- Siva Temple|
near Srirangam, Tamilnadu
2kms from Srirangam is dedicated to Lord Siva. It is also known as Jambukeswaram.
This is the
Appu Sthalam among the Pancha Bootha Sthalams.
(Thejo sthalam - Fire)
(Prithvi sthalam - Earth)
(Vayu sthalam - Air)
(Akasa sthalam - Space).
The Siva Lingam
(Appu Lingam) under a holy Jambu tree is submerged in water from a subterranean
spring. There is another Lingam in the shrine. Daily prayers
& worship are offered to both Lingams. There is a separate shrine for
the Goddess, Akhilandeswari facing east, while the Lord faces west.
is situated amidst a mango grove. There are 7 gopurams and the temple is
surrounded by 5 walls. The sculptures & carvings are of the Chola
period. In a pillar in the Mahamandapa of Akhilandeswari temple,
there is a magnifi ient figure of Ekapadeswarar, with Brahma & Vishnu
on either side with their vahanas.
mid-day puja, the priest is dressed as a female while offering worship,
signifying that Godddess Parvati herself is offering prayers to the Lord.
and a spider were offering worship to the Lingam simultaneously.
The spider would spin a web giving cover to the Lord. The elephant
would bring water in its trunk to do Abhishekam to the Lord. He found
the web in the way & destroyed it. The spider spun the web again
& the elephant destroyed. This continued & one day the angered
spider got into the elephants trunk to disturb him. The elephant
struck his trunk against a rock. The Lord was pleased with their
relentless devotion & both the spider and the elephant attained moksham.
Since an elephnat worshipped the Lord here, the place is known as Tiruvaanaikaaval
(Aanai in Tamil-Elephant)
is also known as Jambukeswaram. There was once a rishi who performed
tapas in this region. The Lord was pleased with his prayers &
agreed to give darshan to devotees here as Jambukeswarar.