Saturday, March 7, 2015

Srivanjiyam Vanchinathar Koil-A padal petra sthalam

This place is more ancient than the great pralayam itself. The Swayumbhu Shivalingam is the oldest in this region.It is also famous for the Yama sannidhi. I was told by people that if someone is sick and tottering  in the ICU and is still suffering prayers here will facilitate their easy passage into the next realm without suffering .
How to Reach:
Srivanjiyam is about 35 kms south east away from Kumbakonam after Nachiyar koil on the road to Tiruvarur. It is about 5 kms before Nannilam.It can also be reached from Tiruvarur the road to Mayavaram.
Legends Of the Temple:
Lord Yama was tired that he was being cursed by all for taking lives he wanted a break and to be regarded with love not hate he complained to Shiva at Tiruvarur and was directed here to pray to Lord Shiva who being pleased with him absolved him of curses and built a temple here for him. The honour of first seeing him before seeing the lord is also afforded to him here.
Ganga was feeling very dirty after washing all the sins of people hence she sought refuge in the lord who  directed here to the pond where she was rejuvenated the pond is called Guptha Ganga as she is still believed to be in hiding here.
Lord Surya lost his lustre after attending Daksha’s yagna he prayed to Shiva here to regain his lustre
There is a seperate Shani sannidhi and sannidhi for Rahu and ketu.There is no seperate Navagraha sannidhi here
Mahavishnu (Sri) did payers to Shiva here wanting to please him to get help to marry Mahalakshmi here hence the name Sri Vanjiyam
Those born of Magam, Pooram, Sadayam and Bharani Stars and belonging to Aries (Mesha), Aquarius (Kumba) and Leo (Simha) Rashis or Lagna pray here for any adverse planetary problems faced by them. Also those who had lost jobs, aspiring promotions and transfers, separated couples for re-union pray here on Karthika Sundays after a bath in Gupta Ganga in November-December.
During the eclipse times  the doors of the temple are open though as a tradition in other Shiva temples they are closed. Special abishekam is performed to Lord of Sri Vanchiam during this time.
The sthala vriksham is sandal wood and instead of Bhilva leaves sandal leaves are used for archana here
The present temple was built by Rajendra Chola in the year AD 850.
There is a 11 tiered Rajagopuram ( Picture from the net[Image1]
Once you enter this you have to first wash at the Guptha Ganga on the rightIMG_0002
Then you proceed to the Yaman sannidhi which is seen on the far right sideIMG_0003IMG_0005
Lord Yama is standing in the sannidhi with his assistant Chitraguptha.
After this you proceed to the main templeIMG_0006IMG_0007

At this point on the right side is the Ambal Mangala Nayaki's Sannidhi facing South.The devi is about a 5 feet tall smiling statue .
( Picture fro the net
The main Shivan praharam is seen further down
Inside the garbagruha the Shivalinga is majestic with the square avudiar facing west and The shiva facing east( Picture fro the net[Gal1]
The praharam here has the Koshta vigrahas and sannidhi for Murugan.IMG_0010IMG_0012IMG_0011IMG_0015IMG_0014IMG_0016 The unique feature here is the sannidhi for ShaniIMG_0017
  Rahu and Ketu. IMG_0022
There is a seperate sannidhi for Mahishasura mardhini