Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sarguna Nathar Temple, Idumbavanam – The Temple

Sarguna Nathar Temple, Idumbavanam – The Temple
This small temple is beautified with a 3 tier Rajagopuram, an attractive Vimanam and is surrounded by lofty walls. Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Presiding deity graces the devotees facing east and he is called as Sarguna Nathar / Sarguneswarar / Manakola Nathar / Kalyaneswarar / Idumbavanewarar. Mother is called as Mangalanayahi / Mangalavalli / Kalyaneswari. Lord Shiva & Goddess Sri Parvati in their wedding attire can be seen in the sanctum.

Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa Tree. Theertham is Brahmma Theertham, Agasthiyar Theertham, Eka Theertham, Shanmuga Pushkarani and Yama Theertham. The Brahmma Theertham tank is located in front of the temple. Artistically carved stone pillars adorn the sanctum. Much of the granite structure that exists now is a result of the renovations carried out earlier this century.

Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Lord Vellai Vinayaka. Lord Vellai Vinayaka graces with Siddhi and Buddhi made of sea foam. Performing abishek to him with rose water and milk brings all benefits to the devotee, it is believed. Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingodhbava, Brahma and Durgai are located in Koshta. Tamil Inscriptions belonging to Maratha Period can be found in this temple.

There are shrines in the prakara for Lords Vinayaka, Muruga, Bhairava, Lingodhbava, Nataraja, planets Sun, Moon and Sani Baghwan, Mothers Gajalakshmi and Durga, Sage Agasthya and Idumban. The idols of Mother Gajalakshmi, Lord Dakshinamurthy and Sani Baghwan – planet Saturn are made of a single stone. Thyagarajar is housed in a separate Sannadhi facing east.

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