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History and Significance of Sri Kailaswanathar Temple, Nedungudi 

The Giri Valam (going around the mount) as practiced in Tiruvannamalai is followed in the Nedungudi temple too on Poornima days. There is a river at the foothills of the temple in the northeast called Paamparu and Sarpa Nadhi in the Girivalam path. Bathing in this river and worship the Lord bring all benefits to the devotee. On Poornima (full moon day), Amavasya (new moon day) and first of Tamil month days and Pradosham (13th day either from new moon or full moon day) special pujas are performed to Nandhi Bhagwan (the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva) with bhajans.

History of Sri Kailaswanathar Temple, Nedungudi

During the Puranic Age, Nedungudi was dense with Vilwa trees on a mount. Two brothers, Perunjeevi and Chiranjeevi came to this place to worship Lord Shiva. Perunjeevi asked the younger brother Chiranjeevi to bring a Shivalinga for the penance from Kasi. As the younger brother could not reach Nedungudi with a Linga from Kasi in time, Perunjeevi made a Linga himself and began the worship. When Chiranjeevi returned with the Shivalinga from Kasi, he begged his brother to do puja for this Linga too but Perunjeevi refused to do so. The younger brother began intense penance for the approval of his Linga. Lord Shiva appeared before the brothers and named Perunjeevi’s Linga as Kailasanathar and that of Chiranjeevi as Kasinathar and told them that those worshipping both Lingas would gain the benefit of praying at Kasi and Kailash. The temple was renovated by the Pandya kings in the 13th century.

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