Monday, October 16, 2017

Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai, Trichy

Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai, Trichy
Maragadachaleswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thiruengoimalai in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Maragathachalar / Maragadachaleswarar / Trinajyotheeswarar / Eengoinathar / Malaikozhnthar / Achutheeswarar / Brahmeswarar / Indreekarar / Threethar. Mother is called as Maragathavalli / Maragadambikai. The hillock is otherwise called Maragathamalai / Thenkailayam / Sivasakthimalai / Malaikovil / Erattimalai. The river Cauvery passes nearby the hillock. The river 'Surpanathi' passes adjoining the hillock. The river is otherwise called Kondayurumarai or Kondamarai.











It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar. This temple is the 117th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 63rd Sthalam on the north side of river Cauvery of Chozha Naadu. Poet Nakkeerar has sung a booklet named Eengoi-Ezhupathu (70 Eengoi songs). It is considered very auspicious to visit three Shivasthalams (Kadambar Kovil in the morning, Thiruvatpokki (Ratnagiri) at noon and Thiruengoimalai in the evening) on Mondays during the Tamil month of Karthigai.










Legends
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. It would be convenient if the visitor informs the priest before proceeding to the temple in advance.
Festivals
Brahmmotsavam in Panguni (March-April), Masi Magam in February-March, Thai Poosam in January-February and Pujas on all Full Moon days – Poornimas – are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Literary Mention
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Contact
Maragadachaleswarar Temple,
Thiruengoimalai, Via Manamedu,
Thottiyam Taluk
Tiruchirappalli District – 621209
Phone: +91 4326 262744
Mobile: +91 9443950031 / 9095102695 / 9095102696 / 9944120135
Connectivity
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Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai – Connectivity

Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai – Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Manamedu, 6 Kms from Musiri, 7 Kms from Kulithalai, 32 Kms from Thuraiyur, 40 Kms from Srirangam, 40 Kms from Thiruvanaikaval, 10 Kms from Thottiyam, 42 Kms from Namakkal, 38 Kms from Thiruvellarai and 47 Kms from Trichy.
By Road:
Thiruengoimalai can be reached from Kulithalai by crossing the Kaveri river and turning left. Also, Thiruengoimalai is located very near to Musiri. One can also travel from Trichy to Musiri and from there can go to Thiruengoimalai. Frequent bus facilities are available from Kulithalai and Musiri. Salem to Karur buses passes through this Village.
By Train:
Nearest Railway Station is located at Kulithalai (7 Kms). Nearest Major Railway Station is located at Trichy (45 Kms).
By Air:
Nearest Airport is Trichy Airport located at about 52 Kms from the Temple.

Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai – Literary Mention

Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai – Literary Mention
It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar. This temple is the 117th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 63rd Sthalam on the north side of river Cauvery of Chozha Naadu. Poet Nakkeerar has sung a booklet named Eengoi-Ezhupathu (70 Eengoi songs).
Tirugnanasambandar describes the feature of the deity as:
வினையாயின தீர்த்(து)அருளே புரியும் விகிர்தன் விரிகொன்றை
நனையார் முடிமேல் மதியஞ் சூடுநம்பா நலமல்கு
தனையார் கமல மலர் மேல் உறைவான் தலையோ(டு)அனல் ஏந்தும்
எனை ஆளுடையான் உமையாளோடும் ஈங்கோய் மலையாரே.

Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai – The Temple

Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai – The Temple
This temple is housed atop of small hillock and one has to climb about 500 steps to reach the temple. The steps are not uniform and many places they were deformed. The temple is facing East. The hillock is otherwise called Maragathamalai / Thenkailayam / Sivasakthimalai / Malaikovil / Erattimalai. The river Cauvery passes nearby the hillock. The river 'Surpanathi' passes adjoining the hillock. The river is otherwise called Kondayurumarai or Kondamarai.














Presiding Deity is called as Maragathachalar / Maragadachaleswarar / Trinajyotheeswarar / Eengoinathar / Malaikozhnthar / Achutheeswarar / Brahmeswarar / Indreekarar / Threethar. The special feature of this Shivasthalam is that the sun's rays falls for three days on the Shivalingam (Maragathalingam) on the Sivarathiri day in the Tamil month of Masi every year. The Linga changes colour during this time.












The lingam of the temple is said to be transparent and also to throw a green shadow when camphor is burned. It is therefore called the 'emerald' (Maragatha) lingam. The god is connected with the deities of kadambarkovil and Ratnagiri. At all three temples special poojas are performed in Karthigai and the Thaipoosam day. Mother is called as Maragathavalli / Maragadambikai. Sthala Vriksham is Tamarind tree.












Different postures of Lord Dhakshinamoorthy can be found on the moolavar Vimanam. This is the 52nd Sakthi Peedam of 64 Sakthi Peedams. There is statue for Agasthiyar Muni in this Temple. 63 Nayanmar Idols cannot be seen in this Temple. Valli Deivanai samedha Arumuga Peruman was gifted by Thiyagarajabagavathar kept at the base temple for safety reasons. The regular Pooja is performed in the evening.  













There is Bogar Siddhar Temple at the base of this Shiva Temple. Also, Chayapeedam of Shri Lalithambika (One of the 51 Shakthi peedams) is located very nearby in the foothills of Thiruengoimalai is the. The whole temple is being maintained by Yogini ladies (Brahmacharinis). This place is well described in text of Meru Thanthiram. It is said to be Sati Devi’s face shadow falls here and named as “Sayapuram”.