Friday, July 27, 2018

Kalyana Vigirtheeswarar Temple, Venjamangudalur – Legends

Kalyana Vigirtheeswarar Temple, Venjamangudalur – Legends
The name of the village originated from Venjan, a hunter (some call him a demon king), who worshipped Lord Siva here fervently at this place and attained ‘Mukti.’ As the two rivers – Kudaganaaru and Manimutharu meet here, the place is named Koodal Oor – confluence. Hence the place is called as Venjamangudalur.
Thambiran Thozhar:
Saint Sundarar came to this place on a pilgrimage.  By that time, he had spent all the money (gold in those days) and asked Lord Shiva to give him gold. Lord said that he had nothing with him to help Sundarar. Saint Sundarar said that the Lord cannot be without money and pressed his demand. Lord said that he would have to pledge something to give money to Sundarar. The saint simply said that he did not care about his problem and stuck to the demand. Lord Shiva made Mother Parvathi an old lady.
When she came, Lord gave Vinayaka and Muruga to her and asked cash and fulfilled Sundarar’s need. The story emphasizes that how Lord was kind to his friend devotee (Thambiran Thozhar in Tamil) and set a model for good friendship. It is common belief that praying in this temple will perpetuate relationships Devotees will be blessed with good friends.
Indra got darshan of Lord Shiva:
Indira, king of Devas developed a desire on Akalika, wife of Maharshi Gautama. He entered into his hermitage in the guise of a cock and cried. Cock cry indicates the dawn. Innocent Maharshi left the hermitage for the river to have his morning bath. Indira entered into the hermitage as Rishi. Agalya thought the entrant was her own husband. Meantime, the sage, finding that there was more time for the dawn and returned home sensing some mischief.  
Seeing the Rishi, Indira, tried to escape in the guise of cat. But he was cursed to have eyes in his whole body. Indira began to visit the Shiva Temples seeking relief from the curse. Lord Shiva said that his curse would disappear at an appropriate time. Indira begged the Lord that he should grace his darshan to all from this place. Lord Shiva appeared here as Swayambu Linga.
The main deity, Vigirtheeswarar is named after Vikra, the Chera King, who is said to have built this temple.