Friday, July 21, 2017

Ekambareswarar Temple, Chettikulam, Perambalur

Ekambareswarar Temple, Chettikulam, Perambalur
Ekambareswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located in the village of Chettikulam in Perambalur District of Tamilnadu. This is an ancient temple built by Parantaka Chola who reigned from 907 AD to 955 AD. The presiding deities are Sri Ekambareswarar and Sri Kamakshi Ambal. The temple is famous for its Kubera sculpture showing the Lord of Wealth on his Fish vehicle. This is installed in 12 spots in the temple representing the 12 zodiac signs. People throng the temple to worship Kubera for wealth.








The rays of Sun fall on Lord Ekambareswarar on 19, 20 and 21 of Panguni month – March – April. There is also a sculptural marvel in the temple on the western Dwarapalakas pillar carved with such rare skill that it looks like a bull from one angle and an elephant from the other. This place is also called as Vijayapuram. Urchavar is Somaskandar. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa Tree. Theertham of this Temple is Sivaganga.








Legends
In days of yore, the place was a forest of Kadamba trees. A trader on his way had to stay here at a night. About midnight, he saw a fire ball splitting light, in the midst of which a Shivalinga was being worshipped by Devas and Rishis. The trader informed the Chola king of what he saw. The Chola king rushed to the spot along with Kulasekhara Pandiyan who was his guest then. They saw an old man walking there with red sugarcane as his walking stick.
He showed the king the place where the Shivalinga was hiding and disappeared in the form of a fire ball. When they looked at the eastern direction where the old man disappeared, they saw Lord Dhandayuthapani on a hill.  In ecstasy, the kings built a temple for Lord Ekambareswar and a temple for Lord Dhandayuthapani, according to the history of the place.
The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Pooja Timings
Pooja
Timings
1.
Kalasanthi Pooja
8.00 A.M to 9.00 A.M
2.
Uchikala Pooja
11.00 A.M to 12.00 P.M
3.
Sayarakshai Pooja
5.30 P.M to 6.30 P.M
4.
Arthajama Pooja
7.30 P.M to 8.00 P.M
Festivals
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Prayers
A huge number of devotees pray to Kubera, the Lord of Wealth seeking prosperity, besides seeking fruitful marriage talks and child boon. The temple is highly revered as an abode of solution for various problems faced by devotees in matters of health, litigations, recovery of lost things, trade etc. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord and Mother with milk, curd, lime fruit juice, sandal, oil, green coconut offering vastras and they also undertake some kind of fasting. Some do charities. The Nivedhana offered to Lord and Mother is distributed to the devotees.
Contact
Ekambareswarar Temple,
Chettikulam – 621 104
Perambalur District
Phone: +91 – 4328 268 008
Mobile: +91 – 94878 88072 / 99441 17450 / 98426 99378
Connectivity
Chettikulam is located at about 24 Kms from Perambalur, 8 Kms from Alathur, 16 Kms from Siruvachur, 50 Kms from Ariyalur and 50 Kms from Trichy. Between Trichy and Perambalur after about 45 kms from Trichy look for Alathur gate take the left road here. This will lead you to Chettikulam and the temple. There is also a famous Dhandayuthapani temple here on a hill. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ariyalur and Trichy. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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