Friday, June 28, 2019

Idamkondeeswarar Temple, Veppathur, Thanjavur

Idamkondeeswarar Temple, Veppathur, Thanjavur
Idamkondeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Veppathur Village near Thiruvidaimarudur in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Idamkondeeswarar / Adhi Mahalingeswarar and Mother is called as Bruhat Sundara Gujambigai. The place is called as Kalyanapuram in ancient times. This temple is situated in the northern banks of river Cauvery. The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns by Tirunavukkarasar had a mention about this Temple.

Legends
As per the Sthala Puranam, Sage Kashyapa came this side. After observing the greenery and the peaceful environment, he decided to perform Tapas here. When he was meditating, a heavenly voice asked the purpose of his penance.  Kashyapa replied that he wanted to have the Darshan of Shiva and Parvathi in their wedding attire. The voice assured that it would be fulfilled in due course.  When the sage asked when that would happen, he was informed that first would appear the Lingam followed by the Lord and the Mother in the wedding attire. 

On a full moon day in the Tamil month of Thai, as predicted, the Lingam appeared and later the couple in their wedding dress. The Lingam was originally, the lingam at Thiruvidaimarudur and in order to fulfill the promise to Kashyapa Rishi, the Lord shifted here, and a new Lingam came up in Thiruvidaimarudur.  Hence the Lingam in this place is called as Adi Mahalingeswarar. As they appeared in their wedding attire, the place came to be called Kalyanapuram. 

There is also an interesting reason for naming this Lord as Idamkondeeswarar.  When he left Thiruvidaimarudur to appear before Kashyapa Rishi in this place, He gave place for another Mahalingeswarar at the former place. As he gave place (Idam in Tamil), He is called Idam Kondeeswarar. If we go strictly go by Tamil grammar and usage, it should be Idam Kodutheeswarar.

The Temple
The Temple is facing east with three tiered Rajagopuram. Presiding Deity is called as Idamkondeeswarar / Adhi Mahalingeswarar. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Shiva Lingam and is facing east. Mother is called as Bruhat Sundara Gujambigai. She is housed in a separate shrine and is facing south. Artha Mandapam and Maha Mandapam are near the sanctum sanctorum.  Balipeedam is behind Nandikeswarar at the entrance. 

There are shrines for Vinayaka, Muruga with his consorts Valli and Devasena, Krishna, Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeswarar, Durga Parameswari, Mahalakshmi and Sage Kashyapa in the prakaram.  There are also shrines for Sani Bhagawan, Sun, Moon, four Saivite Saints praised as Naalvar collectively, Lord Bhairava and Navagrahas the nine planets.

Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 05.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m.
Festivals
Purattasi Navaratri in September-October; Thiru Karthikai in November-December; Aippasi Annabishekam in October-November; Margazhi Thiruvadhirai in December-January; Maha Shivrathri in February-March; monthly Pradoshams; Mondays of Karthikai month covering November-December are the festival days observed in the temple.
Prayers
People pray to Lord and Mother to realize their wishes in mind. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Contact
Idamkondeeswarar Temple,
Veppathur, Thiruvidaimarudur,
Thanjavur District – 612 102
Phone: +91 97878 74248 / 94435 61731
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 2 Kms from Veppathur, 2 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudur Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudur, 3 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudur Railway Station, 4 Kms from Thirumangalakudi, 4 Kms from Thirubhuvanam, 5 Kms from Suriyanar Kovil, 10 Kms from Kumbakonam, 11 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand, 12 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station, 49 Kms from Thanjavur and 98 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Kumbakonam to Mayiladuthurai Route. The Temple is well connected to Thiruvidaimarudur.
Location

Vaaleeswarar Temple, Echur, Vandavasi, Thiruvannamalai

Vaaleeswarar Temple, Echur, Vandavasi, Thiruvannamalai
Vaaleeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Echur Village near Vandavasi in Thiruvannamalai District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Vaaleeswarar and Mother is called as Abitha Kujalambal. The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns had a mention about this Temple.


Legends
Vanara King Vaali had a practice of worshipping Lord Shiva in Eastern Sea (Bay of Bengal) in the mornings and Western Sea (Arabian Sea) in the evenings. Once, while he was travelling after worshipping Lord Shiva in the eastern sea in the morning towards western sea for his evening worship. His travel got interrupted while he was flying above this place. A divine voice instructed that Lord Shiva has been present in this place in his Swayambhu Form and told him to find and worship Lord Shiva here. As per the divine instructions, he found the Swayambhu Linga and constructed a Temple for the Lord. Hence Vaali found and installed the Shiva Linga. The Linga came to be called as Vaaleeswarar.
The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Vaaleeswarar and Mother is called as Abitha Kujalambal. Bana belongs to Chola Period and Avudayar has been replaced with the new one recently. There are no other idols present in the Temple dating from the Chola Period except the presiding Deity and Mother. All the other idols were looted during Muslim invasion. The Temple has been renovated recently.


There are newly built shrines for Vinayagar, Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli & Deivanai in the Temple premises. There were inscriptions in the Temple belonging to Chola King Kulotunga Chola I. Most of inscriptions were destroyed during Muslim invasions. Presently, there is only one inscription in the Temple premises talks about renovations done by Kulotunga Chola I.


Literary Mention
The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Sundarar had a mention about this Temple. The Temple is mentioned in 7th Thirumurai in 31st Patikam in 4th Song.
கச்சையூர் காவங்
கழுக்குன்றங் காரோணம்
பிச்சையூர் திரிவான்
கடவூர் வடபேறூர்
கச்சியூர் கச்சிசிக்கல்
நெய்த்தானம் மிழலை
இச்சையூர் எய்தமான்
இடையா றிடைமருதே
Prayers
It is a belief that praying Lord Shiva here will make one without enemies and can win any cases.
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Purisai, 5 Kms from Vandavasi Bus Depot, 8 Kms from Vandavasi, 14 Kms from Thennangur, 15 Kms from Cheyyar, 30 Kms from Uthiramerur, 43 Kms from Kanchipuram, 36 Kms from Melmaruvathur, 41 Kms from Melmaruvathur Railway Station, 82 Kms from Thiruvannamalai, 102 Kms from Chennai Airport and 120 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is situated on Vandavasi to Cheyyar Route. There are Bus facilities to reach this place from Vandavasi. The Temple is situated at a walkable distance from Echur Bus Stop.
Location

Kangalanathar Temple, Aazhiyur, Kilvelur, Nagapattinam

Kangalanathar Temple, Aazhiyur, Kilvelur, Nagapattinam
Kangalanathar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Aazhiyur Village near Kilvelur in Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kangalanathar and Mother is called as Karpagavalli. The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns had a mention about this Temple. The Temple is also called as Aazhi Kadambanur and is considered as one of the Pancha Kadambanur Temples.


Legends
Lord Murugan destroyed Sura Padman and his supporters to safeguard Devas. Due to the killings, he got acquired with Veerahathi Dosham. On Lord Shiva’s advice, Lord Murugan installed five Shiva Lingas to get rid of the sin of Killing Demons during Sura Samhara. It is believed that one of the Shivas Lingas was installed here. Hence this Temple is considered as one of the Pancha Kadambanur Temples. Pidari Amman helped Lord Murugan to do his worship without any disturbances. It is also believed that Goddess Pidari worshipped Lord Shiva here.
The Temple
The Temple is enclosed within compound walls. The Temple has single prakaram. There is a Vinayagar immediately after the entrance. Balipeedam and Nandhi Mandapam can be found facing the sanctum. Presiding Deity is called as Kangalanathar. He is housed in the sanctum facing east. Mother is called as Karpagavalli. She is housed in a separate shrine in the Artha Mandapam. She is facing south. There are shrines for Pralayam Katha Vinayagar, Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli & Deivanai, Gaja Lakshmi, Bhairava and Surya can be found in the prakaram. There is a shrine for Pidari Amman called as Netri Kan Amman in the Temple premises.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06.00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 04.00 PM to 08.30 PM.
Literary Mention
The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Appar and Sundarar had a mention about this Temple. The Temple is mentioned in 6th Thirumurai in 70th Patikam in 7th Song by Appar and 7th Thirumurai in 12th Patikam in 7th Song by Sundarar.
Appar:
வீழிமிழலை வெண்காடு வேங்கூர்
வேதிகுடி விசயமங்கை வியலூர்
ஆழி யகத்தியான் பள்ளி அண்ணாமலை
ஆலங்காடும் அரதைப்பெரும்பாழி
பழனம் பனந்தாள் பாதாளம்
பராய்த்துறை பைஞ்ஞீலி பனங்காட்டூர் தண்
காழி கடல் நாகைக் காரோணத்தும்
கயிலாய நாதனையே காணலாமே.
Sundarar:
ஈழநாட்டு மாதோட்டம் தென்னாட்டு இராமேச்சுரம்
சோழ நாட்டுத் துருத்தி நெய்த்தானம் திருமலை
ஆழியூரன நாட்டுக்கெல்லாம் அணியாகிய
கீழையில் அரனார்க்கு இடம் கிள்ளிகுடி யதே
Contact
Kangalanathar Temple,
Aazhiyur, Kilvelur,
Nagapattinam District – 611 104
Phone: +91 97104 95026
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 400 meters from Aazhiyur Cycle Company Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Thirukkanangudi, 4 Kms from Kilvelur, 5 Kms from Sikkal, 5 Kms from Sikkal Railway Station, 5 Kms from Kilvelur Railway Station, 10 Kms from Nagapattinam, 16 Kms from Thiruvarur, 17 Kms from Thiruvarur Junction Railway Station and 138 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Thiruvarur to Nagapattinam Route between Kilvelur and Sikkal.
Location

Pushpavaneswarar Temple, Avalpoondurai, Erode

Pushpavaneswarar Temple, Avalpoondurai, Erode
Pushpavaneswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Avalpoondurai Town in Erode District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Pushpavaneswarar and Mother is called as Bagampriyal. The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns had a mention about this Temple.




The Temple
The Temple is facing east with 5 tiered Rajagopuram. There is a Deepastambam facing the sanctum before Rajagopuram. Presiding Deity is called as Pushpavaneswarar and Mother is called as Bagampriyal. There are shrines for Thanthondreeswarar and Dharmasamvardhini in the Temple premises. There is big Mandapam inside the Temple.



Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06.00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 04.00 PM to 07.00 PM.
Literary Mention
The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Appar had a mention about this Temple. The Temple is mentioned in 6th Thirumurai in 71st Patikam in 11th Song.
கயிலாய மலையெடுத்தான் கரங்களோடு
சிரங்களும் நெரியக்கால் விரலாற் செற்றோன்
பயில்வாய பராய்த்துறை தென் பாலைத்துறை
பண்டெழுவர் தவத்துறை வெண்டுறை பைம்பொழில்
குயிலாலந்துறை சோற்றுத்துறை பூந்துறை
பெருந்துறையும் குரங்காடுதுறையி னோடு
மயிலாடுதுறை கடம்பந்துறை ஆவடுதுறை
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 500 meters from Avalpoondurai Bus Stand, 12 Kms from Erode Junction Railway Station, 14 Kms from Erode, 15 Kms from Erode Bus Stand, 100 Kms from Coimbatore and 91 Kms from Coimbatore Airport. The Temple is situated on Erode to Arachalur Route. Avalpoondurai is well connected to Erode by Buses.
Location

Chandramouleeswarar Temple, Harichandrapuram, Patteeswaram, Thanjavur

Chandramouleeswarar Temple, Harichandrapuram, Patteeswaram, Thanjavur
Chandramouleeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Harichandrapuram Village near Patteeswaram in Kumbakonam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Chandramouleeswarar and Mother is called as Soundaravalli. The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns had a mention about this Temple. Harichandrapuram is said to be a Chandra Dosham Nivarthi Sthalam.



Legends
Legend has it that Lord Chandran (planet moon) performed special pujas and offered his sincere prayers to the Lord here to relieve him of a curse. Lord Chandran and Harichandra Maharaja had worshipped Lord Shiva here.



The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Chandramouleeswarar. Lord is a Swayambhu Moorthy. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Mother is called as Soundaravalli. She is housed in a separate shrine. There are shrines for Vinayaga and Maha Kaliyamman in the Temple premises.



Parkulam:
There is a pond called Parkulam can be found opposite to the Temple. It was believed that there was a Temple near to this Pond in ancient times. This lost Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns had a mention about this Temple.
Literary Mention
Harichandrapuram:
The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Appar had a mention about this Temple. The Temple is mentioned in 6th Thirumurai in 51st Patikam in 10th Song.
அரிச்சந்திரத்து உள்ளார் அம்பர் உள்ளார்
அரிபிரமர் இந்திரர்க்கும் அரியர் ஆனார்
புரிச்சந்திரத்து உள்ளார் போகத்து உள்ளார்
பொருப்பு அரையன் மகளோடு விருப்பர் ஆகி
எரிச்சந்தி வேட்கும் இடத்தார் ஏம
கூடத்தார் பாடத் தேனிசையார் கீதர்
விரிச்சங்கை எரிக்கொண்டு அங்கு ஆடும் வேடர்
வீழிமிழலையே மேவினாரே.
Parkulam:
This Lost Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Appar had a mention about this Temple. The Temple is mentioned in 6th Thirumurai in 13th Patikam in 1st Song.
கொடிமாட நீள்தெருவு கூடல் கோட்டூர்
கொடுங்கோளூர் தண்வளவி கண்டியூரும்
நடமாடு நன்மருகல் வைகி நாளும்
நலம் ஆகும் ஒற்றியூர் ஓற்றி ஆகப்
படுமாலை வண்டு அறையும் பழனம் பாசூர்
பழையாறும் பாற்குளமும் கைவிட்டு இந்நாள்
பொடி ஏறு மேனியராய்ப் பூதம் சூழப்
புறம்பயம் நம் ஊரென்று போயினாரே.
Contact
Chandramouleeswarar Temple,
Harichandrapuram, Chozhan Maligai Post,
Via Darasuram, Kumbakonam,
Thanjavur District – 612 703
Phone: +91 435 241 6976
Mobile: +91 98424 07780
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Cholanmaligai, 1.5 Kms from Patteeswaram, 2 Kms from Pazhayarai, 2.5 Kms from Darasuram, 2.5 Kms from Darasuram Railway Station, 5 Kms from Thiruvalanchuzhi, 7 Kms from Swamimalai, 7 Kms from Kumbakonam, 35 Kms from Thanjavur and 93 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Kumbakonam to Patteeswaram Route.
Location