Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Thenkurangaduthurai Temple, Aduthurai, Thanjavur

Thenkurangaduthurai Temple, Aduthurai, Thanjavur
Thenkurangaduthurai Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the village of AduthuraiTamilnaduIndia. The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thirugnana Sambandar and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

This Paadal Petra Sthalam is located on the Kumbakonam - Mayiladuthurai road is about 12 Kms from Kumbakonam and 20 Kms from Mayiladuthurai. Another paadal Petra Shivasthalam Tiruneelakudi is located to the south of this Shivasthalam and can be reached from here.

This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built by the Chola King at the desire of his Queen Sembianmadhevi, mother of King Uthama Chozha. In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
This is the 148th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 31st sthalam on south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thiruganasambhandar and Appar have sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. 
Iraivan: Sri Aabath sahayeswarar
Iraivi: Sri Pavazhakodiammai.
Legends
It is devoted to Brahma, Sugriva, and Rama. Shiva rescued Sugriva from his brother Vaali because Sugriva could not compete with Vaali in a fight. Sugriva prayed to Lord Shiva who turned Sugriva to a swan and kept him above the 'Vilva' tree, so Vaali could not find him. It is believed Lord Rama searching for Sita came here with Hanuman and Sugriva and prayed here which gives an additional tribute to this temple.
The Temple
The temple is located 12 km away from Kumbakonam on the KumbakonamMayiladuthurai road. The best mode is taking town buses from Kumbakonam. The Aduthurai railway station is also close by to the temple. The temple is surrounded by vast streets on all the four sides. The temple is built in Dravidian style with Vimanas and a five story Gopuram. This temple is under the maintenance of Thiruvavadurai Aadheenam.

This temple was built by Chembianmadevi, wife of Chola King Kandaraditya Cholan with a 3 tier Rajagopuram and 2 prakarams. In the outer prakaram, there are shrines for Lord Viswanathar, Goddess Visalakshi, Lord Vinayagar, and Lord Murugan etc. The shrine for the female deity Pavalakkodiammai is located in the outer prakaram.

The shrine for Moolavar (main male deity) Abadhsahayeswarar is located in the inner prakaram. The sanctum of the main presiding deity is surrounded by a moat like formation on all the 4 sides. The idols of Vinayagar, Agasthiyar, Lord Brahma, and Dakshinamurthy are found in the corner places of the inner prakaram.

It is believed that Sugriva, a character in Ramayana, had worshipped Lord Shiva at this Shivasthalam. Stone inscriptions from the Chera and Chola period have been found in this temple.

In Koshtam Narthana Vinayagar, Agasthiyar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbhavar, Bramha, Durgai can be seen. Karuvarai is in Agali amaipu. Sudhai Sirpam for Sukreeva worshiping lord in mandapam can be found. There is no Kodimaram (Place is there, but might have been removed). In Dhakshinamoorthy place, Moorthys of Agasthiyar & Natarajar can be seen. Sila roopams for Ganga Vicheschanar, Pitchadanar on both side of Sri Durga can be seen. Here Navagrahas are facing Suryan is a distinctive feature. Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.

Sannidhis: Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeswara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Viswanathar & Visalakshi, Lord Surya, Lord Chandra, Navagrahas, Goddess Sri Gajalakshmi, Lord Bhairava, Lord Nataraja & Sivakami,
Samayakuravarkal: Appar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar & Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Ardhanareeswara, Banalingam & Goddess Sri Vishnu Durga.
Goshtamurtham: Lord Ganesha, Sage Agastya, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Lingodbhavar, Lord Brahma & Goddess Sri Durga.
Presiding Deity: Thiru Apathsahaeswarar/Apathsahayar with his consort Goddess Sri Pavalakodi Ammai/Vandar Karumenkuzhal Mangai
Theertham: Surya Theertham, Sahaya Theertham,
Sthalavruksham: Jasmine
Temple Opening Time
This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 8.30PM in the evenings.
Festivals
Maha Shivarathri, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Arudra Dharisanam, Aippasi Annabishekam & Markazhi Utsavam
Contact
Sri Aabath Sahayeswarar Temple,
Aduthurai, Thanjavur District
Mobile: +91 94434 63119 & + 91 94424 25809
Connectivity
The temple is in Aaduthurai on the bus route Kumbakonam to Mayiladuthurai. Town buses are available from Kumbakonam.
The temple is in the beginning of Aaduthurai from Kumbakonam before Bus stand.  There is Small Murugan temple – right turn – walk about 200 meters - Opposite to Kumaragurau dasa melnilaipalli (School).

Nearest Railway Station is located at Aduthurai & Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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