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Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram is one temples I had been wanting to visit for a long time. Finally, I made my first visit to Sivapuram during my latest trip in February/March 2014. The Lord is a Swayanbhu or self manifested here. The Lord is also known as Sivagurunathaswamy, Sivapureeswarar, Brahmapureeswarar and Sivapuranathar. His consort here is Singaravalli. She is also known as Aryambal or Periyanayaki. Shenbagam is the sthal vruksham and Chandra Pushkarni opposite to the temple is the theertham.

Sivagurunathar, Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar, Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Specialty of Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Specialty of Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

This ancient temple is said to be around 200 years old and was built by the Cholas. The five tiered Gopuram is facing East. As you enter the temple there is a Shrine for Kalabhairavar facing North and to your right. Suryan and Chandran have also worshipped at this temple. One can see the koshta murthys of Narthana Vinayakar, Lingothbhavar, Brahma, Lingothbavar and Durga. The shrine for Goddess Singaravalli is facing south. There are also the idols of the four Saivite saints or Nalvar, signifying that the temple is a Padal Petra Sthalam and that all four of them have sung in praise of the Lord here.

Legend has it that Ravana once went to Kailash and sought Lord Shiva’s audience. He was however stopped by Nandi as Ravana was neither mentally nor physically pure. Kubera who had also come there seeking the Lord’s audience supported Ravana and thus incurred the wrath of Nandi. Nandi cursed Kubera to be born as a greedy King. He was born as King Thanapathy who was extremely greedy for wealth. King Thanapathy who ruled from his capital situated near Sivapuram once came to this village to worship Lord Shiva. He chanced upon a copper plate which stated that by sacrificing a male child without any scar on the body had to be sacrificed on Mahashivaratri which falls on a Pradosham day, one can get a lot of wealth. It also said that the parents of the child should be holding the child at the feet and the head while the body should be cut and abishegam to be performed to the Shivalingam withe the blood.

Painting depicting the Temple Legend. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Painting depicting the Temple Legend. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

King Thanapathy was greedy and would do anything to get wealthier. He identified a poor Brahmin couple’s child that matched the requirement. On the Mahashivaratri day falling on Pradosham the child was cut while the helpless parents held on to the feet and head of their child. The child prayed to Goddess Singaravalli, who requested Lord Shiva to stop the macabre act. Lord Shiva then told that this was being done only to absolve Kubera of the curse. The child was Agni Deva and Indra and his wife Indrani were the parents of the child. It is said that blood stain is still present on the Shiva Lingam here. It is said that the child is present as the parrot in the hand of Durga.

Another legend associated with this temples is connected to the Varaha Avataram. Again Nandi was the once who cursed, this time Vishnu was at the receiving end of the curse. Lord Vishnu had once come to the temple here to pray to Lord Shiva. Nandi came in the way and Lord Vishnu asked him to move aside which angered Nandi who cursed Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu took a dip in the Varaha tank (I understand that this is adjacent to the Mahavishnu temple at Malayppanallur which is enroute Kumbakonam) and prayed to Lord Sivagurunathar here to be absolved of the curse. Lord Shiva asked Lord Vishnu to worship Him in a place where the Lord was present along with Rahu and Guru. Accordingly, Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Dakshinamurthy present in the southern corridor of the temple along with Rahu, and was absolved of the curse. The serpant that is usually seen on Lord’s neck is seen near the feet of Dakshinamurthy. This rare combination of Rahu and Guru is probably unique to this temple.

Painting depicting the Temple Legend. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Painting depicting the Temple Legend. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Varaha performing puja to Shiva. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Varaha performing puja to Shiva. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Rahu and Guru together. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Rahu and Guru together. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

The Kala Bhairavar here that I mentioned earlier is facing east and His mount, the dog is to His left and seems to be sniffing at the skull in Bhairavar’s left hand. It is believed that all the prayers of the devotees are carried by the dog to Lord Bhairavar. There is no seperate shrine for the Navagrahas and this is an indication of the age of the temple.

Kala Bhairqavar. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Kala Bhairqavar. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

The twelve Zodiac signs on the ceiling. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

The twelve Zodiac signs on the ceiling. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

It is believed that this village is very holy and there are Shivalingams under the ground here. The Saivite saints of Lore were aware of this and did not place their feet on the ground here, as that would be great disrespect to the Lord. They therefore did angapradakshinam (rolling over) to reach the temple.

The childless are blessed with progeny by doing abishegam to the Goddess and observing fast for eleven consecutive fridays. The other worship benefit includes removal of all doshas including the navagraha doshas and good health of children.

The sun’s rays fall on the Shivalingam on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of the tamil month of Chithirai. On the eighth day of Krishnapaksham homam and special pujas are performed to Kala Bhairavar.

The Bronze Nataraja idol at this temple was stolen in the early 1950s and was restored in 1980s. There are a few other idols which were stolen but unfortunately could not be traced. Here is a nice blog for more details.

Temple Location:

Sivapuram is located about 6 kms from Kumbakonam. As you proceed on the Kumbakonam Thirunageswaram road, there is a new road under construction, take a right turn into this road. Just after a small bridge take a left turn that will lead you to Sivapuram.

Other temples nearby:

Thirunageswaram Rahu Sthalam

Uppiliappan Kovil

Prathyangara Devi temple, Ayyavadi

Amrithakaleswarar Koil , Sakkottai

Padikkasunathar Kovil, Alagaputhur

Karu kakkum Nayaki, Karuvalarcheri

Sargunalingeswarar Temple, Maruthanallur

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Singaravalli Sametha Sivagurunathaswamy temple

Sivapuram

Sakkottai Post – 612401

Tanjore District

Phone: 91-9865306940

Temple Timings: 

6 AM to 11 AM & 4.30 PM to 8.00 PM. However, please do check with the temple priest before going as this temple is not visited by many. If you are planning to do puja or archanai here please carry all puja materials with you.

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Yoganandeswarar Temple at Thiruvisanallur is a very ancient temple.  The presiding deity of this temple, Yoganandeswarar is also known as Sivayoginathar. Eight Shiva yogis after severe penance on Lord Shiva, merged with the Lingam and hence the name Sivayoginathar.   This place was a vilva forest at one time and hence He is also called Vilvaranyeswarar. He is also known as Puradhaneswarar.  His consort here is known as Soundaryanayaki or Shantha Nayaki.  The sthala vriksham is Arasa maram and the Theertham Jatayu Theertham.

Sivayoginathar Temple, Thiruvisanallur

Nandi in the outer Praharam

Chatur Kala Bhairavar is famous here. The four Bhairavars with Saneeswara Bhagawan and Sivalingam on their sides denote different periods of life and praying here will solve our problems for our entire lifespan.

The four Bhairavars, (Chatur Kala Bhairavars) each representing the four phases or four Ashramas in the lifespan of a human being are as follows:

Gnana Bhairavar :

The Brahmacharya phase of the human life is dominated by his quest for knowledge. Gnana Bhairavar bestows good education and good employment on his devotees.

Swarna akarshana Bhairavar:

In the Grahasta phase, Swarna akarshana Bhairavar blesses his devotees with excellent growth in career and material gains.

Unmattha Bhairavar:

In the Vanaprastha phase, His devotees are blessed with good health, financial stability and good luck.

Yoga Bhairavar:

In the Sanyasa stage of life, a man is supposed to be totally devoted to God. By praying to Yoga Bhairavar and the Kailash Lingam beside the Yoga Bhairavar, man attains salvation. The objective of existence is to try to merge the jivatma (individual self) with the paramatma (God). This is known as moksham or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The four ashrams prepare a person to undertake the process in a controlled but directed manner.

Chaturkala Bhairavar, Thiruvisanallur

Devotees who worship Chatur Kala Bhairavar during the 8th day of the waxing period (ashtami of Sukla paksham or valarpirai) gain in prosperity and advancement in business and career. Devotees worship during the 8th day of the waning period (ashtami of Krishna paksham or theipirai) to get cured of their diseases, peaceful family life, protection from evil spirits and envy.

chathurkala bhairavar, special pooja information

Lighting oil lamps with black pepper on eight consecutive Sundays during Rahu kalam 4.30PM to 6.00 PM at Bhairavar’s sannidhi results in getting back lost property and wealth.

Kala Bhairava Gayatri Mantra
“Om Kaalakaalaaya vidhmahey Kaalaatheethaaya dheemahi Thanno Kaala Bhairava Prachodhayaath.”

Once a man who was a habitual sinner was about to be taken away by Yama.  This man had only indulged in evil deeds and had not not anything good to anybody all his life.  This man came running into the temple to escape from Yama and was shouting and pleading to Lord Shiva to save him.  Nandi trained his ears towards the entrance of the temple to hear the cry of the man and informed Lord Shiva about the same.  Though, this man was a habitual sinner, Lord Shiva blessed him with papa vimochanam (absolution of sin) and Mukthi because he had come to Shiva with total devotion.  It is to be noted that you can see the idol of Nandi with its head turning to a side. It is believed that those who pray to Him here during the Pradosham (Twilight period in the evening on the 13th day of every Lunar fortnight) will be absolved of all their past sins.

Nandi in the Sivan Sannadhi, Thiruvisanallur. Notice that the Nandi is turning away from Sivan and training its ears to the entrance.

There is also a sannadhi for Lakshmi and Narayanan which is a rare.  Vishnu and Lakshmi are supposed to have got the blessing of Shiva here for their marriage.  Worshipping Lakshmi Narayanan on shravan nakshatra, ekadasi and Saturdays is considered special.  Devotees who light 6 oil lamps and offer Tulasi garland to this deity for six consecutive weeks are blessed with progeny, peaceful family life, removal of obstacles in marriage and general prosperity.

Lakshmi Narayanar, Thiruvisanallur

About Lakshmi Narayanar, Thiruvisanallur

There is a Sun Dial in the periphery wall of this temple opposite to Ambal’s Sannidhi, which is a symbol of the scientific advancement during the Chola period.

Sun Dial at Thiruvisanallur Temple

 

This is the temple for Rishabha Rasi.  People born under Rishabha rasi are recommended to visit and pray at this temple regularly.

About the temple, Thiruvisanallur

Sridhara Ayyaval’s ashram is in this village.  There are few miracles about his life. Devas and Pithrus are believed to have partaken in a meal when he conducted Shraddham for his father, although the local Brahmins refused to attend.

Once on a New Moon day, he brought Ganges to the well in his house for purification.  He is also credited with restoring life to a young man, out of compassion for his parents.

Sridhara Ayyaval is reported to have vanished after entering the Sanctum Sanctorum of Madhyarjuna Siva temple at Thiruvidaimaruthur.

Location:

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From Thiruvidaimarudhur this is at a distance of about 6 kms across the Cauvery.  Thiruvisanallur is on the Suryanar – Thirumangalakudi – Swamimalai Road.

 

Boarding & Lodging: Do not expect any hotel here.  This is a very small village.  Thiruvidaimarudhur is the nearest town.  You could stay at Kumbakonam, which is about 9 kms from here.

Other temples nearby:

Mahalingaswamy temple at Thiruvidaimarudhur

Thirumangalakudi & Suryanar Koil – 10 kms from here

Karkadeswarar temple is just less than 2 kms from here

Sridhar Ayyaval Ashram at Thiruvisanallur.

Thirubhuvanam Sarabeswarar temple

Govindapuram

Yoganandeswarar Temple at Thiruvisanallur is a very ancient temple.  The presiding deity of this temple, Yoganandeswarar is also known as Sivayoginathar. Eight Shiva yogis after severe penance on Lord Shiva, merged with the Lingam and hence the name Sivayoginathar.   This place was a vilva forest at one time and hence He is also called Vilvaranyeswarar. He is also known as Puradhaneswarar.  His consort here is known as Soundaryanayaki or Shantha Nayaki.  The sthala vriksham is Arasa maram and the Theertham Jatayu Theertham.

Chatur Kala Bhairavar is famous here. The four Bhairavars with Saneeswara Bhagawan and Sivalingam on their sides denote different periods of life and praying here will solve our problems for our entire lifespan. The four Bhairavars, (Chatur Kala Bhairavars) each representing the four phases or four Ashramas in the lifespan of a human being are as follows:

Gnana Bhairavar :

The Brahmacharya phase of the human life is dominated by his quest for knowledge. Gnana Bhairavar bestows good education and good employment on his devotees.

Swarna akarshana Bhairavar:

In the Grahasta phase, Swarna akarshana Bhairavar blesses his devotees with excellent growth in career and material gains.

Unmattha Bhairavar:

In the Vanaprastha phase, His devotees are blessed with good health, financial stability and good luck.

Yoga Bhairavar:

In the Sanyasa stage of life, a man is supposed to be totally devoted to God. Praying to Yoga Bhairavar & the Kailash Lingam beside the Yoga Bhairavar man attains salvation. The objective of existence is to try to merge the jivatma with the paramatma. This is known as moksham or salvation. The four ashrams prepare a person to undertake the process in a controlled but directed manner.


There is a Sun Dial in the periphery wall of this temple opposite to Ambal’s Sannidhi.



This is the temple for Rishabha Rasi.  People born under Rishabha rasi are recommended to visit and pray at this temple regularly.


Sridhara Ayyaval’s ashram is in this village.  There are few miracles about his life. Devas and Pithrus are believed to have partake in a meal when he conducted Shraddham for his father, although the local Brahmins refused to attend.

Once on a New Moon day brought Ganges itself to the well in his house for purification. He is also credited with restoring life to a young man, out of compassion for his parents.

Sridhara Ayyaval is reported to have vanished after entering the Sanctum Sanctorum of Madhyarjuna Siva temple at Thiruvidaimaruthur, furthering the belief that he was Siva incarnate.

Kala Bhairava Gayatri Mantra


“Om Kaalakaalaaya vidhmahey Kaalaatheethaaya dheemahi Thanno Kaala Bhairava Prachodhayaath.”


Location:


From Thiruvidaimarudhur this is at a distance of about 6 kms across the Cauvery.  Thiruvisanallur is on the Suryanar – Thirumangalakudi – Swamimalai Road.


Where to Stay & Eat: Do not expect any place to stay or eat here.  This is a very small village.  Thiruvidaimarudhur is the nearest town.  You could stay at Kumbakonam, which is about 9 kms from here.


Other temples nearby:


Mahalingaswamy temple at Thiruvidaimarudhur

Thirumangalakudi & Suryanar Koil – 10 kms from here

Karkadeswarar temple is just less than 2 kms from here

Sridhar Ayyaval Ashram at Thiruvisanallur.

Thirubhuvanam Sarabeswarar temple

Govindapuram