Sunday, November 17, 2019

Nilathingal Thundam Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram – Legends

Nilathingal Thundam Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram – Legends
Nila Thingal Thundathan:
Legend has it that once Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva was cursed to become dark like Kali. She wanted to expatiate herself from the sin by doing penance under the temple's ancient Mango tree near Vegavathi river. In order to test her devotion Lord Shiva opened his third eye causing the tree under which Goddess Parvati was doing penance to get fired. Goddess Parvati prayed to her brother, Lord Vishnu, for help.
In order to save her, Lord Vishnu took the crescent from Shiva's head and reflected the rays which then cooled down the tree as well as Parvati. Shiva wanted to test Parvati again and sent the river Ganga (Ganges) to disrupt her penance. Parvati prayed to Ganga and convinced her that both of them were sisters and so she should not harm her. Subsequently, Ganga did not disturb her penance and Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of sand to get united with Shiva. Shiva came to be known as Ekambareswarar or "Lord of Mango Tree" and Vishnu as Nila Thingal Thundathan.
Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva for curing his blackened Skin:
Lord Maha Vishnu took the form of Tortoise (Koorma Avatara) to the hold the Meru Mount used as the stick (Mathu in Tamil) to churn the milk ocean.  Serpent Vasuki was used as the rope.  Vasuki, exhausted during this exercise, split its venom which fell on the Tortoise Vishnu under the milk ocean blackening his skin originally alluring pale blue. Treatments were of no use. Lord Brahma suggested that worshipping Lord Shiva will remove the blackness and restore his original shade. Lord Vishnu performed penance on Lord Shiva, who granted darshan.  
Crescent Moon on the head of Lord Shiva spread his rays on Perumal. Black disappeared. He recovered his own alluring blue shining better than before. As Lord Vishnu got back his skin colour as before through rays of Moon, He is praised as Nila Thunda (crescent moon) Perumal / Chandra Soodiya Perumal.  The shrine is in the Eesanya corner (north east) of the temple. This is a temple within another temple (Vishnu temple in Shiva temple). This is praised as one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu.