- 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.