Abodes of lord Shiva

50. Arulmigu Periyanayagi sameda Aabathasagayanathar Temple - Thirupazhanam

 
Moolavar   Aabathasagayanathar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Periyanayagi
Kshethram  
Theertham   Cauvery
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Kathali, Jack Tree, Vilwa Tree
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar
Travel Base   Thiruvaiyaru
Nearest Railway Station   Thanjavur
 

 

Location

The temple is located 3 km east of Tiruvaiyaru. This temple is nearby Tiruvaiyaru in Kumbakonam-Tiruvaiyaru road. Nearest Railway Station is Thanjavur

 

History

Here the Lord save his devotees form the danger comes in their life; hence he is called as Abadhsahayeswarar (savior). It is said to be that Lord Vishnu and Mahalakshmi came to this place and got rid of their curse by installing lingam and offering prayer. Hence we can see a separate shrine for Venugopalar and separate Vriksham (jack fruit tree). In another mythological story this place is referred as “Sage Koushik’s ashram”. Sage Koushik has kept his share of nectar at this place as a safest location from Asuras. However Asuras figured out this and they came to steal the nectar. Lord Shiva has created God Aiyanar and Goddess Kali to kill them to save the nectar. Hence Sage Koushik made Shiva linga out of nectar and worshipped him at this location. Once Lord Shiva wanted Nandhi to get married, Nandhi is a son of Sage Siladha. Nandhi is also kind of son of Shiva he wanted to conduct Nandhi’s marriage in a grand way. The marriage procession started at Thiruvaiyaru and crossed Thirupazhanam, Thiruchotruthurai, Thiruvedhikudi, Kandiyur, Thirupponnthuruthi, Thillaisthanam villages and finished at Thiruvaiyaru back. This is the place where Lord Shiva collected Fruits for Nandhi’s Marriage. The fruits needed for Lord Nandhi’s Marriage has been sent from this place, hence this place is called as Thirupazhanam (Pazham means fruit in Tamil). On the day of Nandhi’s marriage Lord Shiva will appear in a glass palanquin. Nandhi and his wife will come along with Shiva through all the above mentioned 7 places. “Sapthasthanam Festival” happens grandly during the full moon day of Tamil month Chithirai. Out of 7 Shiva temples (Saptha Sthana Sthalams) in and around Thiruvaiyaru, Abadhsahayeswarar temple is considered to be second one. This temple was also worshipped by Moon god. This place is also called as Thirupazhanam, kathalivanam, Koushikashramam, Pirayanapuri and Palanipathi.

 

Architecture

Apathsahayar Temple located at Thirupazhanam is the 50 the temple mentioned in “Devaram” (Devaram is a Tamil Saiva devotional poetry). This temple was constructed by Aditya Cholan (1st) and Paranthaka Cholan (1st). The main temple tower is very old and it has been formed with three levels. There is no Temple hoist here. There are dedicated sannidhis for Lord Ganesha and Murugan in the outer praharam. As like any other Shiva temples Nandhi is located in front of Lord Shiva. Right side of the temple has been used for God’s vehicle (Vaganam). Ganesha Sannidhi is located first while we are entering the temple. Once we worship Lord Ganesha and enter we will get to worship “Saptha Kannigal”, Venugopalar, Nataraja Saba, Bairavar and Navagrahas. At the first level of the Gopuram, on the east side Shiva Parvathi, south side Dakshinamoorthy, west side Annamalaiyaar and North side Brhamma was located. At the Artha Mandapa Nandhi was facing the south direction and worshipping the Lord Shiva. Venugopalan appears with his flute at this temple. Lord Shiva at this temple is called as Apathsahayar (or Abadhsahayeswarar) appearing in a “Suyambu” (self-made) form. Goddess Ambal at this temple is called as Sundara Nayagi is located in a dedicated Sannidhi located in the Prahara. Inside the premises we can see Medha Dakshinamoorthy, Pasupatheeswarar, Apputhiadigal, Saptha Rishi, Vinayagr, Murugan, Sapthamatharkal, Venugopalar, Bhairavar and Nataraja Sabhai and. All the Navagraha facing sun is a special here. Outside the premises there is Holy Trees like Jack fruit tree, banana tree, holy water tank, and a place believed to be where Paranashala built by Agasthiyar. Agasthiyar and Chandran had worshiped in this place. The Rajagopuram consists of three stages has been renovated by the devotees recently and Maha Rudra Homam conducted. The premises looks clean, mobile number of a person who guards the temple has been written in the temple gate.

Arulmigu Periyanayagi sameda Aabathasagayanathar Temple
Thirupazhanam, Thanjavur - 613204
Phone: 4362-326 668
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 11.00 am, 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm