Sankaaranyeswarar, Thalachangadu, Nagapattinam
Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Sankaaranyeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Soundranayaki|
|Timing:||6 to 12 & 5 to 7||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Paadal Petra Sthalam (Kaveri Then Karai)||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Thalachangadu||District:||Nagapattinam|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Mayiladuthurai (22.8 km)||Nagapattinam (51.7 km)|
|Tiruvarur (54.5 km)||Kumbakonam (60.1 km)|
Thalachangadu is located 16 km from Sirkazhi and 22 km from Mayiladuthurai.
Sthala puranam and temple information
This temple’s puranam is connected to that of the Valampuranathar temple at Melaperumpallam. Vishnu worshipped Lord Siva there, and here at this temple. Upon doing so, He is said to have received his Panchajanyam (conch / sanku) here. To denote this, Lord Siva here is called Sankaaranyeswarar. The inside of the temple is said to be shaped like a conch.
The place gets its name from the fact that this place used to be a forest of shell- or conch-shaped flowers called Sangu poo in Tamil (Clitoria Ternatea).
It is said that during abhishekam of the moola Lingam, when oil is poured on it, one can see strands of hair on the Lingam.
We have heard of the concept of Somaskandar, ie, Siva with Uma and Skanda, where Skanda (Murugan) is seated between Siva and Parvati. This temple is itself built in the Somaskandar structure, such that the shines of Siva, Murugan and Parvati are in that order, from left to right.
This is one of the maadakoils built by Kochchenga Cholan. The Chola queen Sembian Madevi – a supreme devotee of Lord Siva, and mother of Uttama Chola – made gifts and grants to many temples, including this temple.
This temple is one of the Pancha Aranya Kshetrams, of which there are multiple groups. Pancha Aranya Kshetrams are essentially nearby temples that were – in the days of yore – located in forests (usually – but not always – denoted by the word “vanam” or “kadu” or “aranyam” in the name of the place). Some of the other such temples nearby are at Pallavanam, Sayavanam, and Tiruvenkadu.
This temple is a prarthana sthalam for childbirth.
Other information for your visit
The Naanmadhia Perumal temple at Thalachangadu – a Divya Desam temple – is located less than a kilometer away.
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