Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruvanur/Thirumoolattanam/Thiruvanur Poomkoil/Saptha Vidanga Kshetram/Mukthi Sthalam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Thiruvanur, Tamil Nadu. Thiruvarur Araneri is one of the Thevara Shivasthalam located within the precincts of this temple. Sri Thyagesperuman/Thiru Valmiknathar idol was worshipped by Lord Vishnu, later it was provided to Lord Indra. The Emperor Muchukunda underwent severe austerities and received the same idol as a boon from Lord Indra was positioned in this temple.
This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva built by the Kings of Chola Dynasty, the temple inscriptions reveal the contribution made by the King Paranthaka Chola I, Rajaraja Chola I & III, Rajendra Chola I & III, Gangaikonda Chola, Rajadhiraja I & II, Kulothunga Chola I & III, Vikrama Chola and the Pandya King Maravarma Kulazhekara Thevar, Maravarman Sri vallabha and the Emperors of Vijayanagara Kingdom Sri Keshavappa Nayanar’s son, Achyuthappa Naicker. This place was under the regime of Emperor Muchukunda and Manuneethi Chola.
This is one of the Saptha Vidanga Kshetram of Lord and the rest are Thirunagai Karonam, Thirunallaru, Thirumaraikkadu, Thirukaravasal, Thirvaimur and Thirukkuvalai.
There sacred texts like Thiruvanur Mummanikovai written by Cheraman Peruman, Kamalalaya Sirappu composed by Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Thiruvarur Puranam , Thiruvanur Ula, Thyagarajaleelai, Thiruvanur Nanmanimalai, Thyagaraja Pannu, Thiruvanurpanmanimalai, Thiruvanur Oru Thuraikovai, Thiruvanurkovai, Thiruvanur Malai, Kamalambikai and Kamalambikai Pillaithamizh etc…are the famous compositions reveals the eternal grandeur of this temple.
Presiding deity – Thiru Valmikinathar/Tyagaraja Peruman/Thyagesaperuman (worshipped by Lord Vishnu at Thirupparkadal) /Putridamkondanathar/Thiru Moolattananathar with his consort Goddess Sri Neelothpalambal/ Alliankothai/ Kamalambikai
Mangalasasanam –Thirunavukkarasar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Sundarar
Thiru Sundaramurthi Nayanar sung praising the glories of Lord at Thirumuthukundaram and gained gold coins and those were delivered to Thiruvanur at the will of Lord.
Sthalavruksham – Vilvam/Pathiri
Theertham – Kamalalaya Theertham
The compassionate Lord Shiva provided gold coins to conduct Panguni Uthiram festival as desired by Thiru Paravai Nachiyar and the gold coins were released in the Kamalalaya Theertham situated in this temple at the request of Thiru Sundaramurthi Nayanar.
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Masi Makam, Panguni Uthiram, Thiru Karthikai, Brahmostavam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Arudra Darisanam, Navaratri, Car festival (Azhither Utsavam), Thiruvathirai Festival, Markazhi Utsavam,Adi Pooram, Thai, Chithirai Festival,
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Nataraja(Ajabanadanam/Puyanga Nadanam) & Goddess Sivakami, Eight Durga shrines, Navagrahas, Pradosha Nayakar, Chandrasekhara, Kings of Chozha dynasty, Manikkavasagar, Tripurasamharar, Emerald Linga, Thyagesar with his consort, Kamalambika in Yogic Posture, Ashtapeedam, Runa vimochanar, Anandeswarar, Achaleswarar, Varuneswarar, Annamaleswarar,
Worshipped by –All the deities and sages, Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, Lord Brahma, King Dasaratha,Emperor Muchukunda, King Nala, Yudhishtira, Arjuna,Harishchandra, Sage Vashishta, Sage Vishwamithra,
Significance – Thiru Paravai Nachiyar, wife of Thiru Sundaramurthi Nayanar built a small temple for Lordat her residence , sanctified a Linga constructed with the sand and conducted daily worship to Valmikanathar by this pious couple.
Life of Thiru Sundaramurthi Nayanar:
This is one of the Saptha Vidanga Kshetram of Lord Shiva stands first in the line which is capable to provide Salvation.
Lord Valmikinathar was disguised as a messenger for the pious couple Thiru Paravai Nachiyar and Sundaramurthi Nayanar at this sacred place.
As it was constructed with the sand and sanctified by Thiru Paravai Nachiyar, it is also known as one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalangal of Lord Shiva represents Prithvi.
Thiru Sundaramurthi Nayanar regained one eye sight at Kanchipuram. He arrived on this sacred land and sung praising the glories of Lord in his famous composition Thirupattu starting with ‘Meela Adimai’ and regained another eye sight too.
This is one of the Mukthi sthalam of Thiru Namminandi Adigal Nayanar, Thiru Seruthunai Nayanar, Thiru Dandi Adigal Nayanar, Thiru Kazharsinga Nayanar and Thiru Viranminda Nayanar
Life of Thiru Namminandi Adigal Naynar:
Life of Thiru Seruthunai Nayanar:
Life of Thiru Dandi Adigal Nayanar:
Life of Thiru Kazharsinga Nayanar:
Life of Thiru Viranminda Nayanar:
Thiru Somasimara Nayanar conducted a SomaYagam at thiruappermakalam and earnestly prayed toLord to appear before him to receive the Avirbhagam. Lord Thyagesa Peruman appeared before Thiru Somasimara Nayanar and pleased him.
Life of Thiru Somasimara Nayanar:
The legend has that Lord Shiva with Goddess Sri Parvati having a pleasurable time visiting the gardens at Mount Kailash, a monkey in the garden plucked bunch of Vilva leaves and showered upon Lord. Lord was pleased at the act of monkey, with this devout act monkey took birth in the lineage of Manus. Emperor Muchukundha was a righteous ruler and the people in his Kingdom lived a happy and prosperous life. During his regime, he built many temples for the worship of Lord. Once, the deities and demon had a fierce battle, in that war Emperor Muchukundha abundantly served the deities and became beloved of deities. Emperor Muchukundha underwent severe austerities worshipping Lord Shiva. Lord was pleased at the devotion of Emperor, instructed him to build a temple at Thiruvarur and install the idol of Lord Somaskandha from Lord Indra has been worshipping for several years. Lord Indra was not at all happy to give away the idol he has been worshipping for years, so tried to please Emperor with six similar idols of Lord Somaskandha. The Emperor Muchukundha had to locate the original idol from the six idols exhibited in front of him. With the grace of Lord the Emperor identified the unique idol and constructed a grand temple at Thiruvanur with the help of celestial sculptor Vishwakarma and positioned same in this temple.
This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 12.30 PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 9.00PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!