275 Thevara Shivasthalam !!Thiruvenkadu Sri Swethanarayaneshwarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thiruvenkadu/ Adhi Chidabaram/Swetharanyam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located  23kms away from Mayiladuthurai on  Shirkazhi –Poompuhar Road, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple worship of Lord is carried out to the five faced idol of Lord Shiva and each of them faces on different directions represents Easanam - Sky, Thathpursham - East, Aghoram - South, Vamdevam - North and Sadyojatham - west respectively.   

Presiding deity – Swethanarayaneshwarar with his consort Goddess Sri Brahmavidyambal

Worshipped by – Lord Indra, Lord Chandra, Lord Surya, Lord Budha

Theertham – Agni Theertham, Surya Theertham, Chandra Theertham

Sthalavruksham – Vilvam, Kondrai,Vadaval

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandhikeshwara, Aghoramurthy, Navagraha, Ashtalakshmi, Lord Budha (Bestower of Wealth and Wisdom), Lord Nataraja,

Festivals – Float festival in the month Masi, Arudra Darisanam, Maha Shivaratri

There were several myths associated to this temple.  Lord Shiva had performed his favorite cosmic dance forms such as Ananda Thandavam, Sandhya Thadavam, Samhara Thandavam, Tripuranta Thandavam, Urdhava Thandavam, Bujanga Thandavam and Lalita Thandavam on this sacred land.  Swetaketu, one of the zealous devotees of Lord Shiva was saved from the clutches of Lord Yama.  Swetaketu had a curse on him that he would die at the age of eight.  Lord Shiva protected him from the hands Lord Yama.  The three holy ponds situated here were originated from the drops fell down from his eyes while Lord was performing cosmic dance.

Another legend has that there was a demon harassed the life of Rishis and innocent people lived in this land.  Everyone prayed to Lord Shiva to put an end to the atrocities of the demon.    Lord Shiva appointed Lord Nandikeshwara to fight against the demon.  As desired the demon was defeated by Nandi and thrown into the sea.  Once again, the demon underwent severe penance and pleased Lord Shiva; he regained all the powers and obtained a Trident from Lord Shiva.  Soon he began making the life of the people miserable into worse.  Same as before, Lord Shiva had chosen Nandi to fight against the demon.  Nandi could not oppose the gigantic demon too long because the demon had the trident of Lord.  At last, Nandi was wounded badly on his back and returned to Lord.  Lord Shiva in a mounted fury opened his third eye and burned the demon into ashes.  In this temple Lord Nandikeshwara can be seen with scars on his back.

Worship of Lord Swethanarayaneshwara in this temple provides wisdom and knowledge, virtuous offspring and cures mental and physical illnesses.

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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