Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tirupandurai Sivanandeswarar Temple, Thanjavur

Tirupandurai Sivanandeswarar Temple, Thanjavur
Sivanandeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Tirupandurai in Thanjavur districtTamilnadu, India. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Sivanandeswarar. His consort is known as Mangalambikai. Lord of the temple is a swayambumurthy.
Legends
Lord Brahmma, Creator of the world could not answer a question posed by Lord Muruga – the meaning of Ohm Pranava Mantra.  Mocking at him, Muruga also put him in jail.  Lord Shiva condemned Muruga’s action.  This resulted in the stoppage of creation. Lord Muruga simply said that Brahmma could start his work after learning the meaning of the Ohm Pranava Mantra.  Lord Shiva demanded Muruga to explain the meaning to him.  Lord Muruga did it perfectly as a Guru and Shiva was an obedient student then.  This event took place at Swamimalai.
This supremacy promotion made Lord Muruga proud.  To punish him Lord Shiva made him dumb.  Lord Muruga came to Tirupandhurai, made a Shivalinga and worshipped to regain his skills.  Pleased Shiva granted the speaking skill to his divine Son.  Hence, Lord is praised as Pranaveswarar – Lord of Pranava Mantra.
Significance
It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar. 
The Temple
The temple had worshipful devotees as Lord Brahmma, Mother Umadevi and Lord Muruga.  The small Rajagopuram is facing east.  The temple also has a flag post-Kodimaram, Nandhi and the Balipeeta.  Lord Vinayaka, celebrated four Saivite saints, Chola king and his queen are in the prakara.  On the outer prakara also there are shrines for Vinayaka, Lord Muruga, Mother Gajalakshmi and Navagrahas the nine planets.  There is an ancient idol of Lord Muruga in Shiva shrine.

Though a Shiva Temple, Lord Muruga occupies all dominance in the temple.  He is before the sanctum sanctorum as Lord Dhandayuthapani showing a Chinmudra, eyes closed in meditation.  His ears are long.  From the vimana-tower above sanctum sanctorum - Arthanareeswarar Dakshinamurthi and Veena Dakshinamurti grace the devotees.
There are two Vinayakas at the entrance of the temple – Guha Vinayaka and Sakshi Vinayaka.  It is said that they came as escorts to Lord Muruga when He came here for penance and chose to stay here itself then.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Festivals
The Temple celebrates Lord Muruga related festivals as Thai Poosam in January-February; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December.
Prayers
Those unable to speak, suffering from stammering bathe in the Mangala Theertham and perform abishek to Lord Muruga with honey for 48 days to gain speech skills. Devotees do the usual abishek and aaradhanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Literary Mention
Saint Thirugnana Sambandar had sung the glory of Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 64th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
Tirugnanasambandar describes the feature of the deity as:
"புள்வாய் போழ்ந்து மாநிலங் கீண்ட பொருகடல் வண்ணனும் பூவின்
உள்வா யல்லி மேலுறை வானு முணர்வரி யானுமை கேள்வன்
முள்வாய் தாளின் தாமரை மொட்டின் முகமலரக் கயல் பாயக்
கள்வாய் நீலங் கண்மல ரேய்க்குங் காமர்பெ ருந்துறை யாரே."
Contact
Sri Sivanandeswarar Temple,
Tirupandurai, Nachiarkoil post,
Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district-612 602
Phone: +91- 435-244 8138, 94436 50826.
Connectivity
This Shivasthalam temple is located at a distance of about 10 Kms from Kumbakonam on the banks of river Arasalaaru. Take the Kumbakonam - Nachiarkoil - Poonthottam road. Tiruppenu Perunthurai (now known as Tiruppandurai) is located at a distance of about 2 Kms. after crossing Nachiarkoil.
Tirupandhurai is 10 km from Kumbakonam on the Mayiladuthurai route via Elavanchery. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kumbakonam & Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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