Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman temple is an ancient hindu temple located on the island of nainativu sri lanka.This temple is dedicated to the Parvati it is also known as the Nagapooshani.And lord shiva is name here as Nayinaar.The fame of temple is dedicated to the adi shankaracharya.Adi Shankaracharya is 9th century hindu philosopher.The temple is significant symbol of the tamil people.The temple was destroy by the Portuguese in 1920.Day 1000 visitors comes to the temple.During festival time the temple attracts 5000 visitors per day.The month of Aani(june/july) attracts over 100000 pilgrims.There is an estimated 10000 Sculptures in this newly renovated temple.
The Nagapooshani Amman temple is believed to be Established by the Lord Indra.As per epic Mahabharata the Lord indra was fulfills his sexual desire for Ahlaya .Ahlaya was the wife of Gautama Maharishi.Indra start making love with the ahalya.When Gautama came to know about this he cursed indra to have a thousand maraks resembling the yoni all over his body.Indra was unable to face Humiliation.
He went to exile to the island of Nainativu.There indra created ,consecrated and worshipped the moolasthan murti of Goddess to atone for his sins.The queen of the universe Bhuvaneswari Amman satisfied with indra’s utmost devotion repentance and remorse appeared before him and transformed yonis on his body into eyes.She then took on the name of indrakshi.As per another legend many centuries ago a cobra was swimming across the sea with the lotus flower In its mouth.
An eagle attacked to the cobra and attempt to kill it.Fearing harm from the eagle the cobra wound itself around the rock. In the sea about the haif a kilometer from the nainativu coase the egle stood on another rock.A merchant was sailing across the palk strait to naka nadu he noticed the eagle and he pleaded with the eagle to let the cobra go on without any harm.The eagle agreed upon one condition that the merchant should construct built temple for sri bhuveanswari amman on the island of the nainativu .Merchant was agreed and built a beautiful temple accordingly.
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Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman temple Worship
There are 15 priests in the temple who perform the rituals during festivasl and on a daily basis.Like others shiva temples the priests belong to the shivaite adishaivas a Brahmin sub caste.The priests live in a closed area of North east of the temple.The temple has six time pooja everyday.
The most important festival of this temple is the 16day long mahostavam that is celebrated annually in the tamil month of Aani(june/july).There are number of events including the swarna rahoisavam.Major festivals like navratri and shivratri attract thousands of devotees.
Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple Darshan Timing
|Monday||6.00 A.M to 1.30 P.m , 4.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M|
|Tuesday||6.00 A.M to 1.30 P.m , 4.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M|
|Wednesday||6.00 A.M to 1.30 P.m , 4.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M|
|Thursday||6.00 A.M to 1.30 P.m , 4.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M|
|Friday||6.00 A.M to 1.30 P.m , 4.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M|
|Saturday||6.00 A.M to 1.30 P.m , 4.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M|
|Sunday||6.00 A.M to 1.30 P.m , 4.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M|