Bhairav Temple Navabashana/Suganthavaneswarar Temple, Perichkoil, Sivaganga district, Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairavar.
About The Temple
Lord Bhairava appears holding weapons in His eight hands and wearing a garland of skulls. Three are by His side. Sri Baladevar is with Him holding the dog vahan. There is one Bhairava in the mandap before His shrine. As the idol of Kasi Bhairava is made of Navapashana (nine herbals), humans cannot bear the power of the Lord, hence the Vadamala Prasad and abishek theertha are not offered to devotees. The Vadamala is thrown above the shrine. It is also a wonder that even birds do not take this. Arrangements are made to direct the abishek water away from the temple so that devotees do not touch it.
Sani Bhagwan in the temple is respected as Bhairav’s disciple with Shiva attributes. He is behind His shrine under the Vanni tree as if he is always worshipping Lord Bhairava. It is said that Lord is gracing Sani Bhagwan with one face not visible to devotees.
There is a separate shrine for Mother Sameebavalli. Sameeba in Tamil means nearby. As Mother is always near the Bhaktas-devotees to protect them She is so respectfully named. The Sthala vruksha is Vanni and the theertham is the water in the well. Lord Shiva solemnized the wedding of an orphan girl as His own daughter. When she was abandoned by the husband, He deposed before a panchayat in the form of Vanni tree, well and a Linga. Such an event took place at Madurai also. This tree and well exists in this place also. There are shrines for Lord Dakshinamurthy and Lord Muruga. Four Vinayakas grace the devotees in the Prakara.
Legend and Stories
King Maravarman Sundara Pandian, after winning a war wanted to build a Shiva Temple. He had confusion in finding a suitable location. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and said that he would find a Shiva Linga in a particular place and the temple should be built there. The king was happy to find the Linga and built this temple. As the location was in the midst of fragrant flowers, Lord is named Sugantha Vaneswarar – Lord amidst gardens of fragrant flowers.
2 day Aani festival in June-July; Shivarathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees pray to Lord Bhairava for cure from illnesses.
Devotees perform milk abishek on Ashtami day (8th day) of new moon fortnight and offer Vadamala (a garland made of Vada, a popular dish of Tamilnadu) to Lord Bhairava.
How To Reach Bhairav Temple Navabashana/Suganthavaneswarar Temple, Perichkoil
The Nearest Airport is Madurai Airport.
The Nearest Railway Station is Karaikudi Railway Station.
The devotee has to reach Tiruputhur 60 km from Madurai. From there, he/she has to proceed further 8 km to reach Kandramanickam. Perichikoil is 2 km far from here. As there is no convenient bus facility, autos can be hired to reach the temple.
Bhairav Temple Navabashana/Suganthavaneswarar Temple,
Perichkoil, Karaikudi, Sivaganga District,
Tamil Nadu, Pincode - 630313.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.