Anusham  –  Sri Mahalakshmiswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Mahalakshmiswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Mahalakshmiswarar

Ambal: Ulaganayaki

Sthala Theertham: Neela Poigai

Sthala Virksham: Vilwam

Star: Anusham


You face more problems in life compared to other men. You must be ready to work hard to fulfill the responsibilities you have undertaken. Often you may feel that the results you get are not proportional to the efforts made. Unwise thought and action may cause you much trouble. You do not receive much help from your father. You are advised to refrain from arguments, unhealthy competitions, drinking and undesirable adventures. As a man, you tend to go out of the way to seek pleasure and this could have damaging effects. You are not that keen on presenting a fancy external image to world. You appeal to woman with strong emotions. Despite the turbulence of your pre-matrimonial existence, you will enjoy a calm and happy life with your family. Your relatives will enjoy and appreciate your company.


As a young girl you have a fascination for everything new and fanciful. You are lucky with vehicles and enjoy travel. You will probably move far away from your place of birth. Men appreciate many of your qualities. They are fascinated by your nature and by your quick wit. You should try and engage in some kind of routine. Although you may not mass much money, you will be socially well-renowned. You will be exposed to a variety of environments and situations. You may have a serious face and manner. Very simple thing can upset you try to maintain a cheerful outlook and take care f your health since you will be prone to infections. You have the ability to concentrate your efforts on setting and achieving your goals, regardless of the final outcome. If you bear a grudge, you will wait for the opportunity to take revenge. Your relationships with men are not long-lasting. Your patience is minimal.


A Chola king used to worship Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram each day.  When he crossed the place once, the wick of the lamp extinguished.  They could not light it despite repeated efforts.  It began to burn automatically when they crossed the place.  This happened every day.  He could not find the reason.  He enquired a shepherd in the place whether anything strange occurs in the place.  He told the king that there was a Shivalinga in the place pouring milk.  Finding the information true, the king wanted to raise a temple for Lord Shiva in another place and tried to take it out but it began to bleed.  The king built the temple in the same place on Anuradha star day.

The place is called Tirinindriyur as the wick stopped burning (Tiri-wick) and also as Tirunindravur as Mother Mahalakshmi (Tiru-Mahalakshmi) worshipped here.  In the Navagraha shrine (9 planets) Sun and Moon are facing each other, a different form in this temple.  People pray here on New Moon days for the salvation of their departed ancestors.

There is an axe cut scar on the Shivalinga.  Parasurama Linga is in the prakara worshipped by Sage Parasurama.  Lord Jamadagneeswarar graces in the form of a small Shivalinga with Parikeswarar Linga in a bigger size nearby.  Sage Jamadagni is the father of Sage Parasurama.  There is also a shrine for Lord Vishnu.

There are three tanks around the temple as a garland.  Saint Samabandar has mentioned the sacred spring of the temple as Neelamalar Poigai – Blue flower tank.  He has also mentioned in the hymn that those pray here will be free of sins and fear.  Those born of Anusha-Anuradha star pray here often or on the star day or on their birth days.  They also pray on their wedding days, Dwadasi day (12thday from New or Full Moon day) or on Varalashmi festival days.  They cover Lord Shiva with sandal paste and decorate with Madula fruit pearls seeking a happy future.

The significance of the temple lies in the wick story getting off and on during the travel of the Chola king to pray Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram and the miracle unveiled by the shepherd.  The shrine is praised by Saivite Saints Sambandar and Appar.  Though every one irrespective of their birth star pray in the temple seeking remedy from adverse planetary aspects, those born in Anuradha star attach more importance to the temple.

Sage Jamadagni could not excuse his wife Renuka for appreciating the handsomeness of a Gandharva whom she saw in the shadow of the water.  He ordered his son Sage Parasurama to chop off her head.  The son obeyed.  He sought a boon from his ferocious father to grant him his mother back.  Father too obliged. Both father and son came to this place, worshipped Lord Shiva for relief from the sin of killing Renukadevi.  Lord appeared before both and cleansed them of their sins.   Mother Mahalakshmi also worshipped Lord Shiva here.  As Mother worshipped here the place is known as Tirunindravur.  (Tiru-Mahalakshmi).

The temple has a 3 tier tower.  Vinayaka of the place is praised as Lord Selvaganapathy.  Muyalagan the symbol of ignorance or a demon under the feet of Lord Dakshinamurthy in the corridor-prakara has a snake in his hand turning on the left, the Lord blessing him with His left hand.  There is a shrine for Lord Selva Ganapathy in the corridor.  Special pujas are performed to Him on Anuradha (Anusham) star days.

Those facing debt burdens pray to Lord Vinyaka to come out of the predicaments they are in and it is firmly believed by devotees that their prayers are duly responded by Lord Vinayaka.  Lord Subramania graces with His consorts Valli and Deivanai on the peacock vehicle with its face rightward.

Generally, those born of Anuradha star command respect among relatives. They occupy high positions and have the luck of being honoured by the Government. They understand the mind of others and behave accordingly.  They are fond of touring places.  They will not be frank while speaking to others.

Aani Tirumanjanam in June-July, Mahashivrathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


This temple is located at a distance of 7 km from Mayiladuthurai, which is on the way to Sirkazhi.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04364320 520

Temple Address:

Shri Mahalakshmiswarar Temple,

Tirunindriyur – 609 118,

Tirunindriyur Post,

S S Nallur Via.

Sirkali Taluk,

Nagapattinam district.

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