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SHIVAPURAM SRI SIVAGURUNATHASWAMI TEMPLE

This temple is 67th temple on the southern banks of Cauvery Praised by Gnanasambandar and Apparswamigal in Thevaram hymns.This ancient temple is said to be around 1000 years old and was built by the Cholas.

Temple History - An Overview

Daughter of hills was afraid When Lord fleeced the skin of elephant, and Because of her Lord moves to Shivapuram.


ANGAPRADAKSHINA

It is believed that a there is a Lord shivalingam  under the earth in this place. Following this belief, Saint Thirugnanasambandar, while cognizant of this, out of respect refused to set his foot in the temple premises, but circumambulated the temple through the ritual angapradakshinam.

LORD KUBERA / KUBERAPURAM

King Ravana once went to Kailash and sought Lord Shiva’s audience. He was stopped by Nandi as Ravana was not mentally nor physically pure. Lord Kubera who had also come there seeking the Lord’s audience supported Ravana and thus incurred the wrath of Nandi. Nandi cursed Kubera to be born as a greedy King. He was born as King Thanapathy who was extremely greedy for wealth.

King Thanapathy who ruled from his capital situated near Sivapuram once came to this village to worship Lord Shiva. He chanced upon a copper plate which stated that by sacrificing a male child without any scar on the body had to be sacrificed on Mahashivaratri which falls on a Pradosham day, one can get a lot of wealth. It also said that the parents of the child should be holding the child at the feet and the head while the body should be cut and abishegam to be performed to the Shivalingam with the blood.

KUBERAPURAM STORY

King Thanapathy was greedy and would do anything to get wealthier. He identified a poor Brahmin couple’s child that matched the requirement. On the Mahashivaratri day falling on Pradosham the child was cut while the helpless parents held on to the feet and head of their child. The child prayed to Goddess Singaravalli, who requested Lord Shiva to stop the macabre act. Lord Shiva then told that this was being done only to absolve Kubera of the curse. The child was Agni Deva and Indra and his wife Indrani were the parents of the child. It is said that blood stain is still present on the Shiva Lingam here. It is said that the child is present as the parrot in the hand of Durga.

LORD VISHNU

Another legend associated with this temple is connected to the Varaha Avataram. Again Nandi was the once who cursed, this time Vishnu was at the receiving end of the curse. Lord Vishnu had once come to the temple here to pray to Lord Shiva. Nandi came in the way and Lord Vishnu asked him to move aside which angered Nandi who cursed Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu took a dip in the Varaha tank and prayed to Lord Sivagurunathar here to be absolved of the curse. Lord Shiva requested  Lord Vishnu to worship Him in a place where the Lord was present along with Rahu and Guru. Accordingly, Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Dakshinamurthy present in the southern corridor of the temple along with Rahu, and was absolved of the curse. The serpant that is usually seen on Lord’s neck is seen near the feet of Dakshinamurthy. This rare combination of Rahu and Guru is probably unique to this temple.

 

Temple Name  SRI SIVAGURUNATHASWAMI TEMPLE
Opening Time  6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. (Actual between 8~ 9am)
 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Sthala  PANCHA BOOTHA
Praised By   SAMBANDAR
Thala Virutcham   SHENBAGAMARAM (EXIST)
Thala Theertham  CHANDRAPUSHKRAINI
 SUNDRA
 SURYA

ARCHITECTURE

Construction Btw (AD)   1000 ~ 1100
Architecture Type  THIRUMURAI KOVIL
RAJAGOPURAM  ONE WITH 5 TIRES
PRAGHAM  3
AGAMA /POOJA VIDHI  SHIVA AGAMA WITH 4 TIMES  

GRABHAGRIHA

Moolavar (Main Detites )  SIVAGURUNATHASWAMI,
 SIVAPUREESWARAR,
 BRAHMMAPUREESWARAR,
 SIVAPURANATHAR
TYPE  SWAYAMBHU
FORM  SELF MAGNIFICATION
GOD Facing Towards  EAST
GODDESS  ARYAMBAL,
 SINGARAVALLI,
 PERIANAYAKI.
GODDESS Position to GOD     RIGHT SIDE
GODDESS Facing Towards  SOUTH
RIGHT SIDE DEITIES  LORD NARTHANA GANESHA
 LORD DAKSHINAMOORTHY WITH RAGHU
 SCULPTURE OF LORD PERUMAL PRAYER TO SHIVA
BACK DEITIES  LORD LINGOTHBAVA MOORTHI
LEFT SIDE DEITIES  LORD BRAHMA
GODDESS DURGA
LORD CHANDIKESWARAR

ENTRANCE

DEITIES   LORD NADNDHI AND PEEDAM

ALL PRAKARAM 

Special DEITIES  LORD KALA BHAIRAVAR (SEPARATE SHRINE)
General DEITIES  LORD GANESHA 
 LORD MURUGAN,VALLI,DEIVANI
 LORD SURYA
 LORD BALAMURUGAN ( VERY RARE SCULPTURE)
 LORD CHANDRAN ( EXCELLENT SCULPTURE WORK)
 PANCHA LINGA

NAVA GRAGHA

PRESENCE  NO
PRADISHTA  NO
CONTROL  NO

PRAYER FOR KARMIC  CLEARANCES

Remedies / Cure / Nivardhi  DOSHA - RAGHU
 CHILD BOON AND HEALTH
 REMOVAL OF BLACK EFFECT( BHAIRAVAR)
 BUSINESS GROWTH (BHAIRAVAR)

FESTIVALS

 MAHA SIVA RATHIRI

 THIRUKARTHIKAI

 NAVARATRI

KEY ASPECT ABOUT TEMPLE

 1) One and only SHIVA temples in the world noted for " Angapradakshinam"

 2)Raghu under his feet of Lord Dhakshinamorthy removes all obstacles faced by him

 3)Separate shrine for Lord Bhariva facing south with Shiff and wild dog 

 4) Sun rise fall on this temple on April 3'4'5 of Day

WHO WORKSHIPPED HERE

 LORD BRAHMA, LORD VISHU, LORD KUBERA ,KING RAVANA and LORD AGNI

SAINT PRAISED

 SAINT THIRUNAVUKARSAR, SANIT APPAR, SAGA ARUNAGIRI

HOW TO REACH

Geo Location    
Devara Pathigam Name    KUBERAPURAM, BHOOKAILAS,  SHENBAGARANAYAM
Present Name    SHIVAPURAM
Routes frm Kumbakonam
Bus No
 Thiruvarur/Nagapatinam bus stop Krishnapuram.
 One Mini bus shuttle per one hour 
   

Team -Tirikala

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