Friday, 22 May 2020

Bhairava Of This Temple Holds An Akshayapatra Instead Of A Skul Bowl - Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple - Iluppakkudi - Sivagangai

Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Illupaikudi Village in Sivaganga District of Tamilnadu. This temple is nearly 500 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Illupaivanam. It is one of the famous Vairavar Temple is located in Illupaikudi Village, which 5 Kms away from Karaikudi Town. Bhairavar is a special deity here, much worshiped in the locality. Once this place was full of Illuppai trees and hence the place was called Illuppaikudi. The other names for this place are Adi Veerapandiapuram, Illuppaivanam or Iluppaiyur.

Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple
Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple
Konganar, a Siddha used herbals and made gold of iron. He further improved the quality of the gold to a 500 touch. He prayed to Lord Shiva to further improve the touch. Lord Shiva appeared before him at a place dense with Iluppai trees and graced the Siddha to enhance the quality to 1000 touch. The gold thus prepared shone as a jyothi, a torch. When Kongana Siddha tried to take it out, the Jyothi went under the earth and appeared as a Shivalinga. As the Linga appeared from a jyothi, the Lord was named Swayamprakeswarar (Lord of Brightness) and also as Thanthondreeswarar. The village name comes from the Iluppai trees which grow in abundance in this area.

Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple Inner Entrance
Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple Inner Entrance
Here there is a Sivan Temple (Bhairavar Kovil). The temple's origin, according to Puranic legend, comes from a request by Siva, who appeared in a dream to a local chieftain. The chieftain was presented with a Soodamani, a precious stone, by Siva for building the temple. The nearby village situated at Karaikudi is known as Soodamanipuram for this reason. The lingam here is a natural one (Thanthondri-Eeswarar), meaning not shaped by man. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering new vastras. They offer garlands made of Vada a famous dish of Tamilnadu with special pujas to Lord Bhairava. Those cured of their diseases light ghee lamps on coconut shells to Lord Bhairava.

Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple Prakaram
Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple Prakaram
Lord Bhairava of the temple is praised as Swarna Agarshana Bhairava. He holds an Akshaya Patra – a bowl that never exhausts of food and other prosperous things needed for a happy life – instead of the traditional skull. It is said that the skull has changed into this prosperous bowl as Lord Bhairava played alchemy to change iron into gold. Prayer to Him brings all wealth to devotees. The other significance is that He has twin dog vahans, the one on the right is looking at the feet siting and the other at the left standing. A yantra is also installed in the shrine.

Swarna Akarshana Bhairava
Swarna Akarshana Bhairava

Temple Timings:

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

Temple Location:

One of the famous Vairavar Temple is located in Illupaikudi Village, which 5KM away from Karaikudi Town. Bhairavar is a special deity here, much worshiped in the locality. Illupaikudi is just 8 km from Karaikudi. Buses are available only at specific hours. Nearest Railway Station is located at Karaikudi and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Thaanthondri Eswarar Temple,
Iluppakkudi, Karaikudi,
Sivagangai District,
Pin Code : 630 202.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04561 221810 ; 94420 43493

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