51 Shakthi Peedam / Shakthi Sthalam - Thanjavur Sri Bangaru Kamakshi Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jai Ambey Ma !!
Sri Bangaru Kamashi Temple is one of the 51 Shakthi Peedam/Shakthi Sthalam located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the prominent temples of Goddess Sri Kamakshi built by the Kings of Tanjore.  The idol of Goddess Sri Kamakshi made of solid gold was shifted from Kanchipuram main shrine (Kanchi Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple) in order to protect from the Mugal invasion.  The herbs (Punugu) applied on the idol gives out a stunning appearance of Goddess Sri Kamashi black in colour. 
Presiding deity – Goddess Sri Kamakshi/Sri Bangaru Kamakshi/Swarna Kamakshi
Festivals – Navaratri, Pournami, Amavasya, Panguni Uthiram, Thiru Karthikai, Masi Makam, Vaikasi Visakam, Adi Pooram,
Worshipped by – Lord Brahma, Sage Durvassa, Adi Sankara,
Significance – Sri Shyama Sastrigal, one of the Trinities of Carnatic Music was a temple priest tirelessly served Goddess Sri Bangaru Kamakshi in this temple.  He was a zealous devotee of Goddess Sri Kamakshi envisioned the compassionate mother of Universe, he often converse with the Goddess and sung praising the glories of her.
The legend has that there was a time the Mount Himalaya and its surroundings were under the abstract control of the demons. They harassed the life of deities and sages, they all appealed to Lord Vishnu. As instructed by Lord Vishnu, all the spiritual energies of the deities turned into a flame and as desired by the deities and Sages Goddess Sri Sati was rose from the flame and she was brought up by Daksha Prajapathi. Later, she was married to Lord Shiva against the will of her father.
A Grand Yagna was conducted by Dakshaprajapathi ended in disaster, his own daughter Goddess Sri Sati had to sacrifice her life in the sacrificial fire. This catastrophic incident brought trepidation amongst the deities. Inconsolable Lord Shiva carried the lifeless body of Goddess Sri Sati and wandered on the Earth for several years. The functions of Trinities to protect the Universe were shattered. All the deities were frightened about the terrible consequences and appealed to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu’ dice chopped off the lifeless body of Goddess Sri Sati into several parts to diffuse the grief of Lord Shiva and each part fell into the different parts of the Earth. The places where the body parts of Goddess Sri Sati fallen on the Earth were turned into ‘Shakthi Sthal/Shakthi Peedam’.
This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 9.00PM in the evenings,
Jai Ambey Ma !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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