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Sri Singaravelar temple,
Sikkal-611 108,
Nagapattinam District.
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Singara Vaelavar Temple, Sikkal It was in this temple, Lord Siva had annihilated Yama, the God of death and destruction to save the life of Markandeya and bestowed immortality on him. THIRUKADAIYUR, It is one of the most important seats of Sakthi. Inside the precincts of the temple of Arulmigu Amerthakadeswarar is located the temple of Shri Abirami Amman Temple.  

Sikkal Temple - The History

The Way Past

Sri Singaravelar Kaingarya Saba, Sikkal, is carrying out the renovation and kumbhabishekam work through contributions from philanthropists and devotees. The temple is maintained by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board. Devotees throng the Singaravelar temple at Sikkal, a tiny village near nagapattinam, because it is believed that all diseases will be cured and all troubles melt like butter here. It was at Sikkal that Lord Subrahmanya got the Vel (lance) from His Mother Goddess Parvati to kill Surapadman, the demon king. 

The monster was slain at Tiruchendur on Skanda Sashti. Although the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Navaneetheswarar with His consort Nedum Kanni Amman (Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi), it is popularly known as Sikkal Singaravelar temple. Sage Vasishta had visited the place and moulded a Lingam from the butter churned from the milk of Kamadhenu (the divine cow) and offered prayers to help Kamadhenu regain her form. And Lord Siva appeared before Sage Vasishta and fulfilled his prayers. Therefore, the presiding deity is known as Vennainathar. According to legend, Kamadhenu was transformed into a tiger by the wrath of Siva as she ate the flesh of a dead dog during a prolonged famine. However, Lord Siva told Kamadhenu that she would regain her form after taking a bath in the holy tank of the Sikkal temple after filling it with her divine milk.  The temple tank in Sikkal is therefore called Ksheera Pushkarani. There is another legend that when Vasishta prayed to Lord Siva to empower the Lingam to relieve the ills and evil effects of his worshippers, the Lord instantaneously obliged. However, when Vasishta tried to remove the Lingam (made of butter), he could not succeed as it got stuck to the place firmly.  As a result, the place got its name Sikkal. Accordingly to puranas, Lord Vishnu came as a child and took away some butter from the butter Lingam made and worshipped by Sage Vasishta.

When Vasishta was angry with the child, the child appeared as Lord Vishnu (Vennai Peruman) and gave darshan to Vasishta. Hence, both Siva and Vishnu shrines are situated in the same temple. Lord Subrahmanya at Sikkal is named Singaravelar because of His beautiful form. The beautiful form. The beautiful panchaloka Singaravelar idol, with consorts Valli and Deivanai, on the peacock with gold kavacham at Sikkal temple has unique divine powers.

During the Skanda Sashti festival ( a week after Deepavali), every year, the idol of Singaravelar is taken in procession, first to His Mother Goddess Vel Nedum Kanni Amman for receiving the Vel and then to the shirine of Somaskandar on the hillock. During the one-hour halt, the idol of Singaravelar becomes wet with perspiration and drops of sweat are seen on the face of the idol.  The 10-day Brahmotsavam in April every year is the main festival of the temple. The King of Ayodhya, Musukunda Chakravarthy is said to have built the temple for Navaneetheswarar at Sikkal several centuries ago. It was renovated during the fourth century by the Chola King Kochenkannan. According to inscriptions, King of Madurai, Veerapandiya Theva, the emperor of Vijayanagaram and other kings had presented gold coins and gifts to the temple.

Donations are invited for the on-going renovation work which may be sent in the form of DD/cheques drawn in favour of Sri Singaravelar Kaingarya Saba, Sikkal, to

Sri Singaravelar temple,
Sikkal-611 108,
Nagapattinam District.