Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple, Theni

Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple, Theni
Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple, a 1000 years old temple, is situated on the banks of the Varaha River in Periyakulam. A six-headed idol of Lord Murugan along with the statue of his wife is enshrined in the temple. The Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple is one of the major places of pilgrimage and a prominent attraction for those who are visiting the district of Theni.
The Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple has a renowned 6-headed idol of Lord Murugan along with the idol of his wife that is enshrined in the sanctum. This sacred temple, supposedly built by King Rajendra Chola, is believed to share a status equal to the one in Kasi. It is also called Rajendra Chozheeswarar Temple.


Legend
Once King Rajendra Chola went for hunting in Agamalai near the banks of the Varaha River, There a pig was feeding milk to its young ones. The king unknowingly killed the pig. Seeing the hunger of the young pigs, Lord Muruga fed the piglets. King Rajendra Chola saw this amazing sight, and constructed this temple in memory of this Divine event. This temple is considered equal to Kasi. Since Brahma Theertha runs in this river it is believed that any incurable disease is cured when we have a bath in this river water. 
The idol of Lord Muruga with six faces seems to have been pierced from the ground-under. Lord Muruga, seen here with his consorts, blesses all his devotees. The old name of Periyakulam is Kuzhanthai Maanagaram
Greatness of the Temple
The temple is on the banks of River Varaha considered as sacred as the holy Ganga.   There are two Marudha trees-one male and the other female on the river bank.   It is also called Brahmma Theertha.  Lord Muruga graces the devotees with His six merciful faces accompanied by His consorts Valli and Deivanai. 
Lord Rajendra Chozheeswarar and Mother Aram Valartha Nayaki bless the devotees from their respective shrines with separate flag posts-Kodimaram each.  As the temple was built by Rajendra Chozha, in popular terms, this is called Big Temple. 


The signs of the 27 stars and the 12 zodiac signs are shown on the roof of the Peacock Mandap opposite Lord Muruga shrine.  As the shrine of Lord Mrutyunjaya also is in the temple, many celebrate their 60th and 80th birthdays here.
Deities
Lord Shiva, Mother Ambica and Lord Muruga grace the devotees from this single temple.  Lords Nataraja, Ekambareswara, Jambukeswara, Dakshinamurthi, Juradeva, Bhairava and Vishnu, Sun and Moon with their consorts, Saptha Kannikas, planets Rahu and Ketu grace the devotees from separate shrines in the prakara. 
Speaking volumes of the skill of Chola temple architecture, the pillars have the sculptures of Agora Veerabadra, Rudra Thandavamurthi, Manmatha and Mother Durga. 
Festival
Chithirai Thiruvizha in April-May; Vaikasi Vishakam in May-June; Aadi Pooram in July-August; Thai Poosam in January-February; Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Panguni Brahmmotsavam are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Contact
Sri Rajendra Chozheeswarar (Balasubramaniar Temple)
Periakulam-625 601
Phone: +91-94885 53077
Connectivity
The temple is in the heart of Periyakulam town, 16 km far from Theni. Bus facilities are conveniently available. 
Near By Bus Station: Theni
Near By Railway Station: Theni.

Near By Airport:  Madurai 

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