275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Shirkazhi Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Shirkazhi, which is 17kms away from Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the oldest temples built during the regime of Chola dynasty.  The Emperor Vira Rajendrachola and the Kings of Vijayanagara also have made abundance of contribution to this temple.  This temple occupies vast acres of land and it has majestic Rajagopuram, grand mandapam and wide circumambulatory paths.   This temple enshrines Lord Brahmapureeswar worshipped by Lord Brahma, Sri Thoniappar and Sri Sattainathar within the precincts.

Presiding deity – Sri Brahmapureeswarar/Sattainathar/Thoniappar with his consort Goddess Sri Thirunilai Nayakai/Sthirasundari/Periya Nayaki

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Sundarar, Appar.  Saint Arunagirinathar also sung praising Lord Subramanya in this temple.  Nambi Andar Adigal, Pattinathar and Manikkavasagar also sung praising the glories of this temple in their famous compositions.  In addition to the above, Shirkazhi Arunachala Kaviyar also sung praising the grandeur of Shirkazhi Temple.

Sthalavrukasham - Parijatham

Theertham – Brahma Theetham

Worshipped by – Lord Brahma, Lord Subramanya, Lord Kali, Lord Guru, Lord Indra, Lord Chandra, Lord Surya, Sage Vyasa, Deva Guru Brahaspathi, Sri Varaha Murthy, Sage Parasara,

Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva in this sacred land and started creation of living beings on Earth after deluge.  Hence the presiding deity has got his name ‘Brahmapureeswarar’.

Significance – In this temple Goddess Sri Thirunilai Nayaki blessed three year old Thiru Gana Sambandhar with her milk of wisdom.  Instantaneously, the divine child started to sing praising the glories of Lord Shiva and became one of the prominent Shivaite Saints known to the world.

Sannidhis – Sattainathar, Thoniappar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Lord Nandikeshwara, Goddess Tripurasundari,

Festivals – Chithirai Brahmostavam, Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar Pooja, Thai Amavasya, Vaikasi Moolam, Aippasi - Sathayam, Navaratri, Adi Pooram,

The legend has that during the time of deluge the whole universe was about to submerge into water, Lord Shiva meticulously carried the sacred 64 art forms in a boat  and arrived on this sacred land.  As a result these 64 art forms remained intact throughout the deluge without any damage.

This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 9.00PM in the evenings.

 Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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