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History and Significance of Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple, Tiruneelakudi 

The first thought that strikes a devotee on hearing the name of Tiruneelakudi is the oil abishek to Lord. Pots and bowls of oil poured on the Shivalinga dries off then and there and it appears as if no such abishek was done even for a year. There is no clue till now where the oil disappears. The Shivalinga is ever rough on the surface despite such continuous oil abishek. It is said that such large quantity of oil is used to bring down the poisonous effect on His neck (Neelakanda) when he devoured the Halakala poison that emerged when the milk ocean was churned to protect the world. With the Vilwa tree –Pancha Vilwa tree – with its five petals, the jack tree in the temple has also its own sacredness. The fruit should be cut and offered to Lord as nivedhana and then only taken to homes by the devotees. Taking them direct without offering to Lord will end in some punishment. It is proved by experience to those who wanted to test this condition. The Shiva Linga is not soft despite abisheks of years. A turf also appears on the Shivalinga. This is the sacred place where Sage Markandeya was blessed with immortality. Mother Dakshayani attending the Yajna of Daksha against the wishes of Lord, performed penance here and joined Lord again in this sacred Tiruneelakudi. Lord Brahmma, Sages Vasishta, Devakanda, Surapanma and Kamadenu the divine cow worshipped Lord Neelakandeswara and got relieved of their curses. Saint Appar sung his soul touching Thevaram hymns. It is mentioned in the Sthalapurana – local history – that while Appar sung the ‘Kallinodu Avan Kayyar’ hymn meaning ‘when tied with the stone’ he mentioned only Lord Neelakandeswara of the temple. The story of Appar thrown into the sea by the Jain backed king into the sea tied with a stone and the very stone becoming a floating cork taking Appar to the shore unharmed is an outstanding experience of a devotee saved by Lord Shiva. It is an epic by itself.

History of Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple, Tiruneelakudi

Those following the Yoga Marga, Tiruneelakudi is the place to begin with as Mooladhara sthala. There are six Aadharas known as Mooladhara, Swadishtana, Manipooraka, Anagatha, Vishuddi and Aagna in the human body. The efforts to raise the Kundalini Shakti begin from the Mooladhara. When Sage Markandeya determined to escape death, Sage Naradha advised him to surrender to Lord of Tiruneelakudi to win the wish. Markandeya scrupulously followed Naradas’s advice and was deeply merged in penance. Lord appeared before him and asked what he wished. As begged by the sage, Lord granted him Immortality – Chiranjeevi – boon to Markandeya. As a token of his gratitude to his Lord granting him an endless lease of life, Sage Markandeya took Lord in a palanquin to Ilandulai, Enadhimangalam, Tirunageswaram, Tirupuvanam, Tiruvidaimarudur and Maruthuvakudi and other places.

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