April 24, 2017

Nagar Apradeeswarar Temple

Site Name: Apradeeswarar temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Nagar, 7 kms from Lalgudi, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A lesser known Chola period temple
Nearest Railway Station: Lalgudi
Nearest Airport: Trichy
How to reach: Well connected by road from Lalgudi and Trichy; public transport is not dependable
Hotel: No good hotels nearby; better to stay in Trichy or Lalgudi
Restaurants: No good restaurants nearby; it is better to go to Lalgudi

Nagar is not a Nagar (city), but a small village named as Nagar. :-) This lesser known village is located at a distance of around 7 kms from Lalgudi town in Tamil Nadu state of India. This village has an ancient Chola period temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name of the temple is Apradeeswarar. It is sad that this beautiful temple remains lesser known. Let us discuss about this temple in this article.


  • God Apradeeswarar
  • Goddess Atula Sundari a.k.a. Oppilla Mani Amman
  • Teerth (Holy water) - Panguni river
  • Sthala Vruksha (Holy tree) - Bilva

I could not collect any details on the legend associated with this temple. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. When I visited this temple, it was late evening.

Based on the architectural style and the stone inscriptions, this temple can be dated to the 11th century CE and can be attributed to the Cholas.

The east facing temple does not have a tower. Instead of a tower, an arch with few stucco images is present in the long front side mandap. Both the sides of the entrance have the idols of Ganesh. The bali peetha and Nandi are found outside the temple complex and face towards the temple.

The east facing sanctum with the extraordinarily beautiful Vimana, enshrines the big Shiv Linga called as Apradeeswarar. At the entrance of the Moolasthan, the idol of Ganesh is found.

In the Maha Mandap, various bronze idols of several deities such as Nataraj, Sivakami, two pairs of Uma-Chandrashekhar, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena, Ganesh and others are found in a single sub-shrine.

In the courtyard, the shrine of the Goddess Atula Sundari is located. This shrine faces the north direction.

Nardana Ganapati, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found as the Koshta deities around the sanctum.

The sub-shrines of Ganesh, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena, Gaja Lakshmi, Chandikeshwara, Navagraha, Nagareshwarar (Shiv Linga), Vada Kailasanathar Linga and Then Kailasanatha Lingam are located in the prakara.

The idols of Surya and Bhairav are also found in the prakara.

Happy travelling.

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