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Temples of Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham

Under the divine auspices of Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham, there are presently four temples in Tamilnadu, South India that are administered by it. Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham not only serves the temples, but has also been committed to serve the conjoining living communities around them.

Apart from thousands of temples that form the very backbone of India’s spiritual and cultural heritage, these 4 temples are part of a group of 275 temples that, by far, hold the well-kept secrets of the greatest legacies of delicately preserved, grand vedic tradition dating back to at least 1200 years in recorded time.

Shiva stalams, the Abodes of Paramasiva

Shivasthalam, Madurai Aadheenam, Kachaneshwara TowerThese 4 temples which are power houses of the Cosmic energy along with 271 others form the group of temples that are the sacred abodes of Paramasiva, called “Shiva stalams”. Paramasiva is eternally established here along with all of His divine energies, His Divine Consort Parvati and other energies (called Parivara Devatas meaning “deities of the divine beings of the entourage who assist the main deity Paramasiva at all times”). Paramasiva, is also known as Shiva, Parameshwara, Sadashiva, Mahadeva and so on.

Paramasiva is the manifestation of the highest Consciousness, Divinity, and the most ancient primeval God Paramasiva worshiped from unknown times. Being Paramasiva’s own home, these 275 temples are enlightenment ecosystems that bedeck the skies with soaring towers, and fill the land with expansive architectural wonders, sheltering the cities, towns, and hamlets that evolved, spread, and flourished around these temples.

Being a Shiva stalam, each of the 4 temples is surcharged with healing, wish-fulfilling and bliss-granting presence of Paramasiva where he appeared to bless, protect, and shower his boons on His devotees, and remains there. The Lord casually played his “divine leelas” (causing divine historical incidents) here expressing his unique, different energies. So, each temple is bestowed with that specific energy, eternally.

Sacred Water Body, Teertham at Pannatheru Temple, Madurai AadheenamEach deity has its own independent intelligence and specific energy for which it originated, and  is invested with that boon-giving energy, and beautifully responds to us.

So, intensely connecting to these temples through prayers, offering puja (ritualistic worship), and making an ardent pilgrimage to these temples showers blessings on us.

 

The 275 temples are “Paadal Petra Sthalams”

The 4 Nayanmars

“Paadal Petra Sthalam” refers to those temples or energy centers of Paramasiva that are revered by the chief Nayanmars (poet Saints and enlightened devotees of Paramasiva) – Tiru Jnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar (Appar) and Sundaramoorti Nayanar (Sundarar) from 7th – 9th century A.D. and other Nayanmars (devotees of Paramasiva), who are the apostles of Saiva Siddhanta (doctrine of Paramasiva).

The greatness of these temples was perfectly revealed by the “Thevaram”, the devotional poetic hymns sung in complete love for Paramasiva by these four poet Saints who are part of the 63 Nayanmars, enlightened devotees of Paramasiva. No one can reveal the true Story of God, other than His own surrendered devotees. In the Thevaram, the Nayanmars sang in sets of 10 verses, known as the Pathikam, in which the sacredness of these temples are vividly glorified with the feats and compassion of Paramasiva.

The 275 energy fields are the fore bearers of the Saiva tradition with amazingly common worship practices across all the temples, even while they are scattered over wide landscapes traditionally termed such as Chola Nadu, Pandya Nadu, Eezha Nadu, and Malai Nadu territories mostly in the present Tamilnadu state. Madurai Meenakshi temple, Chidambaram, Tiruvannamalai, and Rameshwaram are some of the widely known temples that are “Paadal Petra Sthalams”, also called Shiva stalams.

The temples belonging to the Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham are “Paadal Petra Sthalams” and have been immortalized by the devotional hymns sung by the Nayanmars. The first three temples received Thevara songs. The last received Thiruvisaipa songs (also part of the collection of songs sung by the Nayanmars).

The Greatness of Temples, Kshetras (enlightenment  ecosystems)

The 293rd pontiff of Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham, Srila Sri Guru Maha Sannidhanam Paramahamsa Nithyananda Sri Gnana Sambandha Desika Paramacharya Swamigal beautifully explains to us the need for temples (also called “kshetra” or pilgrimage spot), which are pure enlightenment ecosystems:

“The infrastructure which comes out of the ecstatic feeling which you are carrying without hurting yourself is what we call Kshetra. Kshetra is not a city. Kshetra means all the citizens are in ecstasy and working out of ecstasy. That is why those great temples that are built are still standing. They create a Kshetra.

Kshetra are the cities developed by the enlightened beings who were the Raja Gurus (Gurus of the Kings), where all policy decisions were taken under their guidance to the regent kings.

A temple is not just the home of God, it is the storehouse of divine energy. It is the place to drop one’s troubles and relax into the deeper meaning of life. The space is like an air strip for one to take off and experience the higher dimensional energy of the Cosmos. Temples are the most important component of the enlightenment ecosystem that keeps the whole thing alive”.

The temples of Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham are such sacred kshetras (energy fields) marked by the Lord of Lords, Paramasiva having their own rare historical value, making them centers of spiritual heritage of the planet. Bearing witness to this, the kings and royal lineages of the South – the Pallavas, the imperial Cholas, the Pandyas, the Marathas, and the Nayak rulers of Tamilnadu extended their special patronage to the “Paadal Petra Sthalam” temples.

The temples radiate sculptural wonders, wall murals and sprawling complexes with inscriptions carved in stone that bear details of the endowments made to them by the royal patron kings and others.

Under the divine guidance of His Divine Holiness (HDH), now the whole kshetra (energy field), which is these temples and the living community adjoining the villages are witnessing the true revival of the authentic vedic tradition back to a “temple-based enlightened civilization”. That the temples are a grand eternal celebration of Existence itself is coming true with a living incarnation (HDH) in all its glory, and vibrancy.

Following is a brief of the fours temples belonging to the Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham:

Sri Agnishwarar Temple, Kanjanoor

The Agnishwarar Temple is one of the ‘Shiva stalams’  in the village of Kanjanoor, 18 kms north-east of Kumbakonam. Kanjanoor is also considered to be the 36th in the series of the “Thevara Sthalams” (“Thevara sthalam” or “Paadal Petra Sthalam” refers to a group of 275 temples that are revered in the verses of the Saiva Nayanmars – enlightened poet Saints and devotees of Paramasiva – in the 6th-9th century CE and are amongst the greatest Shiva temples in India). It is also one of the nine Navagraha Sthalas i.e. temples where the main deity is linked to one of the 9 planets. It is located in the Thanjavur area in the Kaveri Delta region in South India. This temple is dedicated to planet Venus, called Sukra.Read More

Satchinatheswarar Temple 

Satchinatheswarar Temple is also one of the ancient ‘Shiva stalams’ (adobe of Paramasiva) located in the Tiruppurambiyam. Dating back to the 5th century, the temple is revered in the hymns of “Thevaram” sung by the Nayanmars (poet Saints and devotees of Paramasiva) as the 46th  ‘Paadal Petra Sthalam‘. The presiding deity of this temple is Paramasiva in his incarnation as Dakshinamurti, the first-ever Guru. The present name of the presiding deity  is “Satchinathar” and His eternal consort, “Kuraivilla Azhagi” (literally meaning “beauty unsurpassed”). The temple is one of the rare 24 shrines special to Lord Dakshinamurti and is surrounded by Manniyaru, Kollidam and the Kaveri rivers.

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Sri Kachaneshwarar Swami Temple, Kachanam

This temple is a “Shiva stalam”, meaning a temple revered by the enlightened Saint Poets called Nayanmars in their original poetic compositions.  This temple is the 122nd  in the series of “Devara Sthalams” i.e. “Paadal Petra Sthalam” (meaning temples that have been sung about by the Nayanmars), which have received the hymns of glory from the Nayanmars. This temple is located at a place called Kaichinnam, also known as Kachanam in Tamilnadu. Over a 1000 years old, the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Paramasiva, in the form of a Svayambhu linga (naturally formed). There is a shrine dedicated to Rishabha Dakshinamurti here as in Tiruvaimur, a famous temple dedicated to Paramasiva. The utsavamoorti (celebration deity) here is Tyagarajar, because Lord Paramasiva once gave darshan (vision) to Lord Indra in the form of “Tyagarajar” and relieved him from his misdeeds. Performing puja (ritualistic worship) here, bestows the merciful blessings of “Lord Kachaneshwarar” (name of the presiding deity) of liberating us from negative acts, when sincerely prayed to.

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Sri Pannagaparameshwara Swami Temple, Pannatheru, Thirumugathalai

Sri Pannagaparameshwara Swami Temple is located at a beautiful scenic spot in a small village called Pannatheru in the South Indian State of Tamilnadu. This temple also has the Samadhi or final resting place of the 290th pontiff of Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham.

 

 

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Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple

Tirupparankundram is a hilltop temple in Madurai and gains importance as it is one of the six places chosen by Lord Muruga, the celestial son of Paramasiva as his own abode. It is said that this was where Lord Muruga married His Consort Devasena. It is also considered as the place where sun and moon abide. This cave temple is dedicated to the element of earth among the five elements and various Tamil classical texts mention this hill as ‘Southern Himalaya’.

(top) temple tower of Tirupparankundram temple in Madurai

(down) Lord Muruga about to wed Deivanai His Consort at this spot where the temple stands today

Koodal Azhagar Temple

(top) The Koodal Azhagar Temple (down) The deity of Lord Vishnu comes out in procession on a the horse vehicle

Koodal Azhagar temple in Madurai is considered one of the ancient temples in South India. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated 2 km away from the Madurai city’s west. Madurai has a rich past and its contributions to language, art and culture are tremendous. Koodal Azhagar temple is one such proof of the architectural and painting excellence of the ancient period. The deity of Lord  Vishnu.

Pazhamudhir Solai

Pazhamudhir Solai temple is yet another famous temple dedicated to Lord Muruga in Madurai and is located on hilltop. It is considered as one amongst the six abodes of Lord Muruga (the other five being Tirupparankundram, Tiruchendur, Palani, Swamimalai and Tirutani). The sculptures carved of marble and wood here are unique. The giant steps in front of the temple make for a great climb. It is one of the most beautiful temples in South India.