Nagapattinam Temple Dargha Church
Nagore, as a pilgrim town has the Dargha of saint Hazrat Meeran Sultan Syed Shahabdul Hammeed [ Hazrat Mian]. He said “Islam preaches the fatherhood of God and brotherhood of Man “. He sent his disciples to work among the people and spread the message of Prophet Mohammed. He passed away in 1558 at the age of 68 and in Nagore dargha are the relics of this God-man. Khandoori festival is the anniversary celebrations and devotees from all over the world join the festivals to be blessed by Nagore Andavar. It is a sea-side town, now bustling with activities both related to religion and commerce. The Dargha in Nagore near Nagapattinam, the district headquarters is a holy place. Dargha Trustee.
Masilamani Nathar Temple
On the sea front, fighting a losing battle against the sea is the last monument in this village, Masilamani Nathar temple, built in 1305 by Mahaverma Kulasekara Pandiyan. The temple is partly eroded by the advancing sea. Some parts of the temple are still intact and locals still use the temple. Once a busy and important trade centre, this forgotten village of Tranquebar intrigues us with its history and captivates us with its beauty.
Mayiladuthurai Used to be called Mayuram, situated on the banks of river Cauvery. Mayuranatha Swami temple, Parimala Ranganatha Swamy temple, Kasi Vishwanatha Swamy temple, Punukeeswarar temple. Vadhanyeswarar temple and Ayyarappar temple are some of the famous temples in Mayiladuthurai.
It is near Chidambaram has one of the most revered Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu. It is also home to the Saiva saint Tirugnanasambandar. And the famous Carnatic Music exponent Sirkali Govinda Rajan.
The temples at Thirukandiyur are dedicated to Brahmasirekandeswarar and Harshavimochana Perumal, and are famous for their fine sculptural work. Also etched in the annals of freedom struggle because of ‘Salt Satyagraha’ staged here.
Vaitheeswaran, Thaiyal Nayaki, Muthukumaraswamy (Shiva, Parvathi, Suhramanya Swamy) An ancient temple dedicated to Shiva - as Vaitheeswaran literally meaning the divine provider of cures. Adorned with imposing towers, Mandapams and pillars, this well visited shrine has been sung by the Saivite Saint Poets. It is said that Angarakan - Mars, Kartikeya, Jatayu and the Rig Veda worshipped Shiva here. This shrine is also referred to as an Angarakasthalam. Ph 04364-279423
It was built in l701. lt was renovated in 1782-84.
Tranquebar - Tharangabadi
Tranquebar is 35 Kilometers north of Nagapattinam abutting the Bay of Bengal. The Danes landed at this place in 1620 AD. It was already a pre-existing village, when the Danes landed. This is borne out by the temple on the seashore which is crumbling now due to the sea ingress. Maravarama Sundarapandian, a later Pandya King, constructed this temple called the Masilamani Natha temple in 1305 AD. The Danes constructed fortifications on the coast at Tranquebar. This was the only busy trade centre on the Coromandal coast for the Danes. This fort was a busy trade centre till 1845 AD when the Danes handed over the fort to the English. It was used as a Public Works Department Travelers Bungalow for government servants and colonials till 1977 AD. This fort was declared as a protected monument by the Department of Archaeology, Government of Tamil nadu in 1977 AD.
A beautiful Muragan Temple dedicated to Lord Singaravelan is housed in a large complex. The pillars of this temple are adorned with intricate and exquisite carvings. The beautiful paintings of a bygone era arc amazing in colour and portrayal. Beside this temple has the shrine of Siva, Vishnu and Hanuman it is a rare combination, indeed that it is believed. Worship in this temple removes all the hurdles of the devotees.
Thirukkadaiyur is on the bus route between Mayiladuthurai and Tranquebar. It is one of the eight temples (Ashta veeratta thalam ) glorifying the heroic deeds of Lord Siva. Thalapuranam (local history) says that lord Siva exterminated Yama of this place to save the life of Markkandeya. It is one of the famous Sakthi thalams. The great Poet and devotee Abirami Pattar in this place had sung the holy hymn of Abirami Anthathi. People prefer this place to celebrate their Shastiyapatha poorthy (sixtieth birthday)
Vailankanni Church is one of, the most visited pilgrim centers in India. It is a town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal. This renowned shrine Basilica of our Lady of health draws pilgrims from all over the world. Not only Christians hut also the people of other f4iths come to this Church to pray at the shrine of ‘Our lady of health’. This Roman Catholic Church has an extended Basilica, which has two floors where one can find the statue of Jesus Christ. There is also a shrine of “our lady of sorrow” wherein the sorrowing Mother is depicted carrying infant Jesus in her hand. Church OlTicc r 04365-263423 Chief Priest 04365-263512
Nagore - Kandhuri Festival
Nagore is at a distance of S km. north of Nagappattinam. Irrespective of caste, creed and religion people offer their worship at this Islamic Shrine. Kandhuri festival during October and November is very popular.
Vailankanni is situated on the coastal line of Bay of Bengal at a distance
of 14 Km south of Nagappattinam. Sacred Arokkiya Madha Church here is
a holy place for the Christians. People of all religions offer their worship
at this Church. The festival during August and September is very famous.