Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sri Bava Oushadheeshwara temple at Thiruthuraipoondi

Thiruthuraipoondi is a big town south of Tiruvarur . The temple is referred to Periya koil.The temple is not exactly a saptha vidangam but Thyagaraja sannidhi and a Maragatha lingam are present here
 How to Reach:
The town can easily be reached from either Tiruvarur or is also Close to Vedaranyam.It is at the Junction of the ECR and the Tiruvarur to Vedranyam road,capture image.png2
Legends of the temple:
The rishis in Tharukavanam were becoming very arrogant and so Shiva and Vishnu came as Mohini and Bhikshandar The rishis were humiliated as they created a huge elephant to attack Shiva who killed the elephant and got the title Gajasamhara murthy,  this act dissolved the ego of the rishis and rishi patnis making them realise they are but small characters in the great cosmos in front of Shiva and Vishnu.
The ambal Periya nayaki of this temple brought back to life the  asura husband(Virupakshan)  of Shiva devotee Jalika.Though Virupakshan was a bad demon the goodness in Jalika bore fruit and the goddess blessed her with mangalya bagyam.
The temple is very easy to find at the end of the ECR
There are two temples here one for the main Shivan facing west and the one for ambal facing east
As we enter the Shiva temple complex we find the Murugan sannidhi and the Gajasamharamurthy    followed by the entrance to the inner praharam with Thyagaraja sannidhi on the rightIMG_0003IMG_0004IMG_20150214_094137
The inner praharam has the shivan and the various Koshta vigrahas and upa vigrahas as belowIMG_20150214_094230seen below are the durga and Guru as the Shiva is west facing the Koshta vigrahas are reversedIMG_20150214_094105IMG_0008IMG_20150214_094115IMG_20150214_094203
As we come out we cross to the ambal sannidhi complex on the right facing eastIMG_20150214_094317IMG_20150214_094330IMG_20150214_094759
Below is the second ambal sannidhi Mangalanayaki  inside facing southIMG_20150214_094805
Below are some pictures from of this temple

The Gajasamhara murthy
Ambal Periyanayagi
[Gal1] And the Maragada Lingam