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Shivalokanatha Swami

This is the temple where Bhakta Nandanar went and could not see the deity because of the huge Nandhi is right in front of the Shiva Linga, as seen in all Shiva temples. Nandanar belonged to a low caste as per the nonsensical people of those times and he was not allowed inside the temple. He then cried out to Lord Shiva saying 'மாடு வழி மறித்திருக்குதே மலை போலே - உற்றுப் பார்க்க சற்றே விலகாதோ...?'

(maadu vazhi marithu irukudhe malai pole - utru paarka satre vilagadho)

[the bull is blocking my way/vision like that of a mountain - can't it move a bit for me to see my lord?].

 

Lord Mahadeva, who does not bear the slightest inconvenience caused to his devotees told Nandhi this:

"சற்றே விலகியிரும் பிள்ளாய், சன்னிதானம் மறைக்குதாம்"

(Satre vilagi irum pillai, sannidhanam maraikudham)

[move a bit dear son, he says he couldn't see the sanctum sanctorum].

 

Lo and behold! the huge Nandhi moved towards the right, letting Bhakta Nandanar see his beloved Lord. He cried out of joy: "எனக்கும் இரங்கினன் எம்பிரான்..." (enakum iranginan empiran...)

[he listened even to me].

 

This temple has a big pond made by Shri Ganesha on behalf of Nandanar, the local legend say.

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Taken on February 11, 2007