Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar Temple
Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar Temple-Madurai

Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar Temple is located in Periyar bus stand near Madurai in tamil nadu. The temple is in the center of Madurai town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the lingam here is known as Immayil Nanmai Tharuvar and the Goddess is Naduvoor Nayaki. It is a rare sight to see Lord facing west and posing in worshipping form, but the devotees of this temple are lucky to witness the both. The devotees are allowed to have a rear side Dharshan as Lord Siva and Meenakshi are performing Pooja to the lingam. At Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, the priest performs Shiva Puja standing before the Lingam and Suyarupa Shiva. Abishekam is offered to only the Shivalingam. Thaila (oil) abishekam is offered to Suyarupa Shiva on New Moon, (Amavasya), full moon days (Poornima) days and for 30 days in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January) – a total of 54 days every year. On Shivarathri night (in February-March) Shangabishek (with the conch shell) is performed with Homas.

Sri Immayil Nanmai Tharuvar temple is a where Lord Shiva worships Himself. The scriptures relate the story of Brahmma and Vishnu worshipping Shiva but the temple has the story that Shiva worshipped himself. Shiva Himself installed the Linga here.It is firmly believed that one worshipping the Lord here is pleased of all sins in this birth itself and qualified for a berth in heaven. This is the philosophy behind the name Immayil Nanmai Tharuvar meaning He gives all benefits in this birth itself. There is also a scene behind the presiding deity showing both the Lord and His Consort worshipping Shiva.


Lord Shiva wedded Mother Meenakshi, daughter of Malayadwaja Pandya.later he became the king of Madurai. As a rule, Shiva Puaja should be performed before assuming any responsible and high positions. He installed the Linga and performed the puja.Based on this phenomenon, Lord Shiva – Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar- appears in worshipping posture. It is generally believed that relief for sins committed in this birth will come only in following births, it is granted in this birth itself by Lord Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar.

Opening time

Morning 6.15 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Evening 4.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.


  • Masi Shivrathri and Brahmmotsavam in February-March
  • Vaikasi Visakam in May-June
  • Aavani Shiva Puja in August-September
  • Tirukarthikai in November-December
By Bus

Madurai is well connected by road to Chennai, Bangalore, and Mysore, Tirupati, Cochin, Trivandrum and other interstate and other major cities.

By Train

Madurai Railway Junction is one of the major railway junctions in South India. There are direct trains from Madurai connecting important cities in Indian like Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Kollam, Kanyakumari, Trichy, Tirunelveli, Rameshwaram, Thanjavur, Vijayawada, Calcutta, Nagpur, and Bhopal. Madurai has rail connectivity with important cities and towns across India.

By Air    

Madurai Airport is a customs airport serving Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu. The airport is located about 12 km (7.5 mi) from the Madurai railway station. It offers domestic flight services to major cities in India and international services to Colombo, Sri Lanka, Chennai, Colombo, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Dubai. The airport has two adjacent terminals. Currently the integrated terminal is being used for both International and Domestic purpose.

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