Gangaleswarar, Tribhuvanam, Thanjavur

Basic information about the temple

Moolavar:GangaleswararAmbal / Thayar:Karpagambal
Deity:SivaHistorical name:

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City / town:TribhuvanamDistrict:Thanjavur
Maps from (click): Current location Kumbakonam (8 km)Mayiladuthurai (30 km)

Tiruvarur (39 km)Thanjavur (50 km)


Sthala puranam and temple information

This small temple for Siva as Gangaleswarar is more of a shrine than a temple, and is set up in what looks like any other house. The temple is run by Saurashtran brahmins who live on the same street. The temple is located very close to the Tribhuvanam Kampahareswarar (Sarabeswarar) temple.

The entire building seems to be a Saurashtran Saivite mutt of Siruthondar Nayanar, which has Uthirapateeswarar / Uthirapatiyar as its presiding deity (also see Uthira Pasupateeswarar temple at Tiruchengattankudi).

Facing east is a small shrine for Vinayakar, followed by a bali peetham and small Nandi on a pedestal. Following this is the one-room temple which features a small but old Lingam of Siva as Gangaleswarar, with a separate shrine for Parvati as Karpagambal to the right, and a shrine for Vinayakar on the left.

There is no prakaram or circumambulatory path to go around. However, outside, also facing east, is another shrine for Siva as Uthirapateeswarar.

Other Information for your visit

Although this may not be an ancient temple, and is probably just a few decades (perhaps a century) old, it is a quiet place for meditation and reflection. The administrators also welcome devotees and have no expectations whatsoever, except that they worship at this temple.


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