Thirumuruganpoondi – Sri Thirumuruganathaswamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Thirumuruganathaswamy Temple 

Period of origin

 Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Thirumuruganathar

Ambal: Sri MuyangupoonMulayammai

Sthala Theertham: Shanmuga Theertham, Gnana Theertham, Brahmma Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Gurukkathi, Mullai

Devaram: Sundaramurthy Nayanar

Sthalapuranam:

This is one of the 276 Thevara Paadal Petra Sthalams and 2nd Shiva Sthalam in Kongu Nadu. Lord Shiva graces in the temple as Swayambumurthi (self-manifested) The temple is west facing. There is no main tower (Rajagopuram) here. A large stone Sthupam (Lamp Pillar) is present in front of the temple, as in most of the Kongu Nadu Shiva temples. This is an ancient temple and believed to have been built in the 9th Century CE. The temple is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and is declared as a National Heritage Monument.  The temple has an interesting legend.  Proud of his prowess gained through rigorous penance, demon king Soorapadman tortured the Celestial Gods (Devars) and imprisoned them. Fearing for their lives, the disturbed Devars approached Lord Shiva to seek his help. Lord Shiva sent Lord Murugan with a large number of soldiers headed by lieutenant, Veerabhahu to destroy Soorapadman and his associates. After a fierce battle, Lord Murugan destroyed the demon and relieved the Devars. It is believed that Lord Murugan got Brahamahathi Dosham due to the killing of the demon king Soorapadman and others in the battle. This battle was referred to as “Surasamharam”.

To seek respite from this dosham, Lord Murugan installed a lingam at this place and worshipped it. Since this lingam was installed by Lord Murugan, it was given the name “Thirumuruganathaswamy”.   It is believed that while coming to worship Lord Shiva, Lord Murugan left his divine spear (Vel) and his mount peacock outside the temple. Because of this, Lord Murugan’s idol inside the shrine does not have the Vel and the peacock with him. It is believed that the Brahmmahati (the sin accrued by the killing of a Brahmin) that left Murugan is now in form of a square stone under a neem tree near the temple. Another legend associated with this temple is that of Saint Sundarar, one of the most celebrated saints of Saivism. It is believed that Saint Sundarar received valuable gifts from king Cheraman Perumal for his poetic excellence.

When Sundarar was travelling with his gifts near this place, Lord Shiva felt the need to listen to his compositions. He decided to play a little game with the saint and sent his Boodhaganas (the Lord’s army) in the guise of hunters to rob the Saint off all his valuables. Sundarar complained and prayed to a nearby Vinayakar to help him recover the gifts. Lord Vinayakar in turn directed him to this Shiva temple. Sundarar went to the temple and rendered a pathigam blaming the Lord for not protecting him from the hunters. Through his song, he expressed that the Lord’s divine presence in such a notorious place was meaningless. He demanded Lord Shiva’s immediate action to help him get back his valuables. Lord Shiva enjoyed the Saint’s composition and returned the stolen goods. This incident is celebrated as a festival called ‘Vedupari’. There is a separate place in this temple where it is believed that the Lord gave Saint Sundarar back his valuables (Pon maraithu vaidha idam). Interestingly, the King Cheraman Perumal who brought Saint Sundarar to this place later became a revered Shiva devotee occupying a place among the 63 celebrated Nayanmars.   Ambal is in a separate temple adjacent to Moolavar’s shrine.

Shrines for Saneeswarar, Navagrahas, Bairavar, Pancha Linganms, Suryan, Sandikeswarar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Bhavaneeswarar, 63 Nayanmars, Durgai and Lingothbavar are in the corridors. You can see two Sundarar idols at the entrance of the Lord Shiva’s shrine –  one sad and the other joyous, depicting his state of mind prior to and after the incident. Lord Shiva’s idol is also there as a Hunter (Veduvan). Sages Agasthyar, Markendeyar and Dhurvasar are believed to have worshipped the Lord here. Sage Durvasar is said to have brought the Mullai tree – the Sthala Vriksham from Karpaka Lokam (Heaven). There is also a hall in the outer corridor (Prakaram) called Adalvallan Sabha where the Lord is believed to have performed the “Brahmma Tandava” dance. There are three springs in the temple – the Shanmuga Theertham, Gnana Theertham and Brahmma Theertham. Saint Arunagirinadhar has also sang in praise of Lord Murugan of this temple in his revered Thirupugazh.

Lord Murugan’s idol inside the sanctum Santorum has six faces and it has the distinguishing feature of being carved out of a single stone. There is a shallow well opposite to Lord Vinayagar’s temple. It is believed that once in every 12 years’ water gushes out of this well. Just across the road, there is another Shiva temple which houses Sri Madhavaneswarar and Goddess Mangalambika. This temple is considered to be the original Thirumuruganpoondy temple. It is believed that devotees can be relieved from mental ailments and can get respite from the evil effects of curses by worshipping the Lord at this temple. This temple is also famous as a Parikara Sthalam for Kethu Dosham and Brahmahathi Dosham. It is also believed that devotees can recover their lost items by reciting Saint Sundarar’s Pathigam of this temple.

It is believed that taking a dip in the Shanmuga Theertham grants the boon of childbirth to the childless couples. It is also said that the Pandya King Maharadhan performed pooja here and was blessed with twins. The “Vedupari Urchavam” in the Tamil month of Thai (April) is very famous here. The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated in a grand manner in the Tamil month of Maasi (May). Soora Samhaaram, Thai Poosam, Pankuni Uthiram, Skantha Shashti are also significant festivals celebrated in this temple.

Route:

45 kms from Coimbatore and 5 kms from Avinashi and Tiruppur. Nearest airport is at Coimbatore.

Temple Timings:

05.30 AM to 12.45 PM and 03.30 PM to 08.15 PM.

Temple Telephone Number:

04296- 273 507

Temple Address:

Sri Thirumuruganathaswamy Temple,
Thirumuruganpoondi, Avinasi-Taluk,
Tiruppur District
Pin code: 641 652.

Thiruchengode – Sri Arthanareeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Arthanareeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Arthanareeswarar 

Ambal: Sri Bagam Priyal

Sthala Theertham: Devatheertham

Sthala Virksham: Iluppai Tree

Devaram: Thirugnanasambanthar

Sthalapuranam:

This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 4th Shiva Sthalam in Kongu Nadu. Moolavar is Swayambhumurthy (self-manifested) constituted of Nava Bashanam. This temple is located at the top of a hill, at a height of about 1900 feet and there are about 1200 steps to reach the top. You can either choose to climb the stairs or take the motorable road. Vehicles are going right up to the entrance of the temple. The moolavar sannathi is facing the west. Lord Mahavishnu and Adiseshan are believed to have worshiped this Moolavar. This is an ancient temple and according to the inscriptions on the walls it must have been built about 2000 years ago.

The hill, that this temple is on top of, is mainly composed of sand stone and is reddish (senniram) in colour. This is why the place is called Sencode. Another reason for the name Sencode could be that the hill is a straight formation (Senguthana malai). Other names of this hill are Nagagiri (nagam meaning snake and giri meaning malai) and Vayumalai (wind). As per mythology, Adisheshan (the serpent on whom Sri Mahavishnu rests) and Vayu (lord of the winds) fought among themselves frequently to test their superiority. During one such struggle, against Vayu’s severe wind, Adhiseshan failed to hold on to the Mount Meru.  Three portions of Meru Malai came down to earth with Adisheshan’s blood strain. One such piece is this hill. Since it was believed to be red in colour due to Adisheshan’s blood strain, it is also called as sencode. An interesting fact is that this hill itself is considered as the Lingam. In front of this hill, on the west side is the statue of a large Nandhi – seven feet in length and four feet in height.

The distinctive feature of this temple is that the idol of the main deity is six feet in height with the right half depicted as male and the left half as female. The male portion of the idol has jadamudi (knot of hair), thandam (baton), Silambu (anklet) and Rudraksham mala whereas the female portion has a Kazhal at the leg and Thali around the neck. Due to the androgynous nature of the idol, the deity is known as Arthanareeswarar. The lord is also known as Madhorubagan and Ammayappan.  It is claimed that this rare posture of the Lord as prime deity can only be found in this temple in the whole of Asia. This temple also has an emerald lingam “Maragatha Lingam” and a small statue of Birunki Maharishi in front of the Moolavar.

As per mythology, it is believed that whenever Sage Birunki used to visit Kailash, he would take the form of a small insect and perform his worship by flying around Lord Shiva only. He would ignore the Ambal even though they were both sitting together. Angered by this, Ambal cursed Sage Birunki. Lord Siva intervened and pacified Ambal by explaining to her that Ambal is inseparable from Shiva. This legend is believed to be another reason behind this unique union of Swamy and Ambal as it represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe. Another reason for the origin of the androgynous nature of the lord is attributed to the belief that Ambal worshiped this Maragatha Lingam. Daily three times Pooja is performed to this Lingam and these poojas are believed to be performed by the Ambal herself.

Another legend associated with Thiruchengode is that when Saint Thirugnanasambanthar visited this place he found that the people were adversely affected by “vishakaichal“ (Viral Fever) due to “vishakkatru” (hazardous pollutants in the air). He sang the “Thiruneelakanda Pathigam” to relieve the people from their suffering. There is no separate Ambal Sannadhi as the Moolavar is of Arthanareeswarar. Senkottu Velavar shrine is on the back side of the main sanctum sanctorum. Mahavishnu, with his consorts Sreedevi and Poodevi, have a separate shrine here. Mahavishnu is worshiped here as Adikesava Perumal and a Battachariyar performs the daily poojas as per Vaishnava traditions. There is a small “Neer Ootru” (fresh water spring) under the Swami’s foot which has water in it always. This is called Devatheertham and is distributed to the devotees as prasadam. Here Lord Murugan is called “Senkottu Velavar” and is also a self-manifested idol constituted of “Vellai pashanam” (white poison).

According to the legend, once, in a contest between his brother Ganesha and himself, Lord Muruga lost the prize of the divine fruit (Gnana pazham). Angry with his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, Lord Muruga left Mount Kailash and came to south India and reached Thiruvavinankudi and thereafter reached Nagachala Hills (Tiruchengode) and took residence here and blesses devotees as Sengottu Velavar. A sixty feet long relief of Adiseshan inscribed in the hill on the way to the temple is very famous here. This relief of Adiseshan is revered by people hoping to mitigate the ill effects of “Sarbha Dosham”, Raghu Dosham, Kala Sarbha Dosham and Kalathira Dosham. The sculptures found in the hallway in front of the Senkottu Velavar shrine have intricate design and exquisite workmanship. The pillars in the hallway are beautifully chiselled with a number of rock reliefs. Overall this temple exemplifies the artistic expertise of ancient Tamil Nadu. Arthanareeswarar is considered to be the lord of the star “Sadayam” so special poojas are conducted on the days of Sadaya Nakshatram. It is believed that if one walks around the hill on a full moon day, he will get the benefit of visiting Mount Kailash and Vaikunth. It is also believed that serpent related Doshams are relieved by worshiping the Adiseshan here.

A special 21 day Pooja (Kedara Gowri Viradam) is performed in September – October (Puratasi month) by women for the longevity of their husbands and marital bliss. This temple celebrates the Vaikasi Visaga Festival every year in a grand manner. The special feature of this festival is that there are four car chariots – the first one for Lord Vinayagar, the second for Lord Sengottu Velavar, the third for Lord Arthanareeswarar and the fourth for Lord Aadhikesava Perumal. Great poets and saints like Arunagirinathar, Ilango Adigal, Kaviraja Pandithar have immortalized this temple in their divine poems. Saint Arunagirinathar has also composed Thirupugazh on Lord Senkottu Velavar here.

Route:

Thiruchengode is 20 kms from Erode and 35 kms from Namakkal. Nearest airports are at Coimbatore and Trichy both are at a distance of about 130 kms. Nearest major railway station is at Erode.

Temple Timings:

06.00 AM to 06.00 PM

Temple Telephone Number:

04288 255925, 93642 29181.

Temple Address:

Sri Arthanareeswarar Temple

Arthanareeswarar Hills

Thiruchengode

Namakkal District

Tamil Nadu

Pincode:637 211.

Bhavani – Sri Sangameswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Sangameswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Sangamuganatheswarar

Ambal: Sri Vedhanayaki

Sthala Theertham: Cauvery, Bhawani, Surya, Deva and Gayatri Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Ilanthai

Devaram: Thirugnanasambanthar

Sthalapuranam:

This is one of the 276 Devara Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 3rd Sthalam in Kongu Nadu. Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested). The town, the Goddess of this temple and the nearby river all have the same name – Bhavani. Bhavani is mentioned in the Hymns as Thiru Nana whereas it is now called Kooduthurai by the locals. The temple was built at the confluence of rivers Cauvery, Bhavani and ‘Amutha Nathi’, an invisible underground water source. So the Lord Shiva here is called as Sri Sangameswarar (Sangamam meaning confluene). The temple is situated at the foothill of Padma Giri and is surrounded by four hills – Naga Giri, Veda Giri, Mangala Giri and Sanga Giri. The temple has a beautiful five-tiered main tower (Rajagopuram) with two corridors. Bhavani Sangameshwarar temple is an ancient one, having been built by the first Pallava King, Mahendra Verman. The bird’s eye view of this temple shows it as an island surrounded by the two rivers. It is also said that a British dignitary by the name of William Garo donated a swing / cradle (Oonjal) made of ivory after he miraculously escaped from the collapse of his Rest house in the year 1802.  He felt that he was saved by the Goddess herself and became an ardent devotee after this incident. His signature can be seeThe legend is that Kuberan, the lord of wealth was visiting various Shiva temples when he saw an Ilandhai tree on the banks of Cauvery. He was astonished to see that a deer, a tiger, a cow, an elephant, a snake and a rat were drinking water without any sign of enmity.  He felt that the peace and prosperity of this place could be due to the worship and penance performed by the holy men (Gandharvas) who inhabited this place.

It is believed that Kuberan heard a voice from the sky saying that this was the place where the Vedas had originated and that he would find a Shivalingam beneath the Ilandhai tree. He was also advised to worship the Shivalingam to seek the Lord’s blessings. Kuberan worshiped the Lord and was blessed with a darshan. The tree is still there and bears a lot of fruits. Another legend associated with this place is that Sage Vishwamithrar is said to have installed another lingam on the banks of the river and worshipped it by chanting the Gayathri Mantram. Hence this lingam is called “Gayathri Lingam”.

At the entrance, shrines of Kottai Vinayagar on the left and Kottai Anjaneyar on the right can be seen. Inside the main tower, shrines of Raja Ganapathi and Lord Muthukumaraswamy (Murugan) are present. Shrines of Lord Vinayakar, Lord Murugan and his consorts, Goddess Gajalakshmi, 63 Nayanmars, Jurahareshwarar (in dancing posture), “Pancha Bhootha” Lingams, Kasi Viswanathar, Goddess Visalakshi, Amirthalingam, and Jeshtadevi can be seen in the corridors. Separate shrines for Lord Adhikesava Perumal, Goddess Soundaranayaki and Yoga Narasimhar are also present in this temple. Bhavani is a famous Sthalam for performing rituals to satiate one’s ancestors. Here Parikarams are also conducted for all dhoshams, including Nagadhosham. During Adi Perukku day, large number of devotees can be seen taking a dip at the junction of rivers Cauvery and Bhavani.

Daily Komadha Pooja (Cow pooja) is performed in this temple for the welfare of the populace. Cows are revered in Hindu mythology because every body part of a cow is attributed to a separate Hindu gods or goddesses. Saint Arunagirinathar in his Thirupugazh praised lord Murugan of this temple. Lord Dakshinamoorthy’s shrine is beautifully architected with intricate reliefs and iconographical sculptures. The procession idols of all the 63 Nayanmars are beautifully arranged on a few steps (displayed like a “Navratri Golu”). Surprisingly, Thirumuruga Kripananda Vaariyaar also finds his place as the 64th Nayanmar. There are two identical stone statues in front of the Ambal shrine. When water or milk is poured on them, it looks as if one of the idols is smiling while the other is shedding a tear. This exemplifies the artistic excellence of the era. It is believed that those who take a dip at the confluence spot of rivers Cauvery and Bhavani during the Solar and Lunar Eclipse can attain moksham (salvation). It is also believed that worshiping the Amirtha Lingam in this temple can grant the boon of childbirth to couples.

The thirteen-day long Car festival (Ther) in the Tamil month of Chithirai (April-May) is the most famous festival celebrated in this temple. It attracts lakhs of devotees from across of the country. Pradosham Pooja is conducted grandly. The 18th day of Tamil month Aadi (July-August) is called “Adiperukku” and it attracts large number of devotees who perform poojas on the river banks. Taking a dip in the river and performing rites during Amavasyas, especially Thai Amavasya and eclipse days are traditionally followed in this temple.

Route:

Bhavani is 16 kms away from Erode and about 55 kms away from Selam. The nearest Railway station for Bhavani is Erode. It is on the main Chennai-Trichi-Coimbatore bypass route. Nearest Airport is at Coimbatore which is 100 kms away.

Temple Timings:

05.30 AM to 01.00 PM and 04.00 PM to 09.00 PM.

Temple Telephone Number:

(04256) – 230192.

Temple Address:

Sri Arulmigu Sangameswarar Temple,
Bhavani Kudal,
Bhavani – 638 301,
Erode District.

Kodumudi – Sri Magudeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Magudeswarar Temple -Kodumudi

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Magudeswarar

Ambal: Sri Vadivudainayaki

Sthala Theertham: Kaveri, Bharathwaja Theertham, Brahma Threertham and Deva Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Vanni Tree

Devaram: Thirugnanasambanthar, Thirunavukarasar, Sundaramurthy

Sthalapuranam:

The temple is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri. There are three adjacent temples inside the same premises for Lords Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.  All the three towers are east facing. The temple has epigraphs from the time period of King Sundarapandiyan Kesari’s rule.

According to the legend there was a competition between Adiseshan (the serpent on whom Sri Mahavishnu rests) and Vayu (Lord of the Winds) to determine who is stronger. Lord Indiran prescribed certain rules to conduct the competition. They put Mount Meru at the centre and it was held tightly by Adiseshan, Vayu blew the wind with all his might to push Adiseshan. In the ensuing struggle, Meru’s peak (Magudam) split into 5 pieces and fell in five different places.

It is believed that the pieces came down as 5 different gem stones – Red Corel at Thiruvannamalai, Ruby (Manickam) at Rathinagiri (Thiruvatpokki), Emerald (Maragatham) at Engoimalai, Sapphire (Neelam) at Pothigaimalai and Diamond at Kodumudi. As per legend the Diamond that feel at Kodumudi became the Swayambulingam (self-manifested lingam) and the rest of the stones became hills. Since the origin of the lingam is from the Meru, the lord is called Magudeswarar.  It is also believed that Sage Agasthiyar installed and worshiped the idol of Lord Shiva and his finger prints can be seen on the deity.It is also believed that Kodumudi is the place where Lord Shiva performed a dance for Sage Bharadwajar.It is also said that both these sages were blessed with Lord Shiva’s wedding darshan here.

Near the Ambal Shrine, there is a separate shrine for Goddess Saraswathi. Amongst other deities, Idols of Lord Dakshinamurthy, Hanuman, Navagraham are in the corridors. Lord Mahavishnu is named here as Pallikonda Perumal and Veeranarayana Perumal. The mythological significance of Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma temples inside this premises is that they are believed to be worshiping Lord Shiva. 

Devotees throng the place in large numbers for performing ritual ceremonies (Tarpan/Shradh) for their ancestors on the new moon day on the banks of river Kaveri. Devotees can also be seen celebrating their 60th birthday here with Poojas (Ayushya Homam) for longevity.This is a place for Serpent (Nagar) worship because Adiseshan was responsible for the origin of this temple. Majority of the devotees come here seeking relief from the adverse effects of Naga Dosham and they install a small stone Nagar under the Vanni tree.

Historians are not able to estimate the age of the ancient Vanni tree of the temple. Under this tree, there is Lord Brahma’s idol with three faces. The age of this tree may be more than 3000 years.  It is believed that if a leaf from this tree is put in a pot of water, the water’s purity lasts for years. Interestingly, certain portion of the tree has thorns and certain portion are devoid of any thorns. It also does not blossom or bear any fruits. Although Lord Brahma is said to have four faces, in this temple Lord Brahma’s idol has only three faces and the Sthala Viruksham (Vanni Tree) is said to be his fourth face. It is believed that those who take a dip in the river Kaveri and worship the Lords Shiva and Vishnu, will be cured of diseases and will get relief for their ailments.

It is also said that one of the Pandya Prince’s fingers were not growing enough. The King prayed to this Lord after taking a dip in the river and soon his son’s fingers grew to normal size.  To show his gratitude, the King constructed the three main towers (Gopurams) and renovated this temple. Because of the association with Pandya kingdom, this place is also called Pandikkodumudi. Those afflicted by Raghu Dosham (adverse effect of planet Raghu) and those facing obstacles in marriage or child birth may pray here for relief. For longevity and betterment of life, people perform Poojas (abhishekam) to Lord Vinayakar using an equal number of pots of water as their age. “Chithirai Thirunal” festival is celebrated for 11 days in the months of April-May and is the main festival of this temple. Devotees also come in huge numbers on the “Aadi Perukku” day in July-August. Special Poojas are performed in this temple on new moon, full moon and “Pradosham” days. 

Route:

40 kms from Erode and 25 kms from Karur. Kodumudi has a railway station on Trichy to Erode route.  Nearest airport is at Coimbatore and Trichy both are at a distance of about 110 kms. 

Temple Timings:

06.00 AM to 12.00 Noon and from 04.00 PM to 09.00 PM. 

Temple Telephone Number:

04204-222 375

Temple Address:

Sri Magudeswarar Temple,
Tirupandikodumudi (Kodumudi),
Erode District, Tamil Nadu-638 151.


Aakkur – Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar:   Sri Thanthondreeswarar, Sri Swayambhu Nathar

Ambal:  Sri Vaalnedungkannammai, Sri Katka Nethri Ambal

Sthala Theertham:  Kumudha Theertham

Sthala Virksham:  Sarakondrai, Vilva and Paakku trees

Devaram:  Thirugnanasambanthar, Thirunavukarasar

Sthalapuranam:

There are six stone inscriptions in this temple dating back to the periods of Chola kings Rajathirajan and Rajarajan, Pandiya king Kopperunsingan, and Vijayanagara king Veera Krishna Devar.

The historical name of this place is Shankharanyam.

There are two temples called “Maadam” in the Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams. “Maadam” refers to the fact that the temples are situated on top of a man-made hill. These are “Thoonganai Maadam” at Pennakadam and the “Thanthontri Maadam” at Aakkur (this temple).

According to legend, it is believed that during the construction of this temple, King Kochengat Cholan had developed some ailments. He prayed to Lord Shiva for a cure. It is believed that at this point the lord’s divine voice was heard saying that the king should feed 1000 people for 48 days (“Annadhanam”). Following the lord’s instructions, the king started feeding 1000 people every day. However, for 47 days, he noticed that only 999 people were participated in the banquet. He once again prayed to Lord Shiva to tell him about the shortfall of one person. To satisfy the king, it is believed that on the last day, the lord himself came in the form of an old man holding a stick in his hand to complete the count of one thousand people. For this reason, the lord here is known as “Aayirathil Oruvar” (one among one thousand in Tamil).

Since the king had never seen the old man before in his life, he enquired about his whereabouts. Instead of giving a direct answer to the king, the old man countered with a question “Place? Whose place?” (“Yarukku Oor?” in Tamil) and disappeared in an anthill. The king realised that the man is none other than Lord Shiva himself.

When they removed the anthill, they found a Shivalingam there. During its extraction, a cut was formed on top of the lingam which can still be seen.  A beautiful sculpture depicting this event can also be seen in the temple.

This temple is also believed to be one of the places where Lord Shiva gave his wedding dharisanam to Sage Agasthiyar. For this reason, Goddess Parvathy’s shrine is located on the right side of Lord Shiva’s shrine (similar to their wedding posture).

Other than the shrines of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy, shrines and idols of lords Vinayakar, Murugan, Saraswathi, Viswanathar with Visalakshi, Sirappuli Nayanar, Moovar, Sundarar with his wives Sangili Nachiyar and Paravai Nachiyar, Mahalingam, Balamurugan, Arunagirinathar, Gajalakshmi, Kailayanathar, Parvathavarthini, Vayu Lingam, Theyu Lingam, Kochengat Cholan, Appu Lingam, Navagraham, Chandikeswarar, Kalabairavar, Bairavar and Suryan can be seen in the corridors.

In the “koshtam” (place surrounding the sanctum sanctorum), idols of Agasthiyar, Narthana Vinayakar, Dakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai can be seen.

There is a separate shrine for the procession idol of “Sri Aayirathil oruvar”. This lord is very famous but, due to security reasons, this idol has been transferred to some other place for safekeeping. A photograph of the lord is kept in its place.

In this temple, the shrines of both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy are facing east.

It is believed that King Kochengat Chola built about 70 “Madakkoils”. The distinguishing feature of a Madakkoil is that it is not easily approachable by an elephant. He built these temples at an elevation and there are a few steps that need to be climbed before seeing the lord. Also, the sanctum sanctorum’s (Karpagragam) entrance is narrow such that no elephant can enter it.

There is a separate shrine for Goddess Saraswathy here.

The shrine of Lord Murugan is in the form of a chariot and it looks very beautiful.

In his hymn of this temple, Saint Thirugnanasambanthar praised the learned brahmins and the devout devotees of Aakkur village.

This is the birth place of Sirappuli Nayanar, one of the revered 63 Nayanmars. It is believed that he always served food to devotees without saying “no” to anyone and at any time. It is believed that he attained salvation here.

Saint Arunagirinadhar has sang songs in praise of Lord Murugan of this temple in his revered Thirupugazh.

It is believed that those seeking “santhana prapthi” (child boon) can pray to the lord here.

Devotees also believe that by worshiping the lord here,  obstacles from their marriage proposals will be removed.

Some of the important festivals celebrated in the temple are –

Vinayakar Chaturthi in the Tamil month of Aavani (Aug-Sept),

Thiru Karthikai in the Tamil month of Karthikai (Nov-Dec),

Thiruvadhirai in the Tamil month of Markazhi (Dec-Jan),

Makara Sankranthi in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan-Feb) and

Shivrathri in the Tamil month of Masi (Feb-Mar).

108-conchs abhishekam is performed to the lord in the Tamil month of Karthikai on all Mondays (Somavaaram).

Sirappuli Nayanar’s “guru poojai” on the Pooradam star day in the Tamil month of Karthikai (Nov-Dec) is also celebrated in a grand manner.

Pradosham and Pournami are also observed regularly.

This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 46th Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).

Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).

This is the birth place of Sirappuli Nayanar, one of the revered 63 Nayanmars.

This temple is counted as one of the 70 Maadak Koils built by King Kochengat Cholan.

This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 3-tiers.

There is no flag post (“Dhwajasthambam”) in this temple.

The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 10.05.2010 and prior to that on 06.04.2001 and 15.09.1960.

Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this temple are –Thalaichangadu, Valampuram, Thiruppallavaneecharam (Poompuhar), Chayavanam, Thiruvenkadu, Kezhai Thirukkattuppalli, Thirukkalikkamur (Annappan Pettai), Pariyal Veerattam, Thiruchempon Palli, Nani Palli, Thirukkadaiyur and Thirukkadaiyur Mayanam.

Route:

Aakkur is situated at a distance of about 17 kms from Mayiladuthurai on the Mayiladuthurai to Tharangambadi route. The temple is behind the Aakkur bus stand.  It is about 5 kms from Semponar Koil.

Temple Timings:

From 08.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM.

Temple Telephone Number:

098658 09768 and 097877 09742. 075022 22850.

Temple Address:

Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple,
Akkur Post,
Tharangambadi Taluk,
Nagapattinam District,
Tamil Nadu – 609301. hogan scarpe uomo

Thirunallar – Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple

Name of the Temple 

Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple

Period of Origin

Before 7th Century

Name of Deity

Moolavar: Dharbaranyeswara

Ambal: Pranambika

SthalaTheertham: Nala Theertham

Sthalavriksham: Kusa Grass (Dharbai)

Dhevaram: Gnanasambandhar, Appar, Sundarar.

Sthalapuranam:

Though Saneeswaran here is very famous, the presiding deity is Dharbaranyeswarar. His Consort is Bogamartha Poon Mulayal or Praanaambikai. The lingam here is a self manifested Lingam or Swayambhu. The Sthala vruksham is Dharba or grass. This place was a forest of Dharba.  Dharba is a type of grass and aranyam means forest and hence the name Dharbaranyeswaraswamy or Dharbaranyeswarar for the Lord. Even today you can see the impression of grass on the lingam here. Thirunallar is one of the “Saptha Vidanga Sthalam”. The idols in these temples depict Lord Shiva performing one of His seven dance forms. It is believed that Lord Shiva imparted the knowledge of the Vedas & Shastras to Brahma here.  People pray to Swarna Ganapathy here to overcome financial problems.

Lord Surya was married to Usha or Light. Usha Devi was unable to bear the heat radiated from Surya and left her shadow or Chaya with Suryan while she herself stayed away. Saneeswaran is the son of Chaya Devi and Suryan. The very sigh tof Saneeswaran is dreaded and believed to be destructive. Suryan’s chariot is believed to have been destroyed when Saneeswaran as a baby first opened his eyes and looked at Suryan. Saneeswaran after intense penance on Lord Shiva attained the status of a celestial planet.

It is believed that Saneeswaran became lame when he was kicked by Lord Yama (Sani’s step brother – son of Surya & Usha) in a fit of anger. It is because of this that he is a slow moving planet, taking approximately two and a half years to move from one Zodiac Sign to another. Such a transit known as Sani peyarchi is very important and devotees from all over throng the temple to offer their prayers. Saneeswaran is believed to have a major influence on the course of ones life and also the most feared planet. The unique aspect here is that Saneeswaran is in standing posture with abhayahastha ie hand bestowing blessing.

Everyone experiences sade sati or ezharai sani in their life time. It occurs 2 to 3 three times in a life span as it recurs after approximately 30 years. Even the Lord himself is not exempt from the effect of ezharai sani. Once, Shiva hid himself in a remote cave to meditate and escape the effect of Sani. On his return he was informed by Sani that the Lord had went into hiding in the first place because of the influence of ezharai Sani. An astonished but pleased Shiva, declared to him to be Saneeswaran.  No other planet has the tag eswaran to the name.

There is a saying in Tamil “Saniyaipol Koduppavanum illai, saniyaipol keduppavanum illai” which translates to “There is none like Saneeswaran who can give a good life or ruin a life”. Actually, even at the worst of times Saneeswaran only delays but never denies.  The experience of going through the ezharai sani makes one mentally very strong.   He does not test us more than we can handle.  He affects a person based on his past deeds.  He is supposed to be Just. Interestingly, the two sons of Suryan, judge us and give us the palan or results based on our karma or deeds.  Saneeswaran does this during our lifetime and Yama does that after ones death.

According to a Legend, King Nala had not washed his feet properly while doing puja. Saneeswaran who was waiting for such an opportunity for about 12 years, immediately caught hold of him. This has probably prompted the tradition to wash our feet before entering the house. Getting back to the story of King Nala, under the influence of ezharai sani, he lost his kingdom, separated from his wife and children, had health problems and wandered around like a beggar. As per the advice of Bharadwaja muni he worshipped Dharbaranyeswarar at Thirunallar, after a dip in the holy tank here. It was then he was relieved of the effects of Sani. After this, Shiva asked Saneeswaran to be here and bless all his devotees.

Musukunda chakravarthi brought Emarald Linga from Indra and kept in this place as a Last linga among the Seven called as NAGAVIDANGAR.

Temple Timings:

6 am and 1 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm.

Temple telephone Number:

04368-236530 or 236504

Temple Address:
Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple
Thirunallar
TamilNadu
India

Route
(1) 39 kms from Myladuthurai via Peralam
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Tirukadayur – Sri Amirtha Kadeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Tirukkadavur Sri Amritaghateswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Amirtha Kadeswarar

Ambal: Abhirami Amman

Sthala Theertham: Amirtha Pushkarini, Ganga Theertham

Sthala Virksham:Vilwam

Devaram: Tirunavukkarasar, Gnana Sambandar and Sundarar

Sthalapuranam:

Lord Brahmma went to Kailash to have the Gnana Upadesa (wisdom learning).  Lord Shiva gave the seeds of Vilwa tree to Brahmma and asked him to sow them in earth in various places.  Where the seed germinates within one hour into a tree shall be venue of teaching, said Lord Shiva.  It happened in Thirukadayur.   Shiva the teacher of Brahmma is worshipped as Adhi Vilwa Vana Nather in the temple having His own shrine. The Devan began to consume the nectar without offering prayers to Lord Vinayaka who simply hid the pot.  They realized their folly and prayed to Vinayaka, got it from Him and placed it in this Thirudayur for Shiva Puja.  When opened it was Shiva Linga.  As Lord Shiva appeared here as a Swayamnu Linga from the Amirtha-nectar pot He is worshipped as Amirtha Kadeswarar. Lord Mahavishnu wished to perform Shiva Puja before serving the nectar to Devas. According to rules Shiva Puja should be performed along with Ambica.

Lord Mahavishnu took off all His ornaments to represent Mother Ambica.  She rose from these ornaments.  Completing the Shiva Puja, He served the nectar to Devas.  It is believed that the ornament of Lord Vishnu is the home of Mother Mahalakshmi.  As Ambica-Abirami wa born of the jewels, Vishnu is praised as the Mother of Ambica also, though generally She is widely praised as the younger Sister (Yoga Maya) of Lord Mahavisnu. The wonderful mercy of Mother Abhirami is evident from an event that saved Her devotee from capital punishment. While in deep prayer in the temple with his mind set on the graceful face of Ambica, Her devotee Subramanian, when enquired about the Thithi of the day by king Sarfoji, said it was a full moon day though it was a new moon day.  The king said that if he failed to prove that it was full moon day, he would be hanged. Unfazed by the order of the king, his faith completely at the feet of Ambica, Subramaniam began singing the Her glory in 100 verses in Andhadhi poetic style.  Andhadhi – first and last – that is the last word of the preceding verse will be the first word in the next verse.  This is generally sung in 100 verses.  When Subramaniam was singing the 79th verse, Mother Abhirami threw Her Thadanga – ear rings in the air which shone as a full moon.  This event is celebrated in the temple on the New Moon day of Tamil Thai month – January-February.  Mother Abhirami grants darshan from her flower palanquin.  These hundred songs are now celebrated as Abhirami Andhadhi chanted by devotees as a daily routine.

On this festival day, this is chanted with an Arati for each song.  When the 79th song is chanted a powerful electric lamp is switched on representing the full moon appearing from Her Thadangas-ear rings. Devotee crowd is naturally huge on this day.

Sage Mrigandu and his wife Maruthuvathi were praying to Lord Shiva for child.  The sage performed severe penance.  Lord said that the sage couple would have a son with all wisdom and noble characters but his life would too short spanning just 16 years. He was named Markandeya.  When he entered the age of 16, his parents were sad.  Knowing the problem, Markandeya took a pilgrimage to all Shiva Sthalas.  He came to Tirukadayur.  This was the 108th temple of his pilgrimage.  That also happened to his day of destiny.  While he was praying to Lord, Yama directly came there to take his life.  Seeing Yama, Markandeya embraced Lord Amirtha Kadeswara with all his might.  When Yama threw his rope on Markandeya, it fell and covered Lord also, who in all fury hit him and destroyed him with His trident.  Turning to Markandeya, Lord said that he would ever be 16 only without death.
As Yama was no more, there was no death in the earth.  Mother Earth could not bear the amassed weight of beings living long without an end.  She appealed to Lord Shiva telling her difficulty.  Lord shed his anger and restored Yama to life in this sacred bhoomi.  Lord is praised as Kala Samhara Murthy.  His left leg is on Adishesha the divine serpent.  He is holding His trident on Yama underneath.  Nearby is Gundodhara dragging Yama with a rope.  But Yama is not visible during darshan.  During the puja time, when the peeta is opened, we can see Yama.  The darshan of Lord with trident is called Samhara style and that with Yama is called Anugraha style.  Devotees can worship Lord Amirthakadeswarar in both forms.  Mother Balambika as a little girl appears with two hands with Mothers Lakshmi and Saraswathi nearby. As the Akash Rahasya – sacred philosophy – in Chidambaram, there is a Yantra in the right wall of the shrine called Tirukadayur Rahasyam.  Worshipping Lord Papa Kareswarar and the presiding Lord, people also worship this yantra for longevity.

Yama appears in the shrine of Kalasamhara Murthy in a worshipping posture with his buffalo vahan nearby. Markandeya brought Ganga water for his Shiva puja.  To facilitate his Shiva Puja, Lord made Ganga spring in a well near the Brahmmapureeswarar temple adjacent to Thirukadavur cremation ground.  Markandeya was happy to use this water for the abishek of Lord.  Even today, this is the water used for abishek in the temple.  Devotees are not allowed to bathe in this spring.  The Ganga spring appeared on the Aswathi star day in Thai month (January-February). Devotees are allowed to bathe here only on this day each year. It is said that a jasmine flower belonging to Pinjilam variety also came along the Ganga spring which blossoms throughout the year used only for the archana of Lord.  Others cannot use it.  It is also said that archana with one flower is equal to an archana with 1008 flowers. Poornabishekam for those completing 100 years, Kanakabishekam (90 Years old), Sathabishekam (80 years), Beemaratha Shanthi (70 years) and Manivizha (60 years) are performed for longevity with Ayush Homam.  In such celebrations 16 Kalasas and nine varieties of corns and pulses are placed invoking the presence of nine planets. After the rituals, the water in the Kalasas-pots is poured on the person and his wife as Prasad abishek by their relatives.  This washes away any sin attached with such aged ones.  Then they have to worship Lord Brahmma Pureeswarar whose temple is near the Thirukadvur cremation ground.  For this celebration no day, date and auspicious time formalities are observed as they take place in the presence of Lord in the temple. The symbol of the rope thrown around Markandeya along with Linga, is still on the Linga which would be visible during abishek times.  The evening pujas in the temple begin with Lord Adhi Vilva Vana Nathar.

Here is the cave tunnel used by Markandeya to bring the Ganga water for Lord’s abishk. Devotees, according to tradition, begin their worship with Lord Papa Kareswarar worshipped by sage Agasthya and Lord Punya Kareswarar worshipped by Sage Pulasthya and proceed to other shrines.  There is a shrine for Lord Punya Kareswarar.  Papa Kareswara temple is opposite this shrine with holes on the wall. he scar caused by Yama’s rope is visible on the Shivalinga.  The idol of Lord Kalasamharamurthi is made of copper expressing all anger with trident upside down on Yama, hitting him by the right leg and facing south. Many Siddhas were living around this holy place, Pambatti Siddha being prominent.  There is no Navagraha shrine in the temple.  Those performing pujas for Navagrahas the nine planets, offer it to Lord Kalasamharamurthi only. Of the celebrated 63 Saivite Nayanmars, Kaari Nayanar and Kungiliakalaya Nayanar attained salvation in this sacred land.  Subramanian the author of Abhirami Andhadhi then known as Abhirami Pattar was also a native of this place. Majority of the devotees perform their birth days, Sashti Aptha Poorthi (completing 60 years) Ukra Radha Shanti (completing 59 years) Beemaradha Shanti (completing 70 years),Sathabishekam (completing 80 years) seeking Lord and Mother blessings.

Devotees completing their 60 years for celebrating their Sashti Aptha Poorthi called Mani Vizha in Tamil, include not only those from Tamilnadu but from states of India and countries of the world.   People celebrate their 50th wedding day and for relief from adverse aspects of planets.  Mother Abhirami is all merciful and powerful.  She grants boons of prosperity, wedding, child and distinction in academic pursuits.

People worship Lord Kalasamhara Murthy for longevity.  Many pray to Lord  Amirthaladeswarar for mental peace and relief from confusions.  They also pray for job opportunities and profits in trade and industry.

Route:

Thirukayur is 26 km far from Mayiladuthurai on the Nagapattinam road. Frequent bus facility is available. From Sirkali it is 30 km.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04364 287429.

Temple Address:

Sri Amirtha Kadeswarar Temple,

Tirukadayur-609 311.

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Tiruverkadu – Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Vedapureeswarar

Ambal: Balambikai

Sthala Theertham: Veda theertham

Sthala Virksham:Vilvam

Devaram: Tirugnana Sambandar.

Sthalapuranam:

As per legends to witness the Wedding of Mother Parvathi with Shiva, due to their total weight, the ground went below causing the rising of the south.  Lord Shiva asked Sage Agasthya to go to south to balance the ground level.  For the sake of the safety of all, Sage Agasthya had to sacrifice the great opportunity of joining the divine celebrations.  Lord Shiva assured the sage that he would grant the wedding darshan to him on his way to south.  When Sage Agasthya reached Tiruverkadu, Lord granted darshan with Mother Parvathi.   When he came here to worship Lord Shiva here, his mother Ranukadevi also accompanied the son.  That Renuka temple is now the famous Karu Mariamman temple in Tiruverkadu.  Lord Shiva wanted to create the world after it was destroyed by the great floods-pralaya-tsunami.  He ordered the four Vedas-Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharvana to become Velvela trees.  These trees are the sacred trees of the temple.  Hence the place is named Verkadu-jungle of vela trees with the auspicious prefix Tiru – Tiruverkadu.

 People believe that continuous bathing in the sacred spring on Sundays would cure them of any skin problems.  The temple was built by a Chola king.  Lord Shiva once told Mother Parvathi that any one thinking of this holy place, stay here for a while or even pass through this place would be awarded with  total salvation to the devotee.

He got it back with the grace of Lord Shiva of this temple.  Along with Lord Vishnu, Adisesha also worshipped Lord here and promised that He would not bite any one living within the boundaries of this place.  Since that day, no death had occurred in this place due to snake bite.  Hence, the place has the name Vidam Theenda Pathy – place where no snake bite occurs.

Sages Athiri, Parasara, Brugu, Kuchara, Angirasa, Vasishta, Gautama, Kashyapa, Dindi, Mundi, Valakilliar Viradagni and others had worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple.  Pandava brothers, Emperor Shibi Chola, Vana, nine planets and deities of the 8 directions – Ashtadhik Balakas had worshipped here.  Lord Muruga is praised in the Tirupugazh hymns of Saint Arunagiriar.

He resolutely followed the principle of taking his food only after feeding Shiva devotees.  He was unable to stick to the dharma, he used his gambling skill and made money.  When the losers refused to pay him the dues, he used violence to recover the money and continued the habit with the proceeds.  As he behaved brutally with the losers, he was named Moorka Nayanar-violent Nayanar.  He was cleansed by Lord as the intention of Nayanar was high.  There is a shrine for Moorka Nayanar in the outer corridor of the temple.  A festival dedicated to Nayanar is celebrated on the Kruthika star day in Karthikai-November-December-month.

Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Navarathri in September-October; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Route:

Tiruverkadu is 10 km far from Chennai Koyambedu on the Poonamalle high road.

Temple Timings:

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 44-2627 2430, 2627 2487,99400 54455,91765 39026,93808 02626

Temple Address:

Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple,

Tiruverkadu-600 077,

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Thirukanur – Sri Semmeninathar temple

 Name of the Temple

Sri Semmeninathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Semmeninathar, Karumbeswarar

Ambal: Sivayoganayaki, Soundaryanayaki

Sthala Theertham: Vedhatheertham

Sthala Virksham: Vilwa

Devaram: Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar

Sthalapuranam:

Three tier Rajagopuram is facing east.  There are shrines for Lords Vinayaka, Muruga with consorts Valli and Deivanai, Arthanareeswara, Brahmma, Chandikeswara, Mahavishnu, Mother Durga, Nagar, Aiyanar, Sun, Moon and Naalvar the Thevaram-Tiruvasagam saints. Mother Parvathi chose this place on earth to perform penance on Lord Shiva.  Pleased with Her severe penance, Lord Shiva appeared before Mother in red as fire, hence came to be praised as Semmeni Nathar.  Mother is praised as Shiva Yoga Nayaki.  It is the faith of people that if couples worship together both Lord and Mother, they also will be blessed with marital life of harmony.
Mother of Karikal Cholan was hiding in this place to protect her son from the threats of enemies.  As there was no king for the kindom, as followed in those days to choose a king, a royal elephant was sent with a garland to pick up person to head the kingdom.  The elephant came to Tirukanur and chose the little boy Karikalan playing there, garlanded him, took him on its back in procession.  Thus Karikalan became the king of the Chola kingdom from this place.

Sage Parasurama is the son of Sage Jamadagni and Renukadevi.  During his absence, a king Kartha Veeryarjunan entered the ashram and took away the divine cow Kamadenu by force.  Coming to know of the incident, Parasurama set out in fury, killed the king along with 21 Kshatriyas and rescued the cow.  Thus, he incurred the Kshatriya dosha.  Parasurama worshipped Lord Shiva in this place bathing in the sacred spring and got relieved of the dosha.

Surya Puja is very devotionally performed on April 2, 3 and 4 as a festive event in the temple. Special abisheks are also performed on Aavani Moola star day in August-September and on Thai Poornima day in January-February.

Route:

Tirukattupalli is 25 km from Tiruvaiyaru. The temple in Vishnampettai is 5 km north of Tirukattupalli. Auto facility is available.

Temple Timings:

10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Devotees may contact the priest in Tirukattupalli on phone before visiting the temple.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-4362-320 067, +91- 93450 09344.

Temple Address:

Sri Semmeninathar Temple

Tirukanur,

Vishnampettai,

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Tirukkarkudi – Sri Ujjeevanathar temple

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.

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