By Saravanan Iyer. Tiruchirappalli was earlier known as Thirisirapuram, because a Rakshasa called Thirisiran worshipped Lord Shiva here. The Rock Fort hill is beleived to be formed hundreds of thousands of years back, according to archeological sources. According to mythology, once there was a great tussle between Aadhiseshan and the wind God Vaayu, about who was more powerful. Aadhiseshan encircled the Maha Meru hill Himalaya and challenged Vaayu to take the Himalayas off his powerful grip. Vaayu tried very much to free them, but to no avail, and eventually accepted his defeat.
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Yes, I went there yesterday You have given an excellent description. I really loved these rock cut temples. But climbimng the steps was wel Dasaratha Raman I was there on the We were forced to witness the evening abishegam by a stranger.
We had the rare opportunity to witness the strange features on the lingga statue- a motherly figure - Thayumanavar. My grand mom had taken a vow to send some offerings to thayumanavar swami while i was pregnant.. Hi Anita.. I travelled from Malaysia to offer my thanks to Lord Shiva.
You will appreciate that. Om Namasivaya. Thank you. May god bless you. Thiruchiraappalli Tiruchirappalli, was earlier known as Thirisirapuram , as a Rakshasa called Thirisiran worshipped Lord Shiva here.
As per the mythology, once there was a great tuffle between Aadhiseshan and the wind God Vaayu, on who is more powerful. Aadhiseshan encircled the Maha Meru hill Himalaya and challenged Vaayu whether he can take Himalayas off his clutches.
Vaayu tried much and accepted his defeat. It is said that during the fight, there had been a lot of natural calamities like floods, cyclone etc. And 3 pieces of the mountain broke and flew off to different places. Out of the 3 peices which flew off, one is this Rock fort at Trichy.
According to legend, there was a woman living on the other side of river Cauvery, who visited this temple everyday. She had been visiting the temple for many years, which she continued to do even during her pregnancy. One day after she finished the Dharshan, she found that the river was flooded and she cannot cross the river. As she waited for the river flow to subside, she developed severe labour pain.
People around stopped her from going back home. She was thinking of her mother who can help her in labour. Lord Shiva came to her in disguise of her mother and helped her in delivering the child safely and disappeared. Later her actual mother came asking about her, the woman realised that it was Lord Shiva who came to her rescue in disguise.
The same incident is celebrated as a festival called "Chettipenn Maruthuvam" festival on the 5th day of Chithirai Festival at the temple. The name of the Ambaal is "Mattuvarkuzhali". Once you climb around steps from foot hill of the "Malaikkottai", you can reach Thayumanavar temple.
The temple is said to have built during 3rd Century by Pallavas. This temple was occupied by Jain Saints and later was destroyed by Mahendravarman and Shiva Temple was re-constructed by him. Pregnant women and their husbands pray Lord Thayumanavar for a safe labor and offer Plantains to the God after delivering healthy baby. One can see people carrying "Vazhaithaar" all the way up to the temple and after its offered to Thayumanavar, they distribute to other devotees in the temple.
Thiruchi is well connected by ample trains and buses from Chennai and other parts of Tamilnadu. One can alight at Main Guard Gate or Theppakulam to reach the temple. Anonymous Friday, July 16, AM. Anonymous Wednesday, July 18, PM. Unknown Wednesday, August 15, PM. Anonymous Thursday, August 30, AM.
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Thayumanaswami Temple, Rockfort
Yes, I went there yesterday You have given an excellent description. I really loved these rock cut temples. But climbimng the steps was wel Dasaratha Raman I was there on the We were forced to witness the evening abishegam by a stranger. We had the rare opportunity to witness the strange features on the lingga statue- a motherly figure - Thayumanavar.
Tayumanavar - His Life, Teachings And Mission
The Thayumanavar Temple is a temple situated in the Rockfort complex in the city of Tiruchirappalli , India. The temple is situated close to the base of the Rockfort and was constructed by the Pallava king Mahendravarman I in the 6th century AD. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram , written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. According to Hindu legend, a pregnant woman named Rathnavathi was an ardent devotee of Shiva and he arrived in the form of her mother to attend to her delivery. The presiding deity is thus named Thayumanaswamy, the one who acted as mother.
The minister's spotless character and great piety won for him the favour of his Chief who entrusted him with all the responsible duties of the State. Kediliyappa Pillai that was his name was a household word in the country and as the name signifies he was the flawless or the sinless squire of the land. His only son Sivachidambaram Pillai was allowed to be adopted by his paternal uncle and the home of Kediliyappa Pillai was without the charms and joys of a babe. We chance to know the place and its traditions rather intimately, as we hail there from.