Nathan Kovil or Thiru Nandipura Vinnagaram Temple in Nathan Kovil, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Srinivasan and his consort Lakshmi as Shenbagavalli. The temple is maintained and administered by the Vanamamalai Mutt.
According to the legends, once Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva, did not respect the gatekeepers of Vishnu. They cursed Nandi that his body would suffer oppressive heat. Nandi informed it to Lord Shiva, who advised him to do penance in Shenbaranyam. Vishnu was impressed by the penance of Nandi and relieved him from curse. Hence the place is also called as 'Thiru Nandhipura Vinnagaram' and even the Theertham (the temple tank) of this temple is call...View more
d as Nandhi Theertham.This temple is part of the famous Kumbakonam Divyadesam Yatra.
Nathan Kovil is built in Dravidian style of architecture. The temple at Nadhan Koil has a rajagopuram with colourful sculptures of Dasavatharam, a vimanam on the sanctum sanctorum and a separate niche for Thayar.Picture Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org
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.
Kumbakonam is a temple town at 40 km from Thanjavur and base town to visit large number of temples including Navagraha temples. Kumbakonam is one of the few places in India, which has a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is where the festival of Mahamaham is celebrated every 12 years at the Mahamaham tank. Nathan Kovil is a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 91 km (57 miles) from Kumbakonam.
Kumbakonam is connected by rail with most important towns and cities in South India. The Mysore- Mayiladuthurai Express connects Kumbakonam with Mysore and Bangalore. There are regular express trains that connect Kumbakonam with major cities in the state like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli.
There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Tiruchirapalli, Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Tirunelveli. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bangalore and Mysore to Kumbakonam.
The temple rituals are performed six times a day:
Ushathkalam at 7 AM, Kalasanthi at 8:00 AM, Uchikalam at 12:00 PM, Sayarakshai at 6:00 PM, Irandamkalam at 7:00 PM and Ardha Jamam at 10:00 PM.
There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal and offer vastras.