Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruvaiyaru Sri Aiyarappar /Panchanatheswarar Temple is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalams of Lord Shiva located 15kms away from Thiruvaiyaru, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
This is one of the oldest temples built during the chola Dynasty also known as Dakshina Kailash situated on the river banks of Cauvery. Worship of Lord Panchanatheswarar in this temple provides pieties equivalent to the visit to Varanasi. This temple occupies 15 acres of massive land with a magnificent Rajagopuram and 7 Praharams. This is one of the renowned temples for its architectural and sculptural work.
Presiding deity – Lord Panchanatheswara/Alkondeshwarar with his consort Goddess Sri Dharmasamvardhini Thayar /Aramvalartha Nayaki
Theertham – Surya Theertham – Holy dip in this river eradicates all the sins committed in one’s life and provides the pieties equivalent to Holy dip in river Ganges.
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya, Lord Nandikeshwara, Saint Tyagaraja,
Festivals – Adi Amavasya, Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival, Theerthavari Festival,
Worshipped by - Sage Shiladha, Lord Nandikeshwara
The legend has that the King who was ruled the city while crossing this land in his chariot the wheels got wedged on the ground. The Kings men were worked hard to pull out the wheels from the ground with the spear. While the excavation the work was in progress, surprisingly they found a Linga buried under the ground. It added the anxiety of the King’s men and they continued the excavation process. Their hard work turned out fruitful, they found idols of Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya, Goddess Dharmasamvardhini and Lord Nandikeshwara. Further, they found a Saint engrossed in meditation under the ground. King and his men were waited anxiously. Saint got out of his meditation and advised the King to build a temple on its place. In addition to this, he advised the King to utilize the wealth which was safely kept under the hoof of Lord Nandikeshwara for the construction purposes.
Another legend has that one of the prominent Shivaite Saints Thirunavukkarasar was yearning for Dharshan of Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash. He continued his spiritual journey ignoring all the hardships with his failing health. At the divine instruction of Lord Shiva, Thirunavukkarasar took holy dip in a pond and miraculously moved into the temple pond in Thiruvaiyaru. Lord Shiva blessed Thirunavukkarasar with the dharshan of Mount Kailash in this sacred land.
This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 9.00PM in the evenings.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!