Sunday, January 15, 2017

Adhi Kumbeswarar Temple, Shenbagapuram, Keevalur, Nagapattinam

Adhi Kumbeswarar Temple, Shenbagapuram, Keevalur, Nagapattinam
Adhi Kumbeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vinayaga located at Shenbagapuram Village near Mohanur in Keevalur Taluk in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Vinayaka is Swayambu in the name of his Father called Adhikumbeswarar. This Temple is almost 500 years old. Historical name of this place was Shenbagapuri.

Legends
Lord Vinayaka penance for offending his Brother Muruga:
Devarishi Naradha called on Lord Shiva and Parvathi at Mount Kailash and offered a mango fruit. The divine parents were confused whom to give it, to Lord Vinayaka or Lord Subramanya. Hence they set a condition that the one who goes round the world and return first would be eligible to get the fruit. Lord Subramanya immediately began the journey on his peacock vehicle. Lord Vinayaka simply went round the parents, according to the philosophy that parents signified the World and got the fruit. Lord Subramanya (Muruga) did not accept the theory and left angrily. He could not accept any compromise. 
Lord Vinayaka felt that he ought to have yielded to his Brother. Unable to bear the separation from his brother, Vinayaka, despite the advice of the parents, insisted that he wanted to perform penance for offending the brother. Lord Shiva advised him to do in this place dense with Shenbaga trees. Lord Shiva, at the request of Mother Parvathi to protect the Son, came to this place and set himself in five places representing the Panchaboodhas (water, fire, space, wind and earth). Lord Vinayaka came out from his penance as Swayambumurthy.
Ekadasa Rudra Japam:
Lord Brahmma assuming charge of Creation from Lord Shiva created 10 million lives. They were not mortals. Shiva told Brahmma that they became immortal as they were created when he was in penance and named them Rudras and made them assistants to Brahmma in his Creation job. Overwhelmed by the great honour bestowed on them the Rudras conducted a yagna chanting the great sacred mantras related to Shiva worship and this great puja is called Rudra Japam.
The chanting of these Ekadasa mantras begins on the Poosa Star day during the full moon days in the month of Aani (June-July)  11 Vedic Scholars chant this mantra 11 times for the puja (Ekam means One and Dasam 10 = Ekadasam means 11). Listening to these mantras cleanses the devotee from all his sins.
The Temple
Vinayaka is Swayambu in the name of his Father called Adhikumbeswarar. As Lord Muruga appeared from the six sparks from Shiva, He is attributed with Shiva and Vinayaka with Shakthi as he was produced by her power. As Shiva and Shakthi are inseparable from each other, Vinayaka too is considered a form of Lord Shiva. Vinayaka in this temple also has the honour of the Easwara status and is being worshipped as Lord Shiva himself. Lord Vinayaka here is worshipped in this temple as Adhikumbeswarar.

Vinayaka in the temple is not manmade. Hence the form is not quite regular. As in all Shiva temples, there is Lord Vishnu behind Shiva, Brahmma on the left. Shiva appears in Linga shape in the five places he stood to protect Vinayaka during his penance. Some temples had appeared later here. It is noteworthy that there are no temples in between these temples and the Vinayaka Temple. Sthala Vriksham of this Temple is Arasu and Neem trees.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
Vinayaka Chathurthi and Tirukarthikai are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Prayers
Devotees seek mental peace.  Those who had committed wrongs seek Lord’s pardon. Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord Vinayaka.
Contact
Sri Adhi Kumbeswarar Temple,
Shenbagapuram, Mohanur Post,
Keevalur Taluk, Nagapattinam – 611 109
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 279 757
Mobile: +91 94427 86870
Connectivity
Shenbagapuram is located at about 20 kms far from Tiruvarur. Buses are available once in two hours only. Nearest Railway Station is located at Tiruvarur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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