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Sri Kachaneshwara Swami Temple, Kachanam

Sri Kachaneshwara Swami Temple, Kachanam

This Shivastalam administered by the Madurai Aadheenam is regarded as the 122nd in the series of “Thevara Sthalams” in the chola region south of the river Kaveri.

Kaichinam is also known as Kachanam.

 

The Temple

Said to be over a 1000 years old, the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva, in the form of Swayambhu (naturally formed) linga. The great sage, Agastyar, one of the Saptarishis (7 great sages) is also said to have been blessed here.

The Utsavamoorti (celebration deity) here is Tyagarajar.

This exquisite temple is a Maadakkoyil built at an elevation. It has 2 prakarams (outer precincts) with an attractive Rajagopuram (main gateway tower) and beautiful vimanams (shrines). Indra Teertham and the Vajra Teertham (temple tanks, the sacred water body) are situated to the north and to the south of this temple.

Medhadakshinamurti - the Primeval Guru seated south-facing

There is a shrine to Rishabha Dakshinamurti here as in Tiruvaimur.

Sri Velvalai Nayagi, Shiva's consort

To emphasize the beautiful truth that every one should productively use his/her efficiency and education, Mother Saraswati – the Goddess of Wisdom, Mother Durga – the Goddess of efficient action are installed in the prakara of the temple followed by Jeshtadevi, the symbol of laziness and indifference reminding the devotees to avoid these qualities and firmly stand with the former.

 

 The Legacy

Nandi, Lord Shiva's vehicle grandly welcomes at the entrance

Legend goes that Lord Indra, king of the Gods, deceitfully cheated on Sage Gautama and his wife Ahilya by impersonating him. Overtaken by lust and greed, Indra misusing his powers, took the sage’s form and spent time with his wife in his absence. Condemning the act of Indra, he cursed him. Though Ahilya was chaste, with a view to get her further purified and liberated by Lord Rama Chandra, the direct incarnation of Lord Vishnu, he converted her into a stone. Devi Ahilya being converted into a stone spiritually signifies the unconscious state, which only the grace of God can destroy. Finally after a long time, she got the ultimate boon of being directly blessed by Lord Rama Chandra, who lifts the most fallen ones and liberates them.

"Annamalaiyar" Shiva Linga

For relief from the curse, Indra prayed to Lord Shiva, who advised him to make a Linga of sand and worship it performing abhisheka (offerings made to divine with water, milk and other oblations). Knowing it was not possible to perform the abhisheka to a sand linga, he had to undergo long years of suffering. Finally he worshiped the divine Cosmic Mother, Ambica and while embracing the Linga, he cried aloud to Lord Shiva for forgiveness, deeply repenting his dirty crime.

His fingerprints set on the Linga, as he sincerely prayed, Lord granted pardon and blessed him with a vision of “Tyagarajar”. As Indra’s fingerprints (Kai chinnam-rekhas i.e. the finger prints) were set on the Lord, He is named “Kai Chinneswarar” or Kacchanam who graces his devotees along with Mother Palvalai Nayaki.

 

MahaVishnu's Deity excavated from temple

There is also a shrine to Mahavishnu, where an image was discovered while excavating an arable tract of land belonging to the temple.

Temple Facts

Lord Shiva worshiped as – Karachinneswarar, Hrudaya Kamala Nathar

Ambal (Devi) – Velvalaiyammai, Matsayadakshi

Vriksham (Sacred Tree) – Konkilavu

Teertham (temple tank, sacred water body) – Indra Teertham

Pathikam – Appar

Travel Base – Thanjavur

Location ­ – located 3 km east of Tirunellikka on the Tiruvarur Tirutturaippundi railroad. Tirunellikka near Tiruvarur, Tirutturaippundi (Chola Naadu-south of Kaveri).

Festivals: Brahmottsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi while Arudra Darisanam, Panguni Uthiram, Skanda Sashti and Navaratri are the other festivals celebrated through the year.