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Mayuranathaswami Temple

Also known as “Mayuranathar” is a Hindu shrine in Tamil Nadu known as Mayuranathaswami Temple. This “Lord Shiva” devoted is located in the Nagapattinam district. The main deity (i.e. Shiva) found in this temple is known as “Mayuranthar”. Furthermore, this temple complex is approximately 719 feet long and 52 feet wide. In addition, this temple comprises of a “Gopura” that is about nine storeys high, and is also renowned for its sculpture.

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a. How to reach Mayuranathaswami Temple

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Mayuranathaswami Temple Map

1. By train:

The nearest station to this temple is located in Nagapattinam. The Nagapattinam Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.

2. By road:

If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points will be Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ernakulum, and Madurai.

  • Via Bangalore:

There are two routes from Bangalore to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via NH77.

  • Via Chennai:

There is one route from Chennai to this temple, and it is via E Coast Road and NH32.

  • Via Hyderabad:

There are two routes from Hyderabad to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via Chennai Srikakulam Highway/Guntur Chennai Highway and NH32.

  • Via Ernakulum:

There are two routes from Ernakulum to this temple, and they are via NH544 and via NH544 and NH81.

  • Via Madurai:

There are two routes from Madurai to this temple, and they are via NH38 and via NH36.

3. By air:

The closest airport to this temple is located in Tiruchirappali. The Thiruchirappali Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.

c. Religious significance of the Mayuranathaswami Temple

A popular mythological story states, that Goddess Parvati once annoyed her husband Lord Shiva. Now Shiva possessed a terrible temper, and as a result cursed his wife stating that she would be born as a “peacock” in her next life. It was much later that Parvati regretted having offended Shiva and pacified him. Now since his temper has settled he reduced his curse by stating that she would have to worship him first at a place called Mylapore, and then at Mayiladuthurai. Thus this temple was eventually constructed in honour of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

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