Name of the Temple

Sri Ujjeevanathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Ujjeevanathar

Ambal: Anjanakshi

Sthala Theertham: Gnanavavi,Enkona Kinaru and Narkona Kinaru, Ponnolir Odai

Sthala Virksham: Vilwam

Devaram:  Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.

Sthalapuranam:

Mrikandu Maharishi did penance on Lord Shiva for getting children. Lord Siva asked him whether he needed 100 useless children who may live for 100 years or one intelligent, righteous son who would live only for a short period of 16 years of age. Mrikandu preferred to have one righteous son who may have a short life span of 16 years. The child thus born was namedMarkandeya who also came to know about this dealine and then he took shelter in Lord Shiva. Markandeya, who was an ardent Siva devotee from his childhood, visited many temples of Lord Shiva and prayed to him for longer life. It is in this sivasthalam at Karkudi, Lord Shiva pleased with Markandeya’s true devotion and worship, appeared in front of him when he visited this temple and gave him a boon that Markandeya will be a Chiranjeevi and will live forever thereby nullifying the deadline of 16 years of life.

It is interesting to note that Lord Shiva’s shrine is atop the hill and that of His Son Lord Muruga’s shrine is situated at the bottom of the hill. Usually the temples for Lord Muruga will be found on the top of a hill and here, in this Sivasthalam, the shrine for His Father is atop the hill. The temple is on a 50 feet tall hill.  There are five sacred springs around the temple – Ponnoli Odai, Kudamurutti, Gnanavavi, Enkonakinaru and Narkonakinaru.  Mother graces in the temple with Gajal around Her eyes named Anjanakshi.  Other Ambica in the temple is praised as Balambika.  Pujas are performed to both separately.  As Lord Shiva gave a re-birth to Markandeya Rishi, He is revered as Ujjevanathar.  As He grants all the wishes of the devotees, He is praised as Karpaganathar.  Lord is a swyambu. The temple is aesthetically constructed on this 50 feet tall hill.  Karan, one of the brothers of Ravana had worshipped the Lord Shiva in this temple.  There are 3 entrances to the temple, two facing south and one east. The idol of Mother Jeshtadevi appears different in this temple.  There is a misconception that Jeshtadevi, usually said to be the elder sister of Sri Mahalakshmi is considered an inauspicious Goddess causing poverty and no endeavour would be successful if She comes on our way.  But She protects all from all hardships and dangers.  She makes people always awake.  She was the family deity of Pallava king Nandi Varman.

Those who worship Sakthi with Meru Mount – vertical form of Sri Chakra, use to perform the pujas with nine mounts, called Navabaranas-9 jewels.  Mother Jeshtadevi is the second Meru-Jewel.  There is a place of for Jeshtadevi in MotherAkhilandeswari Temple in Tiruvanaikaval.  She has her place in this Uyyakondon Tirumalai temple also.  Mother Jeshtadevi in this temple is holding two children in Her hands, one appearing as Nandi the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva.  This child is called Madan as it looks like a Madu-bull.  The other is a beautiful girl baby called Chedi, the maid of Mother Shakti and also the deity of words.  Mother Adi Parasakthi is in the form of Mother Jeshtadevi who has brought the Chedi the deity of words – Vak Devatha.  Devotees may protect themselves from accidents in life by worshipping Mother Jeshtadevi.

Route:

The temple is on Vayalur road. Take the road next to the Medical college and Chintamani supermarket in Woriyur and in 3 kms once you cross the Uyyakondan river you can see the temple on the right.. The temple is situated on a hillock and is actually a fortress.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

94431 50332, 94436 50493

Temple Address:

Sri Ujjeevanathar Temple,

Tirukarkudi,

Uyyakondon Malai-620 102.

Tiruchi district.