Paarijaatha Vaneswarar Temple, Thirukkalar, Paadal Petra Sthalam, Tamil Nadu

Male deity: Sri Paarijaathavaneswarar (Thiru Kalarmulainaathar)
Female deity: Amirthavalli (Ilamkombannaal)
Sthala vriksham: Paarijaatham Tree
Sthala Teertham: Brahmateertham, Durvasateertham, Gyaanateertham, Rudrateertham
Significance: Paadal Petra Sthalam
ADDRESS
Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple,
Tirukkalar,
Tiruvarur dt,
Tamil Nadu,
Phone:91- 4367 – 279 374

Legend

Rishi Durvasa performed intense penances at this place, with a deep desire to have a darshan of Lord Shiva performing his Brahma Thaandavam (a specific dance style). In order to propitiate the lord, Durvasa literally set up a mini parijatha tree forest here, and offered these flowers to Shiva (which is why the name of Shiva here is Parijathavaneswara). This would also explain the names of the teerthams (temple tanks) here.

Lord Murugan (Subramanya or Karthik) is also said to have imparted the Panchakshara Mantra knowledge to 60,000 sages here, and is therefore depicted in the form of a guru (without his consorts, Valli and Deivaanai).

Architecture

This temple is dated to be at least 1300 years old, going by the stone inscriptions inside. Eight of these inscriptions date back to the later Chola period, two to the Pandya empire that followed the fall of the Chola empire, and three to the much later Vijayanagara empire.

The Temple

Built in the traditional Dravidian style, this east facing temple is a visual treat, with a five-tiered Rajagopuram. Eighty feet tall, it exudes a feeling of warmth as you approach it from the outside.

Since this temple is off the beaten track, the approach roads and the ambience around it exude a sweet sensation of quietness, peace and tranquility.

Thirukkalar being the countryside, visiting this temple is an escape from hustle, bustle and pollution of the bigger towns.

 

There are sub-shrines for Ganesh (valampuri), Somaskanthar, Dakshinamurthy, Natarajar, Chandikeswarar and other Shivalinga forms. One can also pray to Ashtabhuja Durga, the 63 Nayanmars and Rishi Agastya (among others). There is a shrine for Aghora Veerabhadra, facing the west. Durga is found sitting on her lion, in the outer mandapam.

General Notes

  1. Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunaavukkarasar have song hymns of this god (Tevaram), and this is considered as the 222nd paadal petra sthalam.
  2. Kovilur Math pontiff, HH Veerasekhara Gnana Desika Swami19 attained Jeeva Samadhi here. Known as Thirukkalar Aandavar, his Jeeva Samadhi is adjacent to the temple.
  3. Sages Durvasa, Kalava and Parashara are said to have worshipped in this temple.
  4. Ketu pariharam is considered to be of significance here


Festival:

  1. Chittirai festival, Chitra Nakshatram, April
  2. Vaikasi Vishakham, May/June
  3. Navraatri, September/October
  4. Kanda Shashthi, October/November
  5. Margazhi Shasthi/ Arudra Darshanam, Sadayam Nakshatram, December/January

Temple Timings
7:00 am to 11:30 am
6.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Best Time to Visit
Ideal time to visit Paarijaatha Vaneswarar Temple is between October and mid-March. The weather is pleasantly cool during this period.

How to Reach

Thirukkalar is located at about 22 Kms from Mannargudi, on the Mannargudi – Tirutturaippoondi route, on the southern bank of the Paamani river.

By Rail Nearest train station – Tirutturaippoondi. However, getting down at Kumbakonam or Mannargudi and covering the rest of the distance by road is suggested, due to more convenient train services to these two towns.

By Air The nearest airport from here is Tiruchirappally, approximately 115 kms away.

By Road  Car – 7-8 hours from Chennai; 1.5 hours from Kumbakonam/Thanjavur; 30 minutes from Mannargudi.
Well connected by government run and private buses to Mannargudi and Tirutturaippoondi

Click here to visit the official website of this temple.


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