Sunday, February 21, 2016

Karukudi Sargunalingeswarar Temple, Thanjavur

Karukudi Sargunalingeswarar Temple, Thanjavur
Karukudi Sargunalingeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Karukudi in Thanjavur districtTamilnaduIndia. The historical name of the place is Marudhanallur.

The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Sargunalingeswarar. His consort is known as Advaita Nayaki. Lord of the temple is Swayambu Shivalinga in sand.
It is believed that Lord Sri Rama worshipped here before proceeding to Lanka.  As there was delay in getting a Linga from Hanuman, to keep the puja time, it is said that Sri Rama made a Linga with sand, the Prithvi Linga.  The Linga brought by Hanuman is also in the temple as Hanumantha Linga.
According to one story that a trader Dananjayan by name incurred leprosy as he had an intercourse with his step mother unknowingly and got cured with his prayers to Lord.
Rama, Brahmma and a king by name Sargunan are believed to have worshipped the Prithvi lingam here. The same legend that holds at Rameswaram holds here too. Shiva is also referred to as Brahmmapuriswarar and Parvati is also referred to as Advaitanayaki, Kalyananayaki.
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. It is noteworthy that Lord and Mother facing east in their wedding form bless the devotees.  The place Ena Nallur the birth place of Saint Enadhi Nayanar is nearby. 
Lord Veena Dakshinamurthy graces from his shrine.  Lord Brahmma and king Sargunan had worshipped Lord in this temple.  Lord is named after the name of king as Sarguna Lingeswarar.
The Temple
The temple is facing east with Lord Valampuri Vinayaka gracing the devotees.  The Shivalinga in the sanctum sanctorum is very small in size made of sand.  There are signs on the Linga showing that it was made of sand.  The Avudaiyar-peeta is of stone.  There are shrines for Lords Valampuri Vinayaka, Lingodhbava, Muruga, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sun and Moon.  The statue of a trader Dananjayan in worshipping form is before the Ambica shrine.

This small temple with two prakarams has a 70 feet high Rajagopuram. Both the Shiva and the Ambal shrines face the east.  Only two worship services are offered each day here. Sivarathri in the month of Maasi and Mondays in the month of Karthikai are considered special here.
Literary Mention
The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 69th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
Tirugnanasambandar describes the feature of the deity as:
“சூடுவர் சடையினைக் கங்கை நங்கையை
கூடுவர் உலகிடை ஐயங் கொண்டொலி
பாடுவர் இசைபறை கொட்ட நட்டிருள்
ஆடுவர் கருக்குடி அண்ணல் வண்ணமே
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals in the temple.
Those suffering from leprosy pray to Lord.  It is the staunch faith of the patients that their prayer will certainly be responded by the Lord. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother, offer vastras and feed the poor.
Sri Sarguna Lingeswarar Temple (Karukudinathar) Temple,
Karukudi, Marudhanallur-612 402
Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district
Phone: +91- 99435 23852
Marudhanallur is 5 km from Kumbakonam on the Mannargudi road. Town Bus facilities are available from Kumbakonam. Also nearby is the town of Ayinanur – home to Enaadinayanar.Nearest Railway Station is located at Kumbakonam & Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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