The world famous Nagaraja Temple is located in the center of Nager coil town, and this temple is the only reason for this town name. This temple is named for serpent blemish and you can see innumerable serpent idols here as a spiritual amends. Devotees anoint with Cow milk and turmeric as a part of their prayers to the Nagas idols in the Shrine. Lord Krishna and Nagaraja Swamy are main deities in this temple showering their blessing for devotees along with Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Subramanya, and dwarapalaka.
There is a spiritual background besides the origin of Nagaraja temple. The devotees believe that once upon a time, a Village girl came to this place for grass cutting and she saw some blood spurt below from the ground. After that, she realized that her sickle cuts the head of a five-headed serpent by accident. She started to scream immediately she ran from that place and reported to the people in the nearest village about that incident. The village peoples are shocked and reached that spot immediately and witnessed the miracle happens with their own eyes. After that, the people decided to build a small temple at that place for Nagaraja to request for forgiving their sins. Peoples started to worship him and his fame started to spread.
Once The King of Kalakkad, located near Kanyakumari suffered from Leprosy tried to cure his disease with various treatments all over the world and doesn’t help him to recover. Finally, he knows about the power of Nagaraja and visited this temple and did penance on a Sunday in the Tamil month of Avani. Miraculously he was cured of that deadly disease and the temple fame spread around all over the globe. The King built the present temple for Nagaraja’s grace after that he visited every Sunday during Avani Month with his entire family and did Pooja without fails. Still, now thousands of devotees are worshipping the serpent idols on that day to thank Nagaraja’s divinity.
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