Friday, January 13, 2017

Seeyathamangai Ayavandeeswarar Temple, Nagapattinam

Seeyathamangai Ayavandeeswarar Temple, Nagapattinam
Seeyathamangai Ayavandeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Seeyathamangai in Nagapattinam District in Tamilnadu. The temple is dedicated to Shiva known as Ayavantheeswarar. His consort, Parvati, is known as Irumalarkkannammai. It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 198th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 81st Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Naadu. This Place is called as Tiruchathamangai and now known as Seeyathamangai.

Legends
Thiru Neelanakka Nayanar:
This is birth place of Thiru Neelanakka Nayanar. Every day Thiru Neelanakka Nayanar and his wife used to visit this temple. One day he went to take bath in the nearby theertham and asked his wife to prepare the sanctum for pooja. When she was cleaning the premises she noticed a spider fell on Siva Lingam. She tried to remove the spider on the Lingam by blowing air with her mouth because her hand was full of dirt. Meanwhile Nayanar arrived and got annoyed her act and taught she was doing some stupid activity. He left her and stayed back in the temple that night. In his dream that night, Lord Siva showed him that all other place, except the place spider fell was wounded. Nayanar realised his mistake and rejoined with his wife.

Brahma worshipped Shiva here:
Brahma worshiped Lord Siva here, hence the name Ayavanthy.
The Temple
This is a south facing temple with five tiered Rajagopuram. Ayavantheeswarar is facing south and his consort Eru malar Kannammai is in a separate shrine within the same premises. The Temple is surrounded by a granite wall on all sides. First Praharam houses shrines for Chandran, Sanibhagavan (placing his foot over Crow), Sapthamatharkal, Bhairavar, Navagraham, Mahalingam, Viswanathar with Visalakshi and Vinayagar.

Inside the premises Subramaniyar, Mahalakshmi, Nalvar, Thiru Neelanakka Nayanar with his consort Mangayarkarasi, Somaskandhar, Mahaganpathy and a separate idol of Navaneetha Krishnan are seen in this temple. Koshta moortham are Dakshinamoorthy, Narthana Ganapathi, Lingothpavar, Brahma, Pichaadanar, Durgai and Arthanariswarar. Presiding Deity is called as Ayavantheeswarar / Brahmapureeswarar and Mother is called as Ubaya Pushpaviloshini / Irumalarkkannammai.

Sapthamatharkal are facing north near the temple outer prakaram wall. Ambal is located in a separate temple with Suryan, Vinayagar, and Subramaniyar. Ambal with four hands in standing posture looks cute in parrot green colour saree. Nandhi is in a little elevated position. Sthala Theertham is Chandra Theertham and Suriya Theertham. Sthala Vriksham is Kondrai.

Literary mention
This is the 198th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 81st Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Naadu. Thiruganasambhandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Tirugnanasambandar describes the feature of the deity as:
கங்கையோர் வார்சடைமே லடை யப்புடை யேகமழும்
மங்கையோ டொன்றிநின்றம் மதிதான் சொல் லாவதொன்றே
சங்கையில் லாமறையோ ரவர் தாந்தொழு சாத்தமங்கை
அங்கையிற் சென்னைவைத்தா யயவந்தி யமர்ந்தவனே.
Contact
Ayavandeeswarar Temple,
Seeyathamangai, Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 270 073
Connectivity
This Shivasthalam is located on the Thirumarugal - Nagoor route, about 2 Kms south-west of Thirumarugal. It is about 8 Kms south west of Thirunallaru. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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