Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal Temple is 58th of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu situated within the temple precincts of Sri Ekambareswarar Temple; one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalams of Lord Shiva represents Earth. This temple is located in Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu. The shrine is in the Ishanya corner – north east – of the temple. This is a temple in a temple – Vishnu temple in Shiva temple. It is the one and only Divyadesams where the poojas are being done by the Saivite Priests. The place is called Thiruneduthangadam. This temple is 1000 – 2000 years old.
Moolavar is being worshipped as “Nilatthingalthundathan” and “Chandhrasoodap Perumal ” in his standing posture facing west under Purusha Suktam Vimanam with his abhaya Hastham. Thayar is Blessed as Ner Oruvar Illa Valli Nachiyar(Nilathingal Thundam thayar).
In This Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal the legend has that due to anger from Lord Siva, Goddess Parvathi took birth in the earth and was doing penance under a Mango tree ( this tree was available till 2009 after when the temple authority took the stem and continued it, the current tree is not the old one, as it came from the parts of old tree) towards Lord Siva by making the lingam with her own hand by using sand ( this lingam is the moolar in this temple), when Lord Siva saw this, he increased the temperature and heat, Goddess Parvathi seeked the help of Lord Vishnu, who took the moon from Lord Siva to cool the heat and helped Goddess to continue her penance.
PLACE : THIRU NILATHINGAL THUNDAM
PRESENT NAME : PERIYA KANCHIPURAM
BASE TOWN : KANCHEEPURAM
MOOLAVAR : NILATHINGALTHUNDATHAN
THIRUKKOLAM : NINDRA
UTSAVAR : CHANDRA SOODA PERUMAL
THAYAR : NILATHINGALTHUNDA THAYAR
PRATYAKSHAM : LORD SHIVA
THEERTHAM : CHANDRA PUSHKARANI
VIMANAM : PURUSHASUKTHA VIMANAM
NAMAVALI : Sri Chandrasoodavalli nayiga smeda Sri Chandra Sooda parabrahmane namaha
Those suffering from skin and stomach diseases and any adverse evil effects and excessive heat in the body pray to Perumal and for child boon. Perumal darshan also ensures affinity between mother and son.
Lord bearing the light of moon, every poornima day – full moon day is a festival day in the temple. Purattasi Saturdays of September-October and Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are other festivals observed in the temple.
Since, to help Paarvathi, Sriman Narayanan took the Chandran (Moon) from Lord Shiva’s head to prevent the Lingam done by sand from Ganga river, the Perumal is called as “Nila thingal thundathan” and so the sthalam is called as “Thiru Nilathingal Thundam”.
Another legend is that during the old period when Devas reached out to Lord Vishnu and requested him to bless all devas to have long life, Lord Vishu directed both Devas and Asuras to churn thiruparkadal to get the Amirtham which will help to get long life for all devas.
During this process, first it came poison which was taken by Lord Siva and then came nectar. Lord Vishu took all the nectar by himself which made him very warm and his color was turned to black because of this. Lord Siva appeared before Lord Vishnu and used his moon to absorb the warmness and converted the color to regular with the help of moon on top of his head, hence the perumal here is referred as Thiru Nilathingal Perumal ( since Lord Vishu got the moon color here).
The Moolavar of this Sthalam is Nilathingal Thundathan. He is also known as “Chandirra Chuda Perumal”. Moolavar in Standing position with Adisesha on top of his head and facing in the west direction. Prathyaksham for Lord Shiva.
Lord bearing the light of moon, every poornima day – full moon day is a festival day in the temple. Purattasi Saturdays of September-October and Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are other festivals observed in the Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal Temple.