Friday, June 8, 2018

Hari Muktheeswarar Temple, Ariyamangai – Religious Significance

Hari Muktheeswarar Temple, Ariyamangai – Religious Significance
Saptha Mangai Sthalams:
There are 7 shrines associated with the Saptha Matrikas (Madhas / Mangais) around Ayyampettai / Pasupathi Koil area in the Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam) route and the temples are:
1. Chakramangai (Abhirami),
2. Arimangai (Maheswari),
3. Soolamangai (Kaumari),
4. Nandimangai (Vaishnavi),
5. Pasumangai (Varahi).
6. Thazhamangai (Mahendri) and
7. Pullamangai (Chamundi)
Navarathri Worship:
As per Hindu Mythology, Mother Parasakthi visits these temples to have the dharshan of various parts of Lord Shiva during the nine Navarathri days:
Day 1:
On Day 1 of the Navaratri, the Universal Mother along with Sri Brahmi Devi offered worship at the Chakramangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Third Eye – Siva Netra Chakra Darshan.
Day 2:
On Day 2, She, along with Sri Maheswari Devi offered worship at Arimangai and got the darshan of the divine Ganga on Lord Shiva’s head – Siva Ganga Darshan.
Day 3:
On Day 3, She, along with Sri Kaumari Devi offered worship at Soolamangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Trident – Siva Trisula Darshan.
Day 4:
On Day 4, She, along with Sri Vaishnavi Devi offered worship at Nandimangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Leg Ornament – Siva Kazhal Darshan.
Day 5:
On Day 5, the Universal Mother along with Sri Varahi Devi and Mother Kamadenu, offered worship at Pasumangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Hand Drum – Siva Udukkai Darshan (Damaruka Darshan).
Day 6:
On Day 6, She, along with Sri Indrani Devi also known as Mahendri offered worship at Thazhamangai and got the darshan of the Crescent Moon on Lord Shiva’s Head Drum – Siva Pirai Chandra Darshan.
Day 7:
On Day 7, She, along with Sri Chamundi Devi offered worship at Thirpullamangai and got the darshan of the Divine Serpents on Lord Shiva’s Neck – Siva Naga Bhooshana Darshan.
Day 8:
On Day 8, She, along with Sri Vajreswari Devi (one of the Aadhi Moola Dwara Palaki gate keepers of the Mother) offered worship at the Thiruchelur Machapureeswarar temple.
Day 9:
On Day 9, She, along with Sri Makuteswari Devi (one of the Aadhi Moola Dwara Palaki – gate keepers of the Mother) offered worship at the Melattur Unnathapureeswarar temple.

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