Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sangameshwarar Temple, Bhavani – Legends

Sangameshwarar Temple, Bhavani – Legends
According to the Sthala purana, sage Parasara began his penance after hiding underground the small quantity of Amrit, the divine nectar, which he wanted to preserve for the welfare of the world. However, four asuras attempted to steal the nectar. The sage then prayed for divine intervention to save it. Shiva, it is said, chased away the demons. As the sage attempted to retrieve the pot containing the ambrosial liquid, he found a Shiva Linga in it, much to his joy. When he tried to lift it, there sprang forth from it a jet of water.
The stream jointed the rivers Bhavani and Cauvery, and inundated the whole area. As the jet of water from the Shiva Lingam originated from the ambrosial pot, it took the name of Amudha. The place where the three streams united became Mukkuddal or Sangamam or Kooduthurai, and the Lord, whose image was installed by sage Parasara, came to be known as Sangameshwarar
Kubera, Lord of Wealth was gifted with an aircraft in recognition of his devotion to Lord Shiva. While visiting all the Shiva temples in various places in the country, he saw an Ilandhai tree on the banks of Cauvery where the deer, tiger, cow, elephant, snake and the rat were drinking water without any sign of enmity it was a place inhabited by holy men, gandharvas and such good people. Kubera heard a voice from the sky saying that the Vedas came to the Earth on this place near the Ilandhai Tree and there was a Shivalinga beneath it and advised him to worship the Lord and reap the benefits. The Lord appeared before Kubera. At his request, the Lord is named as Alagesan.
Goddess Vedha Nayagi saved British Collector William Garrow:
In the year 1804, William Garrow, a British Collector of Coimbatore district, visited Bhavani, camping in the Traveler’s Bungalow. One night, when he was asleep, a small girl woke him up and got him out of the Bungalow. Once they were out, the Bungalow collapsed. Shocked by this incident, the Collector turned to thank the girl but to find, she wasn't there. The next day, the priest on duty informed him that it was Bhavani Vedanayaki Amman, who saved his life. He bore three holes in the temple wall exactly opposite to Vedanayaki Amman shrine and torched these holes to pray the goddess. He donated ivory cradle to the goddess with his signature on the frame dated 11/01/1804. The holes and the ivory cradle are present even now and are taken care with caution.
1008 Shivalingas under the earth:
This is the place where rivers Kaveri, Bhavani and Amirtha (invisible) meet. People perform rites here to satisfy their departed elders. The other speciality in Bhavani is that when dead bodies are burnt, the skulls do not scatter as generally found in graveyards at other places. It is said that this is because there are 1008 Shivalingas under the earth.
Origin of Vedas:
It is said that the four Vedas came into being on this soil.
Triveni Sangamam of South India:
This place is called as Dakshina Prayag or Triveni Sangamam of South India for the river Amudham that emerged out of the nectar, which was given to Sage Parasarar, at this place by the Devas, joins the two rivers invisibly (Andhar Vahini).
Thirugnana Sambandar refers this place as Tirunaa, which means those who visit this temple will be blessed with a hassle-free life.
This place also has the epithet Vani in Sangam literature such as Purananuru, Agananuru and Pathitru Pathu.
Padhuma Giri:
This place is also known as Padhuma Giri which is surrounded by Naga Giri, Veda Giri, Sanga Giri and Mangala Giri.
Gayathri Lingam:
Another legend associated with this place is that Sage Viswamithra is said to have installed another lingam on the banks of the river and worshipped it by chanting the Gayathri Mantram. Hence this lingam is called Gayathri Lingam.
Tamizh history states that when the Saivite saint-poet, Tirugnanasambandar, one among the 63 Nayanmars and the third amongst the top 4, visited this holy site, a sudden fever and disease gripped his disciples. Sambandhar and his Adiyars (disciples) were relieved from this illness only after praying to Jwarahareswarar here.
People worshipped Lord Shiva here:
Kuberan, Rama, Arjuna, Viswamithra and Parasarar are said to have worshipped here.