Monday, August 20, 2018

Agni Veerabhadra Swami Temple, Palanganatham, Madurai

Agni Veerabhadra Swami Temple, Palanganatham, Madurai
Agni Veerabhadra Swami Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Veerabhadra, a fierce form of Lord Shiva, located at Palanganatham in Madurai City in Madurai District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Agni Veerabadraswami.

Legends
Malayadwaja Pandya was sad that he had no child. His queen wife Kanchanamala was a staunch devotee of Mother Parvathi. Rewarding her devotion, Mother Parvathi was born to her as Meenakshi. She won many kings in battles. When she reached Kailash to complete her victory, she met Lord Shiva and understood that he would be her Lord.
Lord Shiva came down to Madurai to wed Mother Meenakshi along with huge number of Maharshis, Gods Siddhas and a legion of Devas. He appointed Muniswaran, Jatamuni and others as securities at different directions. Veerabhadra headed the group on the southern side. A group of Veerabhadra devotees came to Madurai from Karnataka. They installed Veerabhadra idol here and built the temple.
History
Palanganatham has prehistoric reference in Silapathikaram, Kovalan who was wrongly penalized to death for theft visited this village before his death. There is a place called “Kovalan Pottal” near TVS Nagar which is supposed to be the place where he was put to death.

The Temple
This is a small temple. Presiding Deity is called as Agni Veerabadraswami. Lord Veerabhadra appears with 8 hands holding weapons, a form called Rudra Palaka. He is wearing Rudraksha Mala. Daksha with his goat head is near Veerabhadra being killed by the Lord under his feet. The idol is so live showing Veerabadra’s trident piercing Daksha’s neck.

In one hand, he is holding a Deva attending the Yaga to get the Havirbaga and a bell in the other hand used in the Yaga puja. This is a very rare depiction of Lord Veerabhadra. There is no Ambica shrine. Nandhi, Lord Anugnai Vinayaka and Nagar are in the front mandapam. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa Tree.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 6.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
Besides regular special pujas on each Poornima day, the temple celebrates Shivarathri in February-March. Special pujas are dedicated to Nandhi on Pradosha days. Special pujas and Alankaras are offered to presiding deity on Poornima days. Six-time puja is performed on Shivarathri day.
Prayers
Majority of the devotees pray here for relief in wedding problems and for solutions in land disputes. People facing disputes in land matters, fall in farm yields and buildings standing half built due to some reasons, come to Lord Veerabhadra for solutions. As Mars (Sevvai in Tamil) is the authority in land matters, they bring a little sand from their lands, place it before the Lord and take it back as Prasad and spill it on their land or building. Then they offer Kesari Nivedhana with garlands of betel, Vilwa and lime fruits. Those unable to identify their family deity, consider Lord Veerabhadra as their family deity. Devotees offer betel leaf garland and sweet pudding Nivedhana to Lord.
Contact
Agni Veerabadraswami Temple,
Near Vasanth Nagar Bus Stop,
Palanganatham, Madurai – 625 003
Phone: +91 452 4376 395
Mobile: +91 94430 55395
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Jeyam Theater Bus Stop, 200 meters from Vasantha Nagar Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, 2.5 Kms from Koodal Azhagar Temple, 2.5 Kms from Periyar Bus Stand, 9 Kms from Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 3 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction, 4.5 Kms from Thiruparankundram and 12 Kms from Madurai International Airport. Town buses are available from Periyar Bus Stand and from Mattuthavani Bus Stand. 
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