SIKKAL - NAGAPATTINAM DISTRICT.
Halls for worship:
The following mandapams are found in this temple. Kalyana mandapam. This mandapam is found in front of the temple. It is full of artistic works. This mandapam is huge measuring 300 feet in length and 60 feet in width. It can accommodate more than 4000 people. It was constructed in 1932.
Karthigai Mandapam. This mandapam charming to look at contains paintiangs from Kandhapuranam. Abhisekam is performed to Singaravelar here during Karthigai festival.
Art & Architecture :
This temple established by Ayoudhya rulers several hundred centuries ago, was constructed by Sochchengat Cholan in 4th Century.
Rajagopuram found before the temple conotains seven stages, it is eighty feet in height. Beautiful plaster sculptures portraying the destruction of Suran are found ibn the Rajagopuram of this temple. Also there are paintings in Vasantha Mandapam also known as Karthigai mandapam, depicting puranas like Kandhapurana History, Kandan thiruvilaiadal, History of Lord Muruga from birth to his marriage, Plaster sculptures of Lord perumal and scenes depicting Marisha Vadham are found in this sanctum sanctorum of this temple. Plaster figures of Dhashinamoorthy, Murugan, Natarajar, Thiyagarajar, Pathanjali, Viyakorapathar, and of Gajendra motcham, penance of saint Dhuruva are present here. Beautiful painting depicting the marriage of goddess parvathi is seen in Kalyana Mandapam. Threr is a beautiful sculpture of Vaikundanathan seated in Perumal Sannidhi. Inscription are found in this temple. Two cars with scultptures, Kalyana Chariot, golden vehicles are present in this temple. Gold plated horse, peacock, goat and silver rishaba vehicle are present in this temple.
Details chariot :
A silver chariot renovated with a budget of ten lakh rupees is kept in a separate mandapam in the South-Eastern part of Sancturn Sanctorum. Also there are two wooden chariots. One is used during chitrai festival and trhe other is used during kandhasasti festival.
Temple Administration :
The HR&CE department has appointed an Executive Officer for the adminisitrations of this temple. Alsothere are 20 subordinate officials working under his control. The annual revenue of this temple is about sixteen lakhs rupees. Other course of revenues are from offerings. The temple has 175 sores of dry land and 929 acares of wet land. This temple is the foremost temple under the control of HR&CE department.
For the well being of general public purified water is provided.
Devotees Endowment :
Nithya pooja scheme, Geedeepam scheme, Kartigai scheme.
Transport Facilities :
Bus service is available upto sikkal, which is located three stone distance west from Nagapattinam.
Train service is available upto Sikkal, the temple ios just one and half kilometers from the station.
The Executive Officer
Sri Navaneethswara Swamy Temple,
Nearby Temple :
There are temples in Nagapattinam which is three kilometers from Sikkal. The temples are Sri Kayaroghanaswamy temple, Sri Neelayadatchiamman temple, Sri Soundiraraja Peruma temple, and Sri Dhamodaranarayanaperumal temple inm thirukunnakudi which is one among the 108 Vaishnavaite temple.
Close by Picnic Spots:
Nagore is located seven kilometers from sikkal(Bus facility is available) Velanganni shrine is located twelve kilomenters from Sikkal(Bus facility is available)
Lodging Facilities :
Lodging facilities are available near this shrine.
Boarding Facilities :
Boarding facilities are available near this temple.
Sannidhi Specialities :
Singhara Velan Sannidhi is given more importance than the Sannidhis of presiding deity and goddess. Sikkal is known for lord Singaravelar. The moment we spell Sikkal, Singaravelar comes to our mind. Sikkal ploayed and important role in cine field, the music and songs portrays the pride of Singaravelar who obtained vel from goddess is seen facing toward sound in his Sannidhi, just like Sri Nataraja Perumal seen facing toward south in Chitrambalam, after cosmic dance before pathanjali viyagrapatha saint.
It has all the three features of a temple known as Moorthi(Idol), Theertham(Holy water points) and thalam. Arunagirinathar has sung in praise of this temple in his work”Thirupugal” According to legends sweat appears on the deity of this temple, three hour after sweating, salts due to the sweat can be seen on the body. A commissioner of East India Company has inducated about this in his note. Even when it is raining outside sweat drops appears on the walls of the Sannidhi and on deities body.
Devas reported to Thirumal, the troubles caused to them by Mogabalichakravarti who is ruling the earth. Lord Thirumal Manifested himsellf and took the form of Vaman, and reached Sikkal. He created the Gaya Theertham. He took holy nath in the theertham and prayed to Sri Navaneethaswarar to provide strength to destroy Magabalichakravarti, and the equipments requested by devas. Sri Navaneethaswarar appeared before him and blessed him with strength to destroy magabali. Thirumal destroyed Magabali Chakravarthi and brought relief to devas. Thirumal temple is remaining as a pride to this tempsle in Sikkal. Now he is blessing the devotees with the name Kolavamana Perumal.
Lord Anjeneyar blessing the devotees has a separate sannidhi in the north west corner of this temple. Devotees offer curd rice footbag so that their wishes are satisfied.
The development work of this temple was started with the renovation works of Mandapams. towers(Gopuram) Vimanam. The people of Natukkottai constructed and renovated many temples with large funds and spread belief god. Ramanathapuram district Aathikadu Therkoor Thiru Karumuthu Alagappa Chettiyar remained as trustee this temple for 35 years from 1899. Karumuthu A.L.Thiyagaraja Chettiyar also constributed for the better administration and Thiruuppani works. Noted industrialist and philanthropist madurai Thiru Karumuthu T.kannan followidng the good will of his ancestors has done Rajagopuram Thiruppani and other development works for the temple now.
Thirukalyana Mandapam a huge hall was constructed, golden vehicles, Ornaments, gold vests were made by Thiru .Karumuthu Alagappa Chettiyar. Mahakumbashikam was conducted on 5.6.1933 with 8 lakhs Rupees(Inculding development works) later Kumbabhishekam was conductred in 28.8.1960 and 26.4.1991. Now the Thiruppani work is going on speedy by the donors under the instructions from the HR&CE Administration Department and by expected consecration by February 2004.
Every fullmoon and Newmoon day ghee pasted to the moolasthanam (Navaneedheswarar) for rectifying our sings and get entire bless of Lord Navaneedheswara.
The Temple History