Nagaraja Temple (Tamil: Naga (serpent) + Raja (king)) is a Hindu temple temple dedicated to the god Nagaraja situated at the heart of Nagercoil. The name for the town Nagercoil originated from this temple. The temple is full of images of snakes. In addition, the gatekeepers of the sanctums are two snakes.Nagaraja Temple, from which the town derives its name.Using our online itinerary creator, Nagercoil attractions like Nagaraja Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
The temple has two main deities Ananda Krishna and Nagaraja. The upadevathas are Mahadeva, Subrahmanya Swami, Vighneshwara, Devi and temple guardian. The temple has a vast pond.
Devotes installing Naga idols in the temple campus is unique to this temple.The temple is open from 4.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m
Nagas are children of Kashyapa and Kadru. Among the prominent nāgas of Hinduism are Manasa, Sesha, and Vasuki.
Ananda Krishna and Nagaraja.
The Nairs of Kerala and the ethnically related Tulu Bunts of Karnataka are clans which are believed to have originated from the serpent dynasty.
The nāgas also carry the elixir of life and immortality. Garuda once brought it to them and put a cup with elixir on the ground but it was taken away by Indra. However, few drops remained on the grass. The nāgas licked up the drops, but in doing so, cut their tongues on the grass, and since then their tongues have been forked.
Nagas are snakes that may take human form. They tend to be very curious. According to traditions Nāgas are only malevolent to humans when they have been mistreated. They are susceptible to mankind's disrespectful actions in relation to the environment. They are also associated with waters—rivers, lakes, seas, and wells—and are generally regarded as guardians of treasure.
They are objects of great reverence in some parts of southern India where it is believed that they bring fertility and prosperity to their veneration. Expensive and grand rituals like Nagamandala are conducted in their honor (see Nagaradhane).
The prominent nagas in puranas are Vasuki, The King of the Nagas who helped the devas recover amrita from the Ocean of Milk.
Aadhi-Sesha, ("Limitless-Eternal") the world serpent with a thousand heads.
Karkotaka, controls weather.
Padmavati, the Nāgī queen & companion of Dharanendra.
Paravataksha, his sword causes earthquakes and his roar caused thunder.
Takshaka, tribal king of the Nāgas.
Ulupi, a companion of Arjuna in the epic Mahabharata.
Manasa, the Hindu goddess of Nagas and curer of snake-bite and sister of Vasuki
Kaliya, a snake conquered by Krishna in Yamuna river.
Matali, charioteer of Indra, Matali was also the charioteer of Lord Rama during the Lanka Battle.
The head priest, who was interviewed in 2009, truly believes that it was originally a Dravidian Tamil Jain temple taken over by Hindus and rechristened as new mythological god by name Naga Raja.
A Sarpakavu in Kerala, There are similar idols in the temple
Besides Nagaraja, there are images of Jain Tirthankaras, Mahavira and Parswanatha carved on the pillars of the temple. Total six Jain idols have been found from this temple. Mahavira's and Parsvanatha's idols are still being kept in the temple. The entrance is reminiscent of Chinese architecture of Buddha Vihara.
It is difficult to ascertain the exact age of the temple. There is no authentic epigraph to aid the historian with its chronology. The mountain Mahendragiri in the Kanyakumari district is referred to as the abode of Nagas in the Ramayana of Valmiki. From this, it can be presumed that the origin of Naga influence in the area goes back to legendary times.
From the five headed-serpent deity of the temple, the name of this place (town) Nagercoil is derived; gradually its old name, Kottar, has mostly faded. There is a part of town called Kottar, so the old name remains.With in five kilometer there is no human death for snake bite in current dates.
There is a traditional background regarding the origin of Nagaraja temple.
One day when a girl was cutting grass, blood began to spurt from below. She discovered that the sickle had cut into the head of a five-headed serpent. Dazed with fear, the girl fled to the nearest village and reported what she had seen. People in large numbers flocked to the spot and witnessed the miracle with their own eyes. By the joint effort of the villagers, the place was cleared and preserved for the purpose of worship.
They built a small shrine in the locality and worshiped the five-headed serpent. Hearing that the miracle happened at this place, people from other places visited the temple and offered poojas.
King of Kalakad
Once the King of Kalakkad, who was stricken with leprosy, came to the temple on Sunday in the Tamil month of Avani and did penance before the deity. Miraculously, he was cured of the deadly disease, and the fame of the temple spread far and wide. The king built the present temple in gratitude. On every Sunday during Avani (August/September) the king, accompanied by his wife and children, used to visit the temple and offer poojas. Ever since, the temple is visited on every Sunday in Avani by thousands of devotees and the serpent shrine is worshiped.
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Nagaraja Temple Reviews
The name of the town itself generated from this temple and has a long legacy. Those who are suffering from diseases and other ailments offer their prayers at the temple and the legend is that it is co... more »
Seemed like an interesting temple. We walked in around 4 PM. There were small statues of cobra on the roof. We found nobody at the temple. But the doors were open so we walked in. The priest was sleep... more »
Please visit the temple in the morning.Gents have to remove their shirts and then go inside temple.Do your rotation of the temple and then get out.Small temple will take 2o mins to complete your spiri... more »
Nagaraja Temple is a Hindu temple worshipping Nagaraja (King of Serpents- Vasuki) situated at the heart of Nagercoiltown. The name for the town Nagercoil originated from this temple. The temple has innumerable statues of serpents. If u visit this temple sure ur mind will get free and relax and many of got what pray and its a right place to slove all ur naga dosa also raghu kethu dosa.Many of them gots kids after thy pray in this temple,many of got married thy pray for thr marriage and i am dam sure u will get what u want,My personal experice this.Should visit once in life time
They give a sand taken from the sanctum Santorum which is Istanbul snake head. Belief is that worshiping here can remove ragu and ketu related doshas
The sculptures are so good....I got addicted going to this temple...Simply love this place....Its wonderful to go there during festive occasions...
This temple is a Parihara Sthalam for people who has a Naga Dosha. Every month Karthigai star days are celebrated with special poojas. Outside of this temple complex there is a temple tree and Statues of snakes (Naga - Cobra) are kept. Turmeric and Milk Abhishekam for these snakes by devotees will bring them good. Main Deity at this temple is Nagarajar. Opposite of Nagarajar there is a stone pillar and sculpture of “Naga Kanni” (female form of Cobra) is carved in it. In the Karpagraha where the main deity Nagarajar is residing is surrounded by sand pit. As this was place originally paddy fields always water was coming out of the ground. So poojari gives sand mixed with the water as a “Prasad” at this temple as oppose to sandal paste or kumkum in other temples. Durga statue at this temple was found at the Naga Theertham. So the Devi is called as “Theertha Durga”. As per beliefs, if devotees take bath in Naga Theertham on Tuesday during the “Raghu kalam” and worship the god with milk abhishekam, ghee lamp and lemon lamp their Naga Dosha will go away.
The temple is located in Nagercoil. This is accessible even by foot from the bus stand. Autos are available at a nominal cost from bus stand. The name of the town has origin from this temple. Where naga refers to snakes and temple is called kovil in tamil. A temple most visited by pilgrims during December and January. Generally calm
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