275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirumagaral - Thiru Magaral Eshwarar Temple !! Kanchi !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thiru Magaral is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located on the river banks of Cheyyaru which is just 15kms away from Kanchipuram enroute to Uthiramerur.   This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva existing from the date back to 7th century and it was built by the King Rajendra Chola.    In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga also known as Udumbeshwarar, Thaduthalkondar etc.. This is one of the oldest temples built by the King Rajendra Chola.

Presiding deity – Moolavar Sri Magaraleshwarar/Agastheeshwarar with his consort Goddess Tribuvana Nayaki.  Ustavar – Sri Somaskandhar/Natarajar

Pushkarani – Agni Theertham, Navi Theertham

Sthalavruksham – Lime tree

Vimanam – Gajabrushta Vimanam

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar

Worshipped by - Lord Indra & Thara

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, 63 Nayanmars, Nalvar, Navagrahas, Lord Brahma, Lord Chandra, Lord Indra, Sage Kashyapa, Sage Agasthya, Lord Subramanya, Lord  Natarajar, Bhairava, Lord Dakshinamurthy

Festivals – Masi Brahmostavam

There are several legends associated with this sacred place; Lord Subramanya’s marriage to Goddess Deivayanai took place in Thiruparamkundram immediately after beheading the demon Shoorapadman.  Lord Indra offered his daughter’s hand to Lord Subramanya praising his valor and also presented Indra’s white elephant Iravatham for the procession of newly wedded celestial couple.  After the glorious incident, Lord Vishnu envisioned the procession of the celestial couple in Thirumagaral once again. 

Another legend has that Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva in this sacred place and planted a mysterious jack fruit tree.  This tree would yield fruit of extraordinary flavor on daily basis.  This awe-inspiring incident reached the ears of King Rajendra Chola who was ruling this state, he ordered the villagers to offer the fruit as Bhog to Lord of Chidambaram on every daily basis after offering to Lord the Bhog should be presented before the King.  Though it was a difficult task to bring in practice, the villagers sincerely followed the verdict of the King.  They carried this fruit from Thirumagaral to Chidambaram crossing the rough pathways and performed their duty assigned. 

The villagers carried out the order of the King with utmost dedication.  Once it was the turn of a Brahmin boy to carry the fruit from Thirumagaral to Chidambaram.  As the boy was too young to perform the duty, the entire villagers offered their assistance.  The boy was too frustrated at this, decided to burn the tree into ashes.  Seeing the hardships of the villagers and the painstaking job of carrying the fruit a long way by them made him set fire to this magnificent tree.  When the King came to know about this, he ordered that the boy should be banished from the village at once.

The King and his men took the boy out of this village, on their way a golden colored chameleon darted on his way.  He chased the chameleon and it whizzed into a mound made by ants.  King’s men tried hard to clear the anthill, blood started oozing out of it and they could listen to a mysterious voice ordered the King to build a temple on its place. 

A demon worshipped Lord Shiva with utmost faith and dedication in this sacred land.  Thus he was saved from the ferocious battle of Soora Samhara of Lord subramanya.  Hence, Lord assumed as Thiru Magaraleshwarar and particularly known in Thirumagaral. 

It is believed that intake of Abisheka Theertha of Lord Cures all kind of illnesses and bestowed with peace in married life.

This temple remains open from 7.00AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 6.00 PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.

Contact Information: Sri Shanmuga Sundara Gurukkal - 91 9444 810 396

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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