Saturday, February 20, 2021

Vyasa Santhaleeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram – Legends

Vyasa Santhaleeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram – Legends

Once Sage Vyasa, who is credited with composition and recitation of eighteen Puranas including Mahabharata and Skanda Purana, entered into an argument with other Sages as to who is the Supreme Lord.  Sage Vyasa insisted that Lord Vishnu is the  supreme and none else. To prove his point, he arrived at Kashi along with ten thousand disciples. He took bath in Panchaganga, offered worship at Bindu Madhav temple of Lord Vishnu and started singing praises of Lord Vishnu.

Then along with his disciples he started reciting Vishnu Bhajans and reached Vishwanathar temple. His recitations reached a crescendo and he started dancing around the temple, all the while singing praises of Lord Vishnu, with one hand raised. Hearing this, Nandi immobilized the raised hand of Sage Vyas and made the latter speechless.  Soon Lord Vishnu arrived at the spot and told Sage Vyas that the latter had committed a crime. 

It is Lord Shiva who is the ultimate God and the divine powers which Lord  Vishnu possesses have been given by the former. Sage Vyasa, through his gestures, expressed that his hand and tongue were immobilized and pleaded with Lord Vishnu for restoration of the movement of his limb and tongue. Lord Vishnu gently patted the larynx of Sage Vyas and the latter started singing praises of Lord Shiva.

Nandi observed this and cast a glance at the immobilized hand of Sage Vyas and soon mobility returned to the hand as well. Realizing his mistake, Sage Vyasa came to Kanchi, installed Shiva Linga here and worshipped Lord Shiva. As Sage Vyasa worshipped Lord Shiva here, the place came to be called as Sarnthasayam and Lord came to be called as Vyasa Santhaleeswarar.

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