275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirukkacchur Alamkoyil Thiru Kacchapeswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thirukkacchur Alamkoyil/Kacchapesam/Thirukkacchur is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Chengalpettu, Kanchipuram,Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
Presiding deity – Thiru Kacchapeswarar/Virunthittaeeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Anjanakshi Ammai/Kanni Umayal
Mangalasasanam – Sundarar
Sundarar arrived on this sacred land after several hours of tedious journey.  He worshipped Lord and passionately sung praising the glories of Lord.  Sundarar was exhausted due to hunger and thirst after a strenuous journey, he fallen asleep on the spacious hall of this temple.   Lord felt empathy on Sundarar and appeared before him disguised in the form of a Brahmin, the compassionate Lord touched the shoulders of Sundarar instantly got out of sleep.  The Brahmin spread a plantain leaf before Sundarar and served the meal with a glass of water.  The meal served was of different colors and various taste in it, Sundarar earnestly enquired the reason for the same.  Brahmin replied that there was not enough time left for cooking, so he went to the homes of nearby villagers and begged for food.  Sundarar was stirred at the humble words of the Brahmin, after the meal he silently walked to the pond situated here to get him cleaned, when he returned to the place Sundarar could not see the Brahmin anywhere.  Sundarar realized the compassion of Lord, walking all through the village and begging food for his devotee, his heart went on search for Him and brought tears in his eyes.
Theertham –Koorma Theertham
Sthalavrusham – Peepal
Worshipped by – Lord Vishnu
Lord Vishnu envisioned the Cosmic dance form of Lord Shiva on this sacred place.
While the deities and demons churning the milky ocean with Mount Mandara as center point and Serpent Vasuki as its rope, Mount Mandara started titling and lost its balance caused impediments in their task.  Lord Vishnu took the form of a massive tortoise and protected Mount Mandara holding firmly on its back.  Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of a Kacchapa/tortoise in this sacred temple.
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Thyagarajaswami/Ubaya Vidangar, Nalvar, 63 Nayanmars, Lord Nataraja & Goddess Sivakami, Goshtamurtham – Lord Ganesha, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Sri Durga, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Lord Virunthittaeeswarar, Sundarar, Lord Bhairava,
This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 11.30 AM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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