275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruppoovannur Thiru Puspavananathar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruppoovannur is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Poovannur, Thiruvanur District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva famous for its stunning architectural work with wide circumambulatory paths, famous for craftsmanship.
Presiding deity – Thiru Pushpavananathar/ Chathurangavallabhanathar/Poovananathar with his consort Goddess Sri Karpakavalli/Rajarajeswari
Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Theertham – Karpaka Theertham
Sthalavruksham – Jackfruit Tree
Worshipped by – Lord Nandikeshwara, Sages and Siddhars, King Dharmavarman

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Goddess Sri Chamundeeswari, Navarahas, Kasi Vishwanathar & Visalakshi, Kalabhairavar, Goshtamurtham – Dakshinamurthi, Goddess Sri Durga, Lord Subramanya, Lord Ganesha, Chandikeswarar
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Panguni Uthiram, Thiru Karthikai, Arudra Darisanam, Masi Makam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Markazhi Utsavam,
The legend has that King Vasusenan and his wife Gandhimathi were zealous devotees of Lord Shiva.  This pious couple had no offspring for quite some time.  They underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord Shiva.  Lord was pleased at the devotion of the couple and decided to provide them a marvelous boon.   King Vasusenan while having holy dip in the pond noticed a conch on the lotus flower, which was nervously picked by him.  Instantly the conch was transformed into a stunning beautiful girl child.  This attractive child was brought up by the royal couple with extreme care and affection, named her Rajarajeswari.  One of the Sapthamathas, Chamundadevi was looked after Rajarajeswari, thus gorgeous daughter of King Vasusenan learnt profound knowledge in all the art forms, especially in the dice game.  Rajarajeswari attained the perfect age for nuptials; King declared that whoever wins his daughter in the dice game would be her bride-groom.  Many princes and Kings of neighboring countries were assembled in the palace to win the challenge, but none of them were successful.  King Vasusenan was disconsolate to see that his loveliest daughter did not find a right match.  He unhappily left for a pilgrimage along with his daughter; they visited many sacred shrines of Lord Shiva and finally arrived at Puspavananthar temple on this sacred land.  He earnestly prayed to Lord to find a perfect bride-groom for his daughter and despondently returned to his palace.  On the next day, there arrived an old man with an aspiration to play dice game with Rajarajeswari, she readily agreed for the same.   Surprisingly, Rajarajeswari faced continuous failure in the game with the old man.  King Vasusenan felt happy at the progress of the game, but deeply dejected at the thought of sending her daughter married to an old man and solemnly prayed to Lord.  As he opened his eyes saw Lord Shiva in his enthralling form in place of the old man, eventually Rajarajeswari was married to Lord Pushpavananathar.    Hence, the presiding deity of this temple has got the name ‘Chathuranga Vallabhanathar’.

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

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