- May 21, 2021
🛕 Paranjothi Eswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Thanjakkur village in Manamadurai Taluk in Sivaganga District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding deity is called as Paranjothi Eswarar / Rudra Kodeeswarar and Mother is called as Gnanambigai. The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns had a mention about this Temple. The place was called as Aadhi Vilwa Vana Kshetram. Thanjakkur was called as Thanjakkur during ancient times. Thanjakkur is the birthplace of noted Tamil Poet Poyya Mozhi Pulavar.
🛕 Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma along with the Devas met Lord Shiva in Kailasha and said that they were worshipping him daily and piously demanded his Paranjothi Darshan. Lord said that he was on earth in Vilwa forest formlessly and advised them to worship him there for the Paranjothi darshan. All came down to earth, discovered the Vilwa Vana, created a tank, installed a Shiva Linga and worshipped Lord. Lord wanted to test their determination and created troubles in the puja through Makali and Veerakali.
🛕 They continued the puja with a steadfast mind. Finally, Lord Shiva himself came there in the guise of an aged person and gave troubles to disturb their pujas. Lords Vishnu and Brahma and the Devas could not be stopped from their rigid worship. Pleased with their determination, Lord Shiva granted his Paranjothi darshan aspired by them on a Monday in the Aavani (August-September). Later, Mothers Parvathi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi and Lord Muruga worshipped Lord for the same darshan.
🛕 One Crore Rudras worshipped Lord Shiva of this Temple, Hence, the Lord is also called as Rudra Kodeeswarar.
🛕 Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Indirani (wife of Indira), Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Sri Hanuman, Sundarar, Manickavasagar, Sage Agasthya, Sage Gautama, King Maran, King Maraivanan and King Thanjai Vanar had darshan of Lord in this temple.
🛕 Tamil Poet Poyya Mozhi Pulavar who wrote Thanjai Vaanan Kovai, was born in this place. He prayed to Lord Shiva of this Temple for a scholarly achievement and got relieved of his poverty.
🛕 This is an east facing Temple with newly built five tiered Rajagopuram. Nandi, Balipeedam and Dwajastambam can be found immediately after the entrance facing the sanctum. The Sanctum Sanctorum consists of Artha Mandapam and Sanctum. Dwarapalakas guards the entrance of the sanctum. Presiding deity is called as Paranjothi Eswarar / Rudra Kodeeswarar and is facing east.
🛕 He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthi. Mother is called as Gnanambigai. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. Her shrine is situated to the right side of the sanctum. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa. There are shrines for Navagrahas and Vinayagar in the Temple premises.
🛕 The temple remains open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
🛕 Margazhi Thiruvadhirai in December-January and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
🛕 The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Sundarar had a mention about this Temple. The Temple is mentioned in 7th Thirumurai in 12th Patikam in 9th Song.
தழலும் மேனியன் தையலோர்
தொழலுந் தொல்வினை தீர்க்கின்ற
கழலுங் கோவை உடையவன்
பழனம் பாம்பணி பாம்புரம்
🛕 Those aspiring to achieve scholarship worship in the temple. Those facing skin problem, bathe in the tank here and worship Lord for relief. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
🛕 The Temple is located at about 6 Kms from Thiruppachethi Bus Stop, 6 Kms from Thiruppachethi, 6 Kms from Thiruppachethi Railway Station, 18 Kms from Thirupuvanam, 22 Kms from Manamadurai, 30 Kms from Sivaganga, 39 Kms from Madurai and 46 Kms from Madurai Airport. Thiruppachethi is situated on the Madurai – Manamadurai Bus Route. Thanjakkur is about 6 Kms south of Thiruppachethi.
Paranjothi Eswarar Temple,
Thanjakkur – 630 610,
Phone: +91 4574 205 100.