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Nachiayar Kovil is on Kumbakonam Tiruvarur road about 10 kms from Kumbakonam. This temple built by Kochengat Cholan is one of the many Mada temples (built at an elevation to prevent elephants from entering them, read my post on Thiruvanaikaval to know more) that he built. As per the wishes of the Lord he built this temple after he had built 70 Sivan temples. The presiding deity Srinivasa is present with His Consort Vanjulavalli Thayaar. The Lord and His Consort are both present in the same sannadhi and are seen in Kalyana Kolam. Vanjulavalli Thayar or Nachiyar Thayar is given prominence in this temple. Even inside the sannadhi one can notice that Thayar is accorded importance. She is so placed that one can have Her darshan right from the entrance. This is one of the 108 Divya Desams. This is one of the Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Sthalams and corresponds to Chevvai.

Kal Garudar. Nachiyar Kovil

Kal Garudar. Nachiyar Kovil

The legend goes that Sage Medhavi who lived in Nachiyar Kovil prayed to Lord Vishnu to have Mahalakshmi as his daughter. True to this prayer, the sage found a beautiful girl child under Vanjula tree and named her Vanjulavalli. The girl grew up and was of marriageable age. Lord Vishnu, one day manifested himself into five forms and arrived at the sage’s ashram as guests. They were accorded a warm welcome by the Sage’s disciples. Vanjulavalli also served them a delicious meal. After the meal as Vanjulavalli helped them by pouring water to wash their hands, Vasudeva suddenly held her hand and she cried for help. Sage Medhavi came there on hearing his daughter’s cries and saw that all the five forms of Vishnu became one and gave him the darshan as Mahavishnu. Mahavishnu asked the Sage for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Sage Medhavi agreed to this. He also sought the boon of eternal salvation from the Lord. All living beings at this place that gave the Lord his wife and food should also attain eternal salvation. Last but not the least, he asked for the boon that his daughter should always be given prominence. From then on, this temple has been known as Nachiyar Kovil and as per the wish of the Sage, the Goddess is given prominence over the Lord.

Nachiyar Kovil

Nachiyar Kovil

Sthala Perumai in Tamil, Nachiyar Kovil

Sthala Perumai in Tamil, Nachiyar Kovil

Vishnu’s Pancha Vyuha forms of Sankarshana, Pradyumna, Anirudha, Purushottama and Vasudeva are found in the sanctum sanctorum.

It is said that Garuda was the one to trace Mahalakshmi to this place and led Mahavishnu here. As a mark of gratitude, Lord Vishnu has blessed Garudan to receive equal status at this temple.

Kal Garudan is the vahanam of the Presiding Deity at this temple. The Garudan made of stone is seen just outside Perumal’s sannadhi. The Kal Garudan is very famous for a strange phenomenon. During the annual festivals in the Tamil months of Margazhi & Panguni, Kal Garudan is taken out in procession through the four mada streets. It is observed that as He is taken away from the temple, His weight increases exponentially with more number of people required to carry Him, increasing from 4 people to 8, 16, 32 and 64. As the procession approaches the temple again, the weight of Kal Garudan reduces and the number of people required to carry Him also reduces from 64 to 4. During these processions, the Lord is carried by Garudan and Thayar is on Her vehicle which is Swan. It is quite well known that Swan is a slow moving bird while Garudan or Eagle is a fast moving one. However, during these processions, Thayar on Annam or Swan moves faster than Lord on Kal Garudan. This is because people carrying the Kal Garudan are hampered by the weight and are not able to move fast. This seems to fulfill the Lord’s promise to Sage Medhavi that the Thayar will always be given prominence here.

It is said that as the sculptor was creating the Kal Garudan, the idol started flying just after he had sculpted the wings. The astonished sculptor is believed to have thrown a stone to bring the idol down again. Kal Garudan has since then made this His abode and bless all devotees.

Kal Garudan is the Vara Prasadhi at this temple and answers all the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled by praying to Him on nine consecutive Thursdays. He removes the naga doshams, blesses childless couples with progeny, removes obstacle in marriage etc.

Some interesting facts about this temple are

  • The Presiding Deity holds the Chakra and Conch in front of His face.

  • Idols of the Presiding Deities of all the 108 Divya Desams are presnt in this temple.

  • Brahma is believed to have worshipped Lord Vishnu here and can be seen in a standing posture inside the sanctum sanctorum

  • South facing Paramapada Vasal or Sorga Vasal

There is a tank by the side of the temple. It is called Mani Mutharu. There is an interesting story behind the name. Garuda was bringing a diamond ornament for the Lord from Thiruparkadal or the Celestial Ocean. A diamond or mani in tamil fell into the water of this tank causing a degradation in its value to that of a pearl or muthu. Hence the name Manimutharu.

Nachiyar Kovil is also famous for Brass Sculpting. Finely crafted Kuthivilakku or oil lamps are made here and in neighbouring villages. These artisans are heriditary sculptors who have been making utsava idols (idols taken out in procession during festivals) for many temples.

Temple timings: 6.30am –12.30pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm

Temple Location: This temple is 10 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam Tiruvarur Road. All buses on this route stop at Nachiyar Kovil.

Other Temples Nearby:

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Padikkasunathar Temple, Alagaputhur

Thirucherai Saranatha Perumal Temple

Tirucherai Kadan Nivartheeswarar Temple

Uppiliappan Koil

Thirunageswaram Rahu Temple

Karukkakkum Nayaki Temple, Karuvalarcheri

Prathyangara Devi Temple – Ayyavadi

Temple Address:

The Executive Officer,

Arulmigu Srinivasa Perumal Kovil,

Nachiyar Kovil – 612602,

Tanjavur District.

Telephone Number 0435-2467167


Ramanathaswamy Koil at Thirunaraiyur or Nachiar Koil is popular for Saneeswaran who is present here with his two wives and two sons. Ramanathaswamy temple lies between the Thirunaraiyur Nambi temple or Kal Garudan temple and Siddhanathar temple. Thus it is situated between a Divya Desam and a Padal Petra Sthalam.

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

The legend goes that King Dasaratha was once ruling the entire world. Saturn was to make its transit to Rohini star after Krithigai. King Dasaratha was informed by sage Vasishta that this transit by Saturn to Rohini would be devastating for the whole world as it would be punctuated with famine and drought causing immense hardship to all the living beings. He asked Dasaratha to prevent it.

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Dasaratha instantaneously set out on his chariot and arrived at the star, Rohini. He saw Saturn moving in his golden chariot in the direction of Rohini and tried to stop Saneeswaran by force. Saneeswaran, though impressed with the King’s valour said that just His looks can destroy anybody. However, king Dasaratha could not be harmed because of the powers that he had accumulated through severe penance. Dasaratha requested Saneeswaran to spare Bhoomadevi and all the creatures living on it. Saneeswaran was pleased by the King’s concern for his people. He asked Dasaratha to go to Thirunaraiyur and have a bath at the temple tank to have his wish fulfilled. King Dasaratha did accordingly and Saneeswaran gave a darshan to Dasaratha and agreed to his prayer. Consequently, Thirunaraiyur is an important place to worship Saneeswaran. This is a Sani dosha nivarthi sthalam. King Dasaratha also sang the following hymn to please Saneeswaran and chanting of this stotra is believed to relieve anybody of Sani Dosham.

Dasaratha Shani Stotram (Click here to view the Sanskrit version of the Stotram)
Om. asya shree shanaishchara stotrasya
dashratha rishi
shanaish-charo-devata
trishtup chandahah
shanaish-chara preety-arthe jape viniyogah

Om. Sri Shani Stotra, Dasharatha is the Rishi (seer of the mantra). Shanaishchara is god (related to this hymn). Trishtup is metre. Enjoined is repetition (of this hymn) for the appeasement of Shanaishchara (Saturn).

kono-antaka roudra-yama-tha babhruh
krishnah shanih pingala manda sourih
nityam smrito yo harate cha peedam
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana (Saturn), who when regularly remembered as (the ten names listed in the first and second line of this verse) steals away the suffering (misfortune of the devotee).

sura asurah kim purusha ragendra
gandharva vidyadhara panna-gash cha
peedyanti sarve vishama-stitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, by whose unfavourable position, gods, demons, celestial beings, celestial musicians, celestial masters of various wisdom-teachings and even celestial snakes succumb to sufferings.

nara narendra pashavo mrigendra
vanyas-cha ye keeta-patanga-bringah
peedyanti sarve vishama-stitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, whose unfavourable position brings agony to laymen, emperors, common animals, huge animals, forest creatures, insects, flies and humming bees (irrespective of their status).

desah-cha durgani vanani Yatra
sena-nivesah pura-pattnani
peedyanti sarve visham-stitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, whose unfavourable position brings about suffering to countries, citadels, forests, war-camps, houses and cities.

tilairya-vair-masha gudanna danaih
iohena neelambara danato va
preenati mantrair-nijavasare cha
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, who is appeased by giving in charity things like sesame, paddy, black-gram, molasses, rice pudding, iron, blue cloth etc., and by chanting mantras on his own day (Saturday).

prayaga-koole Yamuna tate cha
sarasvati punya-jale guhayam
yo yoginam dhyana-gatopi sookshmas
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, who manifests in subtle form before the yogis who meditate on him at any holy bank of prayag (confluence) of two rivers; Yamuna and Saraswati, or in a cave.

anya-pradeshat swagriham pravishtas
tadeeya-vare sa narah sukhe syat
grihad gato yo na punah prayati
tasmai namah sri ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, who bestows happiness to a person when He enters His own house (constellation); (though) when He leaves the house, does not return for a long time.

srashta swayam-bhoor bhuvana trayasya
trata hareesho harate pinakee
ekas tridhah rig yajuh sama murtis
tasmai namah sri ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, who is the creator of three worlds, who is the self-manifested being, who is Hari the protector and Pinakin (Siva, bearer of the three pointed spear or pinaka), the destroyer, all in one, as well as the embodiment of the three-fold Vedas; Rig, Yajus and Saman.

konasthah pingala babruh
krishno roudroantako yamah
sourih shanaish-charo manday
pippalandena sam stutah

Thus, Pippalada praises Thee (by chanting your ten names as contained in lines 1-3).

etani dasha-namani
pratar-uthaya yah pathet
shanaishchara-krita peeda
na kadachid bhavishyati
Harih Om

He who chants these ten names, getting-up early in the morning, will never suffer from the pain caused by Saturn. Harih Om.

SHANAISHCHARA STOTRAM

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

About Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur in Tamil

About Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur in Tamil

This is the only place where He is present with His wives Mandhi Devi and Jyeshta Devi and two sons Maandhi and Kuligan. Lord Rama and Anjaneya are believed to have prayed at this temple on their way back to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.

The main deity of this temple is Ramanathaswamy and His consort is Parvathavardhini, just as in Rmeswaram. Many consider this temple equivalent to Rameswaram and those unable to visit Rameswaram visit this temple.

In the navagraha shrine, the Sun is at the centre and is seen with his two wives Usha Devi and Prathyushadevi. The rays of the Sun and the Moon fall directly on the Shivalingam sometime in the month of April.

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

This temple is maintained by the HR and CE department.

Temple Location:

Thirunaraiyur is about 8 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam Tiruvarur route. All buses on this route stop at Thirunaraiyur or Nachiyar Koil.

Other Temples Nearby: 

Other Temples Nearby:

Nachiyar Kovil

Padikkasunathar Temple, Alagaputhur

Thirucherai Saranatha Perumal Temple

Tirucherai Kadan Nivartheeswarar Temple

Uppiliappan Koil

Thirunageswaram Rahu Temple

Karukkakkum Nayaki Temple, Karuvalarcheri

Prathyangara Devi Temple – Ayyavadi

Travel Base: Kumbakonam

Temple Address:

Ramanathaswami Temple,

Nachiar Koil-612602

Phone number 0435-2476411/2476157.