(Last Updated on : 02/02/2009)
Nagappattinam is a minor port town of India at present. It has very few but attractive places to visit. Some of the visiting places of Nagappattinam
are given here:
The Harbour, Lighthouse and Beach are the main attractions of Nagappattinam. The harbour here was once a maritime pride is busy even today. The nearby lighthouse can be climbed by the visitors. The beach of Nagappattinam is a fine stretch of sand and it is worth visiting. One can also take bath in the Sea.
Temples of Nagappattinam are some other good places to visit. The temples fond here are:
Kaayaroganam Siva Temple
This temple was praised by the three Nayanmars named Appar, Sambandar and Sundarar in their hymns. This old temple belonged to the 6th century A.D. This is a Karonam and one of the Vidanga Sthalams.
A religious group called Lakulisa the mendicant aspect of Siva spread from Karonam in Gujarat to all parts of India. One of the two temples of this cult is here and this is the Kaayaroganam Siva Temple. The Thyagaraja of this temple is known as Sundaravidangar. It is made up of a precious stone Komedhagam (lapis lazuli).
The Nagabarana Vinayagar and the bronze Panchamuga (five-headed) Vinayagar on a lion mount in this temple represent exquisite workmanship of that era. The craftsmanship of the image of Thyagaraja in a niche of Thyagaraja Sabha is also outstanding.
Neelayadakshi Amman temple of Nagappattinam is also a good place to visit for the devotees.
In Nagapattinam, there is a Vishnu temple named Soundararaja Perumal temple. It was glorified by Thirumangai Alwar of the 9th century. This temple has a unique bronze, which depicts the Narasimha killing Hiranya, the demon and blessing his son Prahalada the devotee, of Narayana.
Nagapattinam has some mosques also, which are good places to visit. The mosques found here are:
Durgah at Nagai Pudhur Road
Durgah near new bus stand
Durgah at Moolakkadai Street
The renowned churches of Nagapattinam include:
Lourdhu Madha Church
Maharasi Madha Church
One can enjoy some peaceful moments in these churches of Nagapattinam.