Monday, August 22, 2016

Paranjothi Easwarar Temple, Thanjakkur, Sivaganga

Paranjothi Easwarar Temple, Thanjakkur, Sivaganga
Paranjothi Easwarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Thanjakkur village in Sivaganga District. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple. Noted Tamil poet Poyyamozhi Pulavar prayed Lord Shiva here for a scholarly achievement and got relieved of his poverty.

Legends
Shiva granting Paranjothi Darshan to Lords:
Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma along with the Devas met Lord Shiva in Kailash and said that they were worshipping him daily and piously demanded his Paranjothi Darshan. Lord said that he was on earth in Vilwa forest formlessly and advised them to worship him there for the Paranjothi darshan. All came down to earth, discovered the Vilwa Vana, created a tank, installed a Shiva Linga and worshipped Lord. 
Lord wanted to test their determination and created troubles in the puja through Makali and Veerakali. They continued the puja with a steadfast mind. Finally, Lord Shiva himself came there in the guise of an aged person and gave troubles to disturb their pujas. Lords Vishnu and Brahmma and the Devas could not be stopped from their rigid worship. 
Pleased with their determination, Lord Shiva granted his Paranjothi darshan aspired by them on a Monday in the Aavani (August-September). Later, Mothers Parvathi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi and Lord Muruga worshipped Lord for the same darshan.
People who worshipped Shiva in this place:
Indirani wife of Indira, Lord Rama, Sri Lakshmana, Sri Hanuman, Sages Agasthya and Gautama and kings Maran, Maraivanan and Thanjai Vanar had darshan of Lord in this temple.
The Temple
Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Presiding deity is called as Paranjothi Easwarar and Mother is called as Gnanambikai. Thala Vriksham is Vilwa. This place is historically known as Aadhi Vilwa Vanam
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Prayers
Those aspiring to achieve scholarship worship in the temple.  Those facing skin problem, bathe in the tank here and worship Lord for relief. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Contact
Sri Gnambikai-Paranjothi Easwarar Temple,
Thanjakkur-630 610, Sivaganga district.
Phone: +91- 4574 - 205 100
Connectivity
Tirupachethi is on the Madurai-Manamadurai bus route. Thanjakkur is 5 km south of Tirupachethi. Nearest Railway Station is located at Tirupachethi and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.

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