Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Jambukeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Akhilandeswari|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Vaippu Sthalam||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Perambur||District:||Tiruvarur|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Thiruvarur (26 km)||Kumbakonam (29 km)|
|Thanjavur (41 km)||Mayiladuthurai (55 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
This temple is believed to be one of the Tevaram Vaippu Sthalam temples, though there is confusion as to whether the Vaippu Sthalam is this or another Jambukeswarar temple near Mayiladuthurai, also located in a place called Perambur.
Perambur gets is name from having been a bamboo forest in the centuries past.
While there is no separate sthala puranam for this temple, its history is really interesting. The temple was built in the time of Kulothunga Chola III, possibly in the late 12th century, by a person named Tiruvanaikkavudaiyan Malaiyappirayan, who hailed from Tiruvanaikkaa. The choice of name for the Lord here was based on his favourite deity – Jambukeswarar of Tiruvanaikkaa. Having received a lot of land as gifts on the occasion of his wedding, he gifted 4 veli of land (1 veli = 6.5 acres) located at nearby Rishiyur, to the temple, and a further two veli to the brahmins living in the area. It is possible that today’s Agraharam is located on this land.
The temple is closely associated with Bodhendra Saraswati Swamigal, the 59th peetadhipati of the Kanchi Mutt, who lived in the 17th century. Swamigal came to this region to spread the word of God, when he came in contact with Sridhara Ayyaval of Tiruvisalur. They continued their journey together, to spread the message that worship to the Lord was the best means of attaining salvation. During that time, Swamigal came to Perambur, and took his bhiksha at the home of a local, whose son was born mute. Worried that the mute child would not be able to utter the name of the Lord, and hence might not be able to attain His holy feet, Swamigal shared some of his food with the boy. Soon after, the boy was able to speak! When Swamigal left the place, he left behind his padukas, which are kept in a separate shrine in this temple. Swamigal eventually attained samadhi at Govindapuram.
Subbu Swamigal was a bhagavatar who lived here, and performed nama sankeerthanam for the Lord regularly. Once, Maha Periyavaa (Chandrasekhara Saraswati Swamigal) came here to meet Subbu Swamigal during the Vasanothsavam, and hid Himself in the crowd, to listen to the pravachanam!
The temple’s main entrance is to the west, however, the garbhagriham faces east. Bodhendra Swamigal’s shrine faces west, and is located adjacent to the southern portion of the prakaram.
Other information for your visit
The temple is located in an Agraharam, and there is a temple for Varadaraja Perumal opposite the Siva temple.