275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirumanikuzhi Sri Vamanapureeswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thirumanikuzhi/Uthavi Manikuzhi /Vamanapuri/ Bhimshankar Kshetram/ Indraloka is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.  This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built during the  regime of Kings of Chola Dynasty.  The temple inscriptions reveals that the Kings of Pandya and Vijayanagara Emperors are also have made abundance of contributions to this temple.

Presiding deity – Sri Vamanapureeswarar /Manikka Varadar/Uthavinayakar with his consort Goddess Sri Ambujakshi Ammai/Manikkavalli/Uthavinayaki/Pangaya Kanni

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar

Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.

Theertham – Swetha Theertham, Kedila Nadhi,

Worhsipped by – Lord Vamana

Sthalavruksham – Kondrai

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Panchamurthis,  Vishnu Linga, Navagrahas, Lord Bhairava, Lord Surya, Lord Chandra, 63 Nayanmars, Sapthamathas, Yuga Lingas, Goddess Gajalakshmi, Goshtamurtham - Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lingodhbavar,

Festivals – Karthikai, Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam,Navaratri,

The legend has that Lord Vamana was born as the son of Sage Kashyapa and Adhithi.  The purpose of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Vamana (Dwarf) was to retrieve the mother Earth from the clutches of the demons.   The demon King Mahabali, grandson of Prahblada was a zealous devotee of Lord Vishnu.  He conducted a grand Yagna, there appeared a Brahmachari asking for a peculiar kind of alms.   The Brahmachari’s request was a piece of land measured three times by his tiny little feet.  King Mahabali was astounded at the request of the Brahmachari and was immediately ready to offer the land.    As everyone was witnessing the Brahmachari took a gigantic form and covered the entire Universe with his first two footsteps, when he was asked for where to place his third feet, the righteous King Mahabali bowed his head before him.    Thus, King Mahabali attained Salvation at the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu.   Further, Lord Vamana arrived on this sacred land, sanctified a Linga at the foothill and worshipped Lord Shiva to get rid of the sin.  As a result this place has got its name ‘Thirumanikuzhi’.

This temple remains open from 7.00AM to 11.00AM in the morning and 4.30PM to 8.30PM in the evenings.

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

1 comment:

nmjnhbg said...

I am happy with the presentation. Please include the following;
1. How to reach, nearest town, railway station, distance etc
2. Name of the Bhattachariar and his contact phone number