Bhairavar Temple, Thagattoor, Nagapattinam
Bhairavar Temple is a Hindu Temple located at Thagattoor in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. This is the only temple in Tamilnadu where Lord Bhairavanatha Swami graces from the sanctum sanctorum. Lord Bhairava graces in the temple as the presiding deity. There is also the idol of Sattainathar, the procession deity of the temple. Historically this place is called as Yandhirapuri.
Kalabhairava of Kasi settled here:
Lord Sri Rama decided to perform Shiva puja in Rameswaram to cleanse himself of the sin of killing Ravana in the Sri Lanka war. He sent Sri Anjaneya to Kasi to get him a Shivalinga from there. When he returned with the Linga, also came Lord Kalabhairava with him. Kalabhairava is the security God of temples. While closing the temples, the keys would be placed before Kalabhairava. Anyone attempting to even touch the key would meet with his end. Kalabhairava, who was in Kasi, came here and chose to stay in Thagattoor itself.
Birth of Bhairavar:
The book, Abhidana Chintamani speaks about the birth of Lord Bhairava. A demon, Tharukasuran performed penance and demanded Lord Shiva to bless him with immortality. Lord told him that everything born should meet with death one day and suggested that he may ask for one who could not cause him death. Agreeing, Tharukasuran asked that he could not be killed by anyone except by a woman. He thought that as man with high physical prowess, a woman cannot be able to kill him. He began his arrogant activities and the time for his end came. Devas of the celestial world appealed to Lord Shiva to protect them from the demon.
Mother Parvathi created a spark from the poison once devoured by Lord Shiva. It took the form of a woman. The poison was called Kalam; hence the woman was named Kali. Kali turned on the direction of Tharukasuran furiously. Her fury turned into fire and burnt the demon. Then the Kali converted the fire into a child, breast-fed it. Then Lord Shiva made Kali and the child enter his body, from which 8 children came out. Lord Shiva amalgamated the 8 into one and named it Bhairava.
Bull, Lion, elephant and peacock are attributed to Gods as their vehicles. Bhairava is given Dog as his vehicle. We can see dogs enjoying luxuries in some houses while many of them are attacked by people in the street. The philosophy behind this is that both good and bad should be submitted at the feet of the Lord as and when they occur to us. Dog is also called ‘Veda Gnani’ meaning that it is a knowledgeable creature.
This is the only temple in Tamilnadu where Lord Bhairavanatha Swami graces from the sanctum sanctorum. Lord Bhairava graces in the temple as the presiding deity. The place, Thagattoor is a Tamil translation from the Sanskrit word Yantra made mainly of copper sheets with some diagrams. Traditionally Yantras as Sri Chakra are installed in temples and there is one such in this temple also. There is also the idol of Sattainathar, the procession deity of the temple.
As Lord Bhairava came with Sri Anjaneya, there are shrines for Lord Kasi Viswanathar, Mother Visalakshi. There are also shrines for Lord Ganapathy, Lord Subramaniya, Valli, Deivanai, Durga and Chandikeswara. There is also a tank before the temple. There is a shrine on one side of the tank for Rowther with Karuppayi and Kathayee. He is the guardian deity of the temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.
10 day festival is celebrated in the temple following the Chitra Poornima – April-May. Special poojas are performed on Sundays Rahukalam time (4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.), Ashtami (8th day from new moon or full moon day) during the new moon time, Bhairavashtami during Karthikai (November-December). Also for relief from diseases, developing mental health and for realizing righteous desires, poojas are performed between 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on new moon period Ashtami days.
Devotees pray for excellence in academic pursuit, removal of obstacles in marriage talks and for child boon. People perform special abishek and offer Vastras to Lord Bhairava.
Sri Bhairavar Temple,
Thagattoor, Nagapattinam district.
Phone: +91 – 4369 – 270 197 / 270 662
There is a village named Vayumedu on the bus route from Thanjavur to Vedaranyam running via Thiruthuraipoondi. The devotee should get down at Vayumedu. The temple is 2 km on the branch road from here. Auto and mini bus facility are available. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thanjavur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.