Uthrapathiswaraswamy Temple is a Hindu temple in Thiruchenkattankudi recorded name is Ganapatheesaram. Thiruchenkattankudi town in Thiruvarur area, Tamil Nadu India is popular for the 1000-2000 years of age Vathapi Ganapathy Temple. It is one of the Padal petra shiva sthalams. The Chola General Paranjothi saw this Vinayaka, worshipped this ruler, won the war and brought the icon here from Vatapi, the Chalukya capital. Ruler Uthara Pasupatheeswarar worships the temple from a holy place having its own Vimana on the right half of the managing divinity Ganapatheeswarar. Gajamukasuran samharam was finished by Lord Ganapathi here. He got bramahathi Dhosham,which is calmed here. So this spot is likewise called as Ganpathiswaram. Amid the war with Gajamukasuran an adversary, the carnage out from Gajamukasuran's body which made this spot red. Chen implies red ,kudi means place in Tamil so this spot is called Thiruchengattankudi. The well known Thirukannanpuram temple Divyadesam temple , Tirupugalur and Thirumarugal , Nanillam, Peralam, Thirunallar, Tittacheri and so on are adjacent spots in 10km span. Karaikal and Thiruvarur are urban communities not far away around 20 kilometers. Closest Railway Station is Nannillam. When some piece of Tamilnads old Chola nation - South Cauvery, and instantly in Nannillam circle of Thiruvarur District in Tamil Nadu India. The temple is praised in the hymns of Saints Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Arunagiriar. This is the 79th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Saivite hymns.
About the Temple
It is important that 8 Samharamurthys are in line in the prakara – Lords Bhujangalinga Murthy, Gaja Samharamurthy, Oordhva Thandavar, Kaala Samharamurthy, Gangalamurthy, Bikshadana, Tripura Samharamurthy and Bhairava. Their vicinity in a solitary temple accordingly encourages darshan of all Samharamurthys of Ashtaveera sthalas-sanctuaries in different spots. Ruler Subramanya with His consorts Valli and Deivanai favors from a holy place sitting on an evil presence peacock. Holy person Arunagiriar had sung the greatness of Muruga in his observed Tirupugazh songs. Mother Durga favors from the goshta of Shiva place of worship with eight hands holding weapons, one of which is a bow, an alternate structure in this temple. There is a figure in the temple indicating Saint Siru Thondar being taken to Mount Kailash. Masters Arthanareeswara, Brahma, four Saivite Saints adulated as Naalvar, Nagar with Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi and Twin Bhairavas have their hallowed places in the prakara. Sun God-Surya is distant from everyone else in the Navagraha-nine planets mandap on a high seat.
The temple lake or tank or Theertham is Satya Theertham, Surya Theertham, Chandra Theertham, Agni Theertham, Indra Theertham, Emma Theertham, Varuna Theertham.
The temple tree is Atthi or Kattathi .
About the Deity
The principle diety is Lord Shiva called as Ganapatheeswarar, Uthrabatheeswarar, Aathvanadhar, Manthirapureeswarar, Baskarapureeswar, or Pasupateshwarar and the Godesses or Ambal is Soolligammbal. Lord Uthara Pasupatheeswarar adores the temple from a shrine having its own Vimana right of the presiding deity Ganapatheeswarar. He enjoys all priority in the temple. The place also is named after Him. He is holding Udukkai, Trident and the Tiruvodu the begging bowl.
Legend and Stories
Temple and the spot involve a position of significance in Saivism history. This is the origin of Paranjothi, a staunch Shiva enthusiast and Chief of the Pallava armed force. He was dependably a champ and lost no fight as he was sponsored by the favors of Lord Shiva. The ruler felt that if anything unnatural jumped out at his leader, it would be a wrong dedicated against Lord Shiva and thusly, conceded retirement to him from administrations to proceed with a decision life committed to the administration of Lord. Paranjothi-later Siruthondar-was excessively glad that he would have the capacity to turn all his regard for an existence of deep sense of being. He was hitched to Mangai Nallal specified as Tiruvenkattu Nangai in our Saivite sacred texts and a child named Seeralan. The couple was extremely specific to have their nourishment when facilitating a lunch to Shiva aficionados. They served what devotees wished. One day none turned up.
Siruthondar went out looking for a devotee. When he was out, a Shiva worshipper thumped at his home. Tiruvenkattu Nangai and her house keeper Seerala Nangai respected the enthusiast and welcomed for the lunch. The follower said that he would not acknowledge the welcome when the male leader of the house was missing and that he would hold up close to the Kattathi tree at the temple. At the point when Sirthondar returned he was glad to hear that a Shiva devotee was holding up at the temple. He raced to meet him and amplified his welcome. The Shiva follower said that he would eat with him just if Siruthondar butchered his just child, cook and serve him the meat. Siruthondar had no dithering to acknowledge the condition. He and his wife arranged the nourishment with their child's meat as wished by the devotee. At the point when sustenance was served, the Shiva follower requested that the host call his child additionally to go along with him. Stunned and shocked, the couple turned out and cried Seerala, Seerala. The kid in all fragile living creature and blood woke up before them. When they entered, the Devotee in His actual Form conceded darshan with Mother Parvathi and salvation to the greater part of the four including the house keeper. He was Lord Pasupatheeswara.
The Kattathi tree and a place of worship of the group of Siruthondar are just before the Shrine of Lord. A lord controlling this area then had no kids. He appealed to Lord Shiva for tyke aid. While he set out for chasing once, he discovered four delightful female kids, brought them up as his own little girls in the spot. When they achieved the eligible age, he asked Lord Shiva to wed them which Lord obliged. They are the four Ambicas' in four temple as Vaaitha Tirukuzhal Nayaki in this temple, Karundhar Kuzhali Ammai in Tirupugalur, Sarivar Kuzhali in Ganapatheeswaram and Vandar Kuzhali in Tirumarugal. They additionally bear the regular name Shoolikambal as they dealt with a poor ladies amid her work time and helped safe conveyance. Shool in Tamil mean pregnancy. Thus the name Shoolikambal. As Ambicas returned late around evening time in the wake of going to the pregnant lady, they didn't enter the temple and held up outside. Subsequently, their sanctuaries additionally are outside the temple. Amid the Arthajama Puja (last night puja), a nivedhana made of Samba rice, pepper, Seeragam, salt and ghee (given to moms after conveyance of the tyke) is offered to Ambicas.
Vinayaka worship came into Tamil Nadu with the entry of Vadhaba Ganapathi from north. Amid a war, Paranjothi saw this Vinayaka, revered Him, won the war and brought the icon here as his Winner Cup. He introduced the Lord in this spot, where Vinayaka prior got alleviated from the dosha for executing devil Gaja Mukha Asura. Vinayaka symbol worship started from this occasion just, it is said. Thus, He is commended as Aadhi Vinayaka. He is in a sitting structure collapsing both legs. Exceptional pujas are performed to Him on Chaturthi days-fourth day of full or new moon. It is additionally trusted that Lord Shiva allowed help to Vinayaka before here from His dosha on a Sadaya star day in Margazhi (December-January) month. Exceptional pujas are performed on this day with Lord Vinayaka parade. A lord needed to make an icon for Shiva portraying His darshan to Siruthondar. Be that as it may, the symbol was not immaculate in spite of a few endeavors. A Shiva devotees came there and requested water. The baffled artists offered the softening metal blend to him. The aficionado drank it and turned into a flawless icon. There was a little projection because of abundance metal on the temple. At the point when the stone carvers endeavored to right it by evacuating the abundance metal, it started to drain. They instantly connected saffron and borneol (pachai karpooram) to stop the bleedings. The scar on Lord Uthira Pasupatheeswarar is still noticeable. Gajamukhasura streamed as a waterway when he was crushed, the spot is called Tiru Chengattan Kudi in Tamil and Raktharanya Kshetra in Sanskrit.
Chithirai Bharani Child Meat Cooking Festival (Pillaikari) in April-May; Margazhi Sadaya Sashti Ganapathy festival in December-January; Shivrathri in February-March; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.The temple is open from 6.45 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.During the evening pujas saffron and borneol are used. Abishek are performed to Lord Uthira Pasupatheeswarar on the Tamil monthly days of Chithirai-April-May, Aadi-July-August, Aipasi-October-November, Thai-January-February, Chithirai Bharani star day-April-May, Vaikasi Thiruvonam star day in May-June and Aipasi Bharani star day in October-November.
Prasad and Offering
Those seeking pardon for wrongs committed pray to Lord. People also pray here for mental peace from confusions. Pregnant women pray to Mother for safe delivery. Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother
Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The scar on the forehead of Lord Uthara Pasupathy Easwarar is still visible. He is gracing from a separate shrine. Those seeking pardon for wrongs committed pray to Lord. People also pray here for mental peace from confusions. Pregnant women pray to Mother for safe delivery. Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.
Nearby Places to Visit
Sarguna Nathar Temple
The closest airport is in Trichy.
The closest railway station is in Tiruvarur and in Mayiladuthurai.
Channanallur is 13 km from Tiruvarur and 30 km from Mayiladuthurai. Tirupugalur is 11 km from Channanallur. Buses to Nagapattinam and Kumbakonam pass through Tirupugalur. The temple is about 3 km away from this place. Auto facility is available.
Sri Uthirapasupatheeswarar Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Mental confusions
- Repentance for wrongs committed
- Any adverse effects
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.
6.45 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m