Friday, 24 April 2020

Lord Dakshinamurthy Majestically Graces From A Mandapam Having Pillars That Produce Seven Musical Tunes - Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple - Vairavapatti - Sivaganga

Vairavapatti is a village in the Tirupattur taluk Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, India. This village derives its name from the temple dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairav who is known in Tamil language as Vairavan. It is 2 km from the Pillayarpatti village which is another famous pilgrimage center. It is one of the 9 temples held in high esteem by the Nagarathar Chettiar community of Tamil Nadu. The presiding deity here is Lord Valaroli Nathar and his consort Vadivudai Ammai. Bhairavar here is prominent, hence the name Vairavan-patti in Tamil.

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple
Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple
Vairavanpatti Temple, also called Vadukanthapuram is a beautiful 500 year old temple with a magnificent five-tiered Rajagopuram. Lord Shiva here assumes the form of Bhairava and there is a shrine for the Goddess Ambika. Vairavanpatti Temple is patronized by the Chettiar community and is their third largest temple. Vairavanpatti is located near Karaikkudi, Sivagangai District of Tamilnadu. This is one of the Ashta Bairava Sthalams. As per the legend, the Devas were troubled by the Asura brothers namely Surapadma, Simhamukha and Taraka. Lord Shiva appeared as a Brahmin and advised the Devas to worship Shiv Linga in this site. Accordingly, the Devas worshiped Valorali Nathar and felt confident to face the Asuras.

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Entrance & Dwajasthambam
Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Entrance & Dwajasthambam
The temple authorities claim that this temple was built by Nagarathars in 712 CE. I am not sure how the year of construction has been arrived without any historical proof. I don't think there is any stone inscription found in this temple. Moreover, the current structure including the tower, vimanas, stucco images and the sculptures cannot be considered as ancient. The structure appears to be hardly 200+ years old and belongs to Nagarathar style. I am not sure if there was an earlier structure of the temple in this village, which was renovated/reconstructed by Nagarathars. The temple is very old and it was originally constructed in mud. Later the temple was handed over to the Nagarathar community, who in the 19th century constructed the stone temple, which we see today with wonderful sculptures.

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Prakaram
Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Prakaram
Devotees offer Vada Mala on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami (Ashtami of new moon phase) to Bhairavar. His shrine is on the right side of Ambal Sannadhi and He is offering darshan with his vahanam, Dog. As per mythology, Brahma also had five heads like Shiva and once when Parvathi worshipped Him believing that He was Shiva, Brahma did not correct Her. Later when Parvathi realised Her mistake, she informed Shiva who sent His general Bhairava (many believe that He is another form of Shiva) to remove the fifth head of Brahma. This is supposed to have taken place here and hence the importance of Bhairava in this temple. Though it is a Shiva Temple, prominence is given to Vairava worship (In Tamil, Bhairavar is called Vairavar). This is one of the Ashta Bhairava Kshetrams and here He appears as Raja Marthanda Bhairavar. As you come around the praharam, you can see beautiful carvings and statues. Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva is in a separate mandapam.

Lord Dakshinamurthy In Vairavapatti Temple
Lord Dakshinamurthy In Vairavapatti Temple
Dakshinamurthy is installed in a beautiful 7 pillared mandapam whose pillars emanate the seven musical notes (musical pillars). This is also an important temple for the Nagarathar community. There are two musical pillars in the Dakshinamurti mandap. Dakshinamurthy who majestically sits inside a seven pillared mandapam. The Dakshinamoorthy icon is also carved out of a single stone and in addition features small stone pillars that emanate different musical notes when struck. The theertham in front of the temple- Vairava Theertham- is believed to have medicinal powers and is believed to cure those who suffer from skin and bone related problems.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 03:30 PM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Closer View Of Lord Dakshinamurthy
Closer View Of Lord Dakshinamurthy

Temple Location:

Vairavanpatti is 8 km far from Tiruputhur. Buses bound to Karaikudi pass through this place. The temple is 7 kms NE to Thirupattur and 2 kms from Pillayarpatti. The village is located at a distance of around 15 kms from Karaikudi. There are nine important temples in Chettinad for Nagarathars. Vairavan Temple in Vairavanpatti is one of those nine temples. The locals refer this village as Vairavan Kovil. Nearest Railway Station is located at Karaikudi and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai. While Thiruputhur is considered the home for Bhairavar, Vairavanpatti is considered the Idhayasthanam (heart) and the nearby Ilupakudi, the Padasthnam (feet).

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple,
Thiruppathur Karaikudi Road,
Vairavanpatti,
Sivaganga District,
Pin Code : 630 212.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04577 264237

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