Friday, 6 January 2017

Abhishekam Is Done Only For Shiva Linga's Avudayar (Stage or Base) - Sri Masilamaneeswarar Temple, Thirumullaivoyal, Thiruvallur

Masilamaneeswarar Temple is located in Vada Thirumullaivoyal near Avadi,Chennai. King Tondaimaan built this temple. Masilamaneeswarar Temple is the 22nd of the 32 Tevara Padal Petra Stalams in the Tondainadu region of South India. Saints like Arunagirinadhar, Sundhara, Vallalar and many others has sung songs in this temple. This information can be witnessed in Temple Kalvettu. Devi Kodiyidai Amman is one of the Tri-Shakti. Devi Kodiyidai Amman represents Kriya Shakti (Power of Activity). The other two temples are Melur Thiruvudai Amman Temple representing Iccha Shakti (Power of Will) and Thiruvottiyur Vadivudai Amman Temple representing Jnana Shakti (Power of Knowledge).

Sri Masilamaneeswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Masilamaneeswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
There is a scar on the head of the Swayambulinga in the temple. As if to heal the wound, sandal paste is applied on the Linga throughout the year except two days in the month of Chithirai (April-May) covering the Sadayam star day. Lord appears in His true form these days. Worshipping Lord Shiva in this form during these days would relieve the devotee of all sins, it is firmly believed. As no abishek is performed to the Linga, A Padarasa Linga (Mercury Linga) is placed in a separate shrine for Pujas. The Vimana (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is of Gajabrushta – back side of an elephant – design.

Thirumullaivoyal Temple Kodimaram
Thirumullaivoyal Temple Kodimaram & Praharam
In ancient times, the forest surrounding Thirumullaivoyal was occupied by two Kurumbars named Vanan and Onan. King Thondaiman who was the emperor there tried to end the atrocities by waging a war against them. En route to the war-field, his elephant's leg was surrounded by mullai creepers. The king, while cutting those climbers,found blood oozing out of it and later found that it was the Siva linga from which the blood was oozing. The king was deeply worried; but, according to the Temple History, the Lord appeared before him and pacified the king saying, 'In spite of the blood I am Pure' -- hence the name Masilamani. The king duly defeated the kurumbas and brought with him the two white-erukku pillars from their palace and used them while building the temple for Masilmaninathar. The pillars can be seen in the main sanctum.

Sri Masilamaneeswarar Temple Praharam
Sri Masilamaneeswarar Temple Praharam
Seeking mercy and forgiveness from Lord Shiva, he prayed to Him. Without any delay Lord Shiva and Parvathi appeared before the King lest he indulge in self inflicted injury out of grief. The Lord asked the King to build a temple for Him right there and promised that he would reside there as 'Masilamaniswara' ['maasu' - dirty or stain (caused by the profuse bleeding), 'ila' - without, 'mani' - gem].It is believed that the Lord also promised to support him in destroying the Kurumbars by sending his holy steed, the Nandi bull. On his orders, the Nandi also gets ready to go and fight for the King. This is why the Nandi in this temple faces outwards whereas in all other Shiva temples, it faces inwards looking at the Lord.

Lord Vinayaka Shirne In Praharam Of Thirumullaivoyal Temple
Lord Vinayaka Shirne In Praharam Of Thirumullaivoyal Temple
The positions of the deities - Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi (Kodiyidai Amman) is also found to be interchanged as against what is usually found in Shiva temples. It is believed to be so because the Lord and His Consort were in hurry to give 'darshan' (holy appearance) to the King. With the Lord's blessings and Nandi's support, the King did win over the battle and proceeded to his capital. As a memoir of the victory, he seized a very prized possession of the Kurumbars -- two pillars made of the tree trunk of 'Vellerukku' (white Crown flower - Calotropis gigantea). These pillars can be seen even today placed on both sides, decorating the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord.

Nandi Facing Outside At Sri Masilamaneeswarar Temple
Nandi Facing Outside At Sri Masilamaneeswarar Temple
The garlands offered to Nandi deva during the pujas are worn by the devotees facing wedding problems and those concerned about the health of their children. But this practice is not followed on the puja days on new moon, full moon, Kruthika star and pradosham days. Devotees offer Sandal paste Alankara to the Lord on realizing their wishes.

Thirumullaivoyal Temple Tank
Thirumullaivoyal Temple Tank

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

All the buses from Koyampedu to Avadi and Pattabiram passes through this Place, Thirumullaivayil. The temple is 1 KM off main road, after famous Pachaiamman Temple. On the Chennai Ambattur route 14 KMS from the padi flyover after crossing Ambattur you will come to Thirumullaivoyal. At the centre of the town on the right side is a road Kulakkarai Street which is quite rough and it leads to first the Patchaiamman koil made famous by many film shootings. Once you cross this temple the road takes a right turn and you can see the temple tank and before that is the temple.

Main Deity Sri Masilamaneeswarar
Main Deity Sri Masilamaneeswarar

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Masilamaniswara Temple,
Thirumullaivoyal,
Ambattur Taluk - 600 062,
Tiruvallur district,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 044 26376151 ; 78714 95806

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