Posts Tagged ‘thirunallar’

I found a very useful post in one of the blogs on temples giving the Bus routes for all important temples around Kumbakonam. I sought the permission of Mr. Ganesh Raman who has kindly let me publish here on this site. The original blog can be found here. Thank You, Mr. Ganesh Raman.

TEMPLE PLACE BUS NUMBERS TO VISIT
AIRAWATHESWARAR KOIL DARASURAM 8, 11, 12, 14, 25, 29, 35.
DURGA TEMPLE PATTEESWARAM 8, 11, 25
ABATHSAGESWARAR KOIL ADUTHURAI 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
SAPTHARISHEESWARAR KOIL AMMACHATRAM 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
KAMBAGARESWARAR KOIL THIRUBUVANAM 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
MAHALINGASWAMY KOIL THIRUVIDAIMARUDUR 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
NAGANATHASWAMY KOIL THIRUNAGESWARAM 13, 15, 22, 23, 58, 60
SURIYA BAGHAVAN KOIL SURIYANAR KOIL 2A, 54
KABARDEESAR KOIL THIRUVALANCHULI 12, 14, 29, 43, 48
SWAMINATHA SWAMI KOIL SWAMIMALAI 1, 16, 30
UPPILIPPAN KOIL THIRUNAGESWARAM 13, 15, 22, 23, 58, 60
SENJADAIAPPAR KOIL THIRUPANADAL 2, 9, 34.
DURGA TEMPLE AMMANKUDI 15, 49
MAHAMARIAMMAN KOIL VALANGAIMAN 5, 20, 21, 32, 36, 50
SRINIVASA PERUMAL KOIL NACHIARKOIL 3, 4, 13, 28, 39, 41, 45
SARANATHA PERUMAL KOIL THIRUCHERAI 3, 13, 45, 60
VANADURGA KOIL KATHIRAMANGALAM 2A.
VENKATACHALAPATHY KOIL VAPPATTUR 2, 9, 34
THIRUPADALVANAM KARUPPUR 2, 2A, 9, 19, 34, 34A.
ABATHSAGESWARAR KOIL ALANGUDI Mannargudi route Buses
SATCHINATHA SWAMI KOIL THIRUPURAMBIAM 6, 18
VINYAGAR KOIL GANAPATHI AGRAHARAM 25, 42.
KARPARAKSHAMBIGAI KOIL THIRUKARUKKAVUR 11, 29
PASUPATHEESWARAR KOIL PANDANALLUR 44, 54
Place Location PRINCIPAL DEITY
AADANOOR 9 Kms. from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvaiyaru Road ANDALUKKUMAYYAN
AMMANKUDI 20 Kms from Kumbakonam KAILASANADAR
AVOOR 10 Kms from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur via Melatur PASUPATHEESWARAR
AZHAGA PUTHUR 5 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvarur Road SORNAPUREESWARAR
(ARISIRKARAI PPUTHUR)
DARASURAM 4 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road AIRAVADESWARAR
ENKAN 32 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvarur (Near Kudavasal) LORD SUBRAMANYA
GANAPATHIAGRAHARAM 25 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvaiyyaru. LORD VINAYAKA
HARIDWARAMANGALAM 28 Kms from Kumbakonam PADALESWARAN
INNAMBOOR 3 Kms from north from Puliyanchery which is on the Kumbakonam – Swamimalai road EZHUTHARINATHAR
KAPISTHALAM Near Swamimalai on the Kumbakonam-Thiruvayyaru Road GAJENDRA VARADAN
KONERI RAJAPURAM (THIRUNALLAM) 4 Kms from pudur, a stop on the Kumbakonam-karaikkal road UMA MAHESWARAR
(BOOMI NATHAR)
KOTTAIYOOR (KOTEESWARAM) 6 Kms on the Kumbakonam-Swamimalai Road KOTEESWARAR
KUDAVASAL (KUDAVAYIL) 20 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Tiruvarur KONESWARAR
ADHI KUMBESWARA SWAMI IN Kumbakonam Town ADHI KUMBESWARAR
TEMPLE
NAGESWARASWAMI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town NAGESWARA
SOMESWARAR TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town SOMESWARA
KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town KASI VISWANATHA
BANA PUREESWARA TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town BANA PUREESWARA
SARANGAPANI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town SARANGAPANI
CHAKRAPANI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town CHAKRAPANI
RAMASWAMY TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town LORD RAMA
KUTTALAM 26 Kms from Kumbakonam on Mayiladuthurai Road UKTHA VEETHEESWARAR
MANNARGUDI 36 Kms from Kumbakonam Via Needamangalam SRI RAJA GOPALA
MAYILADUTHURAI 35 Kms from Kumbakonam MAYURANATHAR
NANNILAM(MADHUVANAM) 30 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Nagore MADUVANESWARAR
NALLOOR 2 kms from Vazhapazhasalai, which is on Kumbakonam- Thanjavur Road KALYANA
SUNDARESWARAR
NATCHIAR KOIL 12 Kms from Kumbakonam on the SRINIVASA
Tiruvarur Road
OOTHUKADU 20 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road via Melatur VEDA NARAYANAR
PASUPATHI KOIL Around 30 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road BRAHMA PUREESWARAR
PATTEESWARAM DHENUPUREESWARAR
PAZHAYARAI Near Patteswaram SOMESWARAR
POOVANOOR It is in between Needamangalam and Mannargudi on Kumbakonam-Mannargudi road PUSHPAVANESWARAR
SENGANOOR Near Thirupanandal on Kumbakonam-Madras Road SATHYAGIRINATHAR
SIRUGUDI (SOOTCHUMAPURI) 3 Kms from Katakambadi on the Kumbakonam – Natchiar Koil Road SOOTCHUMA
PUREESWARAR
SWAMIMALAI 8 Kms from Kumbakonam on Thiruvayyaru Road SWAMINATHA SWAMI
THERAZHUNDOOR 10 Kms from Mayiladuthurai on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthutrai Road KOSAGAR
THIRUCHERAI 15 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam – Tiruvarur Road SARANATHATPERUMAL
THIRUKKANNAMANGAI 36 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Tiruvarur Road Via Kudavasal BAKTHAVATSALAR
THIRUKKARUGAVOOR 7 Kms from Papanasam, which is on the Kumbakonam- Thanjavur Road GARBAPUREESWARAR
THIRUKKODIKKAVAL Situated in the Kumbakonam-Kadiramangalam Road KOTEESWARAR
THIRUMANANCHERI 8 Kms from Kuttalam, which is 10 kms from Mayiladuthurai on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai road KALYANA SUNDARAR
THIRUMANGALAKKUDI 2 Kms from Aduthurai, which is 15 kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road PRANAVARADESWARAR
THIRUMARUGAL About 9 Kms from Nannilam on the Road to Nagore MANIKKAVANNAR
THIRUNARAIYOOR On the Kumbakonam- Tiruvarur Road SIDDHANADESWARAR
THIRUNEELAKKUDI On the Kumbakonam-karaikkal Road near Thirunageswaram NEELAKANDESWARAR
THIRUPPAMPURAM 2 kms from Karkathi which is on the Kumbakonam- Karaikkal Road SESHAPUREESWARAR
THIRUPANANDAL 19 Kms from Kumbakonam on Madras Road SADAIYAPPAR
THIRUPURAMBIYAM 4.5 Kms from Innambar, which is 3 Kms from north from Puliyanchery which is on the Kumbakonam Swamimalai road. SATCHINATHAR
THIRUBUVANAM 5 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road KAMBAHARESWARAR
THIRUVAIGAVOOR 4.5 Kms from Thirupurambiyam VILVAVANESWARAR
THIRUVALANCHUZHI 6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam – Swami malai Road via Dharasuram KARPAGA
NATHESWARAR
THIRUVANCHIYAM On the Kumbakonam – Nagoor Road, near Nannilam VANCHIHINGESWARAR
(SRIVANCHIYAM)
THIRUVAVADUTHURAI 2 Kms from Narasingampettai, which is at 16 kms from Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai Road MASILAMANEESWARAR
THIRUVEEZHIMAZHAI Near Eravancheri on the Kumbakonam-Peralam Road NETHARAR
PARESWARAR
THIRUVIDAI MARUDOOR 6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai Road MAHALINGESWARAR
THIRUVISANALOOR 8 kms from Kumbakonam YAGANANDESWARAR
UPPILIPPAN KOIL 10 Kms from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road OPPILIYAPAN
VALANGAIMAN 12 Kms from Kumbakonam on Manargudi Road MARIAMMAN

Thirukollikadu – Pongu Saneeswaran Temple

Posted: February 28, 2010 in Navagraha Temples, Temples around Kumbakonam
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Agneeswarar temple at Thirukkollikadu or Kallikadu is more commonly known as Pongu Saneeswaran Temple.  The Presiding deity of this temple Agneeswarar is also known as Thirukollikadar or Theevanna Nathar.  Thee means fire and vanna means colour in Tamil.  True to the name, the Lingam here is slightly reddish in colour. The Lingam here is one of the 64 Swayambhu (self-manifested) Lingams.  His consort is Mirudupaadanayagi or Menthiruvadiamman or Panjinmelladiaal.  All the names of the Goddess here mean – the one with soft feet. This is a padal petra sthalam and Thirugnana Sambandar has sung in praise of Thirukollikadar.  The sthala vruksham at this temple is Vanni.

Agni was under the grip of ezharai sani when he had lost some of his power due to the following reasons.  Agni had taken part in the yaga conducted by Dakshan (Lord Shiva’s father-in-law), whose primary intention of conducting the yaga was to insult Shiva. Agni had also been afflicted with dosha when the wax palace was burnt with the intent to kill the Pandavas.  Agni prayed to Lord Shiva here to get back his power.  Lord Shiva obliged him here and is hence known as Agnesswarar.

There is a story behind how this temple is so important for Saneeswaran worship.  Saneeswaran is actually a just planet that has effects on the person according to his karmas (deeds). However, people misunderstood and dreaded the very mention of the name.  Ezharai Sani or the seven and a half years period when the planet casts its malefic effect on the native of the horoscope is a dreaded period.  Similarly ashtama Sani is also feared.  Saneeswaran did not like this and he appealed to the Lord that he should not be blamed or held responsible for doing his assigned task.  Lord Shiva was pleased with Saneeswaran and conferred him the title Saneeswaran here.  No other planet has the tag Easwaran attached.    He directed Saneeswaran to stay back at this temple as Pongu Sani and bless the devotees.

After he was relieved of the Sani dosham at Thirunallar, Nalan came here and sought the blessing of the Lord.  He was reunited with his family and got back his royal status after worshipping here. King Harichandra also was a beneficiary of the Divine grace of Pongu Saneeswarar.

Saneeswaran is present here seated on his vehicle – the crow, as anugraha murthy (one showering his blessings) with his lower right hand showing abhaya hastham.  He holds a plough in his upper right hand.   He is holding a flag with crow embossed on it, in his left hand.  Opposite to Pongu Saneeswarar is Bhairavar, who is Saneeswaran’s guru.  There is a shrine for Lakshmi next to Pongu Saneeswarar.  Murugan is present here with his consorts Valli and Deivayanai.  He holds a bow in his hands instead of the Vel (spear).  The Navagrahas are usually seen as Vakramurthys, ie they face different directions. The Navagrahas here are uniquely placed.  They form a shape └┘here.

Worshipping in this temple will improve one’s social status.  The devotees will earn through legal and righteous means and will also regain any property or wealth that was earlier lost due to deceit.

There are inscriptions in this temple which suggest that this ancient temple which was once built out of bricks, got its present granite structure during the medieval period of Chola reign, about 1500 years ago.

Saneeswara Moola Mantra:

Aum pram prim praum sah shanaisharaya namah.

 

Saneeswara Gayathri:

Pangupadhaya vidmahe Surya putraaya dheemahi, thanno Mandha prachodayath

Location:

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This temple is located about 25 kms from Tiruvarur.  On Tiruvarur Thirutharaipoondi road take a right turn at Kachanam.  This temple is about 8 kms from Kachanam.

Boarding & Lodging:

The nearest towns are Tiruvarur and Mannargudi, where there are quite a few options available to suit various budgets.  This is a very small village and no facility is available here.

Nearby Temples:

Thirunellika

Thirukuvalai

Thiruthengoore

Kaichinam

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Agneeswarar Alayam

Thirukollikadu

Thiruthangur Thirunellikaval (P.O) Tiruvarur (Dist) – 610 205

Ph: 04369 237454

Thirunallar – Saneeswaran Temple

Posted: February 1, 2010 in Navagraha Temples, Temples around Kumbakonam
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Dharbharanyeswaraswamy or Dharbaranyeswarar temple at Thirunallar is dedicated to Saneeswaran or Saturn. Thirunallar in Karaikal, in the Union Territory of Pondichery, is one of the more famous and important navagraha temples. It is at a distance of 6 Kms from Karaikal town. This is one of the parivara sthalams. I shall explain what a parivara sthalam is in my post on Alangudi.

 

Though Saneeswaran here is very famous, the presiding deity is Dharbaranyeswarar. His Consort is Bogamartha Poon Mulayal or Praanaambikai. The lingam here is a self manifested Lingam or Swayambhu. The Sthala vruksham is Dharba or grass. This place was a forest of Dharba.  Dharba is a type of grass and aranyam means forest and hence the name Dharbaranyeswaraswamy or Dharbaranyeswarar for the Lord. Even today you can see the impression of grass on the lingam here. Thirunallar is one of the “Saptha Vidanga Sthalam”. The idols in these temples depict Lord Shiva performing one of His seven dance forms. It is believed that Lord Shiva imparted the knowledge of the Vedas & Shastras to Brahma here.  People pray to Swarna Ganapathy here to overcome financial problems.

Lord Surya was married to Usha or Light. Usha Devi was unable to bear the heat radiated from Surya and left her shadow or Chaya with Suryan while she herself stayed away. Saneeswaran is the son of Chaya Devi and Suryan. The very sigh tof Saneeswaran is dreaded and believed to be destructive. Suryan’s chariot is believed to have been destroyed when Saneeswaran as a baby first opened his eyes and looked at Suryan. Saneeswaran after intense penance on Lord Shiva attained the status of a celestial planet.

It is believed that Saneeswaran became lame when he was kicked by Lord Yama (Sani’s step brother – son of Surya & Usha) in a fit of anger. It is because of this that he is a slow moving planet, taking approximately two and a half years to move from one Zodiac Sign to another. Such a transit known as Sani peyarchi is very important and devotees from all over throng the temple to offer their prayers. Saneeswaran is believed to have a major influence on the course of ones life and also the most feared planet. The unique aspect here is that Saneeswaran is in standing posture with abhayahastha ie hand bestowing blessing.

Everyone experiences sade sati or ezharai sani in their life time. It occurs 2 to 3 three times in a life span as it recurs after approximately 30 years. Even the Lord himself is not exempt from the effect of ezharai sani. Once, Shiva hid himself in a remote cave to meditate and escape the effect of Sani. On his return he was informed by Sani that the Lord had went into hiding in the first place because of the influence of ezharai Sani. An astonished but pleased Shiva, declared to him to be Saneeswaran.  No other planet has the tag eswaran to the name.

There is a saying in Tamil “Saniyaipol Koduppavanum illai, saniyaipol keduppavanum illai” which translates to “There is none like Saneeswaran who can give a good life or ruin a life”. Actually, even at the worst of times Saneeswaran only delays but never denies.  The experience of going through the ezharai sani makes one mentally very strong.   He does not test us more than we can handle.  He affects a person based on his past deeds.  He is supposed to be Just. Interestingly, the two sons of Suryan, judge us and give us the palan or results based on our karma or deeds.  Saneeswaran does this during our lifetime and Yama does that after ones death.

According to a Legend, King Nala had not washed his feet properly while doing puja. Saneeswaran who was waiting for such an opportunity for about 12 years, immediately caught hold of him. This has probably prompted the tradition to wash our feet before entering the house. Getting back to the story of King Nala, under the influence of ezharai sani, he lost his kingdom, separated from his wife and children, had health problems and wandered around like a beggar. As per the advice of Bharadwaja muni he worshipped Dharbaranyeswarar at Thirunallar, after a dip in the holy tank here. It was then he was relieved of the effects of Sani. After this, Shiva asked Saneeswaran to be here and bless all his devotees.

Pooja:

Those visiting Thirunallar should first have an oil bath in the Nala theertham. Some believe that you should leave behind a piece of your cloth near the tank. There are lots of shops around the tank, selling black towels, sachet of gingely oil etc. The tank is usually clean but on occasions you may not want to get into the water. After the bath worship the Vinayakar in the small temple nearby, break a coconut there and then proceed towards the Dharbaranyeswarar temple which is about 5 minutes walk from there.

Devotees offer Blue cloth and light Gingely oil lamp. Special Poojas are performed on Saturdays as Saturday is the day of Saneeswaran.

Recite these mantras facing west to get relief from malefic influence and get His blessings.

Saneeswara Moola Mantra: Aum pram prim praum sah shanaisharaya namah.

Saneeswara Gayathri: Pangupadhaya vidmahe Surya putraaya dheemahi, thanno Mandha prachodayath

Other Saneeswaran Sthalams:

Agastheeswarar Temple at Pozhichalur near Pallavaram.  This place is also known as Vada Thirunallaru

Pongu Saneeswarar at Thirukollikadu near Tiruvarur

Saneeswarar Temple at Kuchanur near Dindigul

Sri Mandeswara Swami Temple at Mandapally, which is 38 kms from Rajamundy

Saneeswaran temple at Shanishingnapur in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra

Boarding & Lodging: The temple Devasthanam has accommodation facilities.  There are a few choultries in the Sannidhi Street.  A few hotels with air-conditioned rooms are also available starting from Rs.600/- per day.  This is a reasonably big town and hence there are quite a few eateries.  There are a few households in the Sannidhi street that have allocated a portion of their house for use of pilgrims.  If you want to rest for a couple of hours in the afternoons here they would charge a nominal rate of Rs.50/- to Rs. 100/-

Location:

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290 Kms from Chennai

55 Kms from Kumbakonam

34 Kms from Mayavaram

6 Kms from Karaikal Town

23 Kms from Nagapattinam

19 Kms from Nagore

Temples Nearby:

Thirukadaiyur Abhirami temple – 27 kms

Sikkal Murugan temple -31 kms

Thiruvarur – 40kms

Other Attractions Nearby:

Velankanni Shrine is 40 kms from here.  Tharangambadi or Tranquebar, a former Danish colony from 1620-1845, is 18.5 kms from here on Karaikal Thirukadaiyur route. Fort Dansborg, built by the Danes in 1620, now houses a museum to exhibit Danish era there.

Temple Timings: 6 AM and 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM. Since Saturdays are the special days for Saneeswaran, the Saneeswaran sannidhi is open even between 1 PM & 4PM.

Temple Address

Sri Darbaranyeswara Swami Devasthanam,

Thirunallar-609607

Temple Phone No: 04368-236530 or 236504

As per Indian Astrology the planetary positions determine a person’s destiny. It is commonly understood that Navagraha means nine planets – Nava meaning nine and graha meaning planet. However, graha in Sanskrit may also mean influence.  Hence, according to some it is not nine planets but nine influences. Whatever is the case, they are the nine biggest influences on the destiny of a person. There are nine temples (one for each Graha) located within a radius of 60 kms of Kumbakonam in TamilNadu.  It is a belief that performing shanthi or parihara puja for the particular Graha(s) and its Lords will yield quick and timely results.

 

These temples are

 

  • Sivasuriyanarayana Temple (Suryan, Sun) at Suryanar Koil near Aduthurai
  • Kailasanathaswamy Temple (Chandran, Moon) at Thingalur near Thiruvaiyaru
  • Vaitheeswaran Temple (Chevvai, Mars) at Vaitheeswaran Koil or Pullirukkuvelur near Sirkali
  • Swetharanyeswarar Temple (Budhan, Mercury) at Thiruvengadu near Poompuhar
  • Abathsahayeswarar Temple (Guru, Jupiter) at Alangudi near Needamangalam
  • Agneeswarar Temple (Shukran, Venus) at Kanjanur near Aduthurai
  • Dharbaranyeswarar Temple (Saneeswaran, Satrun) at Thirunallar, Karaikal
  • Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu, North Lunar Node) at Thirunageswaram near Kumbakonam
  • NaganatharTemple (Kethu, South Lunar Node) at Keezhaperumpallam near Poompuhar

 

While the first seven planets as in the list above have a day of the week assigned to them, Rahu and Kethu have no special days assigned to them.  Instead, one and a half hours each day of the week is assigned to each of them.  Thus we have one and a half hours of Rahukalam and one and a half hours of Yamagandam, everyday, which are assigned to Rahu & Kethu respectively.

 

I have been visiting these temples regularly over the past few years.  I shall soon be writing about each one of them in subsequent posts.

 

 

 

On 1st of January 2010, Balu & I started our tour of the temples from Madras.  We visited Lalithambigai temple at Thirumeyachur in the afternoon.  This place is about 20 kms from Mayavaram near Peralam on the Mayavaram Thiruvarur Road.  The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Meghanatha.  The consort of Lord Meghanatha is Goddess Lalithambigai.

 

Lalithambigai Temple Thirumeyachur

Temple Gopuram, Thirumeychur

 

As per legend, Arunan the charioteer of Surya Bhagavan wanted to go to Kailasam to worship Lord Shiva.  Surya Bhagavan did not allow him to go.  Hence Arunan took the form of a girl and was on his way to Kailasam.  On the way Surya saw this girl and outraged her modesty.  Lord Shiva was very angry with Surya Bhagavan for such misbehaviour and cursed him to get darkened.  The whole world plunged into darkness.  A repentant Surya Bhagavan pleaded for mercy and as per His advice came to Thirumeiyachur and worshiped the Lord here. Surayan is believed to have worshiped Lord Shiva seated on an Elephant.  To signify this you can see a Vimana (gajaprishta vimanam) in the temple resembling the back of an elephant.  Even after severe penance, the Lord did not show mercy and Surya Bhagavan shouted in anguish.  The Goddess was angered by this and almost cursed Surya Bhagavan, before being pacified by Lord Shiva.  He said that the World was already plunged in darkness because Surya was dark and that he was only looking for relief.  By His grace Surya Bhagavan attained papa vimochanam (absolution of sin).

He blessed her to be Shanta nayagi. In the outer praharam (circumambulatory path) of Shiva’s shrine there is a sculpture of kshetrapuraneswarar depicting this.  Lord Shiva is seen holding the cheeks of his consort and pacifying her.  As you face this beautiful sculpture, and if you observe closely, you can see that from your left hand side there will be a smile on Her face and if you see from your right hand side you can see anger in Her face.

This sculpture may also signify that in a marital relationship, when the wife loses her temper the husband should stay calm and alert or vice versa.  In a Hindu marriage, the mantra “Samaya Varte Savadhan“, is repeated by the groom after the priest.  The meaning of this mantra is – Be cautious and act as per the situation.  Only the groom is asked to chant this mantra because women, by nature, are generally calm and are expected to be so.  Husband and wife should be the calming influence on each other for enjoying a harmonious marital life.

 

The angels called vasini emerged from Lalithambigai’s mouth and  sung the Lalitha Sahasranamam (1000 names) in praise of the Goddess. This stotra is found in the Brahmanda puranam.  Hayagriva taught Agastya – his disciple – this stotra. Agastya then came here and sang the popular sloka Maatha jaya Om Lalithambigaye.

 

On the northern side of the praharam, you have the shrine of Sakala Bhuvaneswarar and His consort is  Minnumegalaial.  This is supposed to be an Ilam Kovil (temple within temple).  Since there are two temples side by side, a unique feature of this temple is that you can see Shiva (present as Lingothbhavar) Vishnu and Brahma simultaneously from the North West corner of the outer prahara (Circumambulatory path).

 

On the Northern side of the outer Prahara near the Sakala Bhuvaneswarar shrine is the Asthabhujanga Durga. In the right hand of Durga is a parrot.  Devotees, who want their prayers to come true, convey the same to Lalithambigai through this Durga.  The parrot is supposed to be taking the message to Lalithambigai.  Some lucky devotees can see that spectacle of a Parrot flying from above Durga’s shrine to the dhwajasthambam opposite Lalithambigai’s shrine!!!

 

There is something interesting that happened as recently as 1999.  A devout woman from Bangalore had recurring dreams of Ambal asking her for gold anklet (Golusu).  This woman went in search of the Goddess and visited various temples.  She chanced upon the issue of “Alayam” magazine in which Lalithambiga Temple appeared as the cover story and immediately recognised the Ambal as the one from her dreams.  She had the anklet made and visited the temple.  She told the priest of her dreams and wanted the Goddess to be adorned with the Golusu.  The priest said that since there is no way for the Golusu to go around Her feet it would not be possible.  On her insistence, the priest decided to give it a try and to his astonishment could find a soft spot in the idol’s ankle and he could actually pass the Golusu through it!!!  Later, it is said that they could find holes in Her nose which is now adorned with mookuthi (nose pin), oddiyanam(roughly translated as waist belt) around Her Waist.

Location:

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Thirumeyachur is about 2 Kms from Peralam.  Peralam is on Mayiladuthurai Thiruvarur Road.  It is a crucial junction and the Karaikal Kumbakonam Road also passes through this twon.

Nearby Temples:

The other temples nearby are Thilatharpanapuri, Saraswathy temple at Koothanur & Thirupampuram.

Boarding & Lodging:

Have your travel base as Kumbakonam or Mayiladuthurai.

Temple Phone Number: 04366 239 170