A closeup view of the temple entrance at Sri Naanmadhiya Perumal Temple
A closeup view of the temple entrance at Sri Naanmadhiya Perumal Temple

Sri Naanmadhiya Perumal Temple, named as ‘Thiruthalaichanga Nanmadiyam’ is located at Thalaichangadu, Akkur, Nagapatnam district of Tamilnadu. Naanmadhiya Perumal Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. The legend says that the Lord Chandra (The Moon God) got relieved from His curse when He visited this temple and took bath in the holy temple tank. The curse was for the reason that Lord Chandra married the twenty seven daughters of King Daksha Prajapati but partially showed more love on Rohini and was not paying proper attention to His other 26 wives.

By knowing this, the king Daksha Prajapati cursed Lord Chandra that the handsome face of Lord Chandra will be depreciated day by day. The cursed Lord Chandra was advised by His Guru Brahaspathi to worship Lord Vishnu to get relieve of His sins. As the curse of Lord Chandra (the moon god) was got relieved in this temple, the temple is also called as ‘Chandra Shaba Harar’. And it is said that Lord Vishnu was pleased by Lord Chandra’s devotion and wore Him on His head as an ornament.

Specialty

The primary deity of this Naanmadhiya Perumal Temple is Lord Naanmadhiya Perumal (Lord Vishnu), with Panchajanyam (conch) facing the east direction. Lord Naanmadhiya Perumal blesses the devotees here along with Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Bhoodevi, and with one of His arms placed on His hip. It is said that Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva to obtain the Panchajanyam, the conch, which is considered to be more precious.

Since Lord holds the conch and the place were covered with more trees earlier, the place is came to be known as ‘Thalaichangadu’. The Goddess Thalaichanga Nachiar, the consort of Lord Naanmadhiya Perumal does not have a separate shrine in this temple. The idol of Goddess Andal in this temple is said to be very special and mesmerizing. The Vimanam (temple tower) of Sri Naanmadhiya Perumal Temple is called Chandra Vimanam and the temple tank is called Chandra Pushkarini.

Dharshan Timing

The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and in the evening from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Chittirai Utsavam – April or May
  • Navaratri – September or October
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi – December or January
By Road

Extensive network of roads connect it to Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Pondicherry, Thanjavur and all other major cities. Nagapattinam is located at a distance of about 330kms from Chennai by Road.


By Train

Nagapattinam railway junction connects Thiruvarur in the west, Nagore in the north, Velankanni in the south and Karaikal in the east. There is a daily express train to Chennai via Mayiladuthurai and Ernakulam via Coimbatore and it connects all major cities.


By Air

The nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, located 145 km (90 miles) away from the town.

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