Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Aavundeeswarar Temple, Nemam – The Temple

Aavundeeswarar Temple, Nemam – The Temple
This temple is south facing, with the Lord facing the East at the Easanya Corner of Nemam. Easanya Lingam is said to be one that gives mukthi and hence this temple is also known as Pitru Mukthi Kshetram, and performing rites to ancestors here, is said to be even more beneficial than Kasi. The temple is built in such a way that one enters from the South, goes around the temple, worship the Nandi, then enter the main temple, after worshipping Goddess Amirthambigai, and then turn left to face the Lord, who is being worshipped by Nandi through a stone lattice.

Presiding Deity is called as Aavundeeswarar. Sivan here saved cows and hence this name. Cow leg mark can be seen over Shivalingam. Presiding Deity is a Bana Linga on a square Avudaiyar. Lingam is 4.5 feet tall. The roof of the sanctum sanctorum is hexagonal as prescribed by the Agama. Mother is called as Amirthambigai. Mother Amirthambigai is seen with her head tilted to the right and left knee bent as if to place a foot forward, waits to listen to the Abhilashas of each one of her devotees, and grant them instantly.

There is a shrine for Amudha Yogeeswara Bhairavar at the temple. It is believed that he guards the temple at night.  Worshipping this Bhairava on Saturdays rids one of problems faced due to Shani Dasa and also due to Seivinai (Mantrikam/Sorcery). This temple is also said to be the final resting place of Gantha Siddhar.

There are shrines for Bala Vinayaka, Chandrasekhara, Muruga, Veerabhadra, Dhakshinamoorthy, Brahma, Vishnu, Vishnu Durga, Chandikeswara, Navagrahas, Shani Bhagavan, Kasi Viswanathar and Saptha Matrikas can be seen in the temple premises. A remarkable feature of this temple is the existence of Jyeshta Devi.

The Oushadha Theertham behind the temple is said to contain medicinal properties. The once huge tank has now been reduced, to gain more land for the temple and for effective maintenance. It is believed that the Ashtadikpalakas bathe in this tank to rid themselves of their fatigue. This is a Pitru moksha (ancestor salvation) sacred space, worshipped by illustrious Pitru ancestral beings during the 96 shannavadhi special Tharpanam days of each year.

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