Saturday, April 29, 2017

Kannayiranathar Temple, Tirukkaaraayil

Location of the templeTirukkaaraayil (Now known as Tirukkaaraavasal)
Lord Shiva known asKannayiranathar
Female deity known asKailaya Nayagi
PathigamSambandar - 1
How to reach This paadal petra sthalam is situated 13 Kms to the south from Tiruvarur at Tirukkaaraavasal village on the way to Tiruthuraipoondi. The temple is located by the side of the main road itself. Other paadal petra sivasthalams in the vicinity are Tirukollili, Tirunellikka, Tirukkaichinam.
Location mapTirukaaraayil map
Map showing location of Tirukaaraayil temple from Tiruvarur
Map courtesy by: Google Maps

Thrirukkaravasal is about 13 Kms from Thiruvarur on the way to Tiruthuraipoondi. The main deity here is Sahasra Nethra Natha Swamy alias Kannayiranathar, and his consort is Kailaya Nayaki. Tirukkaaraayil is one of the Sapthavidanga sthalams of Lord Thyagarajar. The Vidangar here is Aadi Vidangar and the Abhishekam is performed everyday at 9:30AM and 6:30PM. This again is a lingam substituted for the original, which has been long lost. This one was installed by the Paramacharya of Kanchi during a visit.

An interesting shrine in this temple is the one of Mahalakshmi, where she faces 3 Bhairavars. There is also an image of Dakshinamoorthy with the kundalini represented on top of the head, which is rare. He is known as Gynaana Guru.


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