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Sri Patanjaleeswarar temple



Moolavar : Patanjaleeswarar
Urchavar : Somaskandar
Amman / Thayar : Kola Valai Kai Ambicai Ambica with beautiful bangles in hands
Thala Virutcham : Erukku
Theertham : Surya Pushkarini
Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirukanattumullur
City : Kanattampuliyur
District : Cuddalore
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   Saivite saint Sundarar had sung the glory of Lord Patanjaleeswar as One whose head and foot could not be viewed even by Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma, One whose philosophy could not be fully understood even by the learned, one after whom all virgins run seeking His grace, whose temple is adored with Kuvalai flowers on the bank of Kollidam in Kanattumullur. I worship that great Lord.


Festival:

   Shivarathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Tiruvadhirai in December-Janary are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Temple's Speciality:

   Mother Kola Valai Kai Ambica, also praised as Ambjakshi and Kanarkuzhali is facing east. Saivite Saint Sundarar mentions Mother also in his hymns. Sani Bhagwan-Saturn graces from a shrine right to Ambica?s prayed by those facing his adverse effects.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Those visiting the temple during other hours may contact the priest.


Address:

   Sri Patanjaleeswarar temple, Kanattampuliyur ? 608 306, Muttam Post, Cuddalore district.


Phone:

   91& 4144 & 208 508, 208091, 93457 78863.


General Information:

   Lord Maha Vishnu graces from ghoshta (wall around the shrine) in standing form while Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai is just the opposite as if paying His respect to Uncle Mahavishnu. Valli is wearing the hanging ear ornament called Pambadam or Thandatti, an ornament usually worn by elder women commonly seen in Tirunelveli district. Lord Dakshinamurthy is without the banyan tree traditionally related to Him. There are also shrines for Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Lord Nirudhi Vinayaka, Mother Gajalakshmi. In the front hall Lord Kirshna graces between two serpents (nagas) and a Linga among serpents.


Prayers:

   Those seeking promotions in jobs and transfers, those pained to see their hard work not recognized, pray here for benefits.


Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek and vastras to Lord. Women offer sari and bangles to Ambica seeking child boon.


Greatness Of Temple:

   The temple on the banks of River Kollidam is known as Madhukavanam. Lord Shiva graces in the form of a small Shivalinga in the sanctum sanctorum. On the Tamil New Year day Sun God spreads His rays on the Lord worshipping Him. When the sages of Dandakaranya came here to worship Lord Shiva, every particle of sand appeared to them as a Shivalinga, they worshipped the Lord from outside. Hence, the sand of the place is considered very sacred which is carried by devotees and kept in their houses believing that it would bring them all welfare and prosperity and cleansing them of their sins. Lord Nataraja appears with His left leg forward and the body slightly backward which is attributed to His pleasing Sage Patanjali who is opposite to the main shrine along with Nalvar ? the celebrated saivite saints and authors of Thevaram and Tiruvasagam hymns. Those seeking relief from adverse effects of serpent planets pray to Sage Patanjali for relief. Omampuliyur temple, where Sage Vyakrapada worshipped Lord Shiva is nearby. It is noteworthy that three Shiva temples in Chidambaram, Kanattampuliyur and Omampuliyur are in a row.


Temple History:

   Divine serpent Adisesha serving as a bed to Lord Mahavishnu in the nectar ocean took the form of Sage Patanjali to enjoy the dance of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva granted Adisesha His Dance Darshan in Chidambaram. Sage Patanjali came to this placed as advised by Lord Shiva and performed penance. Lord appeared before the sage and asked him if he was satisfied with His dance darshan, Patanjali replied that he would never be content with the darshan once or twice and that should be before him for ever. Lord assured Patanjali that He would be offering the darshan in many places. As a mark of recognition of the devotion of the sage, Lord took the name Patanjaleeswarar Himself.


Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple


*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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