Sunday, January 22, 2017

Panchavateeswarar Temple, Anandha Thandava Puram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam

Panchavateeswarar Temple, Anandha Thandava Puram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam
Panchavateeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Anandha Thandava Puram Village near Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. It is also called as Anandha Thandavareswarar Temple. This temple is one of the Thevara Vaipu Thalams. This is the Avathara Sthalam of Manakancharar, one of the 63 Nayanmars. The village of Anandathandavapuram is located 5 Kms north east of Mayiladuthurai. It has a railway station in the Mayiladuthurai – Chidambaram train route. The place is also called Kayatharu or Kanjaru. The village is having many temples such as Anandha Thandavareswarar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ganapathi Temple, Veeran Koil, Mariyamman Koil, Chinna Mariyamman Koil, Sapthamatha Temple (Selliamman temple) etc.

The great Carnatic composer and lyricist Sri Gopalakrishna Bharathi lived in this village for most of his life. His music Guru - Sri Govinda Yati also lived here. As a tribute to this great man, a music festival in the name of Gopala Krishna Bharathi is conducted in this village annually when renowned musicians from all over the country like Sudha RaghunathanSanjay Subramanian come to this village and render wonderful performances on Sri Gopala Krishna Bharathi's creations.
Legends
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The Temple
Lord Shiva in the temple appears as Jata Nathar holding a bunch of hair in his hands. The temple has the reputation of two Ambicas, Bruhannayaki and Kalyana Sundari.  She is praised as Kalyana Sundari as she granted darshan to Sage Bharadwaja in her wedding posture. There is also a tank in the temple where Lord Shiva bathed as a Shiva devotee himself. Those bathing here and worship Lord Panchavateeswarar and celebrated devotee Manakkanjarar Nayanar will enjoy mental peace and attain salvation. The Lord was known in various names like Kailasanadhar, Bharadhwajaswara etc., during various yugas.

In the outside prakaram there is a Sannadhi for Sri Dhakshinamurthy, Pillayar, and Murugar with his consorts and in the esanamoolai there is a Sri Mahalakshmi Sannadhi. And the main Ambal Sri Kalyanasundari and Sri Durgai Amman Sannadhis are in outside prakaram. Near to the temple there one small madam, those days sannyasins used to come and stay there. Now it is not functioning.
The huge tank before the temple is known as Bindu theertham or Amirtha Bindu Saras which can cure many diseases. Once Garuda, the King of birds carried Amirtha (Bindu) in a Kumba (pot) and a drop of it dropped here, hence the name. This Temple is noted for its unique image of Lord Natarajar. “Ananda Thandavam” is a pose in which the foot of the raised left leg of the Lord is kept in line with the face and the right foot. Since Natarajar here exhibits this pose, the place came to be known as Ananda Thandavapuram. The presiding deity of the temple is a Swayambu Lingam.
The temple has a hundred feet high gopuram. It is said that it was built during the period of the Chola Rulers. There is a fine bronze image of Sri Jatanathar here with an excellent arrangement of his “Jata Makuda”. There are also several other festival idols made of panchaloham. An ancient peacock and a rishaba vahanam made of wood are the only vahanams in the temple.
Apart from the main temple, there is a temple for Sri Mariamman. During the month of Chithirai there used to be a ten day Uthsavam, as in other villages. Also there is a Perumal temple and Pillayar Koil in the street in between two houses. And Sri Aiyanar koil is also famous. In contrast to Poorana and Pushkala, the consorts of Ayyanar in most of the places, here we see Sundarambal / Sokkayi. Ayyanar is called as Thiruvarasamurthy. A Temple dedicated to Veerappasway is also there in this Village and it is Kuladeivam to most of the Vadhyamas. There is a particular type of Pooja called as Veerappasway Pongal or Pallyam.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
The Srijayanthi Utsavam (during Krishnashtami) is being celebrated every year for more than 200 years. In Thiruvarasamurthy Ayyanar temple, the Panguni Uttiram is celebrated in a grand scale with Thrikalyana utsavam. Every year Radha Kalyanam is being celebrated during the month of January.
Monthly Pradoshams and Shivarathri are celebrated in the temple. Thai Poosam is the most important annual festival celebrated by the temple which attracts devoted from neighboring villages and taluks.
Singers
His Holiness Appar Peruman referred this village as Kancharur in his Vaipu sthala Pathigam.
Prayers
People pray for total salvation, for removal of confusions in family life and for mental peace. Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord and Mother offering vastras.
Connectivity
Anandha Thandavapuram is located at about 4 kms far from Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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