Nallicherry (Nandi mangai) – Sri Jambunatha Swamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Jambunatha Swamy Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Jambunatha

Ambal: Akhilandeswari

Sthala Theertham: Cauvery

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Kaumari. The Siva temple Lord Jambunatha facing West  and Goddess Akhilandeswari  is located 1/2 kilometres away from the Agraharam – on the North.  The Lord faces the burial ground, 1 kilometre on the West and bestows his divine vision during cremation to attain Moksha by the deceased. This is a rare arrangement, not available in most of the villages or Towns . Lord Siva is also worshipped by Sun God in February and March for third days continuously in the evening. His rays falling on the top, middle and bottom portions respectively of the Sivalingam . Nandikeswara worshipped the deity  and did penance here to obtain panchakeshara siddhi, which he could not get at Thiruvaiyaru  about 6 kilometres from here. This village originally called Nandi Mangai according to sthalapuranam, is now known as Nallicherry.

Waves of spiritual ecstasy roll over Lord Nandiswara, the divine vehicle of Lord Shiva, as Siva’s kazhal, the leg ornament brush Nandi’s sides. But Lord Nandishwar also longed for the touch of Shiva’s lotus feet on his body. So Nandeeswara conducted 1008 Pradosham poojas with utmost sincerity and devotion. As a result of this sincere puja, Lord Siva satisfied devoted Nandi’s longing at this Nandhimangai temple.

The village is one of the Sapthasthalas forming seven Holy Kshetras in and around where the annual SapthaSthanam festival is held in the month of Panguni . The Dieties from the main temple Chakkarappalli are taken in a procession in very huge “kannadippallakkoo” weighing more than 2000 Kgs by bearers on bare foot over more than 40 Kms in two days nonstop except for few hours halt at Kudamurutti river sands for the fireworks show at 4 am . This was the only major unique festival of the area which was / will be well remembered by young and old and was eagerly awaited upon . The huge crowd of pilgrims going on foot along with the pallakkk is absent today as all the color and glitter of those days. Being celebrated these dayson a low level with hardly any public fund and interest.

Route:

The temple is located at Nallicheri on the road which branches left from the Aiyampettai – Thanjavur road past the Pasupathi Temple. It is near both Soolamangalam and Ayyampettai.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

Temple Address:

Sri Jambunatha Swamy Temple

Nallicherry

Aiyampettai (P.O)

Kumbakonam (Taluk)

Thanjavur dts

 

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