Murappanadu Nava Kailasam

The Nava Kailasam Temples are Navagraha Temples where Lord Shiva itself is considered the particular Graham or planet. All the Temples are situated on the banks of the river Thamirabarani. As per mythology, Sage Agasthya came down South to balance the world when everyone assembled in Kailasam. Lord Pasupathi advised Agasthya to move to South to balance the earth. The rishi obeyed the commands of the Lord. Sage agasthiyar was doing penance in the podhikai hills. One of his prime disciples was ur Omacha munivar.

He prayed Lord pashupathi to get liberation. The Lord wanted to bless this to him through his guru agasthiyar. agasthiyar put nine flowers in the river and asked uromacha munivar to install a shiva lingam as kailasha nathar, wherever the flowers dock on the bank and finally bathe and worship the Lord in the place where the river joins the ocean, by doing so he would get what he wished. Adhering to his guru's words, munivar worshipped the Stain-thraoted Lord in the nine places where the nine flowers stopped in the form of shiva lingam and finally bathed in the place where thamiraparani joined the ocean and got liberated. These nine abodes are called Nava Kayilayam


Kailasa Nathar Temple, Murappanadu( (Guru) - The fifth Nava Kailasam is in Murappanaadu. This temple is associated with Jupiter. The Holy river of Thambirabharani flows from North to South as the Ganges does in Kasi. So this place is called ‘Dhakshina Gangai'. Apart from this, there is the famous Dasavadara Teertha Ghat here, where there are 10 sculptures in one stone. Murappanadu is 17 k.m from Tirunelveli along the Tirunelveli - Tuticorin road.

Legend- This temple was built by Vallala Maharaja. A Chola king got a daughter with a horse face. He prayed to Lord Shiva to change his daughter's horse face. Then Lord Shiva appeared before him and told him to go to Murappanadu and take a bath there. As per the dictates of Lord Siva, the Chola king and his daughter took bath in this holy river and the girl was rewarded with a normal face. Ambal here is Sivakami. Morning Pooja Time - 7.00 A.M - 12.00 P.M / Evening Pooja Time : 4.30 P.M - 7.30 P.M