Thiruchenkattankudi – Sri Uthrapasupatheeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri UthrapasupatheeswararTemple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Uthrapasupatheeswarar

Ambal: Thirukuzhalnayaki

SthalaTheertham: Suriya puskarani

Stalavriksham: Athi

Dhevaram: Appar and Gnanasampanthar

Sthalapuranam

Lord Uthrapasupatheeswarar adores the temple from a shrine having its own Vimana right of the presiding deity Ganapatheeswarar.  He enjoys all priority in the temple.  The place also is named after Him.  He is holding Udukkai, Trident and the Tiruvodu the begging bowl. The temple and the place occupy a place of importance in Saivism history. This is the birth place of Paranjothi, a staunch Shiva devotee and Chief of the Pallava army.  He was always a winner and lost no battle as he was backed by the blessings of Lord Shiva. The king thought that if anything unnatural occurred to his commander, it would be a wrong committed against Lord Shiva and therefore, granted retirement to him from services to continue a choice life dedicated to the service of Lord.  Paranjothi-later Siruthondar-was too happy that he would be able to turn all his attention to a life of spirituality.

He was married to Mangai Nallal mentioned as Tiruvenkattu Nangai in our Saivite scriptures and a son named Seeralan.  The couple was very particular to have their food only after hosting a lunch to Shiva devotees.  They served what devotees wished.  One day none turned up.  Siruthondar left the house in search of a devotee. When he was out, a Shiva devotee knocked at his house.  Tiruvenkattu Nangai and her maid Seerala Nangai welcomed the devotee and invited for the lunch.  The devotee said that he would not accept the invitation when the male head of the house was absent and that he would wait near the Kattathi tree at the temple.  When Sirthondar returned he was happy to hear that a Shiva devotee was waiting at the temple.  He rushed to meet him and extended his invitation.  The Shiva devotee said that he would dine with him only if Siruthondar slaughtered his only son, cook and serve him the meat.  Siruthondar had no hesitation to accept the condition.  He and his wife prepared the food with their son’s meat as wished by the devotee.

When food was served, the Shiva devotee asked the host to call his son also to join him.  Shocked and surprised, the couple came out and cried Seerala, Seerala.  The boy in all flesh and blood came alive before them.  When they entered, the Devotee in His true Form granted darshan with Mother Parvathi and salvation to all of the four including the maid.  He was Lord Pasupatheeswara.  The Kattathi tree and a shrine of the family of Siruthondar are just before the Shrine of Lord. A king ruling this region then had no children.  He prayed to Lord Shiva for child boon.  While he set out for hunting once, he found four beautiful female children, brought them up as his own daughters in the place.  When they attained the marriageable age, he begged Lord Shiva to marry them which Lord obliged.  They are the four Ambicas’s in four temple as Vaaitha Tirukuzhal Nayaki in this temple, Karundhar Kuzhali Ammai in Tirupugalur, Sarivar Kuzhali in Ganapatheeswaram and Vandar Kuzhali in Tirumarugal.  They also bear the common name Shoolikambal as they took care of a poor women during her labour time and helped safe delivery.  Shool in Tamil mean pregnancy.  Hence the name Shoolikambal.

As Ambicas returned late at night after attending the pregnant woman, they did not enter the temple and waited outside.  Hence, their shrines also are outside the temple.  During the Arthajama Puja (final night puja), a nivedhana made of Samba rice, pepper, Seeragam, salt and ghee (given to mothers after delivery of the child) is offered to Ambicas. Vinayaka worship came in to Tamilnadu with the arrival of Vadhaba Ganapathi from north.  During a war, Paranjothi saw this Vinayaka, worshipped Him, won the war and brought the idol here as his Winner Cup.  He installed the Lord in this place, where Vinayaka earlier got relieved from the dosha for killing demon Gaja Mukha Asura.  Vinayaka idol worship began from this event only, it is said.  Hence, He is praised as Aadhi Vinayaka.  He is in a sitting form folding both legs.  Special pujas are performed to Him on Chaturthi days-fourth day of full or new moon. It is also believed that Lord Shiva granted relief to Vinayaka earlier here from His dosha on a Sadaya star day in Margazhi (December-January) month.  Special pujas are performed on this day with Lord Vinayaka procession.

A king wanted to make an idol for Shiva depicting His darshan to Siruthondar.  But the idol was not perfect despite several attempts.  A Shiva devotee came there and asked for water.  The frustrated sculptors offered the melting metal mixture to him.  The devotee drank it and became a perfect idol.  There was a small projection due to excess metal on the forehead.  When the sculptors attempted to correct it by removing the excess metal, it began to bleed. They immediately applied saffron and borneol (pachai karpooram) to stop the bleedings.  The scar on Lord Uthira Pasupatheeswarar is still visible.  During the evening pujas saffron and borneol are used.  Abishek are performed to Lord Uthira Pasupatheeswarar on the Tamil monthly days of Chithirai-April-May, Aadi-July-August, Aipasi-October-November, Thai-January-February, Chithirai Bharani star day-April-May, Vaikasi Thiruvonam star day in May-June and Aipasi Bharani star day in October-November.

As the blood of demon Gajamukhasura flowed as a river when he was destroyed, the place is called Tiru Chengattan Kudi in Tamil and Raktharanya Kshetra in Sanskrit.

It is noteworthy that 8 Samharamurthys are in line in the prakara – Lords Bhujangalinga Murthy, Gaja Samharamurthy, Oordhva Thandavar, Kaala Samharamurthy, Gangalamurthy, Bikshadana, Tripura Samharamurthy and Bhairava.  Their presence in a single temple thus facilitates darshan of all Samharamurthys of Ashtaveera sthalas-temples in various places.  Lord Subramanya with His consorts Valli and Deivanai blesses from a shrine sitting on a demon peacock.  Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of Muruga in his celebrated Tirupugazh hymns.  Mother Durga blesses from the goshta of Shiva shrine with eight hands holding weapons, one of which is a bow, a different form in this temple. There is a sculpture in the temple showing Saint Siru Thondar being taken to Mount Kailash.  Lords Arthanareeswara, Brahmma, four Saivite Saints praised as Naalvar,   Nagar with Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi and Twin Bhairavas have their shrines in the prakara.  Sun God-Surya is alone in the Navagraha-nine planets mandap on a high seat.

Route:

Channanallur is 13 km from Tiruvarur and 30 km from Mayiladuthurai. Tirupugalur is 11 km from Channanallur. Buses to Nagapattinam and Kumbakonam pass through Tirupugalur. The temple is about 3 km away from this place. Auto facility is available

Temple Timing :

6.45 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m

Temple Phone Number:

+91- 4366 – 270 278, 292 300, +91-94431 13025.

Temple Address:

Sri Uthrapasupatheeswarar Temple
Thiruchengattankudi,
Thirukannapuram(post)
Nagapattinam Dist
TamilNadu
India.

 

 

Seeyathamangai – Sri Ayavantheeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Ayavantheeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 7 th Century

Name of deity

Moolavar: Ayavantheeswarar

Ambal: Eru malar kannamai

Sthala Theertham: Chandra Theertham and Suriya Theertham

Stalavriksham: Kontrai

Dhevaram: Thirugnanasampanthar

Sthalapuranam:

Brahma worshiped Lord Siva here, hence the name Ayavanthy. This is birth place of Thiru Neelanakka Nayanar
Every day Thiru Neelanakka Nayanar and his wife used to visit this temple. One day he went to take bath in the nearby theertham and asked his wife to prepare the sanctum for pooja . When she was cleaning the premises she noticed a spider fell on Siva Lingam. She tried to remove the spider on the Lingam by blowing air with her mouth because her hand was full of dirt. Meanwhile Nayanar arrived and got annoyed her act and taught she was doing some stupid activity. He left her and stayed back in the temple that night. In his dream that night, Lord Siva showed him that all other place, except the place spider fell was wounded. Nayanar realised his mistake and rejoined with his wife.

South Facing temple with five Tiered Rajagopuram, Ayavantheeswarar facing south and his consort Eru malar kannamai in a separate shrine within the same premises. Very big temple with a very high wall, in first prahar Chandran, Sanibhagavan (placing his foot over Crow), Sapthamatharkal, Bhairavar, Navagraham, Mahalingam, Viswanathar with Visalakshi and Vinayagar shrines are there.

Inside the premises Subramaniyar, Mahalakshmi, Nalvar, Thiru Neelanakka Nayanar with his consort Mangaiyarkarasi, Somaskandhar, Mahaganapathi and a separate idol of Navaneetha Krishnan are seen in this temple.

Koshta moortham Dakshinamoorthy, Narthanaganapathi, Lingothpavar, Brahma, Pichadanar, Durgai and Arhtanariswarar are there.

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Seeyathamangai (P.O)
Nannilam (Taluk)
Thiruvarur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India

04366 270073

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Tiruppanaiyur – Sri Sowndhareswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Sowndhareswarar Temple

Period of Origin

Before 7th century

Name of Deity

Moolavar: Sowndhareswarar

Ambal:Periyanayaki

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Sthala Teertham:Amirtha Puskarani

Dhevaram: Sundarar and Gnanasampathar

Sthalapuranam

This is an ancient temple were king Karikallan lived and was brought up in his child hood. This place has plenty of palm trees.

It is believed that the Saptha rishi’s Parasaramuni, Mahalakshmi, and King Karikalan had Worshiped in this place.

The SapthaRishi’s are Kowsikar, kasipar, Barathvajar, Gowthamar, Agasthiyar, Athri, Brehu.

Sthalapuranam

When there was a dispute in the chola family, Karikalan and his mother were sent to this place by his uncle Irumbitarthalaiyar.They were taken care in this temple. When the mother and son were threatened by the enemies, karikalan’s mother prayed to lord vinayaka.It is believed that they were saved for eight years until the fall of enemies. So Lord Vignesh is called as Thunaieruntha Vinayakar here.

Here we can see two palm trees. It is said that we can’t imagine their age because when the trees get old we can see two new tender palm growing under the tree itself.

Inside the premises, first we can see the idol of Parasara muni next to Lord Vignesha’s Shrine.

Kosta moorthi: Dhakisnamoorthy, Mahavishnu, Brama & Durga are the other idols found here. Next to that is Chandikeswarar, and Seven Siva lingam which were worshipped by Sabtharishi’s.

Parasara muni installed sivalingam here and worshiped.

Here lord Shiva is also called as Thalavaneswarar. avudaiyar faces North and has a square shape. usually south faced and round in shape. You can also see Somaskanthar With a fruit in his hand.

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Pannayur
Santhanallur(P.O)
Nanelam (Taluk)
Thiruvarur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India

04366 237007

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Thirunallur – Sri Panchavarneswarar Temple

Name of the Temple 

Sri Panchavarneswarar Temple

Pediod of Origin

Before 6th Century

Name of Deity

Moolavar:Panchavarniswarar

Ambal: Parvatha sundari

Sthalavriksham: Vilvam

Sthalatheertham: Sapthasagara Theertham

Dhevaram: Appar

Sthalapuranam

Here lord Shiva is suyambu. It is belived Lingam starts from the land and ends at the top of the mount.Here avudaiyar is in square shape and has two lingams.(not anywhere in the world) the lingam changes colour on its own within the interval of 2 hours and 20 minutes.Hence Lord Shiva is known as Panchavarneswarar. Research has been done by the archeologists about these phenomena, but the reason is still unknown. It said that the Jada mudi of lord Shiva is present at the back of temple, so we are not allowed to make a full round.

Here you can see Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva in Garbhagraha

Lord Shiva gave Thiruvadidheekshai to Appar swamy in this place. In this temple we can see the shadari and holy water given to devotees as in a Vaishnava temple.

Kundi Got rid of her curse by taking a dip in Saptha Sagar Theertham which is opposite to Temple

Here in Tamil (Masi)month,Maha nactharam Urchavam Take place

Oblations to the manes Take places here.

Muchukundha cakravarthi who belongs to Dwaparayuga the third yuga has worshipped in this place.

In this Shiva temple you can see Narasimha idol in the Viman, and a separate shrine to Kasi vinayagar.

Outside premises we can see eight lingas and sapthamathas.

Inside the premises kosta moorthy Dhakshnamoorthy, Sattanathar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi, Durga opposite to Durga idol we can see 63 Nayanmar in thatAmaraneethe nayanar idol will be the big ,Natarajar this is the first prahar. When we go up we can see Kailasa Ganapathi then Moolavar Panchvarneswarar, Ambal in separate shrine. Ashtapuja Kali outside these premises

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Thirunallur (Post)
Sundraperumal Kovil (via)
Valangaiman (Taluk)
Thanjavur (Dist)
TamilNadu
India.

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PH:2421234, 2421152

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Sethalapathi – Sri Adivinayagar Alayam Temple

Temple Name

Sri Adivinayagar Alayam Temple

Period of Origin

Before 7 th century.

Name of Deity

Moolavar: Mukthiswarar

Ambal: Swarnavali

Sthalavriksham:Mantharai

Sthala Theertham: Chandra Theertham

Dhevaram :Thirugnanasampanthar

Sthalapuranam:

Swarnavalli sametha Mukthiswarar temple is located at Thilatharpanapuri 2.6kms from Koothanur. Koothanoor is near Poonthottam which is on Mayavaram – Tiruvarur Road.

Here the main deity’s are Sornavalli Thayar and Muktheeswarar. Aadi Vinayagar(Nara Ganapathi) is not the main deity here, though this temple is famous and is known by Nara Ganapathi rather than by the main deity’s name in recent times.

The name Thilatharpanpuri came from Thil – Gingelly and Tharpanam means performing pitru poojas/karmas for the ancestors(a hindu ritual). The name came from coining these two words. The local story claims that performing the Pitru Tharpanam here absolves you of all your pitru Sabams (ancestral sins) and Doshams.

Hindu mythology goes on saying that, Ram when he came down to earth in human avtar was performing pitru tharpanams at various places by making four Pindams (pindams made of boiled rice scooping). These pindams after performance of tharpanam became worms everytime he did the tharpanam. Ram who got worried that his pooja’s are not getting the desired result (that is the pitrus are not getting the pindams he is offering) prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva came to Ram and asked him to go to Manthara vanam in earth where he is present in the form for offering prayers. Once he reaches Mantharavanam he should take bath in the HariSolMahanadhi and then perform the Pitru Tharpananam. Ram, as told by Shiva came down to this place and after taking bath in the Hari Sol Mahanadhi, knelt by his right leg and made four pindams and started his pitru pooja. The Pindams which were becoming worms till now became four Lingams in this place. Because of this, Dasaratha Maharaja, father of Ram got his Mukhthi (attained divine abode) and hence the main deity got the name of Muktheeswarar. After this episode of Ram doing his karma poojas and getting his ancestors all the mukthi, this place has become one of the main sthalas for such attainment. It is said to be equivalent to that of Kasi and Rameshwaram.

The original name of this place Thilathaipathi and Mathimuthami was sung by Gnyanasambandha Peruman in one of his songs. So this sthalam is noted also from saivasthalam and devaram perspective too.

The current name of Sithalapathi came from the name of Thilatharpanapuri and Thilathaipathi. Most of the people can identify this place with the name of Sithalapathi rather than knowing it as Thilatharpanapuri or Thilathipathi.

This is a must visit place for every Hindu. The Aadhi vinayagar temple is famous for monthly Sangada Hara Chaturthi festival. Coming to the birth of Lord Ganesha and his human form in this temple, again the mythology and the local story goes like this.

Once upon a time Mother Parvati wished to take a bath in Harisolmahanathi. She created a boy from Manjal (Turmeric) powder and after giving life to this boy asked him to stand guard outside while she took bath. Meanwhile, Lord Shiva returned home. When he tried to enter the house, the boy prevented him from doing so. In anger, Shiva beheaded the boy. When Parvati saw this, she burst into tears as the boy was made of her own thing and he is like her son. In order to console her, Shiva sent out his troops (gaNa) to fetch the head of anyone found sleeping with his head pointing to the north. (that is one of the reason there is a belief that you should not sleep keeping your head pointing to North – even today). They found an elephant sleeping thus and brought back its head. Shiva then attached the elephant’s head to the body of the boy and gave him new life. He named the boy Ganapati, which means commander of his troops. He also granted him a boon that everyone would worship him (Ganesha) before beginning any work.

Inside the Premises we can see a small shrine for lord vignesh known as Adhi Vinayagar.Here Lord Vignesh having a beautiful human face. It seems to be the only place having such a fame.

 

 

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When you travel from Thanjavur to Thiruvarur towards mayiladuthurai you will reach a place called Poonthotam stopping. From there you have to take a right turn through the bridge you will reach the place called Koothanoor from there Sethalapathi temple 2 KM.

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Thiruvirkudi – Sri Veerataneswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Veerataneswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Veerataneswarar

Ambal: Elavar Kuzhali, Parimala Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Chakkara Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Tulsi

Devaram:  Tirugnanasambandar

Sthalapuranam:

Presiding deity of the temple is Lord Veerattaneswarar.  Mother is Parimala Nayaki.  Brinda in Sanskrit means Tulsi in Tamil.  Remembering this chaste woman, Tulsi plant is revered as the sacred tree of the temple.  People pray here for solutions caused by Vasthu dosha-wrong designing of a building affecting peace and prosperity.  Devotees also pray to Sri Anjaneya in the temple.

Indira the king of Devas went to Mount Kailash to have Shiva darshan with the pride of a king.  In the guise of a watchman, Lord Shiva prevented him from proceeding further.  Proud Indira struck Shiva with His vajrayutha when Lord opened His forehead eye.  Realizing the watchman was Shiva, Indira fell at His feet and sought His pardon.  Lord Shiva spilled a drop of His sweat in the milk ocean from where a demon child was born.  The child pulled the beard of Lord Brahmma who cried in pain.  His tears also fell on the child.  The child wet with Shiva’s sweat, Brahmma’s tears and the drop of the milk ocean was named Jalandarasura.

When He grew, he demanded Brahmma a life without death and the rule of the three worlds.  Brahmma denied it.  He got the boon that he would be alive till such time his chaste wife Brindhai was found mentally tainted.  His atrocities grew in leaps and bounds and finally decided to kill Lord Shiva Himself.  Lord came before the demon in the guise of an aged person, drew a round line as a chakra.  He asked the demon to take the Chakra, place it on his head and said that it would destroy him.  Arrogant demon challenged that the Chakra could not kill him as his wife was a chaste woman.

Shiva called Lord Vishnu and asked Him to appear before Brinda as Jalandarasura.  Not knowing that the visitor was not her husband, she called him in with the respect of a husband and thus got tainted mentally.  Lord Shiva placed the Chakkara on demon’s head which chopped off his head.  Knowing the design of Lord Vishnu, Brinda immolated herself cursing Lord Vishnu that He would have to suffer separation from His wife.  To come over the curse, Lord Vishnu had to take the Ramavathara later, goes the story.

Due to curse of Brinda, Lord Vishnu became mentally retarded.  To cure Him, Lord Shiva sowed a seed at the place where Brinda burnt herself.  Tulsi plant grew.  A garland was made of the Tulsi leaves and placed on Lord Vishnu.  He was cured completely.  Lord Vishnu asked Lord Shiva to gift Him the Chakra-discus.  He worshipped Lord Shiva with thousand lotus flowers.  When He found that the number was short by two, He unhesitatingly took His eyes for the puja.  Pleased Shiva rewarded Lord Vishnu with the Chakra

The temple has a five tier Rajagopuram.  Chakkara Theertham is opposite the tower with safe and convenient steps and compound wall.  It is a big tank with a Lord Vinayaka temple on the bank.  Passing the Gopuram entrance, a beautiful Nagalinga sculpture greets the devotee.  A Shiva temple worshipped by Lord Vishnu and the place from where Lord Shiva restored Brinda to life as Tulsi are in the outer prakara.  There are also shrines for Mother Mahalakshmi, Lords Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Bhairava, Sani Bhagwan, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sun, Moon, Pidari and a well called Gnana Theertham in this prakara.  There is also a separate temple for Lord Bhairava.

Route:

The visitor has to get down at Thangalancherry on the Tiruvarur-Mayiladuthurai road to reach the temple. Buses from Tiruvarur to Aamur and Tirumarugal pass through this place.

Temple Timings:

12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-94439 21146

Temple Address:

Sri Veerattaneswarar Temple,

Tiruvirkudi – 609 405.

Tiruvarur district