275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruakkur Thiru Thanthondriappar Temple !!



Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thiruakkur/Thanthondri Madam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva built by King Ko-Chengan Chozha widely known as Madakkovil.
 
Presiding deity – Thiru Thanthondriappar/Swayambunathar with his consort Goddess Sri Vannedunganni Ammai
 
Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.
 
Theertham –Kumudha Theertham
 
Sthalavruksham – Kondrai, Vilva, Betel Nut,
 
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai,  Moovar, Sundaramurti Nayanar with Sangili Nachiyar & Paravai Nachiyar, Kala Bhairavar, Lord Surya, Lord Bhairava, Thiru Siruppuli Nayanar, Vishwanathar & Visalakshi, Ayirathil Oruvar,
 
Significance –
This is one of the sacred temples where Sage Agastya envisioned the celestial wedding of the divine couple.
 
This is the birth place of Thiru Siruppuli Nayanar.
Life of Thiru Siruppuli Nayanar:
 
 
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Masi Makam, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Pournami,
 
 
 
 
 
 
The legend has that at the divine instruction King Ko Chengan Chozha who was ruled this city decided to perform feast for 1000 people for 48 days.   He sincerely arranged 1000 plantain leaves to serve the people on daily basis; but one way or another there was only 999 were present for the feast.  This unusual practice repeated for another few days.  The King was totally distressed at this occurrence and earnestly prayed to Lord.   Lord was pleased at the devotion and dedication of the King, on 48th day Lord disguised in the form a Brahmin and seated amongst the people assembled for the feast.   Lord appeared as Ayirathil Oruvan amongst the Brahmins and received the offerings of the King.  Hence, the deity has got the name Ayirathil Oruvan.
 
This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 11.00 PM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.30PM in the evenings.
 
 
 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
 
 
 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Pancharanya Kshetram !! Thiruthalaialangadu / Vilvaranya Kshetram !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!



Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

 



 




Thiruthalaialangadu/Pancharanya Kshetram/Thalaialanganam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Kudavayil, Thiruvanur District, Tamil Nadu.  


Presiding deity – Thiru Adalvalleswarar/Adalvallanathar /Thiru Narthanapureeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Balambikai/Thirumadanthai Ammai




Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar




Theertham – Sankhu Theertham


Holy dip in this Sankhu Theertham for 45 days followed by severe austerities and worship of Lord Adalvalleswarar & Goddess Sri Balambika would eradicate curses and all the illnesses.






Sthalavruksham – Peepal, Jackfruit tree,



Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Masi Makam, Thai Amavasya,


 
Worshipped by – Goddess Saraswathi, Sage Kapila




Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Chandeeswarar, Chandeswari, Goddess Sraswathi, Jyotir Lingam, Lord Bhairava,


 
Significance – The rulers of Pandya, Chera and Chola had a fierce battle at Thalaialangalam and King Neduchezhiya of Pandya Kingdom won the battle.




Goddess Sri Saraswathi worshipped Lord Shiva and envisioned Lord in the form of a Jyotir Linga.








The legend has that the hermits of Darukavanam turned out inconsiderate after gaining knowledge in spirituality. This saintly people completely disregarded the supreme entity and performed fire sacrifices to eradicate the existence of Supreme Lord. They instigated Tiger from the sacrificial fire and prompted to fight against Lord Shiva. The most compassionate Lord unperturbedly handled the Tiger and utilized its skin as his attire. In this way, the hermits of Darukavanam continued their malicious acts against Lord Shiva; they instigated Muyalakan (demon) from the fire sacrifice. Lord Shiva elegantly tackled the demon and danced over his body. Eventually the hermits realized their folly and surrendered to Lord Shiva





This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 11.30 AM in the morning and 5.30PM to 7.30 PM in the evenings.





Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

 


Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Pancharanya Kshetram !! Thirumaraikkadu / Vedaranya Kshetram !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!



Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!


 


 



Thirumaraikkadu/Vedaranyam/Sapthavidanga Sthalam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Vedaranyam, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.




Presiding deity – Thirumaraikkadunathar/Vedaranyeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Vedanayaki/Yazhinnum Iniya Mozhiyal (Here Goddess Sri Parvati is praising as who has the sweetest voice compared to Yaz, it is an musical instrument produces brilliant musical sounds)




Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Sundarar


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



Theertham – Manikarnika Theertham, Vigneswarar Theertham, Vishwamithra Theertham, Subramanya Theertham, Thirukodi Theertham, Veda Theertham, Sannidhi Theertham, Adi Sethu,




It is believed that the holiest rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Sindu and Cauvery takes holy dip in the Manikarnika Theertham and washes off their sins. Thus, holy dip in Manikarnika Theertham and Adi Sethu on the propitious days of Thai Amavasya, Mahalya Amavasya and Adi Amavasya days provides abundance of merits.

 


Sthalavruksham – Punnai, Vanni



Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Navaratri, Masi Makam Brahmostavam, Panguni Uthiram, Thiru Karthikai, Adi Amavasya, Thai Amavasya, Purattasi Mahalya Amavasya, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Arudra Darisanam, Markazhi Utsavam,


 

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Bhairava, Moovar, 63 Nayanmars, Lord Ramanatha, Buvani Vidangar, Thyagaraja, Goddess Sri Saraswathi, Goddess Sri Durga, Navagraha,




Worshipped by – Rig, Yajur, Sama & Atharvana Vedas, Lord Rama, Lord Brahma, Sage Agastya, Sage Vishwamithra, Sage Vashishta, Sage Gauthama, King Mahabali, King Mandata, King Manu, Pandavas,




Lord Rama after vanquishing the demon Ravana arrived on this sacred land. He had a dip in the Manikarnika Theertham and worshipped Lord Vedarnyeswarar eventually got rid of the sin of Brahmahathya.




Sage Agastya envisioned the divine celestial marriage of Lord Vedaranyeswara with his consort Goddess Sri Vedanayaki in this temple.

 


Sage Vishwamithra underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord Vedaranyeswarar. Lord was pleased at the devotion of Sage and provided him the highest of the honor ‘Maharishi’.


This is the birth place of Thiru Paramjyothi Adigalar.






 


The legend has that Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharvana Vedas took the form of a human and worshipped Lord on this sacred land called Naluvedapathi, with their divine powers realized the influx of Kali Yuga and its evil effects. Immediately they closed the temple doors permanently and left the place. Later, Thirunavukkarasar and Thiru Gnana Sambandar arrived at this place and realized that the temple doors were closed by Vedas forever. They saw the people of this village were passing through a tiny door available to get inside the temple premise. Appar passionately sung praising the glories of Lord Vedaranyeswarar and the temple doors were opened and they worshipped Lord at their hearts content. Thiru Gnana Sambandhar sung ‘Kolarupathikam’ praising the glories of Lord and the doors were closed once again.




During the periods of the evil influence of Jainism in Madurai, Thiru Gnana Samabandhar received an invite from queen Mangayarkkarasi of Pandya Kingdom. Before leaving to Madurai, Sambandhar visited Thirumaraikkadu and discussed with Appar about the disastrous happenings at Madurai and the request of Queen Mangayarkkarasi. Appar kindly advised Sambandhar not to visit Madurai at this moment. Thiru Gnana Sambandhar responded to Appar with these glorious verses of ‘Kolarupathikam’ at this temple.



This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.30 to 8.30 PM in the evenings.



Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!




Jai Sriman Narayana !!

275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirumaraikkadu / Vedaranyam Thiru Vedaranyeswarar Temple !!

 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thirumaraikkadu/Vedaranyam/Sapthavidanga Sthalam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Vedaranyam, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
 
Presiding deity – Thirumaraikkadunathar/Vedaranyeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Vedanayaki/Yazhinnum Iniya Mozhiyal (Here Goddess Sri Parvati is praising as who has the sweetest voice compared to Yaz, it is an musical instrument produces brilliant musical sounds)
 
Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Sundarar
Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.
 
Theertham – Manikarnika Theertham, Vigneswarar Theertham, Vishwamithra Theertham, Subramanya Theertham, Thirukodi Theertham, Veda Theertham, Sannidhi Theertham, Adi Sethu,
 
It is believed that the holiest rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Sindu and  Cauvery takes holy dip in the Manikarnika Theertham and washes off their sins.   Thus, holy dip in Manikarnika Theertham and Adi Sethu on the propitious days of Thai Amavasya, Mahalya Amavasya and Adi Amavasya days provides abundance of merits.
 
Sthalavruksham – Punnai, Vanni
 
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Navaratri, Masi Makam Brahmostavam, Panguni Uthiram, Thiru Karthikai, Adi Amavasya, Thai Amavasya, Purattasi Mahalya Amavasya, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Arudra Darisanam, Markazhi Utsavam,
 
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Bhairava, Moovar, 63 Nayanmars, Lord Ramanatha, Buvani Vidangar, Thyagaraja, Goddess Sri Saraswathi, Goddess Sri Durga, Navagraha,
 
Worshipped by – Rig, Yajur, Sama & Atharvana Vedas,  Lord Rama, Lord Brahma, Sage Agastya, Sage Vishwamithra, Sage Vashishta, Sage Gauthama, King Mahabali, King Mandata, King Manu, Pandavas,
 
Lord Rama after vanquishing the demon Ravana arrived on this sacred land.  He had a dip in the Manikarnika Theertham and worshipped Lord Vedarnyeswarar eventually got rid of the sin of Brahmahathya.
 
Sage Agastya envisioned the divine celestial marriage of Lord Vedaranyeswara with his consort Goddess Sri Vedanayaki  in this temple.
 
Sage Vishwamithra underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord Vedaranyeswarar.  Lord was pleased at the devotion of Sage and provided him the highest of the honor ‘Maharishi’.
 
This is the birth place of Thiru Paramjyothi Adigalar.
 
 

 
 
The legend has that Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharvana Vedas took the form of a human and worshipped Lord on this sacred land called Naluvedapathi, with their divine powers realized the influx of Kali Yuga and its evil effects.  Immediately they closed the temple doors permanently and left the place.  Later, Thirunavukkarasar and Thiru Gnana Sambandar arrived at this place and realized that the temple doors were closed by Vedas forever.  They saw the people of this village were passing through a tiny door available to get inside the temple premise.  Appar passionately sung praising the glories of Lord Vedaranyeswarar and the temple doors were opened and they worshipped Lord at their hearts content.  Thiru Gnana Sambandhar sung ‘Kolarupathikam’ praising the glories of Lord and the doors were closed once again.
 
 
During the periods of the evil influence of Jainism in Madurai, Thiru Gnana Samabandhar received an invite from queen Mangayarkkarasi of Pandya Kingdom.  Before leaving to Madurai, Sambandhar visited Thirumaraikkadu and discussed with Appar about the disastrous happenings at Madurai and the request of Queen Mangayarkkarasi.  Appar kindly advised Sambandhar not to visit Madurai at this moment.  Thiru Gnana Sambandhar responded to Appar with these glorious verses of ‘Kolarupathikam’ at this temple.
 
 
This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.30 to 8.30 PM in the evenings.
 
 
 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
 
 
 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Pancharanya Kshetram !! Thiruchaikkadu / Vadavaranya Kshetram !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!



 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!


 





Thiruchaikkadu/Chayavanam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located 24km away from Mayiladuthurai, Shirkazhi, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the six holiest temples equivalent to Varanasi. It is one of the oldest temples built by the Kings of Chola Dynasty. Worship of Lord Chayavaneshwara in Thiruchaikkadu provides the entire devoutness equivalent to the visit of Lord Kasi Vishwanathar at Varanasi. The other six holiest temples which are equal to Varanasi are Thiruvenkadu Sri Swethanarayaneshwarar, Mayavaram Sri Mayuranathar, Thiruvaiyaru Sri Panchanatheshwarar, Thiruvidaimaruthur Sri Mahalingeshwarar and Thiruvanchiyam Sri Vanchinathar respectively. One of the 63 prominent Shivaite Saints Thiru Iyarpakai Nayanar attained Salvation in this sacred land. In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested linga.

 

Presiding deity – Sri Chayavaneshwarar with his consort Goddess Sri Kuyilinamozhial/Kuyilinim Nanmozhi Ammai
 

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar , Thirunavukkarasar

 
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya, Lord Indra, Lord Surya, Thiru Iyarpakai Nayanar with his consort,

 

The legend has that Devamatha Adhithi had a long cherished desire to worship Lord Chayavaneshwar. Once, she left Indra Loka and arrived on this sacred land on Earth to worship Lord Chayavaneshwar. This made a huge chaos in the Devaloka in her absence. Son of Devamatha - Lord Indra worriedly started searching for his mother and arrived on this sacred land. Lord Indra decided to relocate the temple of Chayavaneshwar to Deva Loka in order to gratify his mother and for continued worship of Lord Chayavaneshwar. He assigned this enormous task to his elephant Iravatha. While the work was in progress Lord Shiva appeared before Lord Indra and most pleased Lord advised Indra to drop his very idea of repositioning the temple and blessed him.

 

This temple remains open from 7.00AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 7.30 PM in the evening.
 

Please follow the link to read the life of Thiru Iyarpakai Nayanar: http://indiatempletour.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-of-63-nayanmars-life-of-thiru.html
 
 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Pancharanya Kshetram !! Thiruvengadu / Swetharanya Kshetram !!

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 !!


Pancharanya Kshetram !! Thiruthalaichangadu / Sangaranya Kshetram !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!



Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!





 




Thiruthalaichangadu/Pancharanya Kshetram is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built by King Ko-Chengan Chozha known as Madakkovil. The temple inscriptions reveal that the Queen Sembian Madhevi, mother of King Uthama Chozha has made abundance of contributions to this temple. The Pancharanya Kshetrams Thiruthalaichangadu, Thiruvengadu, Thiruchaikkadu, Thirumaraikkadu and Thiruthalaialangadu are known as Sankaranyam, Swetharanyam, Vadavaranyam, Vedaranyam and  Vilvaranyam  respectively.


                                                                                                                



Presiding deity – Thiru Sangaranyeswarar/Thalaipathudaiyar with his consort Goddess Sri Soundara Nayaki/ Bruhath Sundarambikai






Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandar





Theertham – Sankhu Theertham, Cauvery Theertham






Sthalavruksham – Purasumaram






Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Chandikeshwara, Lord Vishnu with Goddess Sridevi & Bhoodevi Nachiyars, Jwaraharar, Lord Rama & Goddess Sita, Nalvar, Goddess Sri Bhuvaneswari,






Worshipped by – Lord Vishnu



Lord Vishnu underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord was pleased at the devotion of Lord Vishnu and provided Panchajanyam ( Conch - one of the Panchayudham of Lord Vishnu)






Festival – Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Thiru Karthikai, Pournami, Panguni Uthiram, Masi Makam,








This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 11.30 AM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 7.30 PM in the evenings.



Jai Sriman Narayana !!



Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruthalaialangadu Thiru Adalvalleswarar Temple !!


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



Thiruthalaialangadu/Pancharanya Kshetram/Thalaialanganam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Kudavayil, Thiruvanur District, Tamil Nadu.  


Presiding deity – Thiru Adalvalleswarar/Adalvallanathar /Thiru Narthanapureeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Balambikai/Thirumadanthai Ammai

 

Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar

 

Theertham – Sankhu Theertham

Holy dip in this Sankhu Theertham for 45 days followed by severe austerities and worship of Lord Adalvalleswarar & Goddess Sri Balambika would eradicate curses and all the illnesses.

 

Sthalavruksham – Peepal, Jackfruit tree,

 

Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Masi Makam, Thai Amavasya,                                        

 

Worshipped by – Goddess Saraswathi, Sage Kapila

 

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Chandeeswarar, Chandeswari, Goddess Sraswathi, Jyotir Lingam, Lord Bhairava,

 

Significance – The rulers of Pandya, Chera and Chola had a fierce battle at Thalaialangalam and  King Neduchezhiya  of Pandya Kingdom won the battle.

 

Goddess Sri Saraswathi worshipped Lord Shiva and envisioned Lord in the form of a Jyotir Linga.

 
 
 
 
 

The legend has that the hermits of Darukavanam turned out inconsiderate after gaining knowledge in spirituality. This saintly people completely disregarded the supreme entity and performed fire sacrifices to eradicate the existence of Supreme Lord. They instigated Tiger from the sacrificial fire and prompted to fight against Lord Shiva. The most compassionate Lord unperturbedly handled the Tiger and utilized its skin as his attire. In this way, the hermits of Darukavanam continued their malicious acts against Lord Shiva; they instigated Muyalakan (demon) from the fire sacrifice.  Lord Shiva elegantly tackled the demon and danced over his body.  Eventually the hermits realized their folly and surrendered to Lord Shiva

 

This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 11.30 AM in the morning and 5.30PM to 7.30 PM in the evenings.




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