Abodes of lord Shiva

5. Arulmigu Krupaambikai sameda Gowthameeswarar Temple - Karai, Vellore

 
Moolavar   Gowthameeswarar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Krupaambikai
Kshethram   Karaimarakkaadu
Theertham   River Paalaar
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Karai Tree
Paadiyavar  
Travel Base   Vellore
Nearest Railway Station   Walajah
 

 

Location

The Temple is located on the North bank of River Palaru. The Temple is located at about 29 Kms from Vellore, 3 Kms from Ranipet, 7 Kms from Walajah, 19 Kms from Kaveripakkam, 24 Kms from Sirukarumbur, 6 Kms from Arcot, 29 Kms from Sholinghur, 53 Kms from Arakkonam, 53 Kms from Thiruthani and 118 Kms from Chennai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Walajah

 

History

Once, Goddess Parvathy penanced at Kanchipuram (Prithvi Sthalam) which is one of the Pancha Boodha Sthalam. Lord was pleased with her penance and married her. Rishi’s and Devas from heaven came down to Kanchi, to participate in the heavenly marriage of Lord Siva and Kamakshi Ammai. The place was so crowded; Rishi’s who came to participate in the marriage stayed in the forest near to Kanchipuram. They had to perform their daily rituals unobstructed. Each one of them chose a place in the forest to worship Lord Siva. All six places where they worshiped are known as Shada Aranyam. Since Six Rishi’s worshiped Swayambu Lingam in these six places it is considered holy to visit and worship Lord Siva here. The temples in these places were big in size with Rajagopurams once. Gowthama Rishi installed and worshiped Lord Siva in this place. Here in the temple there is a statue for Gowthama seen in sitting posture in front of Lord Siva sanctum. The place on the northern bank of River Palaru was once dense with Karai trees. Hence, it got the name Karaimaraikadu which in course of time shrunk as Karai. Sage Gautama cursed Indira for his immoral approach towards his wife. Yet, the incident greatly disturbed the peace of his mind. He came to this place seeking peace and worshipped Lord Shiva. For his puja, he made Ganga spring up here. The river that came at the request of the sage was known as Gautami. In course of time Gautami mingled with Palaru. As Gautama worshipped the Lord here, He is called Gowthameswarar.

 

Architecture

This is a small temple and has no flag post (Kodimaram) and tower. Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Gowthameswarar with his consort known as Kirupambikai. Lord Gautameswara is known as “Vaidya” (doctor) for his healing blessings. The roof tower (Vimana) in the sanctum sanctorum has paintings of Lord Dakshinamurthy and Lord Krishna. There is a separate shrine for Lord Bhairava in the prakaram. The structure of the temple is such that the shrine of Mother Kirupambikai is in the Artha Mandapam just opposite the Shrine of the Lord facilitating simultaneous darshan of both. Gowthama Rishi installed and worshiped Lord Siva in this place. Here in the temple there is a statue for Gowthama seen in sitting posture in front of Lord Siva sanctum. Lord Sabeswara appears furious in a shrine. Lord Vinayaka is installed by his side to cool him down. Lord Gautameswara is praised by the devotees as Vaidya (doctor) for curing the prolonged and serious illnesses of his devotees. They offer abishek, vastras and also a mixture of dry ginger, pepper and thippili as Nivedhana and consume it as Prasad for remedy from serious diseases. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. The place Karai is located on the north banks of Palaru River. The place was filled with Karai plant in the forest, hence the place was known as Karai.

Arulmigu Krupaambikai sameda Gowthameeswarar Temple
Karai, Vellore - 632404
Phone: 9790143219, 9940948918
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 6.30 p,