Friday, August 26, 2016

Sathyanatheswarar Temple (Karaivananathar Temple), Thirukalimedu, Kanchipuram

Sathyanatheswarar Temple (Karaivananathar Temple), Thirukalimedu, Kanchipuram
Sathyanatheswarar Temple (also called Karaivananathar Temple or Thirukalimedu temple) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in the town of Thirukalimedu, near Indira Theertham KanchipuramKanchipuram district in TamilnaduIndia. Shiva is worshipped as Sathyanatheswarar and his consort Parvathi as Pramarambikai. Sathyanatheswarar is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam, the 275 temples revered in the canon.

The temple has a three-tiered Rajagopuram, the entrance tower and all the shrines are enclosed in a granite wall. The temple has two daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and three yearly festivals on its calendar, namely the Margazhi Thiruvathirai during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December - January), Aippasi Annabishekam during Aippasi (October - November) and Mahasivarathri during February - March being the most prominent.

The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu. The place is known as Satyavratam and Indiresam. The path opposite the Head Post Office leads to this temple and the place is called Thirukalimedu. In ancient times, people used this path to gain access to Kanchipuram. Since the path is full of spiny plants the sacred place came to be called by the name Kachinerikkaraikkadu.
Legends
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Festivals
Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Mahasivarathri in February-March and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Worship & Religious Practices
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Singers
Tirugnana Sambandar, a 7th-century Tamil Saivite poet, venerated Sathyanatheswarar in one verse in Tevaram, compiled as the First Thirumurai. As the temple is revered in Tevaram, it is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam, one of the 275 temples that find mention in the Saiva canon. This the 5th shrine in Thondaimandalam region praised in Thevaram.
Prayers
Lord Shiva grants all boons to the devotees. On Wednesdays, devotees bathe in the Theertha, offer green vastras to planet Budha-Mercury, offer green pulse as nivedhana and worship him as Gnanakaraka – Wisdom Giver- for achieving excellence in education, proficiency in language skills, eloquence and for removal of any ill effect. Devotees offer vastras to Lord with abishek, archanas and nivedhanas.
Contact
Sri Satyanathaswami Temple,
Tiruneri Karaikadu, Thirukalimedu
Kancheepuram - 631 502
Phone: +91- 44 - 2723 2327, 2722 1664
Connectivity
The temple is located at a distance of about 2 km far from Kancheepuram bus stand. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kanchipuram and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.

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