Nandi was born to Siladha Maharshi and performed great penance to his favored deity, Siva. Siva was so pleased with his worship, he not only made Nandi his prime attendant, He also got him married. The marriage itself took place at Thirumazhapadi near Thiruvaiyaru, and Shiva took his devotee around these seven temples as part of the Sapthapadi. Every year, this occasion is celebrated in April/May with the idol of the Lord starting out in a beautifully decorated glass-encrusted palanquin from Thiruvaiyaru, and taking a round of these seven villages. At each village he is received at one boundary by the Lord of that village and accompanied by him to the next village, where he is received by the next one. In such a way, he completes a full circle and returns to Thiruvaiyaru.
All these temples are situated around Thiruvaiyaru and it is possible to visit all these temples within 4 hours.
The Seven Temples are:
Before 6 th Century. Appar, Thirugnanasambanthar had sung in Devaram, and renovated at 8th century by first Aditya Chola [ 871-901 AD].
Name of deity
This is the place where Lord Shiva collected Ghee for Nandhi's Marriage.
Saraswathi, Nandhi Dhevar, Gowthamar, Brigumuni, Sambandhar, Appar, Pugazendhi and Ottakkuththan had worshiped the lord here.
Here Lord Shiva daily gets Ghee anointing[Abishekam] after which the Lord gets a warm water anointing. This process of Abishekam[anointing] is done only in this place and not any were else.
King KAYAVAHU of Srilanka treated this deity as an ancestral god and celebrated festivals are known through stone inscriptions available at this temple.
7 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 7 pm
Arulmigu Neiyadiyappar Alayam