Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Veezhinathar Temple, Thiruveezhimizhalai – Legends

Veezhinathar Temple, Thiruveezhimizhalai – Legends
Wedding of Parvathi:
Pleased with the severe penance of Muni Kathyayana and his wife for a child, Mother Parvathi herself was born to them.  When she grew into a marriageable age, the sage prayed to Shiva that he should marry her. Responding to his prayer, Lord Shiva took the hands of Parvathi on the Magam Star day in the month of Chithirai (April-May). The sage also requested the Lord to give darshan to all, all days in the same Wedding Form.  The Lord appears in the sanctum Sanctorum in the Wedding Form.
The Name Thiruveezhimizhalai:
Once this place was dense with many trees, sandal, Shenbagam, Jack and Vila all collectively called Veezhi. A hunter named Mizhalai Kurumbar was a devotee of Lord Shiva and offered him the Vila fruit for Nivedhana. Pleased with his devotion, the Lord taught him the 8 great lessons called Ashtamasiddhi. The Vizha fruit is still found at the feet of the Lord in the temple.  Hence, the place came to be known as Thiru+Veezhi+Mizhalai (a combination of the names of the fruit and the devotee hunter).
Padikkasu:
Thiruveezhimizhalai once passed through a dry period with severe famine.  Gnanasambandhar and Thirunavukkarasar prayed to the Lord with their hymns to tide over the famine condition and restore fertility in the land. The Lord gave each a gold coin each day as promised by him in their dreams to buy food and feed the suffering people. He gave the coin to Gnanasambandhar on the eastern side and the other at the western side to Thirunavukkarasar. This is called Padikkasu (allowance money as we call it now) and this peetam also is still in the temple. In that Sambandar got gold coins of more value and Appar got coins of bit less value it seems.
Vishnu worshipped Shiva here:
Demon Jalandhara took of the discus of Vishnu. He went to Lord Shiva to get it back from him. Lord Shiva told Lord Vishnu that he was then among the Veezhi plants in Earth and that he had to worship him there to get back the discus. Vishnu came to this place, made a pond in his name and worshipped Shiva with this Theertham and lotus flowers. Yet it was short by one flower which Vishnu made up by taking off his own eye to worship Shiva.  From this day onwards, the practice of offering eye symbols carved in silver, gold or copper came into being. Lord Shiva pleased with the puja of Vishnu gave him back his disc. The eye offered by Vishnu is still at the feet of Lord Shiva. Moolavar Vimanam is believed to have been brought here by Mahavishnu.
Veezhi Kaadu:
The place was once a forest full of Sandhanam (Sandalwood), Shenbaga, Pala (Jackfruit), Vila which is called Veezhi in Tamil. Also there is a plant by name Veezhi which grows in abundance at this place. Hence it is called Veezhi Kaadu (forest).

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