Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram – Legends

Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram – Legends

Upamanneeswarar:

As per legend, Upamanyu Rishi was born to Sage Vyagrapada and the sister of Sage Vashishta. Vasishta took Upamanyu to his Ashram after he was born. He was brought up on Kamdhenu’s milk in the ashram. After a while, he returned to his parents. Upamanyu did not liked the milk from other cows and remained hungry. His mother advised him to visit Kanchipuram and worship Lord Shiva. He performed rigorous penance on Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva appeared before him in the form of Indra. Upamanyu was disappointed and about to kill himself. Hence, Lord Shiva appeared before him in the form of Rishabaroodar and bestowed him with knowledge and everlasting youth. Further, Lord Shiva made him Sanjeevini (Immortal life). Hence, Lord Shiva came to be called as Upamanneeswarar.

Thanthondreeswarar:

It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared as Swayambhu Linga on his own to give salvation to all living beings. Hence, Lord Shiva came to be called as Thanthondreeswarar.

Lord Krishna worshipped Lord Shiva here:

As per legend, Lord Krishna visited Kanchipuram to get initiation through Sage Upamanyu. During his visit, Lord Krishna worshipped Lord Shiva of this temple.

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