Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pushpavaneswarar Temple (Poovananathar Temple), Thirupuvanam, Sivaganga – The Temple

Pushpavaneswarar Temple (Poovananathar Temple), Thirupuvanam, Sivaganga – The Temple
The entrance of the temple is with a five tier tower – Gopura. Lord Shiva graces with a Rudraksha body. Shivalinga in the temple has a trident symbol. Mother Soundaryanayaki graces from the right of the Lord. There are five theerthas in the temple of which Manikarnigai is distinct from others. Sage Agasthya was able to consume the whole sea water as he consumed Manikarnigai theertham first. This the place where king Nala, Brahmma, Vishnu, Sage Gautama, Sun, Sri Mahalakshmi, Sage Agasthya, Goraka Siddha worshipped Lord Shiva, according to scriptures. 

At the first glance the temple resembles a 20th century structure but a walk through the praharas reveals its history dating to 7th century CE. There is an incomplete mandapam and a small shrine for Madapuram Kali Amman at the entrance. The temple has a shatanga vimana and a square – shaped sanctum sanctorum. In front, there is an artha mandapam, mahamandapam and Muhamandapam. There are three praharas and on the right side of the main shrine lies a separate shrine for Goddess Minnammai alias Soundara Nayaki.

The temple has about 15 to 20 loose sculptures and fragmented inscriptions. The 1300-year-old temple has undergone multiple renovations. In the last century, Nattukottai Chettiars refurbished the temple. The Muhamandapam of the temple has the statues of King Thirumalai Naicker, his wife and his brother Muthiyala Naicken indicating renovation works undertaken by them too. Moovar worshiped Shiva from the opposite bank of Vaigai River, since they saw Siva lingam in each and every sands of the river. 

The Nandhi tilted some degrees so that all the three saints had Shiva's Dharshan from the opposite side of the river. There is a mandapam called Moovar mandapam. Nataraja moortham is little big and beautiful look. Tamil epigraph of Pandya King Kulasekaran's period is available in this temple. He was made as king in this temple. This temple is equivalent to Kasi since the river Vaigai flows towards north and it is a Parikara Sthalam. 

The temple has 3 Praharams and 75 feet high 5 tier Rajagopuram. Apart from the usual Shiva temple shrines, the shrines of Sayana Perumal, Sage Vygrapathar, and Sage Patanjali are also present. Shala Vriksham is Jackfruit tree and Theerthams are Vaigai River, Manikarnigai, Vasishta, and Indhra.

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