Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar Temple, Theeyathur – Legends

Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar Temple, Theeyathur – Legends
Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar:
Lord Vishnu was performing Shiva Puja each day with 1000 lotus flowers. When the number was short by one, Lord Vishnu to make up the shortage tried to pluck one of his eyes to offer it Lord Shiva but was prevented by Lord Shiva and granted darshan. Mahalakshmi followed Lord Vishnu with the puja and realized her wish of Shiva darshan. As Lord Shiva granted Darshan to Mahalakshmi who worshipped him with 1000 flowers, He is named Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar. Sahasram means 1000.
As Fire God, Agni and Sun also known as Ayan worshipped here, the place is named Theeyathur. Thee in Tamil means fire. As Agni worshipped here, those suffering from heat related diseases worship here.
Uthiratadhi Star Temple:
The temple has special significance attached to Uthiratadhi Star. Sages Agir Budhan, Angirasa, Agni Purandhaka and divine sculptor Vishwakarma are born in this star. They come here on all monthly star days to worship Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar to perform pujas in their invisible form, according to belief.