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Sri Gauthameswarar temple



Moolavar : Gauthameswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Krupambikai
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : NA
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Karaimaraikadu
City : Karai
District : Vellore
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   NA


Festival:

   Special abishek and pujas are performed to Lord Sarabeswara and Lord Vinayaka during the Rahukala time on Sundays (from 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m). On Full moon days, seven types of abishek are performed to Lord Shiva as He granted darshan to Sage Gautama this day. Milk abishek is also performed on this day.


Temple's Speciality:

   There are seven Lord Shiva temples around Vellore known as Shatarayam. Worshipping in all these temples on the Shivarathri day (single day) is devotionally followed by many. Lord Gautameswara is known as ?Vaid? (doctor) for His healing blessings.


Opening Time:

   The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. The devotee may get in touch with the priest in advance for convenient darshan of the Lord.


Address:

   Sri Karai Gautameswarar Temple, Karai, Vellore district.


Phone:

   91- 97901 43219, 99409 48918.


General Information:

   This is a small temple and has no flag post (kodimaram) and tower.??The roof tower (Vimana) in the sanctum sanctorum has paintings of Lord Dakshinamurthy and Lord Krishna.?


Prayers:

   Lord Gautameswara is praised by the devotees as Vaid (doctor) for curing the prolonged and serious illnesses of His devotees.??They offer abishek, vastras and also a mixture of dry ginger, pepper and thippili as nivedhana and consume it as Prasad for remedy from serious diseases.


Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.


Greatness Of Temple:

   The structure of the temple is such that the shrine of Mother Krupambika is in the Mandap just opposite the Shrine of the Lord facilitating simultaneous darshan of both. Sage Gautama graces in a sitting form in the temple. Lord Sabeswara appears furious in a shrine. Lord Vinayaka is installed by His side to cool him down. There is a separate shrine for Lord Bhairava. On Shivarathri day Lord graces with Mother Krupambika sitting on the Vrushab, the bull vehicle of the Lord ? Nandhi. This worship is considered very blessingful. The place on the northern bank of River Palaru was once dense with Karai trees. Hence, the name Karaimaraikadu which in course of time shrunk as Karai. Besides this temple, on Shivarathri day, devotees also visit simultaneously other nearby Shiva temples at Mel Visharam, Veppur, Pudupadi, Kudimanallur, Vannivedu and Avarakkarai. To facilitate darshan to the devotees, all the temples are kept open during the whole night.


Temple History:

   Sage Gautama cursed Indira for his immoral approach towards his wife.? Yet, the incident greatly disturbed the peace of his mind.? He came to this place seeking peace and worshipped Lord Shiva.? For his puja, he made Ganga spring up here.? The river that came at the request of the sage was known as Gautami.? In course of time Gautami mingled with Palaru.? As Gautama worshipped the Lord here, He is called Gautameswarar.


Special Features:

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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