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.
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