Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sri Thuoovai Nadhar Temple and Thiru Oogai Perayur temple. Thiruvaroore.

1) Sri Thuoovai Nadhar Temple.

This temple is in Keezai Veedi of Thiruvaroore Thayagesar Temple opposite to chariot shed. This is one of the 275 Devara Sthalams. The historical name of the temple is Paravayul maandali. The temple was under the sea as a sand temple.

Sthala Vruksham is Jack Tree, and Teertham known as Akasha Teertham. The location of the tank to south east corner is something special according to Vastu rules.

Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Thooai Nadhar and his consort known as Panjinmeladi Ammai. Urchavar of the temple is known as Sathyavakeeswarar. There is an eye symbol on Siva Lingam which is visible at the time of Abishekam.

Vinayakar in the temple graces here, as Siddhi Vinayakar. It is said that all idols in the temple were made by Viswakarma the Devine sculptor.

Sthala Purana says when the tides of sea burst and threatened destruction of the world, Devas and Sages worshiped Lord Siva for protection. Lord Siva told them if a tank is dug to the Agni Corner of southeast. Then Prayers to be performed so that tides would subside and lives would be saved. Durvasa maharishi did everything according to the instructions. Pleased with devotee’s prayers Lord Siva absorbed the fury of the sea and lives were saved. Lord Siva is also known as Durvas Nayanar.

Saint Sundarar regains his vision in this temple. One who has problem regarding eyes, if the tank dip in the tank and worship Lord Siva with (red) Sevarali Garland there problem regarding eyes will be solved says Sthala Purana.
Saint Sundarar made a promise to his second wife Sangili Nachiyar that he would never part with her at any instance. Once he wanted to see his first wife Paravai Nachiyar, and he left for Thiruvaroore. By violating the promise to his second wife Sangili Nachiyar he lost his vision. Sundarar started visiting temples and worshiped Lord Siva to restore his eyes. He praised Lord Siva with Hymns in the temples which he visited. When he reached Ekambareswarar temple of Kancheepuram he was blessed by Lord Ekambareswarar with his left eye sight with the recommendation of his consort Goddess Kamakshi.

When Sundarar reached Thiruvaroore and offered his prayers to bless him, his vision. Lord asked him to take a dip in the tank and then worship Lord Siva in the temple. Sundarar did as he was instructed by Lord, who graced Sundarar his right eye sight here in this place. The eyes seen on Siva Lingam is considered as an evidence of Sundarar getting back his vision

Sundarar sang Hymns on Lord Siva of this Temple.

2) Thiru Oogai Perayur: Jagadeeswarar Temple.

The place is about 3kms from Kamala Puram, which is about 20 kms from Thiruvaroore to Manarkudi route via Lakshmankudi. This temple is one of the 275 Devara Sthalams.

Main Raja Gopuram is of three tiers and single prakaram facing east.

Teertham is Agni teertham seen in front of the temple. Sthala vruksham is Naarthai (citric Tree).

Main Deity is Swayambu Siva Lingam known as Jagadeeswarar and his consort known as Jagan Nayaki / Penamirtha Nayaki.

As we go around the prakaram, deities seen in the temple are Karpaga Vinayakar, Murugan, Dakshina Moorthy, Lingothbavar, Mahalakshmi, Durgai, Ayyanaar, Bairavar, Natarjar, Soorya and Chandran.

Thiru Navukkarasar sang Hymns on Lord Siva of this temple. Lady poet Muruvalar, who belongs to this place has sung Hymns which is added to Kurunthogai and Purananooru.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Thiru Neiythanam / Thillai sthanam: Neyyadiappar Temple. Tanjavoore Dt.

Thiru Neiythanam / Thillai sthanam: Neyyadiappar Temple.

The place Neiythanam is about 2 kms west of Thiruvayaaru. This is one of the 275 Devara Sthalams of Tanjavoore Dt. Thillai Sthanam is seventh temple of Saptha Sthana Sthalam.

Main Raja Gopuram is of five storeys. There are two prakaram in the temple.


Sthala Vruksham is Vilvam and Teertham is River Cauvery.

Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Sri Kruthapureeswarar/ Neiyyadiappar and his consort known as Balaambikai Amman Illamangai Ammai seen in separate Temple here.

Here daily abishekam for Lord Siva is performed with Ghee and later with hot water hence he is known as Neiyyadiappar.

Shrines for Lord Vinayakar and Murugan are seen in inner prakaram of the temple.
As we go around the prakaram we see Nardhana Ganapathy, Dakshina Moorthy in standing posture, Lingothbavar and Brahama as Goshta Deivam around the sanctum of Lord Siva.
Goddess Saraswathy worshiped Lord Siva in this place.

During festival time Lord Iyarappar and his consort Aram Valartha Nayaki visit all seven temples known as Saptha Sthana Sthalams. The seven places are Thiru Pazhanam, Thiru Chottru thurai, Thiru Vedikudi , Thiru Kandiyoore , Thiru Poondthuruthi and Thiru Neiyathanam. This temple Thilla sthanam is seventh temple of Saptha sthanam. One can have darshan of all urchava idols in seven palanquins of Saptha Sthana Sthalams.

A cow in this region was pouring its milk in a place habitually in a specific place. The milk turned into Ghee due to climatic condition. When a shepherd tried to find about the cow it disappeared. It was Kamadenu. He reported about this in the village. When they dug the place they found a Siva Lingam. The King built a temple for the Siva Lingam in that place and arranged for Abishekam with Ghee everyday followed by hot water Abishekam.

A devotee of Lord Siva used to visit the temple daily and used to light a lamp with Ghee and on his return he used to pluck leafy vegetable grown in the temple premises. This was happening for a long period. When grew old one day after lighting the lamp he prayed to Lord Siva to show mercy and bless him for having lighted lamp for so many years. The old man heard a voice saying what mercy remains to be shown as he has plucked daily leafy vegetable grown in the temple as wages says the Sthala Puranam.

Thiru Gyana Sambandhar and Thiru Navukkarasar sang hymns on Lord Siva here. Aunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on Lord Murugan of this temple. Ottakuthar and Pugazhendi Pulavar (poet) sang on Lord of this place.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Keezha Pazhuvoore: Arulmigu Vadamoola Nadhar Temple, Perambaloore Dt.

Keezha Pazhuvoore: Arulmigu Vadamoola Nadhar Temple.

This place Thirupazhuvoore is about 10 kms to south of Ariyaloore on the south bank of River Marudhudayaar. The place is also known as Yoga Vanam.
This is one of the 275 Devara sthalams.

The Main Raja Gopuram is of five tiers and two prakaram in the temple.

We see Dwajasthambam as we enter inside.

Teertham is known as Brama Teertham in the front of the temple. Sthala Vruksham is Banayan Tree.

Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Arulmigu Vadamoola Nadhar / Aalanthurayaar and his consort known as Arunthava Nayaki Amman in separate shrine. Here the Lingam represents Prithivi. Sambarani thailam is applied on Siva Lingam. The lingam is too small, so a cup is placed upside down and abishekam is done on this only.

Goddess penanced and performed yoga hence the place is known as Yoga Vanam. We see Goddess in yoga posture here in the temple.

Other deities seen in the temple as we go around the prakaram are Kamala Ganapathy, Murugan, Pancha Boodha Lingams, Mahalakshmi, 63 Nayanmars, Lingothbavar, Durgai, Chandeeswarar, Saptha Kanniyar and Navagraham.

Sthala Purana says Once Goddess Parvathy closed the eyes of Lord Siva due to which the complete universe came to a stand still. Sooryan and Chandran are considered as the two eyes of Lord Siva. Lord says to Goddess Parvathy if any act which troubles others is punishable. To get rid of the dosha for her act,Goddess Parvathy was asked to go down to earth. Lord asks her to penance in different places and finally reach Yoga Vanam and stay there penancing till he joins her.

Goddess Parvathy penanced in many places and she finally came to Yoga Vanam where she made a Siva Lingam with the mud of Valmeekam and worshiped Lord Siva. She penanced here standing on single leg. Lord Siva was pleased with her penance and blessed her by joining with her. This Yoga Vanam is the place now known as Keezha Pazhuvoore.

Brahaman, Thirumaal, Indran, Pandavar, Agasthiyar, Chandran, Poororavan, Vasishtar, Sadanandar, Kanvar, And Vyasar worshiped Lord Siva here and were blessed by Him.
Parasuramar worshiped Lord Siva here to get rid of his dosha for killing his mother. Here Vinayakar is seen in dancing posture.

Thiru Gyana Sambandhar sang Hymns on Lord Siva of this place. Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on Lord Murugan of this Temple.

Stone inscriptions are found in the temple. The temple was constructed by stones during the period of first Parandakan Cholan.

Thiru Mazhapadi, Sri Vaidhyanadhar Temple, Ariyalore.

Thiru Mazhapadi, Sri Vaidhyanadhar Temple.

This place Thiru Mazhapadi is about 28 kms south of Ariyaloore on the banks of River Kollidam.

This place is one of the 274 Siva Devara Sthalams.

The Main Raja Gopuram is of seven tiers. There are three prakaram in the temple.

We see Nandi in a mandapam and Dwajasthambam to front.

As we enter in we see two more Nandi here.

Teertham is River Kollidam, Lakshmi and Sivagangai Teertham.

Sthala Vruksham is Palm Tree.

The place was full of Palm tree hence it is known as Talavanam. Lord Siva with his Mazhu (axe like weapon) blessed Sage Markandeya, hence the place is also known as Mazhapadi.

Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Arulmigu Vaidhyanadhar / Mazhuvadeesar and his consort known as Soundaraambikai and Balambikai in separate Shrines.

As we go around the prakaram we see deities like Sundara Vinayakar, Murugan, Akora Veerabadharar,

Somaskandar, Meenakshi, Durgai, Thirumaal, Mahalakshmi, Sundarar, Meenakshi, Chokkanadhar, Durgai, Jurahareswarar, Kalasamhara Moorthy, Kathyayini, Natarajar

We see two Dakshina Moorthy in the temple.

Lord Somaskandar idol is made of single stone.

In the shrine of Lord Brahma we see four Nandi represting four Vedas.

We see kalyana Mandapam named as Nandi Kalyana Mandapam.
Nandikeswarar and Suasambikai marriage took place in this place in the Tamil month Panguni (March / April) on the day of Punarpusam star. This day is celebrated every year as a festival in this temple.

Sthala Purana says Sage Siladha muni of Thiruvayaru performed penance on Lord Siva to bless him with child. He heard a voice asking him to perform Putharakamesti yagam. He was told he will find a child in a box while he is preparing the land for Yagnam. He was asked to bring up that child, who is blessed with just 16 years of life span.

Sage while he tilled the land found the box and when he opened it he found a child in it with three eyes four shoulders and crescent moon adoring the head. He was surprised and closed the box. Once again when he opened the box he saw a child in it. He took the child and named him as Japesar. As the child grew the sage was worried and sad. When the child was fourteen years he started penancing with single leg on the bank of Ayana teertham of Thiruvayaru. His penance was so severe the creatures in the tank started consuming his body. Lord Siva was pleased with his penance, cured him and blessed him long life.

Japesar was married to Suasambikai in Thirumazapadi. Japaser
continued his penance even after the marriage. He was made chief of the Siva Ganas. He was named as Nandi Devar and he is security chief at the first gate of Kailash.

Sundarar, Thiru Navukkarasar and Thiru Gyana Sambandhar sang hymns on Lord Siva here. Stone inscriptions of Chola, Pandya and Hoysala period are found.