Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Aavundeeswarar Temple, Nemam – The Temple

Aavundeeswarar Temple, Nemam – The Temple
This temple is facing east with five tiered Rajagopuram. But the rajagopuram is south facing. Presiding Deity is called as Aavundeeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of the Lingam. Nandi is facing the Lord through a window. 

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 prayers 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 is located behind the temple premises. It is believed that the theertham has medicinal properties. It is believed that the Ashtadikpalakas took bath in this tank to get rid of their sins. 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.