Lord Agneeswara graces facing west against the traditional direction of east. There is a slope like formation around the Shivalinga filled with water to calm down the Agni or heat of the Lord. This is a significant feature in the temple.
Sri Agneeswarar Temple, Nalladai-609 306, Tharangampadi Taluk, Nagapattinam district.
Phone: +91 4364-285 341,97159 60413,94866 31196
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Aippasi Annabishekam in October–November, Karthikai Somawar–Mondays of Karthikai in November–December, Margazhi pujas and Arudra Darshan also called Tiruvadhirai in December–January, Thai Fridays and Thai Poosam in January–February, Maha Shivrathri in February–March, Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Panchamurthi processions on Karthikai Sundays in November–December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Sage Mruganda Maharshi organized a great Yagna for the Lord of Nalladai. He also announced that the materials required for the Yagna may be contributed by the public. They wove three silk clothes with gold and offered one to the Lord, one to the Rishi and the third to their king. At the end of the yagna, the rishi put two clothes given to him and the Lord in the the fire pit. The public raised the question "would the clothes placed in the Yaga Gunda reach the Lord." The sage asked them to go and see it for themselves in the sanctum sanctorum. It was a pleasant surprise for the devotees to see their product covering the Lord. The sage explained that of the various types of Agni, Bharanai Rudragni was one that had the power which took things they gave to the Lord. Hence, the Nalladai temple is attributed to Bharani star. Vilwa, the sacred tree of the temple has a story. One day, the Chola King of the day and Sivanesa Nayanar came here to worship the Lord. A tiger chased Nayanar who climbed on the tree nearby. After a while, when he came to the Kundangulam tank, the animal still followed but was killed by the Nayanar. The Lord appeared before Nayanar and blessed him.
Bharani nakshtra natives are advised to visit this temple as often as they could and worship Lord Agneeswara. It is said that Bharani people would rule Dharani–world meaning that they will be very popular. They are advised to perform Homas to the Lord who is Agni–Fire personified. The benefits would be double if they do so on the Bharani star day in Karthikai–November–December. As the temple is facing west, it is said that praying in such temples would bring great benefits to the devotee as the Lord would be furious in nature here. Mother Sundaranayaki graces facing the south. In order to reduce the heat of the Lord, a slope like form is made around the Shiva Linga filled with water. This is the place that wove clothes to Lord Himself, it is named Neithaladai – weaving fine clothes. In course of time it it shrunk as Nalladai.