Friday, February 3, 2017

Tirumayanam Brahmapureeswarar Temple, Thirukkadaiyur, Nagapattinam

Tirumayanam Brahmapureeswarar Temple, Thirukkadaiyur, Nagapattinam
Tirumayanam Brahmapureeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Tirumayanam in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Brahmapureeswarar. His consort is known as Malarkuzhal Minnammai. The temple inscription reveals the contributions made by the Kings of Chozha and Pandya. It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanars Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.





This is the 48th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns. The Mayana Kshetrams are the sacred places of Lord Shiva where Lord Brahma was burnt to ashes.  The five Mayana Kshetrams are Kasi Mayanam/Varanasi, Kacchi Mayanam/Kanchipuram, Kazhi Mayanam/ Sirkazhi, Nallur Mayanam/Thirunallar and Kadavur Mayanam/ Thirukadaiyur. 




Legends
Lord Shiva burnt Brahma into Ashes:
This is one of the prominent places of Lord Shiva where Lord Brahma was burnt into ashes. All the deities arrived on this sacred land; they underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord Shiva. They all appealed to Lord Shiva to restore Lord Brahma’s life so as to reinstate the function of Trinities. Lord Shiva was pleased at the devotion of the deities and brought back Lord Brahma into life. Moreover, the most compassionate Lord provided eternal wisdom and knowledge to Lord Brahma.
Brahma Theertham:
The sacred bath for Lord Brahmapureeswarar has performed with Brahma Theertham (Ganga) only.  Once King Bahuleya wanted to experiment this by pouring water brought from Varanasi, it caused a crack on the top of the Linga and it’s still visible on the deity.
People who worshipped Shiva here:
Worshipped by – Lord Brahma, All the deities and Sage Markandeya.
Shiva helped Sage Markandeya to continue his prayers:
After attaining the boon of immortality, Sage Markandeya underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord Shiva on this sacred land. Lord was pleased at the devotion of Sage Markandeya and brought the holy river Ganga on a Panguni – Aswini to continue the veneration without any impediments.
The Temple
The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Brahmapureeswarar or Periya Perumanadikal or Thirumayanamudaya Peruman. His consort is known as Malarkuzhal Minnammai or Nimalakuchambika or Amalakuyaminnammai. The temple inscription reveals the contributions made by the Kings of Chozha and Pandya. Theertham is Bhrama Theertham and Kasi Theertham. Sthalavruksham is Kondrai & Vilvam.





The Lord appears with weapons as bow, arrow and Vel, wearing Rudraksha garland, footwear as if on a war path. The idol is slightly slanting on the left reminding Lord Sri Rama. Lord Vinayaka always appears with his pot belly in temples but with a shrunk belly touching the back in this temple. He is worshipped as Pranava Vinayaka.





Sannidhis for Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeswara, and Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai are located on the prakaram of the Temple. It is from a well here in Tirukkadavur Mayaanam, that water for daily ablution is taken to Thirukkadaiyur Abhirami Amritaghateswarar temple.





Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Festivals
Maha Shivarathri, Masi Makam, Thiru Karthikai, Arudra Dharisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Navarathri, Panguni-Aswini, Panguni Uthiram, Chithirai Utsavam, Purattasi Utsavam, Navarathri, Adi Pooram, Skandha Shashti, and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Literary Mention
The Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saints Gnanasambandar, Appar and Sundarar. Praising the Lord of Tirukkadavur Mayanam, Saint Sundarar says,   Lord of Tirukkadavur Mayanam graces wearing Kondrai and crescent moon as a gemmed hill sitting on his bull vehicle with Mother, surrounded by Boothas, Lord Vishnu, Brhamma, Indira and all in celestial world. This is the 48th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
Tirugnanasambandar describes the feature of the deity as:
தூயவிடைமேல் வருவார துன்னாருடைய மதில்கள்
காயவேவச் செற்றார் கடவூர்மயான மமர்ந்தார்
தீயகருமஞ் சொல்லுஞ் சிறு புன்றேர ரமணர்
பேய்பேயென்ன வருவார் அவரெம்பெருமா னடிகளே.
Contact
Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple,
Tirumayanam, Aadhi Kadavur,
Thirukkadaiyur – 609 311,
Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91 – 4364 – 287 429 / 287 222
Mobile: +91 – 94420 12133
Connectivity
This Shivasthalam temple is located at a distance of 2 Kms to the east from another Paadal Petra Sthalam Tirukkadavur. Tirukkadavur can be reached from Sirkazhi and Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkazhi and Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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