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Sri Kannayira Nathar temple



Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple .It is the faith of the devotees that a bath in the Sesha Theertha and worship of Lord Shiva would relieve them from sins and curses.  Those suffering from vision problems use to apply the herbal mixture offered in the temple and bathe in the Theertham. 

They also consume the fig Prasad dipped in honey for cure.  Those facing skin problems consume Sesha Theertha Prasad offered on Poornima-full moon days.

There are two sacred springs Brahmma Theertham and Sesha theerthams created by Lord Brahmma and Divine Serpent Adi Sesha.  Brahmma created the spring for his Shiva worship for relief from a curse.  Adisesha passed through a well in the temple to the sanctum to worship the Lord and thus Sesha Theertham came into being. 

Those suffering from vision problems bathe in the former with a herbal mixture offered in the temple and consume also the fig-honey Prasad for cure while those with skin defects consume the Sesha Theertham Prasad offered on full moon days.
Lord Vinayaka is worshipped as Pramodha Vinayaka.  The word means excited joy.  It is believed that worshipping Pramodha Vinayaka would keep the devotee ever happy.



Kannayira nathar is one of the ancient temple situated in thiruvarur.Dangam means the tool of the sculptor.  Vidangam means ?without sculptor?s tool?.  That which comes naturally without the use of dangam or sculptor?s tool is called Vidangam or Swayambu. 

Seven places with such Vidanga or Swayambu Lingas are called Saptha (seven) Vidanga Sthalas.  Indira won a war against the demons with the assistance of Emperor Mushukunda.  As token of his gratitude, Indira wanted to present a gift to the emperor and asked him what he expected.  Mushukunda asked for Vidanga Linga Indira had. 

Indira did not want to part with that valuable asset.  He thought of making 6 such Lingas with the help of the divine sculptor Maya to present them to the emperor.  He made them ready.  Mushukunda, with his own divine power found the real Linga with its fragrance of Sengazhuneer flower. 

Realizing the play of Lord, Indira gave all the seven Lingas to Mushukunda. Mushukunda installed these seven Lingas in Seven places.

Mother Mahalakshmi, Indira, Sages Kabala, Patanjali and Vyakrapada had worshipped Lord in this temple.  Lord Dakshinamurthy is praised as Gnana Dakshinamurthy.  Devotees believe that Lord Swarnakarshana Bhairava will help them recover the losses they had incurred.

Temple Timings:

The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m

Temple Festivals:

The temple celebrates Brahmmotsavam on Vaikasi Visakam day in May-June and sivarathri also celebrated widely.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray Your Ishta Devata before Pilgrimage to temple
  • Do Contact Temple Devasthanam information center for inquiry ,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 deposit your offerings in the hundi only

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any Purpose other than worshiping 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 Dharshanam. 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

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