Abodes of lord Shiva

107. Arulmigu Vaduvakirkanni sameda Valampurinathar Temple - Melaperumpallam

 
Moolavar   Valampurinathar, Dakshina Pureeswarar
Utsavar   Chandrashekarar, Padma Nayaki
Thayar   Vaduvakirkanni
Kshethram  
Theertham   Bramha, Lakshmi and Sivaganga Theerthams.
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Male Palm tree
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar, Sundarar
Travel Base   Mayiladuthurai
Nearest Railway Station   Sirkazhi
 

 

Location

Melaperumpallam is located at a distance 5 kms Poompuhar on the Mayiladuthurai road. This Temple is located at distance of 12 kms from Sembanar Temple, 16 Kms from Sirkazhi and 20 Kms from Mayiladuthurai. One has to reach Melayur on the way to Poompuhar from Mayiladuthurai. From there one has to go by auto to visit this temple. To reach this temple, one has to travel on the Mayiladuthurai - Tarangambadi road and has to turn into the road which branches off from the main road to Poompuhar. The temple is 2 Kms from this road junction. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkali

 

History

A king of Kasi wanted to test the fidelity of his queen. While camping in forests for hunting, he asked his minister to inform his wife that he was killed by a tiger during hunting. Hearing the news, the queen instantly fell dead. For causing the death of a chaste wife by false information, the king was possessed by evil dosha-Brahmmahathi dosha. The king consulted many pundits for relief. He was advised to feed 1000 Brahmins each day at this place -Tiruvalampuram. One day, a voice said that the king would be relieved of the sin when the bell of the temple rang that never rang before. Feeding continued. One day, Pattinathar came to this temple and asked the people in the kitchen to give him food which they refused. Pattinathar, took the Kanji (the extra water flowing out while boiling the rice) with his two hands and drank it. The bell began to ring. Everyone was surprised to hear the bell ringing even before the feeding began. They saw Pattinathar smiling there. The entire crowd assembled to witness the miracle had watched Pattinathar blissfully seated. The King with due respect and honor invited Pattinathar to his palace and revealed his gratitude. The spirit on the king left immediately. This event is celebrated as a festival even now. When Lord Vishnu took up a penance on Lord Shiva, he left his consort Mahalakshmi as the companion of Ambica. He got a club and the discus as reward for his penance. He also worshipped Ambica and received the conch and Padma-Lotus, according to the Sthala Purana-history of the land. Lord Shiva granted darshan to Saint Tirunavukkarasar in this place during his pilgrimage along with saint Tirugnanasambandar. Dananjayan, king of Magadha instructed his son that his Asthi-ashes should be immersed at a place where it turns into a flower. To fulfill his father’s wish, after his death, the son wandered to sacred places. The ashes turned into a flower when he reached this place. He dissolved the ashes here. Hence, the placed is considered as holy as Kasi. Daksha and his wife performed penance here to have Dhakshayani as their daughter. The legend has that the River Cauvery was gracefully flowing through these lands, there appeared Adishesha with its thousand heads plunged into the river created a Biladhwaram/perforate. Due to the sudden thrust of Adishesha with its massive body, River Cauvery descended down to the burrow and got trapped in to the hole without any free flow at Thiruvalanchuzhi. The Chozha King who was ruled this city was witnessing this incident and shocked at this sight. Soon he could listen to a mysterious voice affirmed that the Biladhwaram would disappear when a sage get into this hole and wholeheartedly give up his life. The King met with the sages who were undergoing severe austerities in the woodlands and narrated the incident. The sages were agreed to do anything for bringing out the River Cauvery on the surface of the Earth. Sage Heranda went inside the Biladhwaram, instantly the River Cauvery spurted out from the Biladhwaram and started flowing as generously as ever. Sage Heranda circumambulated this land all the way through the tunnel; finally regained himself from this and appeared on this place on Earth. Hence this place has got the name ‘Thiruvalampuram’. Since the place is to the west (right side) of Cauvery River, the place got its name.

 

Architecture

This temple covers an area of about 2 acres. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Valampurinathar. Shiva here is also known as Dakshina Pureeswarar. His consort is known as Vaduvakirkanni. Lord is a Swayambu Murthy in the temple. Lord Vallabha Vinayaka opposite the Mada temple tank blesses the devotees. There are some epigraphic details about the temple in this part of the temple. Urchavar is Chandrashekarar. Procession female deity is Padma Nayaki. Sthala Vriksham is Male Palm tree (Aan Panai in Tamil). Theerthams of this Temple are Brhamma, Lakshmi and Sivaganga Theerthams. Lord Bikshadana in the temple is very handsome and is praised as Arthanareeswarar Bikshadana. The image of Bhikshatanar here depicted as playing on the veena is one of great beauty. Appar's Tevaram here (7th century), refers to Shiva holding a veena in his arms, moving around as Bhikshatanar, and this image is a later Chola (12th - 13th century) artiste's expression in metal, of Appar's description. There are two hollows on the Shivalinga. Only perfumed oil and punugu a perfumed paste are applied on the Lord. During abishek a funnel-Kuvalai is placed on the Linga. The completely rebuilt stone structure existed even during the period of Vikrama Chola (1121), as seen from inscriptions here. Images of Natarajar and Sivakami, Palliyarai Nachiyar, Tandanganni Nachiyar etc. were added during the period of Vikrama Chola and Rajadiraja II. The bronze image of Kiradhamurthy here is of great workmanship. This is the 44th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns. his is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built by the King Ko-Chenganan Chola widely known as Maadakkovil. In this temple Lord Shiva worshiped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.

Arulmigu Vaduvakirkanni sameda Valampurinathar Temple
Melaperumpallam, Nagapattinam - 609107
Phone: 4364 – 200 890 / 200 685
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.00 noon, 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm