(Last Updated on : 16/02/2013)
Rathnapureeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva
, is an ancient Hindu temple located in Thirunattiyathangudi in Thiruvarur district
in the Indian state
of Tamil Nadu
. Thirunattiyathangudi is regarded as the birthplace of Kotpuli Nayanar. He is noted to be one of the 63 Nayanmars. The temple finds its mention in the hymns sung by Sundarar in the Thevaram. The temple, earlier known as Natiyathankudi, dates back to almost 1000 years.
Legend of Rathnapureeswarar Temple
An interesting legend associated with the temple states that once a Chola king, Ratnendra Chola thought of dividing diamonds present in the treasury with his brother. He was however, not able to reach a compromise. At this point, Lord Shiva is thought to have appeared before them in the form of a diamond merchant and helped them with their job.In appreciation and gratitude, Ratnendra Chola constructed the temple.
Rathnapureeswarar Temple celebrates the festival of Kotpuli Nayanar Guru Puja on Jeshta day in Aadi i.e. during July-August. Besides, the temple also celebrates other festivals associated with Lord Shiva.
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