Thirumanancheri – Sri Udhvaganathar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Udhvaganathar temple

Period of origin

Besfore 2000 year

Name of deity

Moolavar: Udhvaganathar

Ambal: Gokhila

Sthala Theertham: Saptha Sagaram

Sthala Virksham: Karu Oomathai

Devaram: Tirugnana Sambandar

Parihara Sthalam:

Marriage obstacle

Sthalapuranam:

The temple is known over the world for wedding prayers.  Any obstacle in the way disappears, it is believed.  Kalyana archana is very famous in this temple which the devotee performs both before and after marriage offering two coconuts, two garlands, turmeric, kumkum, camphor, betel nuts, lime fruit, sugar and sugar candy an important item in in marriage functions.

After worshipping at the shrines of all deities, devotees sit in two rows in the hall before Lord Kalayana Sundarar shrine, one seeking wedding boon, the other blessed with the boon.  The priest collects the puja materials from the devotees and performs the archanas.  He gives back garlands to the devotees.  Couples exchange it between themselves and to those awaiting marriage, the priest himself places it on the devotee.  The priest will then give instructions to the devotees as to what should they do next.

It is said that the lime fruit offered to the devotee ensures health to the devotee, the garland the happiness, vibhuti to bless his/her wish, kumkum the blessing of Mother Mahalakshmi and the turmeric all auspiciousness.  Devotees keep the garland in their houses with reverence.  They make juice of the lime and consume it the next day before food.  After the marriage takes place, the devotee should bring back the old garland and return it to Lord Kalyanasundarar and thus complete the course of worship.

Child boon:  Devotees come to the temple on new moon day.  Planet Raghu Bhagwan blesses here in full human form with ear rings and ornaments.  Milk abishek with milk porridge (Pal Payasam in Tamil) as nivedhana are offered to the deity.  It is believed that consuming this puja milk porridge would reward the devotee with a child.  After the birth of the child, male or female, devotees offer different anklets and a bell to the planet.  They also place contributions in the hundi.

Manmatha the cupid was burnt by the fire from the forehead eye of Lord Shiva when Lord was in meditation.  This happened at a place called Tirukurukkai.  He honestly realized his folly and sought the pardon of the Lord.  He was restored to life by the grace of Lord in this place.

Tirumananjeri enjoys special significance in the religious history of Tamilnadu as it is linked with the history of other Shiva kshetras.  Ambica came to Therezhundur as a cow due to a curse of Lord Shiva.  Lord Vishnu played shepherd in Komal.  At Tirukulambam Lord Shiva accepted a scar of the cow’s feet on His chest.  Lord Shiva granted salvation to the cow at Tiruvaduthurai.  At Tirundhuruthi-also called Kuttalam Mother Uma came from the yajna fire performed by Sage Bharatha.

Tiruvelvikudi, Kumulaipalai, Ethirkolpadi are the places where preparations for Shiva-Parvathi wedding took place.  At Tirumananjeri the grand divine wedding – Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam – took place, according to stories.  Tirumananjer is a place of marriage celebrations each day-Nitya Kalyana Kshetra.  This is also the place for Raghu worship.  He is in his full human form wearing ear rings and ornaments. The sacred spring Saptha Sagaram (seven seas) is considered the garland that came for Lord’s wedding, according to beliefs.

Mother Uma expressed Her desire to Lord Shiva that she wished to have another wedding occasion with him and enjoy the celebration pleasure.  Lord gladly agreed but was delaying the decision.  Displeased with His indifference, Mother too began to be indifferent with Him.  Angry Shiva cursed Her to be born a cow on earth.  Cow Uma wandered here and there in many places worshipping the Lord for relief.   Lord Shiva was cooled with the pouring of the milk of Cow Uma and also accepted a scar of the feet of the cow on His chest.  He agreed to marry Her again as she wished.  Mother Uma came in Her divine form from the yajna fire of Sage Bharatha.  Lord married Her at Tirumananjeri, according to Sthala Puranas.

Those awaiting marriage offer Kalyana Malai-wedding garlands with archanas. After realizing their wish, they come back and worship with garlands and archanas. Those seeking child boon bathe in the Saptha Sagaram sacred spring and offer Milk Pudding nivedhana to Rahu planet. They also light oil or ghee lamps in Sani Bhagwan shrine. Devotees offer vstras to Lord Udhvaganathar and perform abishek with flour, turmeric, cosmetic powders and oil, milk, curd, sacred ash-vibhuti, green coconut, panchamirtham a mixture of five ingredients, lime, honey, sandal etc. They also offer nivedhanas to Lord and distribute the same to the devotees. Those who can afford, contribute for renovations of the temple.

3 day Chithirai wedding festival of Lord is grandly celebrated in April-May on the Poosam star day when the whole place will be in a wedding mood. The devotee crowd in the temple is huge on Pradosha days each month, Aadi Pooram in July-August, Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Tirukarthikai in November-December are other festivals celebrated in the temple. Special pujas are performed on Deepavali in October-November, Pongal almost falling on January 14 and Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14.

Route:

Tirumananjeri is 5 km northward from Kuttalam bus stand on the Mayiladuthurai-Kumbakonam road. Cabs and bus facilities are available from Kuttalam bus stand.

Temple Timings:

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

Temple Telephone Number:

04364 – 235 002

Temple Address:

Sri Udhavaganathar Temple,

Thirumanancheri -609 801,

Nagapattinam district.

Thiruvenkadu (Budhan) – Sri Swedaranyeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Swedaranyeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Venkadar, Swetaranyeswarar

Ambal:  Pann Moitta Inmozhiyaal, Bhrama Vidya Nayaki

 Sthala Theertham: Surya Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam, Vadaval and Konrai.

Devaram: GnanaSambandar

Sthalapuranam:

The name Thiruvenkadu means ‘sacred white forest’ (‘Ven’ means white and ‘Kadu’ means forest). It is said that this place was surrounded by thick forests on all sides and when seen from a distance, it looked white, and hence the name. In Sanskrit it is known as Swetaranyam (‘Swetam’ means white and ‘Aranyam’ means forest). The place also bears various names such as Jnana-aranya, (forest of wisdom), Patala Kailas and Aadi Chidambaram.

Thiruvenkadu temple is surrounded by five prakarams known as pancha prakarams. Here the Lord is consecrated in His forms as Aghoramurthi (manifestation of His wild and angry form) and Nataraja (a manifestation of Shiva, assumed as the Lord of Dance). Within the darkness of the night, walks this form of Lord Shiva, Shiva Aghoramurthy. He rules the night, kala and these hours are for the other world spirits to worship him. Aghora Shiva is worshiped by all, the night is alive with divinity as it wakes the other world, of ghosts and ghouls and aghoris to follow this form – the left hand path of worship.

Its not scary as much as it is eye opening, that we prefer to see a beautifully clad aghora rudra within the temple wall in stone and not the real fiery self that walks the night. Aghora Shiva, raw energy, raw power, raw beauty of anger and fury rising from the being, from his eyes, forming a halo of flaming light around his head, this multi handed deity adorns the temple precinct around the main shrine of Lord Shiva in his iconic form. In the early hours of the morning at the temple of Thiruvenkadu, Veerabhadra, resides within his chamber, surrounded by flickering lights that turn this earthly chamber into divine heaven with his presence. Adorned in the glint of gold, decorated in royalty this ash clad Lord is dressed like a King. Decked in jewellery and covered in flowers, one can sing the Rudram and bathe themselves in his presence. Such beauty can be found nowhere else, which is just brought to light by the glowing lamps.

Aghora Shiva is powerful, fierce, graceful, and yet terrifying. He kills all evil, he protects us, he brings us our peace and yet we fear this form! And as we mindlessly move on, little do we notice a painter furiously at work. Seeped in silence, a passionate painter catches the glimpse of this fiery Lord into his canvas.  40 days of passion, with hours spent during Brahmamuhurta, the painter sits before Him and absorbs his form. And in a lightening flash he awakens the very Lord Veerabhadra to come alive in his brush and begins to render this unthinkable form!. The glint of gold, the sheen of silver, the blackness of mahakala just bathes the dimly lit interior…such a beauty that the mind just rests, there is no room for thought, there is just music in the heart to see the Lord display his presence through the eyes of the painter who prays to him, requesting him to make his appearance divine in his canvas.

The mind is a powerful tool and it performs many unthinkable miracles. One such miracle is the way this painter religiously renders the beauty and form and divinity of every God as he imbibes them into himself. Truely miraculous. There was never another of his kind, Artist Silpi was the chosen one, one who would paint, one who could capture even Lord Aghora Rudra into his brush and request this fiery Lord to descend into his canvas to stay there and bless all those who worshiped him.

The Nataraja image holds seven instruments and weapons, namely, Vetalam, Khadgam, Udukku, Mani, Kedayam, Kapalam and Trisulam. Lord Shiva performs seven forms of dance or Tandavas, viz Ananda tandavam, Sandhya tandavam, Samhara tandavam, Tripuranta tandavam, Urdhva tandavam, Bhujanga tandavam and Lalita tandavam here.

Lord Shiva is present here with five faces viz Easanam, Tatpurusham, Aghoram, Vamadevam and Sadyojatam, representing five directions and aspects of Lord Shiva. Easanam is facing the sky and represents purity, Vamdevam faces north and represents sustenance, Tatpurisha faces east and represents spirituality that has destroyed the ego, Aghoram faces south and represents the destructive and regenerative aspect of Shiva, Sadyojatam faces west and represents creation.

Devi in Her divine form of Bhadrakali has a separate shrine. Besides, there are separate shrines for Ashta Lakhsmis and the Navagrahas. Swetharanyeswarar temple has three theerthams (holy tanks) called as Agni Theertham, Surya Theertham and Chandra Theertham which are said to have been created out of the three drops which fell from Lord Shiva’s eyes when he was dancing. The sthala vrikshams are also three in number – Vilvam, Vadaval and Konrai. The stone inscriptions on the walls of the temples depict important historical information on the Chola Dynasty and about several kings of Vijayanagar.

The posture of Nandi at the entrance is another unique feature here. It bears nine scars on its body and is seated at the entrance of Devi’s shrine. Marutwasura, an asura, was troubling the Rishis and the people of Thiruvenkadu. The people prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva sent Nandi to fight the demon. Marutwasura was defeated by Nandi and thrown into the sea. Marutwasura through his penance obtained sula from Lord Shiva. The demon then returned with greater intensity to attack the innocent people. Once again, at the request of the devotees, Shiva sent Nandi. However, on this occasion, Nandi could not fight the demon as the demon had the Sula of Shiva. The demon caused wounds on Nandi’s back with the Sula.

Parihara Sthalam:

Child Birth

Route:

Swetharanyeswarar Temple is situated 23 kilometers away from Mayiladuthurai, on the Sirkali – Poompuhar linking road. The temple is 10 km from Sirkazhi and 59 km from Kumbakonam.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 12pm  and 5 .30 pm to  8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04364-256 424

Temple Address:

Sri Swetharanyeswarar Temple
Tiruvenkadu
Tiruvenkadu Post
Sirkazhi Taluk
Nagapattinam District

 

Vaidheeswaran koil (Angarahan) – Sri Vaidyanatha Swami temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Vaidyanatha Swami temple

Period of origin

 Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Vaidyanathar

Ambal: Thaiyal Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Siddhamirtham

Sthala Virksham: Vembu

Devaram: Tirugnana Sambandar, Tirunavukkarasar

Parihara Sthalam:

Health

 Sthalapuranam:

 Many Siddhas in days of yore performed abishek to Lord of this place with nectar and gained many boons.  The nectar used for the abishek mixed with the holy spring.  18 theerthas are mixed in this tank which cures all diseases people suffer from.  When Sage Sadananda was performing penance here, he saw a snake trying to devour a frog.  As the incident disturbed his penance, he cursed them. Since then, no snake or frog comes near this tank.

The place is also known as Pullirukkuvelur. Pul means Bird-here the eagle king Jatayu the noblest character in Ramayana in the service of Lord Sri Rama, Irukku the Rig Veda, Vel-Lord Muruga and Oor the place make the name Pul Irukku Vel Oor = Puulirukkuvelur.

The place is the headquarters of medical science that offers cure for 4448 diseases, it is said.  A medicine ball is made of the anthill sand, abishek water, veppilai the neem leaves and abishek sandal and abishek sacred ash.  Consuming this brings total relief for any disease.  Those suffering from skin problems get the punugu oil, apply it on their body for relief.  Lord Vaidyanatha cures not only the physical pains of the people but also cures them from the recurring disease of births and deaths.  He grants every wish of the people, jobs, wedding, children, mental peace, relief from planetary problems etc.  According to scriptures, worshipping Lord facing west brings the devotee the benefit of worshipping in 1000 Shiva temples.  Both Lord Aadhi Vaidyanatha in the entrance of the temple and the presiding deity Vaidyanatha are facing west.  Lord Muruga got His Vel weapon from this place only.  Lord Sri Rama worshipped here.

The place of Mars-Sevvai in the horoscope of a person decides his/her wedding prospectus and other living conditions.  Mars covers 7 years in one’s life.  For those facing adverse effects, special pujas are performed for solution of their problems.  People pray to Angaraka-Sevvai-Mars for success in land deals, freedom from debt burdens and joint pains in the body.  People do the prayers on Kruthika star days and Tuesdays undertaking fasting and performing abisheks offering clothing in red.

Jatayu Kundam-pit:  Jatayu the eagle engaged in the service of Lord Rama was killed when he prevented Ravana from abducting Mother Sita.  As requested by him, Sri Rama performed the last rites for the bird in the Vibuthi Gundam here.  A king, Veerasenan by name came here with his son suffering from tuberclosis , bathed in the theertha and offered sweet nivedhanas.  He consumed the nivedhana with his son.  His son was cured completely.

As a beloved son of Lord Vaidyanatha and Mother Thaiyal Nayaki, Lord Muruga in the temple is praised as Chella Muthukumaraswami – Chella-beloved.   The Prasad containing items used in the Arthajama Puja as described above is an effective medicine for various diseases devotees suffer from.  Lord Muruga enjoys all prominence in the temple. Hence all festivals are dedicated to Him.

Pujas to Lord and Mother are offered only after pujas to Lord Muruga.  A 10 day festival is celebrated in January-February beginning from Tuesday.  28 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam is celebrated in March-April.  Of the Navagrahas (9 planets) importance temples in the state, this belongs to Mars-Angaraka.  Lord Muruga is facing west.  A medicine prepared with sacred ash, anthill sand and oil is an effective medicine for leprosy.

Lord Muruga is always worshipping His divine Father and Mother in the temple. While the Navagrahas are generally seen in the front side of the sanctum sanctorum, they are behind the presiding deity here.  Lord Rama had worshipped in this temple.  Mother Thaiyal Nayaki ensures the welfare of the children.  Planet Angaraka-Mars blesses the devotees on his Goat Vahan on Tuesdays.  Medical students pray here to pass their exams with distinction.

Chevvai(Manglik Dosh, Mangala, Kuja dosh) related dosham are rectified by performing parihara(remedies) poojas to this deity. It is traditional to perform angaraha pooja to get rid of financial crisis, property dealing, productivity of agriculture and milk, if any problem between brothers and sisters that also will be solved. Chevvai also heels cut wounds. So devotees performing pooja to chevvai are benefited to victory.

There is also a widespread believe that the visit here would remove obstacles the delayed marriage(Chevvai dosham). In chevvai temple the Prasatham (Food) offered by the name of tiruchaandu urundai and its considered to be a panaca capable of many elements it is made of ashes taken out from the homa kundam in front of Subramaniya strain. Rituals are performed were in mixer of earth and ashes from the homa kundam are shaped into the pills the same distributed as a Prasatham (Food) to the person(medicine).

The devotees as soon as entering the temple, they first go to Sithamirtha tank(Sithamirtha tank consist of 18 wells) filled with holy water and mix with medicines in form of leaves. The water is said to have curative properties for various skin elements. The persons diseases even that could not get cured by mani, mandra, aushatha, after coming to this temple they got cured at this place. That why here Shiva is called as a Vaithiyanathan (doctor). There is also a shrine dedicated to Dhanvanthri here. Dhanvanthri is also a medicine god. Even doctors do their operation after they pray to Dhanvanthri for success and devotees also those who are suffering illness it can be cured after pray to Dhanvanthri.

Route:

Vaitheeswaran koil is 15 km far from Mayiladuthurai on the Chidambaram road. The place is 60 km from Nagapattinam and 25 km from Chidambaram. Bus facility is available from Sirkali and Mayiladuthurai.

Temple Timings:

 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04364- 279 423

Temple Address:

Sri Vaidyanatha Swami Temple,

Vaidheeswaran koil–609 117,

Nagapattinam district.

Thiru Sakthimutram – Sri Sakthivaneswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Sakthivaneswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 6th Century

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sivakkozhundeeswarar

Ambal: Periya Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Suriya Pushkarani

Stalavriksham: Vilvam

Dhevaram : Appar

Parihara Sthalam:

Husband and Wife misunderstanding

Sthalapuranam:

Goddess Parvathi made penance towards the lord from here .The lord decided to test her and delayed his dharshan. Goddess came to know this and stood in one leg and started her penance. Though he got satisfied but extended his test. At last he came to this place in the form of big flame (Jyothiswarubam). Upon knowing the Lord Parvathi embraced him. Hence the Lord is called as Sivakkozhundeeswarar and the place is called as Siva Sakthi mutram.

This temple was reconstructed by stone during the period of Sembiyan Madevi and the early years of Raja Raja Chola I (1000 CE). Inscriptions from the period of Raja raja Chola II (1166-1182 CE), Kulottunga Chola III, and the Vijayanagar Emperors are found here.

This place is near to Patteeswaram temple, now a days the sakthimutram temple is know as ChinnaKovil which is popular in local.

Five tiered Rajagopuram in the entrance Vallaba Ganapathi, Vasantha Mandap, Balipedam, Nanthi in the first prahar. When we enter second prahar Vinayagar, Murugan, Nirthamandap, Ambal Shrine, Somaskanthar, Thirugnanasampanthar and Appar Idols, Vinayagar, Agasthiyar, Guru, Lingothpavar, Arumugar, Thirilingam which was installed by Agasthiyar, Kasiviswanathar, chandikeswara and Gajalakshmi shrines are seen.

We can see a separate shrine for Periyanayaki amman, Shivakkozhundeeswarar in sanctum. At the entrance of the Sanctum there is a statue of Shiva and Parvati in embraced posture is famous.

The Natarajar shrine and the Sarabeswarar shrine are important here.

Muthuppandal Vizha, Rathasapthami, Shasti, Thiruvathirai, Shivarathri are the major festivals celebrated here.

Parihar:

Pujas on monday by married couple will bring joy in their life and the separated husband and wife will rejoin in their family life by doing temple cleanliness, milk anointing and vastharm to the Lord.

Route:

From Kumbakonam via Dharasuram reach Patteeswaram temple at next street Thirusakthimutram.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 12 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0435 2445237

Temple Address:

Sri Sakthivaneswarar Temple
Thirusakthimutram
Patteeswaram (P.O)
Kumbakonam (Taluk)
Thanjavur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India.

Thirukarugavur – Sri Mullaivananathar Nathar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Mullaivananathar Nathar Temple

Period of origin

Before 6 th century

Name of deity

Moolavar: Mullaivananathar

Ambal: Garbarakshambikai

Sthala Theertham: Brahma Theertham

Stalavriksham: Mullaikodi (jasmine)

Dhevaram: Appar and Tirugananasampanthar

Sthalapuranam:

There was a Rishi named Niruthuvar lived with his wife Vathigai in this place. One day the muni went to see Varunan leaving his pregnant wife in the ashram, at that time a saintOorthuvapatharcame there. she was unable to move fast and give food to that saint because of her labour time. He got angry and cursed her. she got sad and came here worshiped Goddess. Parvathi took the avatar of Karukatha Nayagi (Garbarakshambigai) and appeared before Vethigai and protected the womb by holding it in a “kalasam” (divine pot). The goddess has protected the fetus and blessed to grow in a divine pot until its maturity. Hence the Goddess came to be known as Garbarakshambiga (Garba = womb Raksha = protect). Here we have to remember about the test tube baby, this is happened thousands of years before in our holy country India.

Here lingam is Suyambu. This place was covered with full of jasmine plant and we can see the marking in the body of linga, hence Lord Shiva is called as Mullaivananathar.

Brahma, Karkiyar muni, Gowthamar and Chandran had worshiped the Lord here.

Here Ambal Garbarakshambikai has a separate shrine with a prahar and mandap. It is said that the couples who are not blessed with a child for many years will be blessed by ambal if they perform the parikar of smearing ghee on the steps. They have to consume the ghee that was offered to ambal for 48 days. This is not a belief but a truth which is happening now. Once the couple is blessed with the child they have to bring the child to the temple and place the baby in the golden cradle available here and go around the prahar.

Here anointing (Abisekam) is not performed to lingam because the ligam is suyambu (Ants mud) and it is believed that it is protected for all these thousands of years by applying“punugu sattam”. There is a belief that incurable diseases will be cured if we offer punugu sattam to the lord.

One of the Pancha Aranya Sthalam known to be Mullaivanam.

West faced Rajagopurm welcomes us with five stages. and a separate entrance at south, Nandhavanam, Vasantha mandap are situated in first prahar.

Inside the premises Murugan, Vinayagar(suyambu) , Nanthi(suyambu), 63 Nayanmars, two Balipedam, Dakshinamoorthy, Gajalakshmi and a lingam worshiped by Niruthuvar Rishi are seen.

Parihar Sthalam:

Safe delivery/ Protect fetus

Route:
The temple is 25 km east of Thanjavur and 20 km west of Kumbakonam.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4.30 pm to 9 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04374 273423

Temple Address:

Sri Mullaivananathar Nathar Temple
Thirukarugavur (PosT)
Papanasam (taluk)
Thanjavur (Dist)
TamilNadu
India.

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