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Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple – Fifth Nava Kailasam Temple

Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple is one of the Nava Kailasam Temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at Murappanadu in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. This temple is associated with Guru (Jupiter or Brihaspati), among the Navgrahas. The shrine is around 17 km from Tirunelveli Town.

This is the fifth among the nine Nava Kailasam temples. The shrine is also known as Nadu or Middle Kailasam Temple.

At Murappanadu, Thamiraparani River flows from north to south.

Story of Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple 

Legend has it that a king had a daughter with the face of a horse. He offered prayers to Shiva to find a relief. Shiva one day appeared in the dream of the king and asked him to take a holy dip in Thamiraparani River at Murappanadu and offer prayers to the Shivling there.

The king soon performed all that Shiva told in the dream. Soon the princess got back the human face. Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple was built by the king.

Murtis worshipped in the Temple

Shiva is worshipped here as Kailasanathar. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Sivakamiammal.
Subsidiary deities include Ganesha, Subramanian, Guru, Navgrahas, Nataraja, other forms of Shiva and Shakti.

Unique Nandi in Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple 

The Nandi worshipped in the temple has the face of a horse. It is believed that Shiva asked Nandi to take the face of a horse to cure the princess.

Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple Timings
Morning Pooja and Darshan Time: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Pooja and Darshan Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Shivratri and Guru Peyarachi are the important dates at the shrine.