Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rajarajeswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple, Sivapuram – History

Rajarajeswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple, Sivapuram – History
This village was called as Oragadam and the temple was called as Rajarajeswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple during the Chola period. It was built during the period (10th century CE) of the great Chola Emperor Raja Raja Chola I. The inscriptions that belong to the period of Raja Raja Chola and Rajendra Chola are found in this temple. The construction was started by Rajaraja Chola I. The temple construction was completed by the Son of Rajaraja Chola I, Rajendra Chola I. This place was named as Sri Rajarajeswaram and now called as Sivapuram.
The inscriptions in this temple have recorded the donations made for the maintenance of the temple by the Chola rulers. According to the inscriptions, a canal had been dug for supply of water from the Coovum lake to this temple. From inscriptions we come to know that gift of Land was given to this temple during the period of Rajaraja Chola I for feeding Shiva devotees. The gold and wealth which were donated to this temple were used for the benefit of the people of the village.
Inscriptions of Rajendra Chola has recorded the donations of Gold ornaments to the temple. Another inscription record about the rituals conducted in the temple. There was a special ritual called Aadhithya Vaara Perumbali which was conducted on Sundays. The information of several priceless bronzes (Abhimana Meru Vidanga with Umadeviyar and Aadalvallan, which have been recorded in one of the over twenty inscriptions here relating to Rajendra I are missing.