|Location:||Bhavani, Tamilnadu, India|
|Architecture and culture|
|Architectural styles:||Dravidian architecture|
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This Siva Temple at Bhavani near Erode, in Kongu Naadu, is a shrine at the confluence of Bhavani, Cauveri and Amrutavahini rivers(Mukkoodal). The temple is located on the northern bank where the rivers meet. The name Tirunanaa that is "Themai nannaa oor”, literally means, no evil will befall in this city. Hence it is believed that no evil will befall those who visit this Temple. The five hill temples of this area such as Sankagiri, Tiruchengode, Padmagiri, Mangalagiri and Vedagiri were surrounding this Temple.
Legend goes that the remnants of the celestial nectar which came out of the milky ocean was buried here by Sage Parasarar and the same turned into a Sivalingam. Kuberan, Rama, Arjuna, Viswamitrar and Parasarar are said to have worshipped the god over here.
The temple is constructed on a 4-acre (16,000 m2) land. The main tower with 5 tiers is located on the north side of the temple. The presiding deity, Lord Shiva is known as Sangameswarar and the Ambal his consortot mother parvathy is known as Pannaar Mozhiyaal or Vedanayaghi. The shrine of this female deity is facing east. A shrine to Subramanyar is situated between the shrines of Siva and Ambal. Thus the temple is said to be in somaskanda type. Even though this temple is a Saivite temple for Lord Shiva as Sangameswar, there is a separate shrine inside this temple for Lord vishnu as Adhi Kesava Perumal with his consort Soundaravalli Thaayar.
The stala vriksham is ilandai(Zizyphus mauritiana)Tree. The theertham is Mukkoodal (rivers Bhavani, Cauveri and Amrutavahini rivers) theertham.
Poems on this temple
The Nayanmars Thevaram pathigam is composed by Sambandar. He had composed 10 poems in this temple in the praise of the lord which comes under 2nd Thirumurai. Saint Arunagirinathar who visited Thirunanaa, has composed many songs (Thirupugazh) on Lord Subramanya
The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the Tamil month of chiththirai,and the most femiliour festival is Audi 18 of Tamil month. There is a beautiful ivory palanquin gifted by a European collector in the 19th century, which is being used during the temple festivals.
This temple is located in the urban area of Bhavani, which is just near the Agglomeration of Erode, 56 km from Salem and 15 km from Erode railway station. Bus facilities to Bhavani are available from Erode frequently and also from Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Salem.