Main Deity : Swetaranyeswarar
Goddess : Bhrama Vidya Nayaki
Holy Tree : Alamaram
Holy Water : Surya Theertham
Color : Green
Gem Stone : Emerald
Season : Autumn
Auspisious Day : Wenesday
How to Reach : 60 kms from Kumbakonam
There are many shrines of significance during this well visited temple, as well as those to Durga and Kali. The image of Natarajar here is of nice beauty. Worship to Shiva’s fiery kind Veerabhadrar is alleged to be of significance on Sunday nights. Special worship services are offered to Natarajar and also the associated Spatika Lingam, as in Chidambaram. As found in Chidambaram, there’s conjointly a shrine for Lord Vishnu close to the shrine for Natarajar. The Aalamaram here is brought up as Akshayavadam (infinite one, indestructible banyan tree).
The Soma Theertham and also the Surya Theertham created by the Sun and also the Moon are of nice significance here. it’s believed that the Soma Kundam and Surya Kundam brought up in Silappathihaaram consult with these tanks. Vilvam and Konrai are the opposite Sthala vrikshams here. The goddess here encompasses a separate temple to herself, and is thought as Brahma Vidayambigai, the goddess of information. simply outside her sanctum is that the shrine to Budhan or Angarakan, the graham known to preside over data. This temple Siva conjointly known Venkatar, and his consert referred to as Veiyanaiya thol Umai, Panmoitha inmozhiyaal, Brahma Vidya Nayagi.
There are variety of legends connected to the present temple. The foremost beign the story of the Sage Swetha Kethu is claimed to own been saved from the clutches of death by the grace of Shiva here, during a legend the same as that of Markandeya at Tirukkadavur. Ancient time Acchuthagapanar who didn’t have a toddler, came to the present temple and had a holy tub within the 3 tanks at this temple and worshipped Thiruvengadar and got a wise kid who came to be called Meikandar the author of Sivagnanabodham. it’s additionally believed that Shiva took the fierce Aghoramurthy type, to vanquish the demon Maruthuvan, to whom he had given his Soolam – that he had misused.
Inscriptions from the time of Aditya Chola I (870-907), Raja Raja I (10th – eleventh cent) & his descendants speaking of endowments created by the Chola rulers to the current temple are found here. Vikrama Cholan engineered the Vikramacholan Tirumandapam (1118-1135). the current structures of the temple furthermore because the lovely bronze pictures during this temple are a contribution of the nice Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola I. a number of these bronzes were recovered in treasure troves unearthed here. The Ardhanareeswarar and Chandeswarar bronzes are currently housed within the Chennai Museum. Natarajar, Somaskandar, Devi, Bhoga Sakthi are housed within the temple, whereas pictures of Subramanyar, Rishabhavahanadevar, Bhikshatanar, Kalyanasundarar, Kannappar and others are housed within the Thanjavur Art Gallery.
Appar, Sambandhar, Sunarar were sung hymns in awe during this temple. Indiran, Airavatam, Budhan, Sun God Sooriyan and Moon God Chandiran are said to own worshipped God Shiva here.
This temple is additionally referred to as Aadi Chidambaram, Natarajar’s dance here is thought as Hasti Natanam. This Shivasthalam is one in all the vi most sacred places on the banks of river Cauvery that is par with the temple at Varanasi. the opposite five shivasthalams are Tiruvaiyaru, Chaayaavanam, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvidaimarudur and Tiruvanchiam.
This is the temple acknowledged for its shrine Aghoramurthy and to Budhan that we tend to refer Mercury in English; one in all the nine Navagraha stalams. The temple is ten Kms by road from Sirkazhi on the thanks to Poompuhar. And lies concerning twenty Kms from Mayiladudurai towards Poompuhar, where the Kaveri flows into the ocean.
Samanya Matra : Om brum brahaspateh Namah
Beej Mantra : Om Gram Grim Gromam Sah Gurve Namah
Puranic Mantra : Devanam Ch Hrisinamam Ch gurum Kanchansamnibham. Budhibhutam Trilokesham Tam Namami Brahaspatim.
Vedic Mantra : Om brahaspati Ati Yardyo Aharad DhumDhvibhati Kratumjjineshu. Yadidychvas Hritparajat Tadasamasu Dravinam dehi chitram