Friday, November 4, 2011

Brahamapureeshwarar - Tonaiappar temple, Seerkazhi, Tamilnadu

Brahamapureeshwarar -  Tonaiappar temple,Seerkazhi is a highly revered holy shrine and is very close to Vaidheeshawaran koil which is enroute to Chidambaram from Kumbakonam.It is 14th thevara sthalam and is situated near the river Kaveri. Here,  Lord Siva gives darshan in three forms -one as Lingam , Second, in  the form of a colossal statue  Tonaiappar with His consort Uma and last one as Sattainadhar Bhairavar.  All these forms are found in 3 different levels of the temple. One has to climb a few steep steps to have a darshan of Uma Maheshwar, Thoniappar and Sattainadhar.  One can see and enjoy the entire lay out of this huge temple from the top of the Vimanam.

 Brahma is believed to have worshipped the Lord Siva here hence he is known as Brahmapureeshwar,(the main Lingam in the sanctum) During the deluge Siva is said to have secured the 64 art forms in a boat (Thoni) hence he is known as Thonaiappar. Sattainadhar is said to have quelled the arrogance of Trivikramar  after he showed his dominance over all the three worlds. Sattainadhar is worshipped here on every Friday night.

This is also the place where Tirugnana Sambandar received the Milk of Wisdom from Mother Goddess, known here as  Tirunilai Nayaki.

The temple with its vast area  and a calm, serene, salubrious atmosphere shuts oneself from the outside world and helps to have peace with oneself. A temple worth visiting to feel the vibrations of spirituality.

How to reach - The temple is about 25 Kms from the town of Kumbhkonam. Many buses ply from the city of Kumbhakonam.Good hotels are there in the town of Kumbhakonam.


38 comments:

Team G Square said...

Lovely temple and nice legend about the the temple .

जाट देवता (संदीप पवाँर) said...

काम की जानकारी से भरा हुआ ब्लॉग है

A said...

Very nice temple and great description

....Petty Witter said...

As always loved your photos and what a fascinating legend.

ashok said...

wow..such a beautiful temple...

chitra said...

TGS, thank you so much.

chitra said...

Sandeep Pawarji
thank you so much.

chitra said...

A, thanks

chitra said...

PW, thanks . Hope you are back to your regular routine..

chitra said...

ashok, thanks again for your visit.

Martina said...

This looks vry ancient and grand - a remarkable place! Happy weekend Chitra!

Arti said...

Great ancient temple. Looks like a very good place to spend some time with yourself...
Have a nice day Chitra:)

chitra said...

Martina, thank you so much.Enjoy your weekend too.

chitra said...

Arti, Very ancient temple may be 800 years old or so...

Abhilash Pillai said...

Hi Chitra,
Nice to see and read about the temple. I have never heard the name brahmapureeshwarar before. Thanks for sharing the info.

Abhilash

P.N. Subramanian said...

Good coverage. I was fortunate to visit this three tier temple more than a decade back. The old priest thereat was extremely helpful with his narrations.

chitra said...

Abhi,
good to see you after a long time...thanks.

chitra said...

PNS
Yes,even when we visited, the priest elaborated about the legend relating to the temple...

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Hi
Beautiful post.Visited there last year.Was in Mayavaram and visited Vaitheeswaram, Seerkazhi & Chidambaram on same day.

chitra said...

Ramakrishnan
that is wonderful. I am sure you would have enjoyed the beauty of these temples.All these temples fall in the same route..

Latha Vijayakumar said...

Thanks for sharing such a nice temple's information

StarTraci said...

Your photography is so lovely -- you really capture the spirit of all the places that you share with us.

:-)
Traci

chitra said...

Traci, thanks alot.

Bikramjit said...

beatiful pictures ones again :)

Bikram's

Mridula said...

Very nice pictures Chitra, difficult to pick one clear favorite!

chitra said...

Bikram and Mridula...thanks a lot for your comments.

aipi said...

Beautiful as ever ~ love visiting your blog!
USMasala

chitra said...

Thanks a lot aipi.

Sridharan said...

Been quite a while I visited the blogs .. I am glad I found some time now.. I like revisiting this temple through this post. I remember spending quite a while clicking here when I visited this place..!
I loved the vaitheeswaran post too..
I feel as if I am re doing my Kumbakonam trip of which I wrote here earlier.
I love these Chitra..!

chitra said...

Thanks Sridharan..I also visited these temples sometime when you did the trip. But now only they are seeing the light.

Gopalan said...

As usual very nice pictures. You have given lot of info about this temple! May be I will try to visit this next time I am around that place!

chitra said...

Gopalan, you would enjoy it. There is absolutely no crowd.

sm said...

nice pictures

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautifully captured clicks Chitra, looks so divine...those paintings on the wall are so beautiful:)

Oh my Dior! said...

Peace is the first word that comes to my mind seeing this picture!



http://www.ohmydior.org/

chitra said...

sm, thank you.

chitra said...

Sushma and OMD, thanks a lot

Martina said...

Hi Chitra, thank you for visiting - and for this lovely post and mini-tzrip in my mind. Hope your weekend is happy and adventurous!