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Jalanatheswarar Temple, Thakkolam

Posted: January 6, 2014 in Chennai Temples, Navagraha Temples, Temples around Tiruvallur
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Arulmigu Giriraja Kannigambal Sametha Jalanatheswarar Koil in Thankkolam is one of the Padal Petra Sthalams. Thirugnanasambandar has sung in praise of the Lord here. There is a seperate sannadhi for Ambal.This temple was originally built by the Pallavas and later improvements and additions were made by the Cholas and Hoysalas.

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Temple Tank. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

Temple Tank. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

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There are a few interesting legends associated with the temple. One of the loegends is associated with kamadhenu, the celestial cow. Sage Udhadhi, the sun of Guru Bhagavan had a son named Theerkadar. One day he saw Kamadhenu near his ashram. He was conducting a yagam and asked Kamadhenu to be there. Kamadhenu politely refused saying that she cannot take part with Lord Indira’s permission. The infuriated sage cursed Kamadhenu tolose all its Divine powers. Kamadhenu in turn cursed the sage to lose his spiritual powers and be an ordinary man. Sage Udhathi was saddened by this and approached Sage Narada for advice. Sage Narada advised him to worship Lord Shiva for salvation. Accordingly, he worshiped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva then asked him to perform puja to Nandhi. He also asked him to perform abishegam to Him with the water that would spring from Nandhi’s mouth. The Sage did accordingly and got his son relieved from the curse of Kamadhenu. Kamadhenu too performed severe penance on the Lord and offered abhishegam with her milk. Lord Shiva was pleased with her devotion and restored her powers.

Another story is associated with Dakshan. Dakshayani was Dakshan’s daughter and married to Lord Shiva. There was an ego clash between the father-in-law and son-in-law. Dakshan planned to conduct an Yagna and did not invite Lord Shiva just to insult Him. However, Dakshayani wanted to visit the yagna. She went ahead and attended the yagna inspite of Lord Shiva not approving of the same. Dakshan insulted her too. This angered Lord Shiva and He sent Veerabadra to forcibly stop the Yagna. Veerabadra descended on the scene of the yagna with his army and created havoc there. He was instructed by Lord Shiva not only to cause destruction in the Yagna but also to destroy anyone who was in attendance. The attendees included the Devas and Lord Vishnu also. They were all killed by Veerabadra and his army. Lord Brahma then pleaded with Lord Shiva to pardon them and bring them all back to life. Lord Shiva acceded to Brahma’s request. However, since Dakshan’s head was severed and destroyed in the Yagna fire, he got the head of a goat and stayed so thereafter. Dakshan then realised his folly and cried out loudly to Lord Shiva here. The name of the village Thakkolam is derived from Dakkan + Olam meaning cry of Dakkan. Dakshan later performed the yagna in the prescribed manner and according due honour to Lord Shiva.

Meanwhile Dakshayani too was performing penance on Lord Shiva to pardon Her for going to the Yagna without the Lord’s approval. She made a Shiva Lingam out of sand on the banks of river Vrindha and performed penance on the Lord. There was flooding in the river and Dakshayani gently hugged the Lingam to save the Lingam from being washed away by the flood water. The impression formed by her chest can be seen on the Shiva Lingam.

Dwarapalaka. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

Dwarapalaka. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

Dwarapalaka. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

Dwarapalaka. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

This Shivalingam is not touched by anybody including the priests. He is known as Theenda Meniyar. It is believed that the Goddess is still hugging the Shiva Lingam and hence nobody touches it. There is no abishegam performed to the Shiva Lingam. The Shiva Lingam’s colour is white during the Dakshinayana period. Dakshinayana is the six month period from the Summer Solstice to the Winter Solstice. During Uttarayana which is between the Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice the colour of the Shiva Lingam is red.

Another interesting feature of this temple is that instead of the Lingothbavar as Koshta Murthy behind the Shiva Lingam one can see Mahavishnu in a sitting posture.

Vishnu in place of Lingothbavar. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

Vishnu in place of Lingothbavar. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

This is also a Guru Pariharam Sthalam. This is third after Abathsahayeswarar temple Alangudi and Medha Dakshinamurthy temple at Mayiladuthurai. Guru Bhagavan is in a very unique posture here. He is seen standing, with his left leg raised and placed on a platform. His head is slightly tilted to His left. Most of the idols in the koshta of this temple are slightly tilted to one side. It is very interesting, but I could not find out the reason for that.

Guru Bhagavan. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

Guru Bhagavan. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

Guru Bhagavan. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

Guru Bhagavan. Jalanatheswarar temple, Thakkolam

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Temple Location:

Other Temples nearby:

Vada Aranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Thripurandhakeshwarar Shiva temple, Coovum

Arambeshwarar Temple – Ilambayan Kottur

Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy Temple, Thiruthani,

Temple Timings: 6 AM to 12 Noon and 4 PM to 8 PM. However, on thursdays and sundays alone the Sivachariar obliges the devotees even if they visit outside these hours.

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Giriraja Kannikambal sametha Jalanadeeswarar Temple,

Thakkolam – 631 151,

Vellore district.

Temple Phone Number: +91-4177-246427. If you are visiting the temple on a thrusday or a sunday and are getting delayed for any reason, it will be a good idea to call up Babu Gurukkal and inform him of your ETA. His number is +91-9994786919

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Vada Aranyeswarar Temple at Thiruvalangadu is one the Padal Petra Sthalams. This temple is about 60 kms from Kathipara Junction. This place was once a forest of Banyan and hence the name Thiruvalangadu (Thiru + Alam + Kadu). Thiru means holy, Alam is Banyan and Kadu means forest. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy here. The Lord is facing East and His Consort Vandar Kuzhali Amman is in a separate shrine facing South. The theertham is Mukthi Theertham and the Sthala Vruksham is Alamaram or Banyan tree.

Thiruvalangadu Temple Entrance

Vada Aranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Vada Aranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Vada Aranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Vada Aranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Gopuram. Vada Aranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvalangadu

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This is one of the Padal Petra Shalangal. This is also one of the Pancha Sabhais of Lord Shiva. This Rathna Sabai. There are five places where Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, has performed his five cosmic dance forms, they are

S.No

Temple

Name of the Sabai

Dance/Nadanam

1

Chidambaram

(Golden hall) Ponnambalam – Kanaka sabha

Anadha Thandavam

2

Madurai

(Silver hall) Velliyambalam – Rajata sabha

Sandhya Thandavam

3

Thiruvalangadu

(Gem hall) Iraththinasabai – Ratna sabha

Oorthuva Thandavam

4

Thirunelveli

(Copper hall) Thamira sabai – Tamira sabha

Gowri Thandavam

5

Thirukutralam

(Picture hall) Chiththira sabai – Chitra sabha

Thiripura Thandavam

Thiruvalangadu is where He performed the Oorthuva Thandavam and this is the Rathna Sabai.

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There are a few legends associated with this temple. One of the legends of Thiruvalangadu is connected with Karaikal Ammaiyar. She attained moksham at the feet of Nataraja here. It is also here that she sang her Mootha Tirupathigam. Karaikkal Ammaiyar is one of the 63 nayanmars.

Karaikkal Ammaiyar was born as Punithavathiar in a Vaisya (Business) family. Her father Danadathan was a successful and prosperous businessman. He was childless and he and his wife prayed to Lord to be blessed with a child. The Lord was happy with their devotion and blessed them with a daughter. They named her Punithavathy. Punithavathy grew up as a very pious child. When she attained marriageable age she was married off to Paramadattan, a wealthy businessman. They were both leading a peaceful and happy married life until one day Paramadattan sent two mangoes to his house. Punithavathy kept them away to serve them to her husband during lunch. Meanwhile, a Siva yogi who was exhausted due to hunger came to their house. As was the custom in those days, Punithavathy did a paadha puja him and offered him the mangoes as alms or bhiksha, since she had nothing else to give him at that time. She gave one to the Siva Yogi and reserved the other for her husband. Punithavathy served Paramadattan the mango. He liked it a lot and asked if he could have the other also. Since she had already given the other mango to the Siva yogi, she prayed to the Lord for help and mysteriously a mango appeared on the palm of her hand, which she served to her husband. When he tasted it he was amazed by its extraordinary taste. He was sure that this was not the mango that he had sent and asked her where she got such a sweet mango. Paramadattan could not believe when Punithavathy told the truth. He thought that she was concocting a story and challenged her to get another mango. She then prayed to the Lord and another mango appeared on her palm, which she handed over to her husband. The mango disappeared immediately. An astonished Paramadattan understood the greatness of his wife and set sail to a far away land on the pretext of going for trade. He returned and settled down in the Pandya Kingdom. He married another woman and lived happily. He even named his daughter Punithavathy after his first wife. When Punithavathy’s relatives came to know about this, they took Punathavathy to her husband. When Paramadattan knew about her impending arrival, he took his wife and daughter to meet her and feel on her feet. He explained the reason why he left her. He said that he saw Punathavathy as a Goddess rather than an ordinary human being. Punithavathy then prayed to the Lord to give her a demoniac form instead of her present one. She was immediately granted the wish. She then went on a Pilgrimage to Kailash. She traveled the last part of the journey on her head since she thought that placing her foot in Mount Kailash was disrespectful to Lord Shiva and a sin. Lord Shiva was highly delighted with Punithavathiyar’s dedication and He conferred the title of “Karaikkal Ammaiyar” on her. He also granted a boon to her. She wished that she should not have any more rebirth and in the event of a rebirth she should always be devoted to the Lord. She also wanted to be at His feet and witness His dance, always singing His praise. Lord Shiva asked her to go to Thiruvalangadu to witness His dance. Accordingly she went to Thiruvalangadu and witnessed His dance and also attained moksham.

Sumban and Nisumban were two demons who lived here were harassing the Devas or Demi Gods. They appealed to Goddess Parvathi to help them. Goddess parvathi created Kali to destroy the demons. When Kali killed the demons, every drop of their blood that fell on the ground would produce another demon. Kali had to drink all the blood of the demons She killed. Since Kali consumed the blood of the demons when she killed them, She became even more furious. Lord Shiva came here to pacify Her. Kali challenged Lord Shiva for a dance competition and said that she would give up the place to the Lord if He won. During the dance, His ear ring fell on the ground. Lord Shiva picked it up with the toes of His left leg and fixed it back in his ear, even while He was still dancing. Kali conceded that she could not dance so marvelously and declared Lord Shiva to be the winner. Lord Shiva declared that He only was equal to Her. He bestowed a boon on Her that all devotees coming to this holy place should first worship Her before worshiping Lord Shiva. This temple dedicated to Badra Kali Amman is just outside the Vada Aranyeswarar Temple.

Badra Kali Amman Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Badra Kali Amman Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Badra Kali Amman Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Badra Kali Amman Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Badra Kali Amman Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Inside Badra Kali Amman Temple, Thiruvalangadu

This is the temple to be worshipped by people under Bharani Nakshathiram regularly. By doing so they would lead a peaceful and happy life. The other temple for people born under Bharani Nakshathiram is Sri Agneeswarar Temple at Thirunalladai, Tamil Nadu. It is even better if they visit these temples on the day of Bharani Nakshathiram.

Across the temple tank is the Thirumulanayaki sametha Muktheeswarar Temple in the Rasi Mandapam which has twelve pillars and the Janma Rasis and Navagraha images can be seen on those pillars. One has to either walk or go by two wheeler to reach this temple. There is a cement track along the periphery of the temple tank and you can comfortably ride by a two wheeler or probably even a three wheeler. It is a bit difficult to go by car. You have to take the mud track adjoining the cement track. I was adventurous and went by car and lucky not to have a flat tyre.

Muktheeswarar temple in the Rasi Mandapam, Thiruvalangadu

Temple in the Rasi Mandapam, Thiruvalangadu

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Worship Benefits

It is said that Mandhi the son of Saneeswaran was in penance and a lizard fell on him and it indicated a bad omen. He asked his father how he could get rid of the dosham. Saneeswaran asked him to pray to Lord Shiva and accordingly he prayed to Lord Shiva. The Lord appeared before him and asked him to do puja for a mandalam (48 days) at Thiruvalangadu. He installed a Lingam here and performed the puja to get rid of the dosham. The information on Mandheeswarar Parihara Puja is given in the image below in Tamil. It is recommed to do the parihara puja on Saturdays since Mandhi is the son of Saneeswaran who is the Lord of Saturdays. You can perform the puja to get rid of the malefic effects of ashtama Sani and Ardhasthtama Sani. It also gets rid of the malefic effects of Mandhi present in the wrong place of the person’s horoscope. The parihara puja is also believed to remove marriage obstacles, childless will be blessed with progeny, improvement of financial status and students will do well in their academics.

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It is believed that,

by lighting 1 lamp you would get peace of mind

by lighting 5 lamps you will get the blessing of the Goddess

by lighting 9 lamps you will get rid of your navagraha doshas

by lighting 12 lamps you will get Sakthi Arul

by lighting 27 lamps you will get rid of the Nakshathira Doshas

by lighting 48 lamps will result in improvement in business and get rid of any fear

by lighting 108 lamps your wishes are fulfilled

by lighting 501 lamps hurdles in getting married will be removed

by lighting 1008 lamps childless will be blessed with progeny

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Temple Location

Thiruvalangadu is located about 60 kms from Kathipara Junction, Chennai. It is around 15 Kms from Arakkonam and 18.6 Kms from Tiruvallur.

Temple Address

Arulmigu Vandarkuzhali sametha Vadaranyeswarar Koil

Tiruvalangadu – 609 810,

Tiruvallur district.

Temple Timings: 

Viswaroopa Darshan – 6 AM

Kala Sandhi Pooja – 7.30 AM

Uchchikala Pooja – 10.30 AM

Sayaratchai Pooja – 4.30 PM

Ardhajama Pooja – 7.30 PM

Palliyarai Pooja – 8 PM

Temple Timings, Vada Aranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Temple Timings, Vada Aranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvalangadu

Temple Phone Number: +91- 4118-272 608.