Friday, November 8, 2019

Srivanchiyam Temple - Rare temple for Lord Yama

Srivanchiyam Temple - Rare temple for Lord Yama

Sri Vanchinadha Swamy temple is located in a village Srivanchiyam neare Tiruvarur district, Tamilnadu. The Sri Vanchinadha Swamy temple is at the centre of the village. The central deity of the temple of the temple is the Lord Vanchinadar, a form of the Lord Shiva, and his consort is Mangalanayaki.

The temple is over 1100 years old, and was built by the kind Rajendra Chola in the year 850 CE; out of 276 temples this temple is 70th in the list

This temple had been work shipped by Lord Lakshmi, Brahma , Indira at various times;

Sthala viruksham is sandlewood tree and the sacred tank is right at the entrance of the temple and it is called Gupta Gangai; There is a belief that Ganges river was so tired by carrying all the sins and prayed to Lord Siva on how to get rid of the all the sins that she carried from people who take dip in ganges river. Lord Siva directed Ganges to go to Srivanchiyam temple and get dipped in Gupta gangai tank; ganges did the same and got rid of the sins that she carried; Hence whoever takes dip in this tank will get rid of all their sins.

The Lord here is beleived to be Suyambu lingam and it is one of the oldest and very first suyambu lingam; It is believed that this temple and the lord here has been there even before prahalayam and even this temple will continue to be there after next one too.

This temple is one of the 6 temples around the Cauvery river and it is believed to be equivalent to Kasi viswanathar temple.

It is one of the rare temple where we see a separate shrine for Lord Yama; The belief is Lord Yama was so tired and worried about doing his duty of punishing people and worried that he might carry sins; rightly lord Shiva asked Lord Yama to go this place and do penance and get rid of the sins and build a temple for him; Rightly Lord Yama did the same and Lord Siva made sure there is a separate shrine to Lord Yama; infact all the first things in Siva temple will be done to Vinayakar, however in this temple all the first preference is given to Lord Yama and only then followed by Lord Vinayakar and then Vachinathar;

Also Lord Siva asked Lord Yama that only people whoever had some good karma alone will be able to visit this temple and after visiting they will be blessed with peaceful life and there will be no more future births;

one of the rare aspects is , during Grahana time ( eclipse times ) most of the temples will be closed , however this temple alone will be open during that time and Abhishekams will be done to Lord Siva during that time

Temple is considered as one of the parihara sthalam for Rahu ketu and there is separate shrine for Lord Sani here.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Iravatheswarar temple or Airavatheswarar Temple; Mrithyunjesarar temple - Iravasthanam - Kanchipuram

Iravatheswarar temple or Airavatheswarar Temple; Mrithyunjesarar temple - Iravasthanam - Kanchipuram

As we all know, Kanchipuram is one the main temple town in Tamilnadu like Kumbakonam and it is splitted into Siva Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi. As name suggests, Siva Kanchi consists of Siva temple which are also called as Padal Petra sthalam and Vishnu kanchi consists of Perumal / Vishnu temples and infact out of 108 Divya desams 20+ are based in kanchipuram and it shows the signifiance of this temple.

Kanchipuram is also one of the seven puniya sthala in India as per Garudapuranam. The places like Ayothya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi, Avanthika, Dwakara and Kanchipuram are considered as Mokstha sthala where we get liberation from cycles of birth

Kanchipuram has been ruled by sevaral people and prominent of them are Pallavas followed by Cholas. Infact, Pallavas had Kanchi as their capital. Kanchi is referred by Tirunavukkarasar as a boundless wisdom – Kalviyil Karayiladha Kanchi Managarm and beauty city – Nakareshu Kanchi - by great poet Mahakavi Kalidas.

This temple Iravatheswarar or Airavatheswarar is located right next to Railway station. As I have been born and brought up in Siva Kanchi and this place is very close to my house. Infact in my childwood days we used to play in this area without knowing the significance. This temple was almost in depleted state during those time with full of trees and plants.

Recently 5 - 6 years back when i visited I fould this temple has been taken under the control of Indian Archealogical group and hence was intersted to visit. The areas has been cleaned and temple is being maintained with Priest regularly.  SwethaKulam is the sacred Theertha of the temple.

This temple seems to be built between 6 - 8th century by Pallava king Narashimavarman II alias Rajasimhan. The significance of the temple is circular goppuram or vimana which is considered as splendid architectural work. This temple is considered as minor siva temple and the main entrace do not have any gopuram like typical south indian temple, either it was never constructed or depleted with time for which no records available.

Significance of this temple is that Markandeyar had workshipped lord Siva here he got the boon of not becoming old at any time of his life in the earth and he will be reach adobe of heaven only when he decides. Hence this temple is referred as Iravatheswarar which means there is no death until we wish for it. To continue this legacy and importance, Ayush homa for kids under 5 years of age are done in this temple. Temple has only 2 major locations. One Nandi with in smaller vimana right infront of Lord Siva and then need to get into few steps to reach the bigger shrine where Lord Siva is there to grace his devotees. Legend also goes like Sages reached out ot Lord Brahma for life longitivity and he advised the sages to go to Kanchi and workship Lord Siva, as per this guidance, all the sages visited Kanchi and installed siva linga and got their boon, hence this place is also Iravatheswarar or Iravasthanam / Iravasthalam

The lord Siva is referred as Mrithunjeswarar and the temple is referred as Mrithyunjewsarar / Mrityunjeshwarar temple - Iravasthalam which means no death till we wish for it.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.