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Sri Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar temple
Moolavar: Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar
  Urchavar: Somaskanthar
  Amman / Thayar: Mathiyapuri nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Dhasathala Vilwa (leaves with ten petals)
  Theertham: Sri Puskarini
  Agamam / Pooja : Karankamam
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Maduraiyampathi
  City: Madurai
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Masi Shivrathri and Brahmmotsavam in February-March; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aavani Shiva Puja in August-September and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Shivalinga in the temple is facing west. Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi are behind the Shiva Linga. The temple is praised as Bhooloka Kailash – Kailash in Earth.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is opened from 6.15 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.  
  Sri Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, West Masi Street, Madurai – 625 001, Madurai district.  
  +91- 452- 6522 950, +91- 94434 55311,+91-93451 55311,+91- 92446 55311 
 General Information:
  Special pujas are dedicated to Lord Bhairava in the temple on new moon fortnight Ashtami (eighth day after full moon), Karthika Shamba Sasti in November-December and Margazhi Ashtami days.  Sri Veerabadra in this shrine is facing west.  A strong Puliyodharai (Tamarind rice) prepared with rice and chillies in 1:3 ratio respectively is offered as nivedhana to Lord Bhairva.   Lord Siddhi Vinayaka graces the devotees in the temple.  
  People seek pardon for sins committed.  They also seek boons for leadership position and respectable jobs.
Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek to Mother offering vastras and sweet pudding (Sarkarai Pongal) nivedhana. Also Lord Muruga devotees walk on the fire pit taking place on the second day of Vaikasi Visaka in May-June. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  While we have the Darshan of Lord Shiva – Shivalinga – from the front side, we have the darshan from the rear in this temple.  According to rules, Shiva Puja should be performed by sitting westward.  Lord Shiva along with Mother is performing the Linga Puja this way, hence the devotees have the rear side darshan.
When the coronation festival is celebrated in Sri Meenakshmi Amman Temple in the city, Lord and Mother visit this temple first.  They are placed facing the sanctum sanctorum.  Pujas and Deepa Aradhana are offered to Lords Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar, Lord Meenakshi Sundareswarar and Mother Meenakshi simultaneously.  It is said that Lord Shiva Himself is performing this puja.
Mother Madhyapuri Nayaki graces from a separate shrine.  As the temple is at the centre (Madhya) of Madurai city, She is so named.  She is also praised as Mangalya Vara Prasadini as those praying to Her for timely marriage, are blessed with happy matches.  Mother Madhyapuri Nayaki appears in a standing posture on a lotus designed peeta.  The peeta is adored with a Sri Chakra carved in stone.  Generally, Sri Chakra is drawn on copper sheets and installed in temples.  This is a difference in this temple.
Lord Lingodhbava is under a Bodhi tree (Arasa Maram in Tamil) behind Mother Madhyapuri Nayaki shrine.  Virgins facing delays in marriage worship here with milk abishek to Lord Lingodhbava, offering a skirt, mangal sutra, turmeric and kumkum seeking a good match for them.
The priest in the temple performs Shiva Puja standing before the Linga and Suyarupa Shiva.  Abishek is offered to Shivalinga only.  Thaila (oil) abishek is offered to Suyarupa Shiva on New moon, (Amavasya), full moon days (Poornima) days and 30 days in the month of Margazhi, all totaling to 54 days in a year.  On Shivarathri night (in February-March) conch abishek (Shangabishek) is performed with Homas.
During the morning puja (Vila Puja) Dosa (a popular dish of Tamilnadu) is offered as nivedhana to Lord Shiva.  Of the five components comprising the Universe – Land, Space, Fire, Water and Wind – this place belongs to Prithvi-land category.  Hence, those constructing new building, place a handful of sand in the Shiva shrine and then mix it with other building materials.  It is noteworthy that Lord Shiva had His Coronation here and performed Linga Puja Himself here.  Those aspiring for leadership and respectable positions perform Raja Upachara Archana – Respecting the Royals to realize their wish.
Lord Shiva is said to have played 64 Tiruvilayadals-play of miracles.  In Madurai, appearing as Vallaba Siddha, He made an Elephant of Stone eat Sugarcane.  He is sitting in Padmasana (one type of Yoga sitting) showing the sky (Space) by the right hand and holding some puja materials (kungiliyam, Sambirani etc.) in the right hand.  People pray to Vallaba Siddha on Mondays.  Special pujas are performed to Lord Siddha on full moon days in Thai (January-February) and Chitra (April-May) months and on new moon day in Aadi-July-August.
Lord Kasi Viswanatha in the front Mandap is fair in complexion.  Mother Visalakshi is nearby.  It is worth recalling that Lord Sri Rama performed Shiva Puja in Rameswaram with a sand Lingam for relief from the dosha of killing Ravana a Shiva devotee.  Remembering this event a Sand Linga was installed in this temple too.  Lord Rama appears with His Kodandam Bow behind this Linga.
Devotees can also have the darshan of Jura Deva with His consort Jura Shakti who cures all types of fevers.  Devotees offer Pepper Rasam and rice as nivedhana here.
Sri Chandikeswara who is maintaining a register of the devotees visiting Shiva temples and recommending to Lord to listen to their prayer, is not offered any special pujas generally in temples.  Devotees do it in this temple.  They worship Lord Shiva with a garland and offer it again to Sri Chandikeswara seeking His help to take their prayers to Lord Shiva.  Hence, He is praised as Recommendation Chandikeswara.
Pookuzhi walking (walking on a fire pit as a prayer commitment) is a ritual generally seen in Shakti temples.  Such a custom is followed by devotees for Lord Muruga in this temple, the next day after the Vaikasi Visakam festival.
The temple praised as Kailas on Earth is southwest of Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple in the city.  Those attaining the age of 60 and 80 celebrate their birth days in this temple.  Based on the name of the city-Madurai-, Lord Shiva and Mother Madhyapuri Nayaki are also praised as Madura Nayaka and Madura Nayaki respectively.
The Vilwa tree in the temple has ten leaves in a stem – Dasadhala Vilwa.  Those facing adverse aspects of Jupiter planet worship Lord Dakshinamurthy in the temple with special pujas.
  Temple History:
  Lord Shiva wedded Mother Meenakshi, daughter of Malayadwaja Pandya.  He took charge as the king of Madurai then.  As a rule, Shiva Puaja should be performed before assuming any responsible and high positions.  Hence, He installed a Linga and performed the puja.  Based on this event, Lord Shiva – Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar-appears in worshipping posture.  Though generally it is believed that reliefs for the sins committed in this birth will come only in following births, it is granted in this birth itself by Lord Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Shivaling in this temple is facing west. Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi are behind the Linga. The place is praised as Kailash on Earth.
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