The temple is lauded in the Thevaram psalms of Saints Tirunavukkarasar and Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 102nd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery lauded in hymns.
About The Temple
Temple is in the Direction of East. Surya Theertham is situated in Opposite. Three Nilaraja Temple, There are Nandhi and Palipeedam. Murugan, Vinayagar, Gajalaxmi, Bairavar and Navagraha are situated inside the temple. Narthana viayagar, Dhakshana moorthi, Lingothbavar, Durgai are Kosta Moorty.
Legend and Stories
The district was once thick with Sugarcane fields. Two sages who went to this spot felt the vicinity of Lord Shiva in this spot. One contended that the holy tree of the spot be sugarcane while the other said that it ought to be Venni or the Nandhiavartham. Listening to their contentions, a voice from Lord Shiva said both could be the consecrated trees. From that point forward, Lord is revered as Karumbeswarar in Tamil and Rasapureeswarar in Sanskrit. The spot is named after the sacrosanct tree as Venniyur. Later, this changed as Koil Venni.
9 day Navrathri celebrations in September-October; Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Chitra Poornima in April-May; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aani Tirumanjanam in June-July; Tirukarthikai in November-December; Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Thai Poosam in January-February and Masi Magam in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Beams of Sun fall on the Lord on 2, 3 and fourth day of Panguni-March-April. Ruler in the temple is a swayambumurthy. Understanding their wish, enthusiasts offer sweet pudding – sarkarai pongal – as Nivedhana to Lord. As per sacred writings, the temple's relic goes back to endless millenniums covering all the four yugas-Krutha, Thretha, Dwapara and Kali yugas. The Bana of the Shiva Linga shows up as though secured by sugarcane groups. This is the origination of noted Tamil Scholar Vennikuyathiar fitting in with the Sangam Age. One of her melodies in Purananooru notice the war of Karikal Chola known as Vennippor-war of Venni. He won the Pandya, Cheras and different chieftains with the endowments of Mother Pidari Amman at 18 years old. This is said as the Great Victory in an epigraphic note. It is trusted that admirers of Pidari Amman have no apprehension of foes. Praising their triumphs, Karikal Chola and Emperor Musukunda have done broad remodels to the Temple.
This sivasthalam is about 26 Kilometres from Thanjavur on the way to Needamangalam via Saliamangalam and Ammapettai. Immediately after Ammapettai, one has to get down at Koilvenni bus stop and take a branch road going towards north for about 2 Kilometres. to reach the temple.
Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India.
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.