275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruvakkarai Sri Chandramoulishwarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thiruvakkarai Sri Chandrasekhareshwarar Temple is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in a village called Thiruvakkarai.  This is one of the oldest temples built by the Kings of Chola Dynasty during the 12th century.   This temple is situated 25 km away from Pondicherry on the river banks of Shankarabarani/Varaha Nadi.   In this temple Lord Chandramoulishwarar worshipped in his three faced form known as Gnana Lingam and the three faces were to be precisely Thathpurusham, Vamadevam and Akhoram.

Presiding deity – Sri Chandrasekharar/Sri Chandramoulishwarar/Pirai Soodiya Peruman with his consort Goddess Sri Amrutheshwari/Vadivambal/Vadiambikai

Sthalavruksham – Vilvam

Theertham – Thamarai Theertham, Sankarabarani

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Thirunavukkarasar, Sekkizhar

Festivals – Pournami, Maha Shivaratri,

Worshipped by – Sage Kundalini and attained the Abode of Lord Shiva in this sacred place.

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Goddess Vakrakali, Vakra/Kanta Linga (This Linga was worshipped by the demon Vakrasura implanted inside his throat, it  turns out ice cold during summer and during the period of monsoon the Linga remains with dewdrops on it.) Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Varadaraja, Lord Nataraja, Goddess Vishnu Durga, Sage Kundalini Samadhi, Lord Brahma, Lord Krishna with Goddess Satyabhama and Rugmini, Navagrahas, Dhanumalayan (Idol of Lord Shiva with three faces, reveals the eternal truth of the three entities Lord Brahma (Ayan), Lord Vishnu (Mal) and Lord Shiva - Dhanu), Sapthamathas (Varahi, Indrani, Koumari, Vaishnavi, Brahmani, Dhumukhi and Chamundi), Sahasra Lingam, Yogeshwara Lingam,

The legend has that demon Vakrasura was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.  He worshipped Linga embedded inside his throat.  Lord Shiva was pleased at the austerities of Vakrasura and offered him several boons.  He pleaded to Lord for immortality and was provided.  Soon, Vakrasura started harassing the deities and Rishis.  All the deities approached Lord Shiva for help, Lord Shiva instructed them to seek the help of Lord Vishnu.  Lord Vishnu had a battle with Vakrasura and beheaded him with his Dice. The demon Vakrasura had a sister Durmukhi.  When her brother was killed by the deities she turned out ferocious and started tormenting the innocent people.  At the heinous act of Durmukhi, Lord Vishnu sought the help of his sister Goddess Parvati to eradicate Durmukhi from the very Earth.  Goddess parvati transformed herself into her fierce form slayer of evils, Goddess Kali with eight hands and had a ferocious battle with the demon Durmukhi in the sacred land; she vanquished the demon with the grace of Lord Chandramoulishwara and reinstated righteousness on this land.

Worship of Lord Chandramoulishwara and Goddess Vakrakali in this temple provides abundance of peace and prosperity in the life of worshipper.  It also benefited to get rid of all the adverse effects of planets and cure from physical and mental illnesses.

This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 12.30 PM in the morning and 6.00AM to 8.30 PM in the evenings. 

 Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

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