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Nerikkattunayagar Temple



Nerikkattunayagar Temple is situated in  Tirukkoodalaiyattrur , Cuddalore ,TamilNadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one among 275 Shiva Sthalams.

As per the legend Siva is said to have intercepted Sundarar's path and asked him to visit this shetram.The temple deity of this  Shivasthalam  is Lord Nerikkattunayagar (Shiva) along with Goddess Purikuzhalambigai.

The temple has two teerthams namely Sangu teertham and Manimutharu. Sundarar is said to have praised the lord with his pathigams.


The annual brahmotsavam is celebrated in the Tamil month of Masi.  The main festival is the annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of Maasi (mid February ? mid March). Navratri, Thaipusam and Arudra Darisanam are also celebrated in great manner. The temple is at a distance of 23 km to the east of Vriddhachalam and 25 km from Chidambaram.



Nerikkattunayagar Temple is situated at  Tirukkoodalaiyattrur  in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. The temple deityof this  Shivasthalam  is Lord  Nerikkattunayagar (Shiva) along with  Goddess  Purikuzhalambigai

God                 :   Nerikkattunayagar

Goddess          :   Purikuzhalambigai

     :   Sangu Theertham, Manimutharu

Pathigam         :  Sundarar

Location          : Tirukkoodalaiyattrur, Tamil Nadu

How to reach:

This sivasthalam temple is located 23 Kms to the east from Virudhachalam. One has to travel by bus on the Virudhachalam - Buvanagiri route and get down at Valaya Madevi. A branch road from Valayamadevi goes to this sivasthalam which is about 3 Kms. from Valayamadevi. The temple is located at the confluence of two rivers Vellaru and Manimutharu.

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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