Pancha Vaidyanathar Sthalams

Of the thousands of Siva temples, and hundreds of them for Siva as Vaidyanathar, there are three prominent ones in Tamil Nadu. But less known is the group of five temples called the Pancha Vaidyanathar sthalams, which are said to be the precursor (and original) to the more famous Vaidyanathar temple at Vaitheeswaran Koil. This group also has a strong Mahabharatam connection, and in turn, is further connected to some other prominent temples in the region. What is the story of the Pancha Vaidyanathar temples?… Read More Pancha Vaidyanathar Sthalams

பஞ்ச வைத்தியநாதர் தலங்கள்

ஆயிரக்கணக்கான சிவாலயங்களிலும், நூற்றுக்கணக்கான சிவாலயங்களில், வைத்தியநாதராகிய சிவனுக்காக, தமிழகத்தில் மூன்று முக்கியமானவை உள்ளன. ஆனால் பஞ்ச வைத்தியநாதர் ஸ்தலங்கள் எனப்படும் ஐந்து கோவில்களின் குழு குறைவாக அறியப்படுகிறது, அவை வைத்தீஸ்வரன் கோயிலில் உள்ள மிகவும் பிரபலமான வைத்தியநாதர் கோவிலுக்கு முன்னோடியாகக் கூறப்படுகிறது. இந்த குழு வலுவான மகாபாரத தொடர்பைக் கொண்டுள்ளது, மேலும் இப்பகுதியில் உள்ள வேறு சில முக்கிய கோயில்களுடன் இணைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. பஞ்ச வைத்தியநாதர் கோவில்களின் கதை என்ன?… Read More பஞ்ச வைத்தியநாதர் தலங்கள்

Vriddhapureeswarar, Tirupunavasal, Pudukkottai

One of 14 Paadal Petra Sthalams in the Pandya region, this temple has existed in all four yugams., and worshipping the 14 Lingams here is regarded as equal to having visited all 14 such temples. The multitude of stories about this temple speaks to its age and hoary past, chiefly about Brahma repenting for his lack of knowledge about the Pranava Mantram. But why is Kali here not viewed directly, but only through the reflection in a mirror?… Read More Vriddhapureeswarar, Tirupunavasal, Pudukkottai

Vaitheeswaran, Chintamani Nallur, Viluppuram

This 900-year-old temple was built by Vikrama Chola, and the presiding deity named Kulothunga Chozheeswaramudaiya Mahadevar, in honour of Vikrama’s father Kulothunga Chola I. Vikrama Chola’s mother’s names are also the basis for the name of this place and the well-known nearby town of Madhurantakam. But what is unusual about the deities in the koshtam, at this temple?… Read More Vaitheeswaran, Chintamani Nallur, Viluppuram

Agasteeswarar, Villivakkam, Chennai

When Agastyar had to come down south to balance the world during the Siva-Parvati wedding, this is where he received a vision of the celestial spectacle, and also overcame the demons Vatapi and Ilvala. This temple has a combination of both Chola and Pallava influences and architecture. The name of the place is also associated with this story. But why is Amman here named Swarnambigai? … Read More Agasteeswarar, Villivakkam, Chennai