This place is nearby villupuram and thirukovilur.
Buses are available from thirukovilur but few. The sivan temple
here in this small town is one of thousands of temples in our
land which don’t get the attention they deserve.
When I went to this temple with my family it was around
9’oclock. But nobody was there in the temple. When we asked
the people there, they told us that there was only one priest both
for the sivan and vishnu temple in that town, and that, the priest
had to come from the other temple. After waiting for around 30
mins the priest came finally. Though my grandfather told me
about the temple even before we started I didn’t appreciate his
Because in our land all temples have some unbelievable
uniqueness in them. I thought that this temple too had something
special as my grandpa was saying. That’s it. I didn’t expect
anything more…. But only after going there I realised that the
temple had much much more at stake, and many a wonders, than
I had contemplated in my mind.
The lingam in this temple is a svayambu lingam. The temple
traces its origin down back to dvapara yugam. The lingam is
believed to be worshipped by musukunda chakravarti, devargal,
agasthiyar, lord rama, guha namachivayar, also by many rishi’s
and the great nalavar-appar, sundarar, manickavasagar and
thirugnanasambandar. Wonders of wonders is the
ardhanareeswara form exihibited by the lingam here.
When the divine wedding of sivan and parvati took place in the
kailayam the entire populace of the devas, asuras, siva bakthas
and all divinely people rushed to kailayam. Because of the
enormous weight on kailayam the northern direction fell low
and the southern direction got lifted up. To balance the weight
sivaperuman asked agasthiya maharishi who only the size of
thumb, to go to the southern direction and balance the baram.
Agasthiyar obeyed him instantly and he went to southen
direction and started performing poojas to sivan at various
sthalams. In one place the kailayanathan gave darisanam to him
in the wedding thirukolam. Agasthiyar prayed to the lord that he
must give this darisanam to all the people all the time.
Lord siva told that whenever abhishekam is performed to him
here with honey he will appear along with parvati. That place is
none other than the place we are talking about, that is
Even today when thaen(honey) abhishekam is performed to the
lingam one can see the ardhanareeswara form of siva in the
middle of the lingam glowing in golden colour. But when honey
is wiped away the ardhanareeswarar disappears. What a wonder
it was to witness it. The golden colour image doesn’t appear
during any other abhisekam ( I mean the abhisekham with milk,
water or anything else). I was stunned and mesmerised and so
were my kins.
The name of the ambal in this temple is called shri muthambika.
A must to be watched temple. When the honey flows over the
Lingam, bhakthi and surprise will also flow in your heart. Believe it, if not experince it!!
There are many temples in and around villupuram which are
must to be watched..
I will tell about them in my next article!