Saturday, April 29, 2017

Vigirthanatheswarar Temple, Venjamaakudal

Location of the templeVenjamaakudal
Lord Shiva known asVigirthanatheswarar
Female deity known asVigirtheswari
PathigamSundarar - 1
How to reach To reach this Shivasthalam, one has to travel south-west 16 Kms from Karur on the way to Aravankurichi and go in a branch road about 10 Kms. The temple is located on the east bank of river Kudaganaaru.
Temple addressArulmighu Vigirthanatheswarar Temple
Venjamaakudal Post
Via Moolappadi
Aravakurichi Taluk
Karur District
PIN 639109

Located at Venjamangudalur near Karur, this temple is classified as one of the Kongu Naattu paadal petra shiva temple. This shivasthalam is more than 1200 years old. This temple has a 5 tiered Rajagopuram. The presiding deity lord shiva is called as Vigirthanatheswarar and the Ambal his consort is called as Vigirtheswari. Both the Shiva and the Ambal shrines face east. The main Lingam inside the sanctum sanctorum is 5 feet in height and the female deity's image is 2.5 feet in height. There are shrines to the Panchalingams, Bhairavar, the 63 Nayanmars, Vinayagar, Dakshinamurthy and others in this temple. The king of Devaas, Indiran, is said to have worshipped the Lingam here to get rid of his sins.

God Shiva has personally appeared in front of Sundarar as an old man at this shivasthalam and bestowed Sundarar with gifts for the songs (Pathigams) composed by him. Saint Arunagirinathar has sung a poem on Murugar of this temple in his Tiruppugazh.

This shivasthalam has been patronised by the kings of Pandiya Naadu and many rock cut inscriptions of Pandiya Period have been found in this temple.