108 Divya Desam !! Thiru Parameshwara Vinnagaram – Sri Vaikundhanathar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!



 
 
 


Sri Vaikundhanatha Perumal Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu situated in Kanchipuram and closer to Thiruooragathan Temple.  This is one of the oldest temples built by the Pallava King Nandivarman II is an example for the marvelleous piece of temple architecture with exquisite sculptures and murals.  The majestic Rajagopuram with three levels reveals the exceptional craftsmanship; on the first level adorn the statue Lord Vishnu in sitting posture, on the second level Lord Vishnu in his reclining posture with Goddess Sridevi and Boodevi and on the third level Lord Vishnu in standing posture.

Presiding deity – Sri Vaikundhanatha Perumal/ Paramapadha Nathan with his consort Goddess Vaikundhavalli Thayar/Santhanavalli Thayar

Sannidhis – A separate shrine for Goddess Vaikundha Valli Thayar, Nammalvar, Thirumangai Alwar and Acharyas

Vimanam – Ashtanga Vimanam/Mukundha Vimanam

Pushkarani – Airammadha Theertham

Mangalasasanam – Sri Manavala Munigal, Sri Ramanujar

Festivals – Ekadashi, Chithra Pournami, Navaratri, Sankranti

The legend has that the King of Vidharbha had two children – Pallavan and Vallavan, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s Dwarapalakas and an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu.  They conducted an Ashwamedha Yagna at this place; Lord Vishnu pleased at the devotion of the children and blessed them.


 
Temple Contact details: Sri Devaraja Battachariyar Swamin – 9944464383/04427235273
No:68, Vaikundhanathar Sannidhi Koil St,
Kanchipuram – Pin – 631502.



Jai Sriman Narayana !!

275 Shivasthalasm !! Thiruvirkolam -Sri Tripuranthakar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
 



 
Thiruvirkolam Lord Tripuranthakar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam situated in a place called Koovam, located 50 km away from Chennai, Thiruvallur District.


Presiding deity - Lord Tripuranthakar/ Theendar Thirumeni Nathar and Goddess Tripurasundari Ammai.  Moolavar – Thirupuram Yeritha Moorthy

Theertham –Kuvagni/ Agni Theertham.  The specialty of this temple tank is that it never dries up; daily Abhishekam (sacred bath) to Lord is performed with the Agni Theertham, Milk and tender coconut water. 

Sthalavruksham – Vilvam

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
 

Sannidhi – Lord Ganesha/Achirutha Vinayakar, a separate shrine for Goddess Tripurasundari, Lord Subramanya with Valli and Deivayanai, Lord Dakshina Murthy, Lord Nataraja, Lord Varaha, Lord Brahma, Lingodhbavar, Goddess Durga, Goddess Meenakshi Sundareshwarar, Lord Bala Muruga, Navagrahas, Lord Bhairava

Festivals – Chithirai Brahmostavam, Aadi Vizha

In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested linga, this Linga remains covered with a shield (Kavacham) always, daily rituals are performed without touching the Linga to preserve its sanctity.  Thiru Gnana Sambandhar in one of his compositions praised the glories of Lord Theenda Thirumeniar/Theendar Thirumeni Nathar, the Linga change its color on its own as an indication of break out of War or natural calamities. 
 
 

 


The legend has that, the three demons Tripurasura, Kamalakshan and Vidyunmali attained several boons from Lord Brahma.  Immediately after obtaining the extraordinary boons, they started to harass deities and sages.  All the sages and deities pleaded Lord Shiva to save them from the clutches of the demons.   In order to put an end to the atrocities of the demon, Lord Shiva declared a war against Tripurasura, Kamalakshan and Vidyunmali.  The Universe has transformed into a grand chariot, Lord Surya and Lord Chandra performed the duty of a Charioteer, Deities turned into wheels of the grand chariot, Mount Meru as Bow, Serpent Vasuki as Arrow and Lord Agni as tip of the Arrow.  Lord Shiva  preceded with all his mighty forces ‘Ganas’ to the battle field and got into the grand chariot, instantly the axle of the grand chariot broke into pieces.  Soon realized the fact that initial worship of Lord Ganesha before any propitious event was not performed. Before long, the rituals were performed to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva resumed his journey with Ganas to the battlefield. In this temple Lord Shiva can be seen with a Bow and Arrow, thus the presiding deity has got the name ‘Thiruvirkolanathar’.  When the axle of the chariot has got broken, instantly the most compassionate Lord Vishnu hold up the celestial vehicle from further damage to it.   There is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu – Sri Kariya Manicka Perumal positioned very close to the temple of Thiruvirkolanathar.  

Whoever visits this temple should pay initial obeisances to Goddess Tripura Sundari and proceeds to worship Lord Tripuranthakar.  It is believed that the married couple who worships Lord Tripuranthakar and Goddess Tripura Sundari in this temple would be blessed with blissful married life.

 
This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 12.oo PM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.00PM in the evening. 

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

108 Divya Desam - Thiru Neeragam – Sri Jagadeeshwara Perumal Temple/Thiru Kaaragam – Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple/ Thirukkaar Vaanam – Thirukalvar Perumal Temple !!



Jai Sriman Narayana !!








 
 
Thiru Neeragam Sri Jagadeeshwara Perumal Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located inside the temple premise of Sri  Ulagalanda Perumal Kovil, Kanchipuram.  Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Kovil has the significance that this temple enshrines three Divya Desams – Thiruneeragam, Thirukkaragam, and Thirukaravanam in its precinct.

 

 

 
Thiruneeragam



Presiding deity – Moolavar – Sri Neeragathan/ Jagadeeshwarar with his consort Goddess Nilamangai Thayar



Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar

Pushkarani – Akroora Pushkarani

Pratyaksham to – Akroora,

Vimanam – Jagadeeshwara Vimanam

Contact details : Sri Kannan Battachariar Swamin (Sri Murali) – 9787414773

Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Sannidhi,

12-C, Ulagalanda Perumal Sannidhi Street,

Kanchipuram – 631502.

 
 



 
Thiru Kaaragam
 
Presiding deity – Utsava Murthy –Sri Karunakara Perumal with his consort Goddess Padmamani Nachiyar/ Ramamani Nachiyar
Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar
Pushkarani – Akraya Theertham
Vimanam – Vamana Vimanam
Contact details - Sri Kannan Battachariar Swamin (Sri Murali) - 9787414773
Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Sannidhi,
12-C, Ulagalanda Perumal Sannidhi Street,
Kanchipuram – 631502.
 
 
 


Thirukkaar Vaanam


Presiding deity – Thiru Kalvar with his consort Goddess Kamalavalli Nachiyar/Thamaraiyal

Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar

Theertham – Gowri Thadaka Theertham

Vimanam -  Pushkala Vimanam

Contact details - Sri Kannan Battachariar Swamin (Sri Murali) - 9787414773

Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Sannidhi,

12-C, Ulagalanda Perumal Sannidhi Street,

Kanchipuram – 631502.

 
 
 Jai Sriman Narayana !!

275 Shivasthalasm !! Thiruvenbakkam Sri Undreeshwarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

 



 
 
 
 

Thiruvenbakkam Lord Undreeshwarar temple is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva.  This temple is located on the river banks of Thiruvalampudur, Poondi, Thiruvallur District in Tamilnadu.


 
Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Ling in this temple.  Saint Thirunavukkarasar and Sundarar sung praising the glories of Lord Undreeshwarar.  Saint Sundarar was lost his eyesight and prayed to Lord Undresshwarar, compassionate Lord blessed him with a stick to resume his spiritual journey.  In this temple idol of Sundarar can be seen with a walking stick on the left side of Lord Nandikeshwara.

 

Presiding diety – Moolavar Lord Undreeshwarar with the his consort Minnoli Thayar/ Kanivaimozhi Thayar, Utsava Murthy Somaskandhar

 

Sthala Vruksham – Ilanthai

 

Theertham – Kailasa Theertham

 

Mangalasasanam – Appar, Sundarar

 

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha/Sri Valampuri Vinayakar, a separate shrine for Goddess Minnoli Thayar, Lord Subramanya with Goddess Valli and Deivayanai, Navagrahas, Goddess Mahalakshmi, Lord Bhairava

 

Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Thrikarthikai, Vaikasi Visakam, Arudra Darisanam,
 
 
 
 
 


Saint Sundarar was married to Sangili Nachiyar, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.    Sundarar took marriage vow in front of Lord of Thiruvotiyur; he promised Sangili Nachiyar that he would perform all the duties and responsibilities of a husband and remain faithful to her.   Somehow, Sundarar could not keep up his promises towards Sangili Nachiyar and they got separated.  Shortly, Sundarar married to Paravai Nachiyar and lived in Tiruvarur.  Eventually Sundarar was on his spiritual journey to Thiruvottiyur, all of a sudden he was afflicted with blindness.  He realized his fault, Sundarar with utter guilt and shame prayed to Lord for forgiveness.  Sundarar continued his journey with the troubled eyesight proceeded to Tiruvarur.  On his way he worshipped Lord Undreeshwarar and Goddess Minnoli Thayar in this temple.  He earnestly prayed to Goddess Minnoli Thayar, the kindhearted Mother of the Universe was prepared to escort him throughout his journey. Instantly Lord Undreeshwarar prevented her from this action.  She consoled Sundarar that the miseries followed in his life due to the evil Karma in the past.  She assured him that he would be blessed by Lord to regain his vision very soon.  But Sundarar was deeply distressed at the silence of Lord and questioned his presence in this temple.  As an answer to his staunch devotee, Lord flipped a stick towards Sundarar and revealed his presence.  Sundarar’s devotion towards Lord was similar to Arjuna’ reverence to Lord Krishna, they both had chosen the Sakha Marg (As a friend) to worship Lord. 


 

This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 11.AM in the mornings and 4.00PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.
 

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

108 Divya Desams - Thiruvekka Sri Yathothkari Perumal - Kanchi !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

 




 
Thiruvekka Sri Yathothkari Perumal temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu situated in Kanchipuram.  This temple of Lord Vishnu located near Rangaswamy Tank, Chinna Kanchi and it is just 1 km away from Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple.  There are many remarkable myths associated with this temple.
 
The presiding diety - Sri Yathothkari Perumal/Sonnavannam Seitha Perumal / Vega Sethu in recling posture with his consort Goddess Komalavalli Nachiyar
 
Mangalasasanam – Sri Manavala Munikagal, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Kani Kannan, Boothathalwar, Thirumangai Alwar, Poigai Alwar, Nammalwar
 
Sannidhis – Pillai Lokachariyar, Sri Andal
 
Significance - This is the Birth place of Poigai Alwar, who was one of the famous 12 Vaishnavaite poets lived during the 7th century.   He was born in a Lotus in the Temple tank situated here.  He was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s Panchajanya (One of the Panchayudha of Lord).
 
Vimanam – Vedasara Vimanam
 
Pushkarani – Poigai Pushkarani
 
Worshipped by – Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathy
 
Prathyaksham to – Lord Brahma, Poigai Alwar, Boothathalwar, Thirumazhisai alwar, Kanikannan
 
The legend has that Thirumazhisai Alwar, one of the fervent devotees and a famous Vaishnavaite saint lived in Kanchi and served Lord Yathothkari Perumal in this temple.  There was a Dasi woman used to clean the temple premises in this way she selflessly served the Lord.  Seeing her sincereity and self-less devotion to Lord, Thirumazhisai Alwar blessed her to become a beautiful maiden.  Later, the King of this city fallen at the enchanting beautify of this lady and married her.  The King learned the truth of her captivating attractiveness and decided to meet Thirumazhisai Alwar.
 
Kanikannan was a close associate and an an ardent follower of Thirumazhisai Alwar.  One day, the King ordered Kanikannan to appear before the court.  Kanikannan was produced before the assembly, King demanded Kanikannan to bring Thirumazhisai Alwar to the palace so that he could listen to Alwar singing and praising the glories of him.  Kanikannan authentically revealed the fact that Thirumazhisai Alwar sung priaising the glories of no one other than Lord Vishnu and it would be an impossible task for him to sing praising the King.  Kanikannan who was being a close associate of Thirumazhisai Alwar, the King had no doubt on the intelligence of Kanikannan.  He persuaded Kanikannan with all the precious jewels, diamonds, etc... to praise his virtues.  Kanikannan flatly refused to do so.  The King was totally annoyed at the arrogant act of Kanikannan and ordered him to stay out of the Kanchi with an immediate effect.
 
Kanikannan explained Thirumazhisai Alwar about the whole incident happened at the assembly of the King and his final verdict to leave the city.  He prepared to leave Kanchi to follow the verdict, soon Thirumazhisai Alwar also joined with him.  Before leaving this temple, Thirumazhisai Alwar fervently sung beautiful verses requesting Lord to be with them on their way out of Kanchi.  Lord Yathothkari Perumal also decided to leave Kanchi at the true passion of Thirumazhisai Alwar.  Consequently, Lord Yathothkari Perumal followed Thirumazhisai Alwar and Kanikannan on their way out of Kanchi. 
 
Shortly, the King realized the absence of Lord in this temple and deeply regretted at his ignorance.  He requested Kanikannan to pardon him and received Kanikannan and his Acharya with due respect and honor to Kanchi.  Thus Sri Yathothkari Perumal was re-positioned in the sanctum sanctorum with his divine presence.
 
Another legend has that Lord Brahma conducted a Yagna in this place. Unfortunately, River Vegavathi created a huge obstruction with her current.  Lord Brahma prayed to Lord Vishnu.  The most compassionate Lord took reclining posture on his celestial vehicle Adishesha and positioned across the River Vegagvathi in order to bring a halt to her mighty force.
 
 
Contact details :
 Sri N.S.Balaji Swami S/o Sri Nallappa Narayanan Swami  
Archakar, Sri Ramanujachariar Swami, 9974761694  Temple : 044-37209752. Hereditary Trustee,  Misri Apartments, Little Kanchipuram 
54, Sannithi St., Kanchipuram 631501.

 

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

 

63 Nayanmaras - Life of Thiru Naminandi Adigal !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

 



 
Neendu Punaivar Adiyarukku Nedunal Niyathi Agavey
Veru Veru Vendruvena Ellaney seithu Mevuthalal
Yendru Chirappin Manippuril Irunthar Thondarkk Kaniyenum
Peru Thirunavukkarasar Vilamba Perra Perumayinar



 
Thiru Naminandi Adigal was born in a village called Thiruemaperur located on the banks of River Cauvery in Tiruvarur.  This village was prominent place for the performance of Vedic rituals and the people of the village were zealous devotee of Lord Shiva and Shaiva Siddhantha.  Thiru Namminandi Adigal was born in a Brahmin family; he was well versed with the Veda Sastras and he was a fervent devotee of Lord Shiva.  He was an ardent devotee of Lord Achaleswarar/Araneriappar and his consort Goddess Vandarkuzhali Ammai located in Thiruemaperur in the Kingdom of Chola.



 
Naminandi Adigal worshipped Lord Achaleswara and His consort Goddess Vandarkuzhali Ammai in this temple; he lit the lamps of the temple and found immense pleasure in visualizing the enchanting beauty of Lord in the brilliance of the earthen lamp.  Once, he had the earnest desire to light the lamp in the entire praharams of Lord, unfortunately the oil required for lightening the lamp was insufficient.  So he decided to borrow some oil and approached a villager who was staying round the corner of the temple.  He knocked the door of the villager; unfortunately it was the house of a Jain follower.  He listened carefully to Naminandi Adigal and started pouring harsh words on him.  He derisively passed comments on Adigalar and asked him to light the lamp with water.  Naminandi Adigalar, who was already burnt his egos in him, he was not moved an inch at the contemptuous remarks of the Jain follower.  Adigalar was tormented purely at the thought of lack of oil to light the lamp and serve the Lord.  He solemnly prayed to Lord, he could listen to a mysterious voice authoritatively instructing him to bring water from the nearby pond and lighten the lamp.  He followed the voice sincerely; he brought water from the pond and carefully poured them on the earthen lamp, stuffed in with the cotton thread and lit the lamp.  The earthen lamps were started to glow brilliantly as ever at the supreme grace of Lord.   Naminandi Adigal continued this practice for several days.  All the Jains were alarmed at the devout act of Adigalar.  This incident made the people’s faith in Jainism shattered to a great extent.  Thus Naminandi Adigalar restored the belief in Shaiva Siddhantha and devotion to Lord Shiva in this sacred land successfully.



 
Naminandi Adigal’s devout act captured the attention of the Chola King who was on the throne; he provided immense wealth for the temple’s reformation and services.  Tiruvar is a sacred land of Lord also known for temple festivities.  Naturally the temple authorities were decided to celebrate the festival Panguni Uthram in a grand manner.  As a part of the celebration, the presiding deity has taken for a village procession to Thirumanalai, where the devotees of different caste and creed were assembled to worship Lord.  Nayanar accompanied the procession that night he got home drained and drifted to sleep immediately.  His chaste wife noticed the difference in him and enquired him about his daily worship of Lord before go to sleep.  He was reluctantly answered her that the crowd assembled in the procession made him impure, he instructed her to bring water to bathe so that he could resume his worship.  She went to fetch water for her husband.  Soon Nayanar was drifted back to sleep.  He had a dream in that Lord enlighten him with the knowledge that the people who were born in Tiruvarur are his ‘Ganas’, so Nayanar need not be concerned about any impurities.  Nayanar woke up abruptly with a frisson and great realization.  He deeply regretted at his notion about the caste and creed and resumed his worship.  In the early dawn, the couple arrived at the temple in Tiruvarur; Nayanar visualized the Ganas of Lord in whoever they met on their way.  He was in a blissful state, he prostrated before them praising the glories of Lord.  He continued his self-less service to the devotees of Lord.  Later, Saint Thirunavukkarasar sung praising the self-less nature of Naminandi Adigal in one his compositions.  Finally, Naminandi Adigal attained the Abode of Lord Shiva in Tiruvar.



 
In the Tamil month Vaikasi – Pusam is widely celebrated as ‘Guru Puja’ day of Naminandi Adigal, the day he attained the Abode of Lord Shiva.



 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!


 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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Amavasya on 21st February 2012!! Prabhasa Theertham !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!


Skanda Puranam describes the grandeur of Prabhasa Theertham and Somnath Kshetra as circlet of all pilgrim places. 

Lord Shiva narrates the splendor of the sacred land Prabhas Theertham to Goddess Parvathi.  This is one of the holiest pilgrim places capable to eradicate all the sins committed and provide Salvation.  Lord Shiva with gret anguish reveals the evil consequences of   Kali era as the faith and beliefs in ones own customs and religion would fade away as a result the devotion to Lord will reduces to a great extent. In this Kali Yuga visiting holy places and its devoutness would be of no importance, finding fault in ones own religious and spiritual deeds will annihilate the spiritual fervor.   There will not be any righteousness or morality exists in the life of the people.  Consequently visiting sacred lands of Lord also reduce considerably.  Though Kali era had all the adverse effects on its people, still the pilgrim places are proven prominent places to keep intact the treasured faith and beliefs in that way enforce true divine force of Creation, Preservation and Destruction are onf the vital and natural phenomenon in this Universe.  Prabhas Theertham is one of the sacred lands where Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Linga later came to known as Somnath Kshetra. 


This massive land of Lord Somnath is surrounded by the prominent temples on   three sides, Lord Surya Narayana Temple on the East, Lord Madhav on the West and a magnificient temple of Goddess Bhavani on the Nort.   This holy land has several Yojanas divided into three genres as - Maheshwar, Vaishnav and Brahma.  There are temples of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheswara positioned here.  Whoever takes birth in this land would be blessed with Salvation.  

Veda illustrates Lord Bhairav as  ' Kalagni Rudra' in Prbhasa Kshetram. 

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

63 Nayanmaras - Life of Thiruneelanakka Nayanar !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!



Angu Vedhiyil Aradhachen Theevalanai Chuzhivundru
Ongi Munnaiyil Orupadi Thandriye Olirath
Thangunnallavar Makizhvun Chakkodayalath Thalaivar
Pangu Paniyarudan Arular Palli Kondar


Thiruneelanakka Nayanar was born in a Brahmin family situated in Thiruchathamangai, one of the flourished lands in the Chola Dynasty.  Thiruchathamangai is once of the sacred place where the temple of Lord Shiva – Ayavandheeshwar with his consort Goddess Ubaya Pushpa Vilochani is located, the people in this village were Vedic scholars and true followers of Shaiva Siddhantha. 

Thiruneelanakka Nayanar was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and a Vedic Scholar; he performs ritualistic worship of Lord Shiva on daily basis.  He and his dutiful wife receive the devotees of Lord with utmost respect and provide them with their basic needs.

On the auspicious day of Thiruvathirai, Thiruneelanakka Nayar with his virtuous wife arrived at the temple of Lord Ayavanthishwarar and the couple prostrated before the Lord.  The devoted couple meticulously arranged all the offerings before the Lord and Nayanar immersed in the worship of Lord.  Nayanar fervently circumamabulated the deity as a concluding part of the worship, instantaneously he noticed a spider fell on the top of the Linga with a dull sound.  Nayanar’s wife was ready to act; she instantly blew it off from the Linga without distracting Nayanar’s worship of Lord.  Nayanar noticed the innocent action of his wife and he was totally traumatized.  Though she was acted out of pure love for Lord, he protested her deed as against the sastras and rituals.  He contemptuously critized her act as sheer ignorance and the salaiva could have made the Linga impure.   He was frustrated left the place leaving his wife in the temple. 

That night, Nayanar was deeply distraughted and restless.  His devoted wife stayed behind temple premise itself, in this way she sincerely followed her husband’s order.  The most compassionate Lord appeared before Nayanar in his dream; He revealed the blotches in his body and the discoloration and swelling caused by the spider.  He also exposed the other part of his body where Nayanar’s wife blew off the spider was flawless without any blemishes.  Nayanar was irrepressible and full of joy; he praised the Lord for His boundless affection.  He rushed to the temple at the early dawn, he prostrated before the deity for forgiveness.  He brought his wife home and the righteous couple continued their self-less service to Lord.

Thiruneelanakka Nayanar had great admiration towards Thiru Gnana Sambandhar.  He developed an intense affection towards Sambandhar and wholeheartedly desired to serve the great devotee of Lord.  In the meantime, Sambandhar carried out a spiritual tour to Thiruchathamangai and the neighboring places with his fellow devotee Thiruneelakanta Yazhpanar and a group of devotees.  Thiruneelanakka Nayanar was elated at the information and enthusiastically made all arrangements to receive the great devotee and his followers.  The whole pathways were decorated with flowers, Nayanar singing and praising the glories of Lord received Sambandhar and the entire group.  The entire devotees were served by Thiruneelanakka Nayanar and his virtous wife.  It was end of the day, Sambandhar instructed Nayanar to provide a safe place for Yazhpanar (he was born in an outcasted family) and his wife. Initially, Thiruneelanaka Nayanar was little hesitant to accommodate them inside the house.  Later, Nayanar found a place near arena of sacrificial fire for Yazhpanar and his wife.  As soon as the couple entered, the fire from the sacrificial arena lit as its own.  Nayanar was astounded to witness this miracle; his mounted egos of caste and creed were crushed instantly.

Sambandhar made a visit to the temple of Lord Ayavanthishwarar, he sang praising the glorief of Lord and he also mentioned the supreme qualities of Thiruneelanakka Nayanar in a few beautiful verses.  When it was the time for Sambandhar to leave the place Thiruneelanakka Nayanar sincerely desired to accompany the great saint and assist him in his spiritual endeavor.  Sambandhar earnestly refused to follow him and instructed Nayanar to carry out his honorable service to Lord and his devotees.

Thiruneelanakka Nayanar had the longing to be with Sambandhar grown out of reach.  His desires were fulfilled when he was invited to attend the wedding ceremony of Sambandhar.  This was the most supreme occasion Thiruneelanakka Nayanar merged in to the brilliance of rays from Lord and attained Salvation.

In the Tamil month Vaikasi – Moolam is widely celebrated as Guru Puja Day, the day Thiruneelanakka Nayanar attained the Abode of Lord Shiva.


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

275 Thevara Shivasthalasm !! Thiruppasoor/Tirupasur/Thirupachur - Lord Vassesswarar !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


 

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!




 





Thiruppasoor/Tirupasur/Thirupachur is one of the 275 Thevara Shiva Sthalam known as Nadu Nadu Shiva Sthalam situated in Thiruvallur district.  In this temple Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of self-manifested linga.  Sri Sankara Bhagavad Padal visited this shrine and installed a Sri Chakra in the Ardha Mandapam.  The daily offerings are made to Sri Chakra.  In this temple Lord Vassesswarar has known ‘Perumal Vinai Theertha Eswaran’, giving dharshan to his devotees in ‘Thirumanakolam’ (wedding attire) with his consort Goddess Thankathalai Thayar.  Vinayaka Mandapam consists of 11 Ganeshas and majestic rajagopuram are the major attractions of this temple.

 

Previously, the place where the temple stood was a woods land full of Bamboo Tree.  Once, the cattle brought here to graze went on milking in a particular place slightly high from the ground in a raised platform.  The cowherd was astounded to witness the miracle and informed the senior authorities.  The King arrived here with his men and carried out the excavation process.  While the process was at its peak there found blood gushing from this place.  Later, the whole processes were put down for quite sometime.  Afterwards the miracles happend in King’s life turned him to become an ardent devotee of Lord.  Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and instructed the King to build a temple on that particular place of Bamboo forest.  This is the place where Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva to remove the sins of killing the demons Madhu and Kaitaba. 





Presiding deity – Moolavar Lord Vassesswarar, Utsavar Somaskandha Murthy with his consort Goddess Thankathali Thayar

 

Sthalavruksham – Moongil (Bamboo) tree

 

Theertham – Soma Theertham, Mangala Theertham

 

Mangalasasanam – Appar, Sundarar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar

 

Sannidhi –Valmpuri Vinayakar, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Valli and Deivayanai, Lord Nataraja, Goddess Vishnu Durga, Goddess Kali


 
Festivals – Vaikasi Brahmostavam, Thiruvathirai in the Tamil month Markazhi, Maha Shivaratri
 
 
 

 


There are many legends associated with this temple.  Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had an argument about their supremacy.  Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a huge Linga to resolve the issue between the two deities.  Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and dived into sky and Lord Vishnu turned out a wild boar and plunged into the Earth with an intention to find the beginning and the end of huge Linga.  Later, Lord Brahma returned with a wrong witness of Thazhampoo (Ketaki - screwpine) flower and Lord Vishnu came out with his sincere remarks.  Lord Shiva cursed the Ketaki flower and lost its presence in all the rituals forever.  Later, the most compassionate Lord blessed Ketaki flower that her presence would be permissible only on the day of Mahashivratri rituals.  During the Mahashivratri Ketaki flower is used to worship the Linga of presiding deity Lord Vassesswarar in this temple.


 
Another legend has that Goddess Sati sacrificed her life in the the Yagna conducted by her father Daksha Prajapathi.  After Satis ruin, she came down to earth and performed severe austerities to reunite with the Lord.  Lord Shiva found Goddess Parvati in this place and the divine couple reunited once again.  Therefore, Goddess came to known as ‘Thankathali’ in this temple.

 

This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 12. 00AM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 8.00PM in the evening.


 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


Maha Shivaratri on 20th February, 2012 !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!







Please follow the link to read the glories of Maha Shivaratri Vratam:







http://indiatempletour.blogspot.com/2011/03/shiva-puranam-maha-shivaratri-vrtam.html




http://indiatempletour.blogspot.com/2011/03/shiva-puranam-maha-shivaratri-vratam.html






Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!