Sunday, July 29, 2018

Unnathapureeswarar Temple, Melattur, Thanjavur

Unnathapureeswarar Temple, Melattur, Thanjavur
Unnathapureeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Melattur Village in Papanasam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Unnathapureeswarar and Mother is called as Sivakami / Sivapriyambika Ambal. This temple is known more for Shiva Shakthi Pooja and considered an important Shiva Shakthi Peetam. 

Shiva Sakthi Peedam:
This temple is known more for Shiva Shakthi Pooja and considered an important Shiva Shakthi peetam.  It is believed that apart from the Universal Mother Parasakthi, Saptha Madhas and the two gate keepers of the Parasakthi Peetam, offer worship to this Lord.  In fact, as per belief, the Mothers go around nine temples in this area in rotation and offer poojas to the Shivas of those temples during Navarathri. 
Lord Shiva came as Fisherman to save Lord Vishnu:
Once a demon by name Somaka stole the four Vedas and disappeared in the sea. Vishnu took the Machavataram (fish), went after the demon, killed him and in the process of recovering the Vedas, also drank the demon’s blood. He was intoxicated and totally uncontrollable. When Brahma and the other Devas pleaded with the Lord of Kailash, he came as a fisherman along with Parvathi in a boat. Vishnu, the fish, attacked the boat with his fin. Shiva caught hold of the fish and squeezed it so that Vishnu could vomit all the blood of the demon and regain his original form.
Lord Shiva curse on Lord Vishnu:
As per another legend, once Vishnu entered Kailash along with Garuda without informing Nandi. When Nandi protested, Vishnu felled him with his weapons and entered. When Shiva came to know about this, he cursed Vishnu to be born a human being and Garuda as an ordinary bird. When the pair requested Shiva for a solution, he informed them about Vishnu’s Rama Avatharam where he would take the role of a human. Since that would happen after a long time, in the interim, He suggested them to go to Unnathapuram and perform penance there for six months.  When they completed the tasks, they got back their normal forms.  
Chozha king was blessed with Child:
In the latter days, there was a Chozha king by name Kalmashapada, who was Childless. As advised by his Kulaguru and Sage Agasthya, he performed penance here and got a progeny. 
Equivalent of taking bath in Seven Seas:
King Dharmaveera who was an ardent devotee of this Lord, once desired that he should take bath in Ramasethu during an auspicious day. Since he was unable to go there, he prayed to the Lord who brought the essence of all the Seven Seas here and created a Theertham and asked the king to take bath in that to get the benefit equivalent to that of taking bath in Seven Seas.
The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Unnathapureeswarar. Mother is called as Sivakami / Sivapriyambika Ambal. It is evidenced from the stone inscriptions that during the reign of Vikrama Chola (1125-1150 A.D) a Shiva temple was built over an alluvium that carried a Linga, naming the place as Unnathapuri / Unnathapuram and the deity in Linga form, Unnathapureeswarar. The place is also known earlier as Nritta-Vinoda-Valanadu, came into existence since the early part of the 12th century. 
Religious Significance
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The Temple is located at about 6 Kms from Thirukkarugavur, 9 Kms from Ayyampet, 8 Kms from Ayyampet Railway Station, 9 Kms from Pandaravadai Railway Station, 8 Kms from Thittai Railway Station, 12 Kms from Papanasam, 18 Kms from Thanjavur, 76 Kms from Trichy and 80 Kms from Trichy Airport.