Kshetra is known for the stone Garuda Vahana which becomes heavy
in stages when taken out; initially requiring four persons in the
sannadhi and requires sixty four persons to carry at the end. This
Garuda is treated in equivalence to Lord Vinayaka and so the dish
Mothakam named as "Amudha Kalasam" is offered to him.
Here Thayar(Nacchiyar) gets preference in all uthsavas and hence
called Nacchiyar Kovil. During Uthsava days Nacchiyar comes out
first to give darshan. The Lord Himself became guru( Acharya) and
performed Panchasamaskara to Tirumangai azhwar at this place. Brahmothsavam
during Dhanurmasam (Margazhi- Dec-Jan) is celebrated in grand manner.
The kshetra has fragrance all over and hence called Narayur (The
word for fragrance in Tamil is Narumanam).
There is huge tank 648 feet long and 225 feet wide in front of the
temple, It has a number of steps in the 3 sides. This tank is like
a river and so it is called as "Mani Muthaaru". There
is a beautiful tale behind the name of this pond. Once king of the
birds Garuda, took a diamond head ornament to Narayur Nambi from
Thiruparkadal. A diamond (Mani) accidentally fell from the ornaments
into this pond. As the precious stone fell into the pond degrading
it's status to ordinary pearl (Muthu), this tank is known as Mani
+ Muthi + Aaru (tank or pond). Festival :
There are two Bramotsavarams in this temple annually. One in the
tamil Month Panguni(March-April) for 9 days ending on Full Moon
day. The Other is in the tamil Month Margazhi(December-January)
for 9 days ending on Dwadesi(Suklapaksham). On both festival the
Garudasevai is on the 4th day. Teppotsavam in the nights are called
as "Mukkodi Utsavam". The other festival celebrated here
is the "Thirukalyana Utsavam" in the tamil month Avani(August-September)
on the Star Visakam.
Approach : This temples is at
the 6th mile from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Thiruvarur route. It
is better known as "Nachiyyar Koil".
One can reach the Kshetra from Kumbakonam on the way
This Kshetra is also known as " Sugandha Giri " .
The diety at this temple has only two hands unlike the others
who have four.
Thirumangaiazhwar was given the " Panchasamskaram "
at this Kshetra by the diety Himself.
The Moolavar of
this sthalam is Thirunarayur Namb (Nachiyar Nambi) Also called as.
Srinivasan and Vasudevan. The Moolavar is giving his seva in standing
posture being ready to marry the Thaayar, facing east (Kalyana thirukkolam).
Prathyaksham for Medavi Munivar and Brahma devan.
How to Get There
This temples is at the 6th mile
from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Thiruvarur route. It is better known
as "Nachiyyar Koil". The temple is on road-side and no
much facilities are available here. Either we had stay at Kumbakonam
or at Oppiliyapar Temple and visit this temple.