Abodes of lord Shiva

135. Arulmigu Madhuvaneswari sameda Madhuvaneswarar Temple - Nannilam

 
Moolavar   Madhuvaneswarar, Prakaasa Nathar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Madhuvaneswari, Madhuvanayaki, Periyanayaki, Prakaasa Nayaki
Kshethram  
Theertham   Bramha Theertham, Soola Theertham, Chakra Theertham
Pose & Direction   Lord facing East and Lordess facing South
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Vilwa Tree
Paadiyavar   Sundarar
Travel Base   Thiruvarur
Nearest Railway Station   Nannilam
 

 

Location

This Temple is located at about 16 Kms from Thiruvarur, 32 Kms from Mayiladuthurai, 30 Kms from Kumbakonam, 66 Kms from Thanjavur, 32 Kms from Karaikkal and 125 Kms from Trichy. Nannilam is located on Tiruvarur Mayiladuthurai route. The temple is located in the heart of the Nannilam town. Nannilam can be reached easily from Thiruvarur, Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam and Karaikkal. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nannilam and is 5 Kms away from the Temple.

 

History

During the Dwapara Yuga Lord changed all Devas into bees to protect them from the harassment of demon Vruddhasura. Lord also advised the Devas to make bee-hives in the sanctum and worship him. As bees worshipped here the Lord is named Madhuvaneswarar (Madhu in Sanskrit means honey), Mother as Madhuvana Nayaki and the place as Madhuvanam. There are bees around the place even now but they do not harm anybody. As a proof of this, there are two beehives one in Somaskandar shrine and the other in the Subramanya shrine. Yama the Lord Death in the south, Varuna the God of rains in the west, Indira in east and Kubera in the north installed Shivalingas in the place and worshipped the Lord. Vayu the God of wind and divine serpent Adisesha claimed supremacy of their prowess in the court of the Devas. Adisesha covered the peaks of Mount Meru with his thousand heads. Vayu could not shake the mount. This created panic in the world and yielding to the appeal of Devas Adisesha gave in one peak. Vayu shook the peak and took it to south when one small piece fell in this place, according to Sthala Purana. The piece of the peak that fell here became a small mount which was earlier a plain. The temple is believed to have been built on this mount. Lord Shiva appeared here as a Tejolinga as the result of the penance of King Bruhadrajan in Kritha Yuga. Madhuvanam, Devaranyam, Sundaravani, Bruhathpuram are the historical names of this place. Lord Vishnu had a fierce battle with the demon Jalandhara. Lord Vishnu set out his fierce weapon dice/Chakkrayudha to behead the demon fallen on this sacred place and formed a pond known as Chakra Theertham. Lord Brahma, Lord Yama, Lord Varuna, Lord Kubera, Lord Indra, Lord Surya, Devas, Sage Agastya, King Bruhadrajan worshipped Lord Shiva here. It is believed that one will get salvation by worshipping here during Ekadasi and Pradoshams. It is believed that taking bath in Brahmma Theertham during the Masi month will fetch all benefits.

 

Architecture

This is one of the Maadakovils built by Chola king Ko Chenkat Cholan so that elephants cannot enter the sanctum. It is built on a land covering an area of 270 feet in length and 135 feet in width. The Temple has two prakarams. The 30 feet tall 2 tier Rajagopuram is facing east with five Kalasams. Lord Shiva in sanctum sanctorum is facing east and Mother the south. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambulingamurthy and in square Peetam. The shrine for Lord Shiva is situated at an elevation. The shrine for female deity and Agastheeshwarar is located at the lower level. In a small hill within the temple are shrines for Lords Nardana Ganapathy, Durga, Somaskanda, Dakshinamurthy, Annamalaiyar and Brahmma. In the prakara down the hill are Lords Siddhi Vinayaka, Subramanya, Chandikeswara, Agastheeshwarar, Brahmapureeswarar, Bhairava and Saturn (Sani Baghwan), Sun God and Navagrahas the nine planets and Mother Mahalakshmi. Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Brahma, Lingothpavar and Durgai are found in the Koshtam in the ground level and only Dhakshinamoorthy is found in the Koshtam in the Upper level. Lord Nataraja graces in the form of picture from a separate shrine (Sabha) near the sanctum. There are many specialties in the temple such as Bairavar is present by the side of Surya God; All the Navagrahas are facing the direction of Sun God; Surya and Guru are facing each other; Saturn is present in a separate shrine; Chithra Guptha is present in a separate shrine. There are lingams worshipped by Yama in South; Varuna in West; Indra in East and Guberan in North. There are lingams of Mahadevar worshipped by Brahmma and Agastheeshwarar by Agasthiar inside the temple. Chandikeswarar can be seen with his wives in this Temple. The bronze image of Bhoga Sakthi is always housed in Shiva's sanctum. Shrines of Somaskandar, Dakshinamurthy and Nardana Ganapathi can be reached by climbing a flight of steps. The Soola Theertham (created with the trident of Shiva) is located to the north of the temple. This is the 188th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 71st Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Sundarar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.

Arulmigu Madhuvaneswari sameda Madhuvaneswarar Temple
Nannilam, Thiruvarur - 610105
Phone: 94426 82346 / 99432 09771
Temple Timings : 7.00 am to 12.00 noon, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm