Friday, December 14, 2018

Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Koogaiyur – Legends

Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Koogaiyur – Legends
Once, Lord Guru visited Indra Loka to meet Lord Indra. Indra was arrogant and very busy in discussion with Devas. He did not respect Guru for a single instance. Lord Guru got angry and left Indra Loka. Indra Loka lost its pride without Lord Guru. Lord Indra too realized his mistake and searched for Lord Guru. Lord Guru was in formless form worshipping Lod Shiva amidst Amla forest in Koogaiyur. Lord Shiva gave darshan to Guru. At the same time, Lord Indra too reached the place and worshipped Lord Guru to forgive his mistakes. Since Lord Shiva gave darshan to Lord Guru, he is called as Ponparappina Eshwaran or Swarnapureeswarar.
Pancha Bootha Sthalams:
Daksha, father in law of Lord Shiva conducted Yagna without inviting Lord Shiva. Devas, Rishis and other celestial beings attended the Yagna. Lord Shiva got angry and demoted all of them from their divine posts. Later, on the advice of Suga Brahma Rishi, Saptha Rishis, particularly Sage Vasishta, installed Shiva Lingam on five places on the banks of Vasishta Nadhi and worshipped Lord Shiva. These five places are considered as Pancha Bootha Sthalams. This place represents Sky element.
Once, this area was ruled by Koogai, Local Chieftain. Hence this place is called as Koogaiyur.
Thirunavukkarasar had mentioned this place as Koozhaiyur in his hymns. Later Koozhaiyur got corrupted to Koogaiyur.
Tirumular stayed in a cave here:
Tirumular had stayed in a cave (Kugai) here and undergone penance in the cave. Hence this place was called as Koogaiyur.
Lord Shiva brought back the life of the Son of a Sthapathy:
When the son of the Sthapathy of this temple died due to snake poison, the Lord of this temple came in the form a Siddhar and brought the life of the boy.