Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dhatreeswarar Temple, Sitharkadu – Legends

Dhatreeswarar Temple, Sitharkadu – Legends
It was believed that Padukkai Jadamudi Siddhar and Prana Deepika Siddhar was meditating in this place. They installed a Shiva lingam under the Amla Tree  during their stay. Since the Lord was installed under the Amla tree, Lord Shiva came to be called as Dhatreeswarar.
It was also believed that Padukkai Jadamudi Siddhar and Prana Deepika Siddhar created a beautiful garden for want of flowers for the worship of Lord. The flowers from the garden gave a pleasant smell around this area. Hence, the area came to be called as Thirumanam (Holy Fragrance).
It is believed that the idol of Goddess was found in a flower garden and hence she was named as Poonkuzhali. The word 'Poo' means flower in Tamil. The Sanskrit name of Poonkuzhali is Prasunakundalambikai.
Siddhar Kaadu:
Since the place featured Siddhas who prayed and performed penance, the town, which was once dense in vegetation, came to be called Siddhar Kaadu, which means forests of the Siddhas. Later, the name became Chithukadu.
Siddhars association with this Temple:
People pray to Prana Deepika Siddhar for the cure from life threatening ailments. Padukkai Jadamudi Siddhar, as the name itself indicates that he might be having long hair. He used his hair to be his mat and perform penance. He used to help people around the region suffering from any diseases.
On every Pradhosham days 2 owls come to the temple. After the Utsavar is taken inside they fly away. These 2 owls are believed to be Padukkai Jadamudi Siddhar and Prana Deepika Siddhar.
On Thiruvadirai Days a crow comes near the lamp and eats the ghee and fly away without disturbing anything. People believe that a Siddhar comes to worship in the form of a crow.
To the left of the temple a snake appears now and then and comes around the temple but does not harm anyone. People believe that a Siddhar comes for worship in the form of a snake.
Some villagers have felt Siddhars chanting Vedas on the right side of the temple.
Adi Shankara visit to this Temple:
Adi Shankara had visited the temple and worshipped the God and Goddess and his statue is also found inside the temple.
Veera Bhadra, as a guardian to the Siddhars:
Veerabadraswami is said to be in meditation here and serves as the guard for the siddhars and his idol is also worshipped with reverence.
Lord Kubera worshipped Lord Shiva here:
Lord Kubera worshipped at the sacred shrine situated at Sithukadu, the place of manifestation of abundance of wealth. He performed penance for thousands of years by standing on the toe of his right foot and worshiping with Nagalinga flowers to Dhatreeswarar. After performing Abhishekam with the essence of Emblic Myrobalan fruit, he worshipped Lord Maha Vishnu in Sundararaja Perumal Temple. Lord Kubera was granted the blessing to aid in the form of immense wealth to those worshipping with great devotion at this sacred shrine.
Sowgandhika Puram:
In the olden days, this village was in the form of a forest with a lot of Sowgandhika flower plants. Hence, it was called as Sowgandhika Puram. 
It is believed that the village was originally called as Tirumandram or Harisaranalaya Nallur. Tirumandram has become Tirumanam nowadays. 
Marriage Parihara Sthalam:
This temple is also famous for Wedding worship. It is strongly believed that by doing special Abishekam and pooja for the Goddess and the Lord would remove all the obstacles in the marriage. People who are seeking early marriage are advised to do Abishekam to Lord with Gooseberry Powder, juice and seeds, offer green vastras and Bangles to Goddess and light Ghee Lamps.