Sri Sugantha Vaneswarar Temple, Perichikoil, Sivaganga
Sugantha Vaneswarar Temple is located at Perichikoil near Kandramanickam in Sivaganga District of Tamilnadu. This is one of the Ashta Bhairava importance temples. Lord Maha Ganapathi is the Sthala Vinayaka.
King Maravarman Sundara Pandian, after winning a war wanted to build a Shiva Temple. He had confusion in finding a suitable location. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and said that he would find a Shiva Linga in a particular place and the temple should be built there. The king was happy to find the Linga and built this temple. As the location was in the midst of fragrant flowers, Lord is named Sugantha Vaneswarar – Lord amidst gardens of fragrant flowers.
Lord Kasi Bhairava graces the devotees in the temple from under a separate Vimana in the sanctum sanctorum. It is said that Bogar has installed this idol made of Navapashana. The shrine has a special tower for Bhairava. He is worshipped as Kasi Bhairava. He is holding weapons in eight hands wearing a garland of skulls. There are three worshipping him while Baladeva is holding the dog vehicle. Special Pujas are performed to Bhairava on Full Moon days. There is also another Bhairava in the front hall.
As the idol of Kasi Bhairava is made of Navapashana (nine herbals), humans cannot bear the power of the Lord, hence the Vadamalai Prasad and abishek Theertha are not offered to devotees. The Vadamalai is thrown above the shrine. It is also a wonder that even birds do not take this. Arrangements are made to direct the abishek water away from the temple so that devotees do not touch it.
Sani Bhagwan in the temple is respected as Bhairav’s disciple with Shiva attributes. He is behind his shrine under the Vanni tree as if he is always worshipping Lord Bhairava. It is said that Lord is gracing Sani Bhagwan with one face not visible to devotees. There is a separate shrine for Mother Sameebavalli. Sameeba in Tamil means nearby. As Mother is always near the Bhaktas-devotees to protect them she is so respectfully named.
The Sthala vruksha is Vanni and the theertham is the water in the well. Lord Shiva solemnized the wedding of an orphan girl as his own daughter. When she was abandoned by the husband, he deposed before a panchayat in the form of Vanni tree, well and Linga. Such an event took place at Madurai also. This tree and well exists in this place also. There are shrines for Dakshinamurthy and Muruga. Four Vinayakas grace the devotees in the Prakara.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
2 day Aani festival in June-July; Shivarathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees pray to Lord Bhairava for cure from illnesses. Devotees perform milk abishek on Ashtami day (8th day) of new moon fortnight and offer Vadamalai (a garland made of Vada, a popular dish of Tamilnadu) to Lord Bhairava.
Sri Sugantha Vaneswarar Temple,
Perichikoil, Via Kandramanickam,
Sivaganga District, Tamilnadu
Phone: +91- 4565 - 255 373
Mobile: +91 - 94866 71544, 97863 67380
The devotee has to reach Tiruputhur 60 km from Madurai. From there, he/she has to proceed further 8 km to reach Kandramanickam. Perichikoil is 2 km far from here. As there is no convenient bus facility, autos can be hired to reach the temple. Nearest Railway Station is located at Karaikudi and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.