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Aalayam Kanden (Temples I noticed): Aavarani Pudhuchery Nateswarar

Shri Nateswara Swamy Temple, Aavarani Pudhuchery

Some temples are distinctive and the enjoyment one will get whereas visiting them is immense. The aim of Aalayam Kanden is to establish these lesser recognized gems and to spotlight them in order that these looking for such temples can go to and expertise them simply.

A few years in the past, I had written an article on the Aavarani Ananthanarayana Perumal temple in Nagapattinam district, the place the large 21 ft Perumal is bedecked with stunning jewels rendered via the hymns of  Thirumangai Azhwar. The hyperlink to the article is right here. Simply on the outskirts of Aavarani is a hamlet referred to as Pudhuchery (to not be confused with Pondicherry). It’s right here that the distinctive Swayambu Nateswara Swamy temple is discovered.

So what’s so distinctive about this temple? To understand it, we have to go into its legend.

Sage Vashista and Devathachan

Lord Ganesha on the Aavarani Pudhuchery Temple

On the banks of River Pasumpuli, lived a younger boy referred to as Devathachan. Proper from childhood, he was very keen on Lord Shiva and would bathe within the river, and acquire water whereas singing hymns in reward of the Lord. He additionally made a Shivalingam out of sand and began performing abhishekam with milk each day. Over time,this sand lingam tightened up and shaped like an anthill.  

One night time, the river was in spate. Because the water ranges rose, Sage Vashista who was on a pilgrimage and had arrange his momentary shelter close to the river, was fearful that the rising water would quickly dissolve the lingam so passionately worshipped by younger Devathachan and due to this fact one way or the other wished to put it aside. So he embraced it, trying to protect it together with his physique. Within the meantime, Devathachan was stressed in his home. He was fearful about his lingam and if he would be capable to save the Lord from being dissolved within the rain. He begged his widowed mom, to permit him to go and examine. Nonetheless, the mom was fearful about sending her younger son out alone at nighttime, significantly when it was raining closely and the river was in spate. She pleaded with him to carry on until daybreak. The boy wept bitterly, unable to disobey his mom and on the identical time fearful in regards to the standing of his loving Lord.

On the morning time, the rains stopped and the river began flowing as if nothing had occurred. The boy ran in direction of the river and located Sage Vashista in an embrace with the linga. The little boy ran in direction of the rishi and fell at his ft in gratitude for having saved his Lord. The Rishi opened his eyes to take a look at what he was holding.

To each their shock and astonishment, the baanam (high portion of the lingam) now seemed just like the Shiva Kayilai and Sakthi Kayilai because it seems to those that carry out the interior parikrama of Mount Kailash. It was as if Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had appeared because the divine couple from the waters of the river to reply the prayers of their younger devotee. The Sage was over joyed with the grace of the Lord and so have been the villagers who had then all gathered by the river. They constructed a small shrine at the place the Lord had chosen to remain and it got here to be referred to as “Puthira chery”, the place the place God had appeared for the younger boy (Puthiran).

The Shivakayilai Shakthikayilai Swayambu lingam at Aavarani Pudhuchery

Over time, the identify has morphed into Pudhuchery and since discovered on the outskirts of Aavarani, it has come to be often called Aavarani Pudhuchery. The Pasumpuli river that surrounded the lingam constructed by Devathachan to alter it into the Shivakayilai and Shakthikayilai has shrunk right into a tank often called the “Puthrakaameshti Theertham”. These looking for noble youngsters bathe on this tank (which at the moment wants renovation and repairs) and worship Nateswara Swamy on Thiruvathirai day. Worshipping the deity repeatedly for 64 days is beneficial for these having issues with conceiving naturally. The temple is often often called Shivakayilai Shakthikayilai. Nobody actually is aware of why and the way the deity got here to be referred to as Nateswarar.

Goddess Akilandeswari at Aavarani Pudhuchery

Goddess Akilandeswari is a later addition to the temple. A seperate shrine appears to have been constructed for her within the 14th century. Distinctive Chola bronzes belonging to this temple are in secure custody. The sthala puranam says the deities have been worshipped by Kali and A Kali bronze has been unearthed a number of years in the past, whereas making some civil alterations within the temple. A number of individuals throng right here to worship her for Rahu Dasa Pariharam on New Moon days (Amavasai) when she is taken out on procession across the temple in a small chapparam. There’s a seperate shrine for Shanaichara, dealing with East.

Goddess Kali on the Aavarani Pudhuchery Temple

The right way to attain right here: The temple is near Sikkal on the Nagapattinam – Thiruvarur Route. GPS coordinates (10.73420144,79.77142729)

Temple Timings: 8 – 11.30, 5 – 8 pm

Contact: S Kalidasa Gurukkal – 97865 82492



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