April 1, 2016

Nedungadu Tantondreeswarar Temple

Site Name: Tantondreeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Nedungadu, 14 kms from from Karaikal, Puduchery state, India
Highlights: A little known architecturally beautiful Chola period temple
Nearest Railway Station: Karaikal
Nearest Airport: Trichy
How to reach: Well connected by road from Karaikal 
Hotel: No good hotels nearby; better to stay in Karaikal
Restaurants: No good restaurants nearby; it is better to go to Karaikal 

Nedungadu is a village near Karaikal town in Puduchery Union Territory of India. The village has an architecturally beautiful but little known temple called Tantondreeswarar temple. Let us explore about this temple in this article.

Tantondreeswarar temple has a beautiful east facing three tiered Raja gopuram (tower). The tower is plain without stucco images. The entire temple is made of red colored stone, which enhances the beauty.

The sanctum enshrines the tall Shiva Linga idol called as Tantondreeswarar

The entrance of the sanctum has the idols of Ganesha and Subramanya.

There is no flag staff or bali peeth. Nandi mandap is there facing towards the sanctum. A small Ganesha image is found behind the Nandi mandap.

Near Nandi mandap, the shrine of the Goddess Nedunthuyar Theertha Nayaki is found. It faces the southern direction.

The wall around the sanctum has the niche images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Vishnu Durga.

Chandikeshwara sub-shrine is found in its usual place. The sub-shrines of Ganesha and Subramanya-Valli-Devasena are situated in the prakara of the temple.

All the sub-shrines have attractive Vimanas.

The temple was built during the Chola period. Later it was renovated by the Thanjavur Nayakas

In 1948 CE, 14 bronze idols dated 14th century were unearthed in the vicinity of the temple.

Happy travelling. 

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