Sunday, July 29, 2018

Machapureeswarar Temple, Kovil Devarayan Pettai, Thanjavur

Machapureeswarar Temple, Kovil Devarayan Pettai, Thanjavur
Machapureeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Kovil Devarayan Pettai Village in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. The place was called as Thiruchelur in ancient days. The Temple is also called as Matsyapureeswarar Temple. Presiding Diety is called as Machapureeswarar / Matsyapureeswarar and Mother is called as Sugandha Kundhalambigai Ambal. This Temple is considered as Thevara Vaipu Sthalam. The Temple is situated at the border of Kovil Devarayan Pettai and Pandaravadai.



Legends
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History
This is a very old temple believed to have been constructed at least 1200 years ago and it pre-dates even Thanjavur Big Temple. 



The Temple
Presiding Diety is called as Machapureeswarar / Matsyapureeswarar and Mother is called as Sugandha Kundhalambigai Ambal. The story of Vishnu worshipping Shiva as a fish is nicely presented in the form of a stone carving at the entrance. There is a Shrine for Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli and Devasena in the Temple premises. Lord Murugan is having 3 faces in the front and the other three faces on the back of the Idol. 



The speciality of the idol is that he is holding Shanku and Chakram in his hands. Normally these attributes are associated only with Vishnu and here the nephew is holding them. Generally, on the back side of Shiva shrine, Usually Lingothbavar will be located but here it is a 3 feet Mahavishnu and the Murugan described above, faces this Vishnu Image. There are 55 inscriptions on the walls of this temple.



Religious Significance
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Prayers
As per local belief, devotees visit this temple when there are strained relations within the family members like always fighting/arguing, disputes over petty issues etc.  When this happens, especially between parents and children, they visit this temple and offer special prayers. Among the various processes in the prayer, the most important one is to offer plenty of incense (Sambarani in Tamil) so that the entire shrine as well as the prakarams are covered with the fragrant smell of Sambarani.
This is believed to melt the hearts of the Swamy and Ambal and they ensure that the strains in the relationships are removed. Since this Kshetram is associated with the retrieval of Vedas, students offer prayers here to excel in their studies. Those who have not offered prayers in the shrines of their family deities, generally offer prayers here before re-commencing prayers in their family deity shrines. 
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 750 meters from Kovil Devarayan Pettai Bus Stop, 1 Km from Pandaravadai Railway Station, 6 Kms from Ayyampet, 5 Kms from Ayyampet Railway Station, 5 Kms from Papanasam, 18 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru, 19 Kms from Kumbakonam, 22 Kms from Thanjavur, 70 Kms from Trichy and 75 Kms from Trichy Airport. The temple is situated between Devarayan Pettai and Pandaravadai near Papanasam.

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