Friday, June 23, 2017

Deva Pureeswarar Temple, Thevur – Legends

Deva Pureeswarar Temple, Thevur – Legends
According to Hindu mythology, the Devas worshipped Shiva at Thevur to rid themselves of the sin of killing Vruddhasura. Hence this place got the name Thiruthevur.
Ramayana Connection:
The temple is also associated with the legends of the Ramayana. Ravana fought with Kubera and robbed him of his pots of wealth.  Kubera set out on a pilgrimage to get back his wealth. He worshipped Lord Devapureeswarar in this temple with Red Lotus flowers on a Friday at Shukra Hora time – 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. and 12.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. are Shukra Hora time on Fridays.  Pleased with his worship, Lord helped Kubera to get back his wealth robbed by Ravana, according Sthala Purana. Sthala Purana says by worshiping Lord Siva here one will get back their position and wealth which they have lost. 
Mahabharata Connection:
As per the MahabharataVirata worshipped Shiva at the temple along with his daughter Uttara.
Brihaspathi, the Guru of the Devas, worshipped Shiva here; hence the deity is called Devagurunathar. So there is no Muyalagan seen under the legs of Deva Guru.
Sthala Vriksham:
It is said that the Kal Vazhai came down from the Devaloka and remained near the Lord as the sacred tree of the temple. This grows on stones.
Gautama worshipped Shiva to help people from Drought:
Sage Gautama worshipped Lord with his own Linga here for gold etc. to help people from starvation during a 12 year famine period. 
Kulavardanan completed his Yagna with the blessings of Lord Shiva:
Magatha King Kulavardanan completed his yajna with the blessings of Lord Devapureeswarar, according to Sthala Purana. 
People worshipped Shiva here:
Gautama Muni, Indhra, Kubera, Kal Vaazhai, Guru Bhagavan, Virata, Uttara, Kulavardanan and Surya are also believed to have worshipped Shiva here.

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