Friday, October 7, 2016

Agastheeshwarar Temple, Agathiyampalli, Nagapattinam – Legends

Agastheeshwarar Temple, Agathiyampalli, Nagapattinam – Legends
Etymology:
The town Agathiyampalli is named after Agastheeshwarar, the presiding deity of the Agastheeshwarar Temple, a temple dedicated to Shiva. The 7th century Saiva canonical work Tevaram by Appar and Tirugnanasambandar mentions the place as "Thirumaraikadu". In view of Sage Agasthiyar’s stay at this sthalam, this place is known as Agathiyampalli.
Agasthiyar got darshan of Shiva and Parvathi in Marriage form:
According to legend, all the Devas were assembled in Kailash to witness the sacred marriage of Shiva and Parvathi and on account of it, the earth was tilted towards North. To balance it, Shiva requested sage Agasthiyar to move over to the South. It is believed that Shiva appeared in his marriage form to Agasthiyar at this location. It is believed that Agasthyar built his hermitage here, and trekked up to Vedaranyam each day. The wedding of Lord Shiva with Parvati is depicted behind the main Sivalingam inside the sanctum. In view of Sage Agasthiyar’s stay at this sthalam, this place is known as Agathiyampalli.
People worshipped in this Sthalam:
Yama worshipped Shiva and got cured of his curse. Kulasekara Pandian celebrated utsavam for Lord Siva, and he was cured of his ill health.

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