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Sayavanam - Chayavaneswarar Temple

Sayavanam Chayavaneswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Sayavanam in Sirkali Taluk in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, India. The historical name of the place is Tiru Chaikadu. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Rathna Chaya Vaneswarar . His consort is known as Kuyilinum Inia Mozhiyal.
Chayavanam Siva Temple
Rethina Sayavaneshwarar Temple
It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanars Tirugnanasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar.

Lord Muruga holds the bow (வில்லேந்திய வேலவர்) and the arrow instead of his usual weapon Velayudham, readying for the war against Soorapanma. Muruga also wears the Veeragandamani (anklet) in his right leg, presented by Father Lord Shiva.
Iyarpagai Nayanar Sayavanam
வில்லேந்திய வேலவர் Chayavanam
திருச்சாய்க்காடு சாயாவனேசுவரர்
The temple in this Sthalam is one among the six temples which are compared as equivalent to the temple in Varanaasi. The other 5 shivasthalams are Tiruvenkaadu, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvaiyaru, Tiruvidaimarudur and Tiruvanchiam.

This temple is one of the Maadakovil built by Kochengat Chozhan. The temple is facing east and the temple tank is in front of the east entrance. The sanctum sanctorum of the main deity Chaayavaneswarar is at an elevated site (Maadakovil). The Sannidhi for Sooriyan, Devendiran and Iyarpagai Nayanar along with his wife are located in the outer prakaram. The Sannidhi for the female deity is also located in the inner prakaram along with the main sanctum for Lord Sayavaneshwarar.
Chayavanam - Sri Chaayaavaneswarar Temple
சாயாவனம் - சாயாவனேசுவரர் திருக்கோவில்
Main Deity
Lord Shiva
Name
Sri Chaya Vaneswarar , Chaayaavaneswarar
Goddess Name
Sri Kuyilinum Inia Mozhiyal
Location
Sayavanam (Chayavanam)
Historical Name
Tiru Chaikadu, Melayur, ThiruSaaikkadu, Thirusaikkadu
Significance
9th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in North of cauvery region,
One of 275 Devaram Padal Petram Sthalams,
Temple is equivalent to Kashi,
Iyarpagai Nayanar got mukthi in this temple
Ancient
1500 years old
Travel Base
Mayiladuthurai

Significance of the temple:
v  The temple is praised by Saint Tirunavukkarasar and Sambadhar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 9th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery river praised in Thevaram hymns (Paadal Petra Sthalam).
v  The holy tree is the Korai and holy spring is Iravadham and Cauvery.  This temple is about 2000 years old. 
v  Chola King Kotchengannan built this Shiva temple.
v   Separate sannathi is there for Iyarpagai Nayanar, who is one among the 63 nayanmars.
v  Tiruchaaikaadu has been referred in Silappadikaaram,  Aganaanooru and Natrinai of the Sangam period.
Chaayaavaneswarar Temple Thiruchaikkadu
Sayavanam Chayavaneswarar Temple
Chaayavanam Melayur Temple Tank
Tiruchaaikkadu Shiva Temple
Kaviripoompattinam Siva Temple
How to Reach :  Tiruchaikkadu is situated on the Sirkazhi - Poompuhar road, just before Poompuhar. Town bus services to Poompuhar are available from Sirkazhi. The temple is located about 19 Kms. from Sirkazhi. Tiruchaikkadu can also be reached from Mayiladuthurai.

Another Paadal Petra Sthalam Pallavaneswaram is located very close to this temple.  
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