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108 Dhivya Desam - ThiruNaagai

Location : Nagappattinam
Perumaal : Neelamegapperumal
Thaayaar : Soundaryavalli
Theertham : Sarapushkarini

Paasuram : ThirumangaiAzhwar
Vimaanam : Soundarya Vimanam
Travel Base : Thanjavur

Description: This Dhivya Desam is a vast beautiful temple, in the town of Nagappattinam. Also in Nagappattinam is the Vitanka Stalam Naagaikkaronam sung by the Tevaram hymns.

Deities: The Moolavar is Neelamegapperumaal in a standing posture facing East; there are also shrines of Govindaraja Perumal (Veetrirunda Perumal) and Ranganathar in a reclining posture. There is a rare bronze image of Narasimhar, shown in the gesture of blessing Prahladan, and vanquishing Hiranyakasipu at the same time. The Utsavar here is Soundaryarajan.

Legend has it that Perumaal was worshipped by Nagarajan here, as in the Shivastalam Naagaikkaaronam.  This temple with 3 prakarams has a 7 tiered Rajagopuram which was constructed by during the period of Dutch occupation here. The bronze image of Narasimhar here is said to be of great beauty.

Festivals: Six worship services are offered each day here. The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Pankuni; Vaikuntha ekadasi and Aadi Pooram are other festivals of importance here. Legend has it that it was decreed that the third breast of a local princess would disappear upon her sightiing her groom to be. This princess sighted Nagarajan offering worship to Perumaal here at Nagappattinam, and married him, and that Perumaal appeared in front of the couple in three different postures, as seen in the temple and blessed them.