Place : Thingalur
Distance : 35 Kms From Kumbakoam
Deity : Kailayanathar with Periyanayaki
Holy Tree : Vilvam
Holy Water : Chandra Puzhkaran
Born on the waves of milks with the elixir, crescent grown to full moon, Perched atop the matted locks of my lord, who hale his frame gave to my mother that feeds the Gods, my cooling lord I praise thee, I praise thee. For you come to the Merumount.
Next to Suriyan, Chandran is most auspicious of the Navagrahas. Our sacred texts narrate that Chandran was born with the elixir when the Devas churned the ocean of milk, that he had his manifestation from the heart of Lord Vishnu. He allocates the fruits of enjoyments according to karma. Chandran, When propitiated makes one famous, gives sight to those threatened with blindness.
Structure of the Temple:
The temple is at the eastern end of the village Thingalur. It is a temple for Lord Siva, Against the temple is a pond called Chandra Theertham. The sanctum looks to the east. Holy mother faces south. There are two blunt towers at the east and south entrances of the temple.
The Name of the Temple: Kailayanathar Thirukkovil.
Reigning Deity: Kailayanathar is the form of Linga. Divine mother is Periya
Chandra Theertham and River Cauvery.
Holy Trees: Plantain tree and Vilwa tree.
Devotees who have prayed here : Celestials like Chandran and Suriyan. Sage Gauthama, Appoothiadigal, Sekkizhar.
Saints who have sung hymns: Thirunavukarasar, Sekkizhar.
Gem Stone: Pearl
Uniqueness of Thingalur :
It was at Thingalur that Thirunavukkarasar sang the hymn of Lord Siva the begins 'Ondru Kotam' which saved a child bitten by snake. Even to this day there has not been any death caused by a snake bite. He who takes bath at Thingalur and offers prayers is cured of Insanity, leprosy and several diseases. On the star with Uthiram in the month of Panguni, the rays of the Sun and Moon fall upon the Linga. Pooja is offered only once a day.
The History of Thingalur:
Entrance into the temple is through the Southern gate of the Kailasanathan temple situated at the eastern end of tine hamlet at Thingalur. We are blessed with the vision of holy Mother PeriyaNayaki Amman whose gracious demean our drives away all grief and sorrow that lie' in our heart. In the frontal hall, Appoothiadigal, his wife, the elder Thirunavukkarasu and the younger stand with children facing saint Appar who looks to the west. There is also a sanctum for Lord Dakshinamoorthy who sits in the yogic posture or padmasana. A separate canonpy covers this lord of wisdom. south west of the hall is Ganapathy and Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Deivanai in the middle. In the north west corner of the hall in the shrine for Gajalakshmi, Mother Durga, Sandesar and the holy Vilwa tree are at the Northern part. Adjoining with the eastern walls, the Navagrahas are worshipped in a canopy recently constructed. Here is a singal sanctum of Chandra over which a handsome canopy has been built. There is also a large hall where devotes who visit the temple for propitiating Chandra can sit and have darshan of this celestial divinity. An open coutry ard and the pond Chandra theertham, are against the eastern entrance of the temple. To the left of the sancum of lord Kailasanathar is the sanctum of Suriyan and the kitchen where the Lord's food is made. In the sanctum is the glorious linga of Kailasanatha, whose grace manifested in the lives of the Saints Appar and Appoothiadigal. The smiling countenanance of his consort, Divine mother Periyanayaki Amman, is a sight which can inspire tears of bliss in the heart of humble devotee.