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:

  1. Lovely temple and nice legend about the the temple .

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  2. काम की जानकारी से भरा हुआ ब्लॉग है

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  3. Very nice temple and great description

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  4. As always loved your photos and what a fascinating legend.

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  5. wow..such a beautiful temple...

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  6. Sandeep Pawarji
    thank you so much.

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

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  8. ashok, thanks again for your visit.

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

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

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

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

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

    Abhilash

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  14. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  19. Thanks for sharing such a nice temple's information

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

    :-)
    Traci

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

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

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  23. Beautiful as ever ~ love visiting your blog!
    USMasala

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  24. 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..!

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

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  26. 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!

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

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

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



    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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

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