Saturday, December 8, 2018

Nageswarar Temple, Vijayamangalam, Erode

Nageswarar Temple, Vijayamangalam, Erode
Nageswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Vijayamangalam near Perunthurai in Erode District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Nageswarar and Mother is called as Govarthanambigai. The place is also called as Vijayapuri.

Pandavas during their exile came to Viradapuram (now known as Tharapuram). Arjuna (also called as Vijayan) hide all his weapons in a Vanni Tree near Vijayapuri Amman Temple. He disguised himself as a woman and started to live in hiding in Viradapuram. He defeated Duryodhana in battle at the end of his exile. To commemorate his victory, he built this Temple for Nageswarar. Also, he named the place after his name Vijayan. Hence the place is called as Vijayapuri / Vijayamangalam.
It is believed that Nagas used to worship Lord Shiva here. Hence Lord is called as Nageswarar.
The Temple
The Temple is west facing with five tiered Rajagopuram. The temple is facing west, since the temple was built by Kerala Chera Kings. (to face their direction). There is a Vilakku Thoon or Garuda Thoon in front of Rajagopuram. Presiding Deity is called as Nageswarar and is facing west. Lord is a Swayambu Moorthy. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Dwarabalakars can be found at the entrance of the sanctum.

Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Durgai, Lingothbavar and Brahma are the Koshta Idols, located around the sanctum walls. There are shrines for Lord Subramaniyar with his consorts Valli & Deivanai, Bairavar, a Big size Naga and 5 Shiva Lingams of Pancha Bootha Sthalangal and Sandikeswarar in the Mahamandapam. Utsava Idols and Nataraja Sabha can be found in the front Mandapam.

Mother is called as Govarthanambigai and is facing west. She is housed in a separate shrine on the southern side of prakaram. It is believed that this shrine was built in the 12th Century AD. Idols of Nagas can be found under a Bodhi (Arasamaram) tree in front of the temple. There is a shrine for Saptha Mathas in the Temple premises. The Temple is rich in inscriptions. Inscriptions can be seen all over the temple (i.e. Temple walls, Ardha Mandapam, Maha Mandapam etc.).

Nageswarar Temple,
Vijayamangalam, Perunthurai Taluk,
Erode District – 638 056
Mobile: +91 94881 52412
The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Vijayamangalam Bus Stop, 6 Kms from Vijayamangalam Railway Station, 10 Kms from Perundurai, 11 Kms from Uthukuli, 18 Kms from Chennimalai, 27 Kms from Erode, 26 Kms from Tiruppur, 63 Kms from Coimbatore Airport and 71 Kms from Coimbatore. Vijayamangalam is situated on the way from Erode – Perundurai – Coimbatore Route. Town bus facility is available from Perundurai.