I have already blogged about some of the 'Temples in and around Karaikudi', and 'Soumya Narayana temple', in Sivaganga district of Tamilnadu. This is yet another temple I visited recently which is just 6 kms from the Pillyarpatti koil.( click the first link )
The deity of Nemam temple is Siva, known as Jayamkondeswarar and His consort is Soundaryanayaki. Just outside the main shrine, we find a disfigured idol of the same Goddess which is supposed to be the original idol. Usually disfigured , damaged idols are not worshipped in any temples but here it is worshipped as per the wishes of the Goddess. The temple is a treasure trove of art work and has richly ornamental pillars and life size statutes from mythology. There are shrines for Vinayagar and Muruga on either side of the main shrine.
The temple has a beautiful pond with lot of lillies . Water tanks in front of the temple is a common sight in most of the Karaikudi temples. There is also a shrine for Vinayaka near the tank. The ceiling of the temple has a Rasi chakra representing all the Zodiac signs and also has paintings related to Siva Puranam. This temple is situated in serene and calm village and the trees around the temple is a safe haven for parrots. Bees also have made the ceiling their homes. Could find 2 beehives at the entrance itself.
How to reach Karaikudi
Can be reached from Madurai and Trichy which are at 70 Kms and 82 Kms respectively. Both the cities have airports and railway stations. Karaikudi also has a railway station.
Buses ply from all the towns in Tamil Nadu to Karaikudi and all the above temples are on regular bus routes and are easily reachable.
Karaikudi town has good number of hotels for boarding as well as lodging.