Moolavar : Nilathunda Perumal
Amman / Thayar : Ner Uruvilla Valli
Theertham : Chandra Pushkarini
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Nilathingal Thundathan
City : Nilathingal Thundathan
District : Kanchipuram
State : Tamil Nadu
Nilathunda Perumal, Temple’s Speciality:
Housed in a Shiva Temple, this Vishnu temple is one among the celebrated 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu. The one significant and rare feature in the temple is, Mother Mahalakshmi graces from the naval chord Lotus of Lord which, according to scriptures belongs to Lord Brahmma the Creator. As Mother Mahalakshmi grants Her blessings to the devotees with the attribute of Lord Brahamma, it is believed that this darshan will change the adverse destinies of the devotee.
Greatness Of Nilathunda Perumal Temple:
Mother Mahalakshmi has Her abode in the heart of Lord Vishnu on the left. Here, She graces the devotee from the naval chord lotus of the Lord generally belonging to Lord Brahmma. Brahmma creates beings with an order of life that may be good or bad for them based on their past births, according to our beliefs and scriptures. Worshipping Mahalakshmi in this temple, reverses the adverse effects on the devotee originally fixed by Brahamma.
Lord Perumal blesses His devotees seeking child boon. It is noteworthy that Mother Parvathi was relieved of the curse of Lord Shiva for closing His eyes though in a playful mood. It is here Lord Perumal too got His vision restored by Lord Shiva, according to some stories. It is said that Lord Shiva used Holy Ganga for Parvathi and the Crescent Moon for Perumal to grace them. Worshipping Lord Ekambareswara and Lord Nilathunda Perumal together would promote more affection between brothers and sisters, it is advised.
Lord Nilathnda Perumal blesses the devotees in a shrine in the first prakara in standing form under the Purusha Suktha Vimana. As He came alone here for a remedy, there is no shrine for Mother. However, Mother Mahalakshmi is worshipped in a formless manner – Ner Uru Illa Thai – Mother without a form as She is believed merged with the Lord.
As Lord was cured by Lord Shiva, pujas to Perumal are performed in accordance with Saivite codes. To reduce the excessive heat in His body, perfumed oil is applied instead of abisheks. As the rays of crescent moon – Nila Thundu – fell on Him, Lord is named Nilathunda Perumal. He is also praised as Chandra Chooda Perumal. The Mangala Sasanam hymn of Tirumangai Azhwar describes this story.
Nilathunda Perumal Temple History:
Lord Maha Vishnu took the form of Tortoise (Koorma Avatara) to the hold the Meru Mount used as the stick (Mathu in Tamil) to churn the milk ocean. Serpent Vasuki was used as the rope. Vasuki, exhausted during this exercise, split its venom which fell on the Tortoise Vishnu under the milk ocean blackening His skin originally alluring pale blue. Treatments were of no avail. Lord Brahmma suggested that worshipping Lord Shiva will remove the blackness and restore His original shade. Perumal performed penance on Lord Shiva, who granted darshan. Crescent Moon on the head of Lord Shiva spread his rays on Perumal. Black disappeared. He recovered His own alluring blue shining better than before. Lord Ekambareswarar Temple was built on the background of this story. As Perumal got back His skin colour as before through rays of Moon, He is praised as Nila Thunda-crescent moon-Perumal. The shrine is in the Easanya corner – north east- of the temple.
This is a temple in a temple – Vishnu temple in Shiva temple. This is praised as one of the 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu.