Saturday, January 28, 2017

Swetharanyeswarar Temple, Thiruvenkadu, Nagapattinam

Swetharanyeswarar Temple, Thiruvenkadu, Nagapattinam
Swetharanyeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located in the town of Thiruvenkadu near Sirkazhi. The main deity is Shiva – Swetharanyeswarar ("lord of white forest") and the goddess is Brahma Vidya Ambal. There is a separate Sannidhi for Budha (mercury). The temple is quite large and all four important Saivite saints have sung in praise of this lord. This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams. Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar Temple is one of the Navagraha temples, which is dedicated to the planet Mercury (Budha).





This temple is especially known for its unique incarnation of Lord Shiva called "Agora Murthi". He is one of the main gods who is being prayed in this village. Thiruvenkadu village is also famous for its unique structure of pools in temples. This temple has 3 pools, 3 Gods. It is a belief that who takes bath in all these pools, the one will be free from their problems like diseases, delay in marriage, etc.





This Shiva temple is one of the 6 most sacred places on the banks of river Manikarnigai and Cauvery which is considered as equivalent to the temple at Varanasi. The other 5 Shivasthalams are Thiruvaiyaru, Chaayaavanam, MayiladuthuraiTiruvidaimarudur and Tiruvanchiam. This shrine is located near Sirkazhi. In Sirkazhi – Tharangampadi route. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peetams. The place also bears various names such as Jnana-Aaranya, (forest of wisdom), Patala Kailas and Aadi Chidambaram.





Legends
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History
Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar Temple was said to be mostly contributed by the Chola kings Aditya Chola and Rajaraja Chola. Inscriptions from the time of Aditya Chola I (870-907), Raja Raja I (10th - 11th century) and his descendants speaking of endowments made by the Chola rulers to this temple are found here. Vikrama Cholan built the Vikramacholan Tirumandapam (1118-1135). The present structures of the temple as well as the beautiful bronze images in this temple are a contribution of the Great Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola I.





Some of these bronzes were recovered in treasure troves unearthed here.  The Ardhanareeswarar and Chandeswarar bronzes are now housed in the Chennai Museum. Natarajar, Somaskandar, Devi, Bhoga Sakthi are housed in the temple, while images of Subramanyar, Rishabhavahana Devar, Bhikshatanar, Kalyanasundarar Kannappar and others are housed in the Thanjavur Art Gallery.





The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from morning 06.00 AM to 12.00 PM and in the evening from 04.00 PM to 09.00 PM.
Festivals
There are many festivals which are being celebrated in this village. It includes the chariot festival which is celebrated every year in the month of February. This Chariot festival is celebrated for 10 days. On 5th day a special occasion is celebrated for Lord Agora Murthi. People from many surrounding villages would come here and pray here for their better life. The float festival is celebrated on the last day of the festival. Wednesdays are crowded here as poojas and Abishekams are performed for Budhan. Pradoshams, Sani Pradoshams, Aaruthra Darshanam are celebrated in a grand manner.
Religious Significance
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Prayers
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Contact
Sri Swetharanyeswarar Temple,
Thiruvenkadu, Sirkazhi Taluk,
Nagapattinam District – 609114
Phone: +91 – 4364 256 424
Mobile: +91 – 4364 – 256 424
Connectivity
The temple is 10 kms from Sirkazhi on the Sirkali – Poompuhar road, 24 kms east of Mayuram and 59 kms from Kumbakonam. It is situated 15 kilometers away from Vaitheeswaran Koil, on the Sirkali – Poompuhar road. The nearest railway station to Swetharanyeswarar Temple is Mayiladuthurai railway station which is 19 Km from Swetharanyeswarar Temple. Nearest airport to the temple is Trichy Airport which is 160 km away from Sirkazhi bus stand.

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