Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sevuga Perumal Aiyanar Temple, Singampunari, Sivaganga

Sevuga Perumal Aiyanar Temple, Singampunari, Sivaganga
Sevuga Perumal Aiyanar Temple is dedicated to the local village deity Ayyanar located at Singampunari in Sivaganga District of Tamilnadu. It is one of the most important temples in Singampunari. In the past, it was one of the places where oaths were made to ensure truth. It also houses the Suyam Prakasar who is known as Suyambu. This a naturally occurring Sivalingam placed to the left side of the main shrine. The famous Pidari of Singampunari has a shrine to right side of the central shrine.

The Lord Shree Sevuga Perumal Ayyanar is considered as a brother for all Ayyanars around Singampunari such as Shree Sirai Meetta Ayyanar, Shree Seguttaiyanar Temples present in M.Soorakkudi village, Some 12 Kilometers from Singampunari. Those temples are associated with Sevuga Moorthy Ayyanar in many ways. After completing 10 days festival to Shree Sevuga Moorthy Ayyanar, the Maalai, Santhanam is brought to Shree Sirai Meetta Ayyanar, Shree Seguttaiyanar Temples for "Puravi Yeduppu Thiruvizha" which is very famous in and around Districts.

Legends
Long ago this place was a Bael wood. A hunter came here to hunt and shot an arrow ata deer. The deer escaped and disappeared in the hollow of a tree trunk. The hunter tried to catch it and he found an image of Aiyanaar in the bush. The amazed hunter said: "O Lord Sevugap Perumal! I went in search of the deer; but, now I’m blessed to serve Thee from this day!" He worshipped the deity hailing Him as ‘Perumal’. From that day onwards, this Deity is known as ‘Sevugap Perumal Aiyanaar’ and remains as a Protecting God.
The Temple
Aiyanaar of this place is seen seated in the ‘Power Posture’ (Veeraasanam) wearing a crown on head and a Yoga-band along with his spouses Poorani and Pushpakala and graces us. On his right side is the Security-goddess, Pidari Amman, and on the left is Swayamprakaaseswarar, also known as Thanthondreeswarar with Poovaivalli in separate sanctum. Sevugap Perumal Aiyanaar of this holy place is a powerful deity. The poojas are performed here with Bael leaves (Vilvam) related to Lord Siva. He has also acquired the name of Perumal. Since he is born of the union of Siva and Vishnu, he is given a special significance.
Since this holy place exists in the Bael woods, the Sacred Tree is obviously the Bael Tree. All the deities including the Retinue Angels (Parivaara Devathaikal) are worshipped with Bael leaves only. Pushkarani of this temple are the waters of River Virisilai and the perennial fountain water of the well in the inner paved corridor of the temple. Many people believe that the old name of Singampunari was Singampidaari. This was supposed to have been named after the Pidari. Bali Karuppar, Periya Karuppar, Chinna Karuppar, Brahmaayee Amman, Adaikkalam Kaaththa Aiyanaar, Ganesa, Murugan have their sannidhis.
Other deities like Sangili Karuppar, Muthu Karuppar, Valaithadi Karuppar, Sannasi, Saptha Kannika, and others share a common Sannidhi. The temple had its own archives with thousands of palm leaf records. In the paved corridor are seen Kannimoola Ganapathy, Lord Muruga with His spouses Valli and Deivanai, Angels of the Retinue (Parivaara Devathaikal), Karuppannasaamy, Karuppar, the Seven Virgins (Sapta Kannigaikal), the Navagrahas and Chandikeswarar.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from morning 6’o clock to noon 12.00 and in the evening from 4.00 to 8.00.
Festivals
The Car Festival (Ther Thiruvizha) in the month Vaikasi. When the car reaches its permanent station, thousands of devotees break the coconuts as offering by simultaneously dashing them on the nearby wall. The 10 days Brahmotsavam is famous and draws huge crowds. The Ther Thiruvizha (car festival) and Poo Pallaakku are important festivals. There is a peculiar festival called 'Kaluvan Thiruvila' which is celebrated only in Singampunari.
Prayers
Lord Aiyanaar, who gracefully bestows anything asked, is hailed as a god who protects the city, augments harvest and who safeguards the cattle. He is worshipped for getting rid of the malignant influences of the planets Sani and Raagu.
After the fulfillment of the prayer, calves are given as offering. Offering can also be dedicated by conducting Abhishekam (sacred bath) to the Lord and by adorning him with new clothes.
Contact
Arulmigu Sevugap Perumal Tirukkovil,
Singampunari, Sivaganga District
Mobile: +91- 98650 62422
Connectivity
It is about 47 km from Madurai, 58 km from Dindigul, 216 km from Coimbatore, 65 km from Tiruchi, 50 km from Karaikudi, being 7 km from Kottampatti which lies along the Madurai-Chennai highways. It also lies on the Coimbatore – Palani – Karaikudi – Devakottai route. Buses, coming from Coimbatore to Chettinad region via Palani stops in Singampunari. The temple is 1km away from the Bus-Stand. Nearest Railway Station is located at Karaikudi and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.  

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