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History and Significance of Sri Shivaloka Nathar Temple, Thirupunkur 

The temple was earlier known as Punkur temple as it was dense with Punga trees. Lord is in the form of an anthill, small in size. Nandhi came a little later. The first Linga and Nandhi alone brought name and fame to the temple. As Lord is in the form of an anthill, the Kuvalai- to cover the anthill Linga- is removed on Mondays at about 8.30 p.m. for offering the punugu paste. Devotees can have the darshan of the Lord only with Kuvalai cover. Once a contest arose between Lord and Mother about their beauty. Lord said that He would drop a Durba grass with three knots and would accept that she was more beautiful at the place where the grass fell. This grass fell as five Lingas-Pancha Lingas. The power of these Lingas are such that they bless the devotees with wedding boon and freedom from curses of past births etc. This is also the temple where Lord directed Nandhi to move a little to grant His darshan to His devotee Nandanar. Nandhi in the temple has no tongue. We see Dwarapalakas in all temples with their heads raised. Here they are polite bowing asif to receive Nandanar the choice devotee of Lord. There is a shrine for Kulam Vettiya Pillayar meaning Lord Vinayaka who dug the tank with the help of Boodhas in a single night to enable Nandanar to have his bath to be blessed with the darshan of Lord.

History of Sri Shivaloka Nathar Temple, Thirupunkur

Nandanar a farm worker belonging to backward community was a staunch Shiva devotee harbouring a desire to worship Shiva in Chidambaram. But his boss denied him leave. He was hoping Naalai Pogalam-let me go tomorrow. That tomorrow came when his boss granted him leave. Nandanar was passing through this place where he desired to have the darshan of Lord Shivalokanathar but Nandi was in the way. The Dwarapalakas informed the Lord that Nandanar was there for His darshan. Lord ordered Nandhi to move a little so that Nandanar could have a comfortable darshan. This is a temple that honoured a devotee of highest standard of Bhakti

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