Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tiruvaneshwar Temple, Ranganathapuram, Thanjavur

Tiruvaneshwar Temple, Ranganathapuram, Thanjavur
Tiruvaneshwar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Ranganathapuram in the Thiruvaiyaru taluk of Thanjavur district in Tamilnadu. The temple is dedicated to Shiva.
Legends
Kala Bhairava, the authority of Time, created seven days under the Poorattadhi star, took them on an elephant in procession.  According to the land history (Sthala Purana) this took place in this temple land. Vimana of the presiding deity (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is called Gaja Kataksha Vimana.  It is believed that Iravadham elephant (white elephant) and Indira worship in this temple on Poorattadhi star days.
Temple Speciality
His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal (Kanchi Periyavar), Pontiff of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, spent a week in this temple in meditation. This is one of the 70 Mada temples built by Kochengat Chola.
Greatness of Temple
The great spiritual leader of the 20th century, His Holiness Kanchi Sri Maha Periyaval chose this temple for meditation and stayed here for a week. Poorattadhi starrers are advised to visit this temple and worship as often as they could or at least on their annual birth star day.  Worshipping the Lord on these days would help developing mental stability and wisdom.  They are also advised to donate clothes of different colours to the poor which would protect them even in their subsequent births washing off all their doings committed knowingly or unknowingly.
We may recall that Sahadeva, last of the Pandava brothers was a man of letters.  He had a wonderful knowledge in astrology.  Dhuryodhana, the arch rival of Pandavas came to Sahadeva seeking an auspicious day to commence the war against them. He knows the integrity and honesty of Sahadeva, who would not, even for high gains, would not betray even his enemy.  Sahadeva gave him the best and true prediction asking him to declare the war against them on new moon – Amavasya – day. Worshipping in this temple would ensure such knowledge and noble mind to the devotee.  Yet, Lord Krishna played his own trick and advanced Amavasya to defeat the Duryodhanas.
The Temple
The presiding deity Lord Tiruvaneshwar graces facing east and Mother Goddess grace facing south in a standing form.  There are also shrines for Valampuri Vinayaka and Chandikeswara.  Lord Subramania with Valli and Deivanai, Gajalakshmi, Mother Durga, Brahmma, Navagrahas the nine planets and Nandhi have shrines in the prakara-corridor.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Festivals
Special abisheks and pujas are performed in the temple on all Poorattadhi star days in the year.
Prayers
Those born in Poorattadhi star are capable of understanding others and have a steadfast mind and all physical fitness.  They like to lead a comfortable life.  They love their wives.  Also they are friendly in nature and move freely with others.  They also concentrate on their jobs. While Poorattadhi people pray for solutions to their problems, for proficiency in Music, many pray the Lord of the temple. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Contact
Sri Tiruvaneshwar Temple,
Ranganathapuram Post – 613 104, Via Tirukattupalli,
Tiruvaiyaru Taluk, Thanjavur district.
Phone: +91 94439 70397, 97150 37810, 97866 40927
Connectivity
The devotee should reach Tirukattupalli 17 km from Tiruvaiyaru. Ranganathapuram is 2 km south of Agarapettai from Tirukattupalli. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thanjavur & Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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