Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthi.
Anuraadha (in Hindi)
Anusham (in Tamil)
Anizham (in Malayalam)
Shri Mahalakshmiswarar Temple, Tirunindriyur – 609 118,
Tirunindriyur Post, Via. S S Nallur, Sirkali Taluk, Nagapattinam district.
Phone: +91 4364 - 320 520
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Aani Tirumanjanam in June-July, Mahashivrathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
History has it that Sage Jamadagni could not excuse his wife Renuka for appreciating the handsomeness of a Gandharva whom she saw in the shadow of water. He ordered his son Sage Parasurama to chop off her head. The son obeyed his commands immediately. Later he sought a boon from his father to get 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. The Lord appeared before both and cleansed them of their sins. Mother Mahalakshmi also worshipped Lord Shiva here. As the Mother is worshipped here the place is known as Tirunindravur. (Tiru-Mahalakshmi).
This temple is noted for Anusham-Anuradha nakshatra worship. A Chola king used to worship Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram each day. When he crossed this place once, the wick of the lamp got extinguished. They could not light it despite repeated efforts. It began to burn automatically when they crossed the place. This happened almost every day. He could not find the reason. He enquired a shepherd in the place whether anything strange occurred in the place. The shepherd told the king that there was a Shivalinga in that place. The king wanted to raise a temple for Lord Shiva in another place and tried to take the linga out out but it began to bleed. Hence 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 Sun and Moon are facing each other, which is 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 in the temple. 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.
It is said that those who pray here will be free of sins and fear. 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.Those born of Anusha-Anuradha star pray here often or on the star day or on their birthdays. They also pray on their wedding days, Dwadasi day or on Varalashmi festival days. They cover Lord Shiva with sandal paste and decorate with Madula fruit pearls seeking a happy future.