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Nachiyar Kovil, Thirunaraiyur Nambi Temple, Sri Nambi Perumal Temple | TamilNadu, Thanjavur

Nachiar Kovil or Thirunarayur Nambi Temple in Thirunarayur, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and his wife Lakshmi. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Srinivasa Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Nachiyar. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.


According to the legends, Sage Medhavi prayed to Lord Vishnu to get Goddess Lakshmi as his daughter. True to his prayer, the sage Medhavi found a beautiful girl child under vanjula tree and the sage started taking care of that girl as his own daughter and named her Vanjulavalli. The girl grew up and was of marriageable age. Vishnu appeared to Medhavi, pleased by the latter's devotion and asked his daughter to be married to him. The sage happily m...View more


Thirunaraiyur Nambi Temple is built in Dravidian Architecture style. The temple has a 5-tiered rajagopuram on the eastern side, raising up to a height of 75 ft (23 m). The entrance through the eastern gateway leads to a hall of 16 pillars, called Neenila Mutram. The centre of the hall is occupied by Dwajasthamba (the flag pole) and Balipeeda (the place of sacrifice), one behind the other. The front portion of the flag pole has a small shrine for ...View more

Darsan Info

The Temple is open from  6.30 AM to 12.30 PM and  4.30 PM to 8.30 PM.

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Darsan Dresscode

Male devotees have been advised to wear dhoti, shirt, pyjama or pant and shirt while women and girls should wear saris or churidhar or 'pavadai' with half-sari. Devotees wearing lungi, bermudas, jeans and tight-leggings would not be allowed.


Tamil Nadu is home to many natural resources, classical arts, classical music, classical literature, Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture, hill stations, beach resorts, multi-religious pilgrimage sites, and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kal Garuda Temple, also known as "Nachiar Kovil" is located in Thirunaraiyur, at about 6 to 7 Kms from Kumbakonam. Nachiyar Kovil is also famous for Brass Sculpting. Finely crafted kuthuvilakku or oil lamps are made here and in neighbouring villages.

Language Spoken:Tamil

Location and Contact

Kal Garudan, Srinivasa Perumal Nachiyar Koil, NH 65, Nachiyar Koil, Tamil Nadu 612602
+91 97502 47777, +91 435 2467167

Nachiarkoil is 10 km from Kumbakonam on the Tiruvarur road. Buses from Kumbakonam to Tiruvarur stop at Nachiyar koil.

Additional Info

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  2. State Bank ATM, HDFC Bank ATM, ICICI Bank ATM
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Temple Rituals

The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. Each ritual has three steps: Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Srinivasa and Nachiyar.During the last step of worship, nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument) are played, religious instructions in the sacred texts Vedas are recited by priests, and worshippers prostrate themselves in front of the temple mast. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.

Regular Offerings

Devotees offer tulsi garlands and vastras and sweet pudding-Sarkarai Pongal as nivedhana to Perumal. Devotees pray to Garuda Bhagwan on Thursdays offering archanas and vastras for relief from delays in marriages, adverse aspects on children and for relief from negative aspects of serpent planets.

Special rituals

Special Thirumanjanam are performed here on Shravanam star days each month.
On Thursdays there are special alankar(decoration) for Garuda statue.

famous Festivals

December/January - 10 day Brahmmotsavam in Margazhi
March/April - Panguni with Garudaseva

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