Tirunalurmayaanam – Sri Gnanaparameswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Gnanaparameswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Palasavananathar, Gnanaparameswarar

Ambal: Periyanayaki

Sthala Theertham: Gnana theertham

Sthala Virksham: Palasu

Devaram: Tiruganasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.


Legend has it that Aapastamba muni  worshipped here. The inscriptions here date back to the period of Aditya Chola I. Only two worship services are offered each day in this small temple. Kartikai Deepam and Sivaratri are celebrated here. In the village of Injikkollai nearby, there is the Gnanapureeswarar temple built by Kulotthunga II.

The place, known as Chaturvedimangalam during the Chola days was also known as Naalvediyur being the Tamil version of the Sanskrit word.  The faith is that one worshipping in this temple may become a Vedic Scholar. The place is one of the four Mayanams, the other three being Kachi Mayanam, Kadvur Mayanam and Kazhi Mayanam.

The temple is praised in the hymns of Saivite saints Tiruganasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.   In his Thevaram hymns, saint Thirugananasambandar sings the glory of the Lord in the following lines.   “No evil will touch those ever chanting the glory of the Universal Father gracing from Naalur Mayanam and who pressed the ten headed Ravana by His one toe and also gifted him a sword and life.” This is the 96th temple on the southern bank of Cauveri praised in Thevaram hymns.

3 time puja is performed in the temple daily. Festivals are celebrated in the month of Purattasi (September-October), Margazhi (December-January) and Masi (February-March).


Tirucherai is 15 km from Kumbakonam. From Tirucherai towards Kudavasal, north of the second kilometer lies Naalur. This is now known as Tirumeignanam. Naalur Mayanam is half a kilometer far from this place.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m

Temple Telephone Number:

094439 59839

Temple Address:

Sri Gnana Parameswarar Temple,

Naalur Mayanam,

Thirucherai Post – 612 605,

Kudavasal Taluk,

Thanjavur district.

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