vriddachalam and Sreemushnam. It is one of the five Puliyur shrines worshipped by Vyagrapadar, the other four being Perumpuliyur, Omampuliyur, Paatirippuliyur andPerumpatrappuliyur (Chidambaram).

During their exile, Pandava brothers stayed in this place for some time.  They could not get Shivalingas for their worship here.  They lit lamps in the Iluppai nuts and worshipped the Lord in meditation. 


10 day Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May, Shivrathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Opening Time:

The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Moolavar               :   Thiruneelakandeswarar, Padikarai Nathar
Amman / Thayar    :   Amirthavalli, Mangalambigai
Thala Virutcham    :   Iluppai
Theertham              :   Brahmma, Amirtha theertham
Agamam / Pooja     :   Karanagamam
Old year                  :1000-2000 years old

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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