Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thiruverumbur temple Trichy

 

Thiru erumbur meaning the lord in the form of an ant hill is  is a very ancient temple maintained by the ASI , dating back to the 6th-7thcentury. There is reference of visits by Appar, in his thevaram.

How to reach:

The temple is situated on the Trichy Thanjavur four lane highway about 12 kms from Trichy . As you proceed the temple is seen on a hillock on the left hand side DSCN3424 The hillock is about 130feet high .There are115 steps to be climbed. DSCN3527 The car  reaches the foot hills where there is a large temple pond and a piliyar templeDSCN3531

 

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The steps are not exhausting and the trip is made pleasant by the frolicking goats which climb the hillock easily

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The view at the top is serene and peacefulDSCN3544

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Legend of the temple:

The land was ruled by Tharakasura who was a siva bhaktha but he denied access to devas. who were his enemies.To escape the asuras the devas took the form of ants and crawled on the lord. Since the Siva lingam was anointed with oil the ants slipped. So they prayed to Siva who tilted his form to one side  side to listen to the prayers of the bhaktas and also surface of the lingam became like an anthill hence erumbeshwara erumbu in tamil means ant

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As you enter the temple on the top you see the majestic siva temple facing east with its gopuram DSCN3542

DSCN3545.On the right side is the  amman praharam facing north. The goddes is Mathuvanakaeswari or Soundranayaki ( seen  below)

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The main sivalingam has a split vertically also hence is considered as Siva sakthi.

The main praharam has hariharan,dakshinamurthy and bala vinayakar in addition to durgai and brahmaDSCN3550

There are lots of engravings of the temple history as seen above and below

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There is a well maintained garden around the temple.

Temple Timings:
6.30 am to 12 noon and 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Temple Telephone Number:
0431 6574738, 9842957568.
Temple Address:
Arulmigu Erumbeeswarar Alayam
Thiruverumbur
Thiruverumbur(P.O)
Tiruchirapalli (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India.