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Vennailingeswarar Temple



Moolavar: Navaneetheswarar, Vennailingeswarar (vennaip perumaan ? Butter Lord)

Amman / Thayar: Satyaayadaakshi (Velnetunkanni)

Thala Virutcham:Jasmine

Kshhera pushkarini, Milk pond

Old year: 1000-2000 years old

This sivasthalam temple is located 19 Kms from Tiruvarur and 5 Kms from Nagapattinam.

People pray to the Lord of this place to be relieved off from their hardships.

Devotees perform archanas and offer vastras to Lord.

Arulmigu Navaneetheswarar Tirukkoil, Sikkal ? 611 108, Nagapatnam District. Contact Number +91- 4365 245 452, 245 350.



The Vinayaka of this place blesses the devotees in the name Sundara Ganapathi. Lord Muruga in the holy places, Ettukkudi, Enkan and Sikkal are alike in structure and so it is said, that these three images are sculpted by the same sculptor. On the North-western corner of the temple is a separate sanctum for Aanjaneyar.

Kolavaamana Perumal: Once the devas complained about the troubles caused by Mahabali Chakravarthi of the asura clan. So when Lord Vishnu took Vaamana avatar, it is believed that He came to this sacred place, worshipped Lord Siva and got power to annihilate Mahabali. Hence, Lord Vishnu of this place blesses the devotees with the sacred name Kolavaamana Perumal from a separate sanctum.

This is one of the 64 Sakthi Peetams of Amman. Viswaamitrar, Kaarthiyaayanar, Naaradar, Muchukunta Chakravarthi have worshipped in this holy place. The four deities Lord Siva, Perumal, Murugan and Hanuman offering benedictions is a significant aspect of this temple. Arunagirinaathar has sung Tiruppugazh celebrating Lord Muruga of this place. This is one of the 72 canopied temples built by Kochenkat Cholan. The devaas worshipped Lord Muruga by offering Him tirisathai to protect their selves from the onslaught of Soorapadman. Hence, Lord Muruga put an end to Soorapadman and saved the devaas. The belief is that by offering the satru samhaara tiri sathai prayer to Lord Muruga, we will be relieved of enemies? attack and reap benefits, since Amman has bestowed Her shakthi in the form of a Spear to Singaara Velan of this place.

The legend says that during a famine, the divine Kamadhenu of the heavenly abode had consumed meat and Lord Siva knowing this cursed the cow to become a tiger. The sorrow-stricken tiger asked pardon to the Lord. The kind-hearted Lord told the tiger, Take bath in the holy place Mallikaaranyam on the earth, offer your prayers to the Lord there and then you will be relieved of your curse. Accordingly, Kamadhenu came to this place, built a pond and when she took bath, milk from her udders flowed and the whole pond became a milk-pond. From this milk-pond gathered butter. As per the direction of Lord Siva, Sage Vasishta came to this sacred place, created a Lingam from the butter and worshipped. It was a problem to remove this Lingam from this place. So, the place came to be known as Sikkal. (In Tamil the term means problem)   

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 Om Namahsivaya or 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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