Lord Siva: Ammainathar – Avudai Nayaki Temple
The temple is close to Cheranmahadevi bus stand, and 22 kms from Thirunelveli Town. The main Raja Gopuram is of five storeys as seen on below image.
Main Deity: Swayambu Lingam known as Ammai nathar, Kailasanathar and his consort Avudai Nayaki or Oppilla Nayagi Amman (The one having NO comparision – be it beauty or any things).
Teertham (Holy water) is River Thamirabarani and the place is considered as Thingal Sthalam (Moon)..
Other deities in the temple are Vinayakar, Subramanyar, Viswanadhar, Natarajar, Nalwar, Karikal ammaiar, Nava kanniar and Navagraham.
Romesa Munivar had darshan of Lord Siva here and was blessed.
Romasa Maharishi (Munivar – Saint) was one of the disciples of Sage Agasthiar. He is the grand son of Lord Brahma, the Creator. He decided to go for penance in order to get Liberation. So he went to his Guru Agasthiar and told him about his wish and asked him, how to do the tapas(means penance). His Guru Agasthiar adviced him to pluck nine flowers and makes them to float on River Tamiraparani so that each flower will get dock at various places. He advised him to install shiva linga on those places and asked him to worship there to get liberation.
As said by Sage Agasthiyar Romasa Maharishi did the same. The first flower docks at Papanasam. Second flower at Cheranmahadevi, third at Kodakanallur, fourth flower at Kunnathur (Sankaani), fifth flower at Murappanadu, sixth at Sri Vaikundam, seventh flower at Then Thirupperai, eighth flower at Raajapathi and the last one ninth flower at Poomangalam. So Romasa Maharishi built temples on those places and worshipped and in due course attained mukthi.
The speciality of these temples at each of these Navakailasam temples is considered as an abode of one of the Navagrahams. So making a pilgrimage trip to all the nine temples in shot will have the same effect of what you will get on worshipping at Navagraha Temples.
Recently Navagraha Sannidhi has been consecreted at the Vaidyanatha Temple.
The east facing temple has a recently renovated simple five-tier tower; the usual stucco images are not found in the tower. It is located at the outskirts of Cheranmahadevi amidst banana fields.
The area that connects the main shrine and the tower has its roof covered and has many pillars. The bali peetha, Nandi mandapa and flag staff are all located in this hall. Unlike other regions, some of the temples in this region have flag staff between Nandi and the main shrine. In this temple too, the flag staff is positioned similarly.
The main shrine has slightly bigger Shiva Linga named as Ammainathar or Kailasanathar. The entrance of ardha mandapa has a Ganesha idol in addition to Dwarapalas. The Nandi idol in maha mandapa is slightly moved from the center. In the flag staff, the bas relief image of Nandanar is found. The pillars in the exterior mandapa of the main shrine are carved with beautiful sculptures. It is built as per ‘maada kovil‘ architectural style.
The Goddess Aavudai Nayaki is found in a separate shrine on the right side of the main shrine. It is equally bigger in size with all the three sections and even Nandi facing towards the Goddess.
The inner prakara has Dakshinamurti sculpture as the niche image. Apart from that the sub-shrines of Ganesha, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena and Chandikeshwara are located.
Some of the idols that are found in the inner prakara include Sapta matas, Jwara Deva, Nalvar, Vishnu, Gaja Lakshmi, Surya, Chandra and Adhikara Nandi.
Bhairava sub-shrine and Shasta sub-shrine are located in the outer prakara which is full of trees and plants.