Constructed and worshipped by Pallavas and Chozhas over a thousand years ago, Shri Nidheeshwarar stands alone and without a temple in a village called Annamputhur located on the Dindivanam - Pondicherry by pass,10 kms from Dindivanam towards Pondicherry.
Shri Nidheeshwarar stands a tall four and a half feet on a lotus base (Peetham).According to the stone inscriptions, he is believed to have been worshipped by Brahmma to get rid of a curse incurred by Shiva's wrath in Tiruvannamalai. It further goes to say that Kubera, the God of wealth prayed at this Annamputhur to this mighty Shiva and obtained all the eight types of nidhis (gems/treasures) – Padma nidhi, Mahaapadma nidhi, Makara nidhi, kachchapa nidhi, Mukunda nidhi, Neela nidhi, Nanda nidhi and Shankha nidhi. Hence shiva here got the name Shri Nidheeshwarar. It is such an irony that this Lord of all nidhis should be found on a mound of mud without proper shelter and means of being worshipped
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The people of annamputhur and the neighbouring villages have got together and formed a trust to rebuild this temple and reinstate Shri Nidheeshwarar in all his past glory and power.
"Please do not build new temples. Those who have been bestowed with Goddess Lakshmi's grace should take up old ruinated temples, renovate them and ensure basic prayers, neivedhyams and annadhanams befitting such old temples"- Pleaded Sri Paramacharuyal Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.
This notice is an appeal to all to donate generously towards rebuilding of this ancient temple which is not just abode of Shri Nidheeshwarar but also stands as a mute witness to our rich heritage.