Sunday, July 21, 2013

Elambayankottur Arambeshwarar koil- A padal petra sthalam

This temple is  about 3 kms away on the other bank of the Cooum away from the Koovam temple and about 2 kms from the Narasimhapuram temple. It is right in the middle of wilderness. The temple is open from 6 am to 8 pm and the dedicated kurukkal is patient as he does the 6 kala pujai daily. He has a quarters inside the temple compound and was very helpful.
How to reach:
This was real cross country driving on bad roads from the Narasimhapuram temple in sheer open fields and roads lined with thorn trees.
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Legends of the temple:
The lord here is Devanayakeshwarar/ Chandrashekara/ Rambeshwarar and the ambal is kanakakujanayaki. This temple was the place where Ramba urvasi came to pray to Shiva.
The nayanmar Thirugnana sambandar was travelling around this area when the lord asked him to visit this temple initially as a small boy later in the form of  an old man and finally as a white cow which dashed against the nayanmars palanquin and led the way to the temple. It is a guru sthalam. Gnanasambandar has composed many pathigams on the beauty of this place as well as the greatness of the lord. He years for the love of the lord here.
It is a very small temple with bare maintenance. The outer praharam has ambal sannidhi. The inner praharam has a mud brown coloured Shivalingam who is covered with a brass cover. He is also a lord who can not be touched by human hands so puja is done with the cover on “Theendaa Thirumeni” the lord who can not be touched.
The Dakshina murthy in this temple is famous as it has the Chin mudra close to his heart hence is in Yoga dhyana
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The priest is hard of hearing but very kind hearted sincere in his work.