Thevaram is the sacred book of Saivites. This web Page deals mainly with the temples
covered in Thevaram.
Thevaram is sung by the 3 nayanmars Appar , Sundarar , Gnana sambandar.
Thiruvasagam is by Manikkavasagar. Manikavasagar was a GANDARVA in his previous birth.While
shiva was explaining the gandarvas some important theory , he was deviated
by a beautiful airplane in the sky and was watching that. Shiva cursed
him to take a human birth.The place where this happened is Thiru Uthirakosamangai
, near to Ramanathapuram.It is a very famous temple in thiruvaasagam.
Temples with Speciality
Thanjai Periya koil (Big Temple) Go to the temple
Thanjai periya koil , one of the Architectural splendors of south india ,is located
316 kms from chennai , the capital of tamil nadu . Thanjavur is connected
by bus and trains .. It is called the granery of south india .
Tanjore big temple has
-Tallest Vimanam ( the tower that rises from the sanctum )
-its towers shadow never falling on the ground
Sani planet is famous in Thiru Nallar but actually an equally important
but neglected sani sannadhi is in Thirukollikkadu temple near Thiruvarur
and Thiruvalanchuzhi near kumbakonam.
Jupitor ( Vyazhan , GURU ) planet is famous in Aalangudi but an equally
important but unknown Jupitor sannadhi is in Thitte temple near Thanjavur..
This temple has a mechanism by which a stone on the Gopuram absorbs atmospheric
moisture , converts it into water droplets and makes it fall on siva s
body .The stone is called CHANDRAKANDAM. 3 kms from thanjavur.
In Kanjanur which is the place of planet Velli ( Sukkiran or Venus )
, there is actually no seperate sannidhi for velli but the Shiva himself
has Velli incarnated into him .
The Town which has got the fame that it will never be devastated at all
times inspite of natural calamities is Avinashi . A + Vinasham ( vinasham
means devastation ) ,A+vinasham -> never can be destroyed . The fame is
due the Avinashiappar temple located there.
The grace of all the siva's in all temples is told to converge at Thiru
Moola nathar lingam of Chidambaram temple . Nataraja is famous here .One
among the pancha boodha sthalams and also a sabai.Kanaga sabhai.
Temple has got the highest number of songs ( more than 70 'Padigangal'
). It has 3 deities , all SIVA's in 3 tiers
1.Brahmapureeswarar , 2. Thoniappar , 3. Sattanaathar
Temple has a speciality where the stone deity
takes 5 colors everyday. 10 kms from kumbakonam.
temple is famous for "Garbharakshambigai" (parvathi) where it is believed
that worshipping the deity would cause smoother delivery.
where at the time of RAGHU KALAM , the milk poured on RAGHU , one of the
nine planets turns blue.Sekkizhar did the Arangettram( Staging ) of his
"Periya puranam" in Thirunageswaram temple.
Aavudaiyar koil -
The SIVA LINGAM is divided into 2 parts structurally .
1.the base which is called "AAVUDAI" , 2. the top cylindrical shape or "LINGAM"
In a place called Aavudaiyar koil about 3 hours journey from madurai the siva
doesnt have the top lingam ..
There is a Vinayagar statue here in this temple near kumbakonam.It absorbs
as much as 1 ton of Honey which is poured as abhisheka on the day of vinayagar
chaturthi.No other abhisheks are performed to that on any other day.only
honey is the abhishek liquid.
No abhishekam is done for Aadi kumbeswarar ( main deity in Kumbeswarar
temple ) since it is created using sand with Amirtham" ( sacred liquid
of gods ). Puranas say that Kumbakonam is the first town on earth after
a total devastation which is called Pralayam. Mahamaham which is celebrated
here once in twelve years marks this incident.Kumbakonam is considered
to be of greater spiritual value than Kashi
This temple has two temples in it. 2 thevara padal petra thalangal. Lalitha
sagasranamam is told to have originated from here since the goddess here
Miscellaneous Features seen in some temples
Certain Temples are called Yanai Eera koilgal
meaning that they can't be climbed by elephants . some of them are
7.Thiru Veezhi Mizhalai
Temples which are sung by the one or more of the 3 nayanmars but not visited by
them. The regular temples are sung and visited by them.
Thingalur( chandran temple )
Vazhuvur ( one among the ashta veerattanam )
Temples where Vishnu worshipped shiva
Temple where Brahma worshipped shiva
Shiva Ratri is a very good day to pray Shiva. The divine grace will be at its
high if is observed from the following 4 temples
1.Thiruvaikavur ( 6 kms from kumbakonam )
2.Thirukokarnam ( near mangalore )
3.Sri sailam (A.P)
4.Thiruveezhimizhalai ( 15 kms from kumbakonam approx )