|THIRUKANNAAR KOIL - Siva Temple|
This Siva temple is located on the
route to Mylaaduthurai from vaitheeswaran Koil - on the way to Baagasalai
Indran, the Deva king was enamoured
by the Agaligai, the wife of Gautama rishi. He took the form of the
rishi to cheat Agaligai. The enraged rishi cursed Indran who ran
out in the form of a cat to get a 1000 marks on his body. He also
cursed his wife to turn to stone. (Agaligai was later relieved from this
curse when Lord Rama stepped on this stone).
Indran prayed to Lord Brahma to get
rid of the curse. Lord Brahma sent Indran to this sthalam. Prayers
to Lord Siva rid Indran of his marks. The Lingam in this temple bears
1000 eyes & hence the Lord is known as Kannaayira Naadhar (Kann - eyes,
Aayira - thousand, Naadhar - Lord).
Lord Vishnu is said to have prayed
to Lord Siva at this sthalam during his Vaamana Avataram. (short statured
brahmin). Since Lord Vishnu in his short form prayed here, the sthalam
is also known as Kuru Maanakkudi (kuru-small).
The temple faces east. The
gopuram can be seen while getting the darshan of the Moolavar. The
Devi's sannadhi is placed outside the inner sanctum. Amman, known
as Muruguvalar Kodhai Naayagi is facing south. Since Maandavya Munivar
prayed to the Devi at this sthalam & got moksham, there is an idol
of Maandvya Munivar at the Devi's feet.
In the Magara Mandapam are the idols
of Somaskandar, Vinayagar, Murugar.
There are sannadhis for Bairavar,
Saneeswarar, Chandran, Suryan, Murugar, Chandigeswarar, Durga Devi, Appar,
Sundarar, Mancikavasagar, Thirugnana Sambandar.
The theertham is Indra Theertham
in front of the temple. To the North west is a pond called Naaradar
The Sthala vriksham (tree) is Kondrai.
Thirugnana Sambandar, Sekizhaar and
Ramalinga Vallalar have sung the praise of this Lord.
Devotees offer special prayers to
the Lord & Devi seeking their blessings for marriage & child birth.
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