செப்டம்பர் 26, 2008

Ardhanarreswarar Temple



Location

Tiruchengode is located in Nammakal District, TN. It can be easily accessd from Salem, Namakkal and Erode Via Bus alone as there is not Train facilities. Its contains one of the very few temples which have ardhanrreswara as the Main Deity. The deity shows the Equality of Gender

Ardhanareeswarar, one of the 64 manifestations of Shiva, representing the unity of Shiva and Parvati, is enshrined in this revered hill temple of great significance, accessible by a motorable road. This temple is regarded as the 4th of the 7 Tevara Stalams in the Kongu Region of Tamilnadu.

Ancient walls, mandapams and sculptured pillars (now in a state of disrepair) add to the awe that this temple perpetuates, on top of the hill. The motorway and the renovated Rajagopuram are of recent origin. True to the name Nagagiri, there is a 60 ft long snake carved on the hill.

Although the sanctum faces the West, entrance to it is from the South. A majestic image of Ardanareeswarar adorns the sanctum. There is a water spring at the foot of the image which is said to have been divinely manifested (Uli Padaa Uruvam).

Sambandar composed the Tiruneelakandapatikam here, to help rid fellow travellers of an affliction. Muthuswamy Deekshitar has sung of this shrine in Ardhanareeswaram in Kumudakriya

From Chennai

1. To Salem (via Bus or Train) then 1 hour travel from Salem in Bus

2. To Erode ( Via Train or Bus) then 30-40 Minutes travel in Bus

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