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Temples of Madurai Aadheenam

Under the divine auspices of Madurai Aadheenam, there are presently four temples in Tamilnadu, South India that are administered by them. Madurai Aadheenam 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.

Shivastalams, the Abodes of Lord Shiva

Shivasthalam, Madurai Aadheenam, Kachaneshwara TowerLittle known to the eastern world, much less to the South Indian world that homes these power houses of cosmic energy, the 4 temples along with 271 others form the group of temples that are the sacred abodes of Shiva, called “Shivasthalams”. Lord Shiva is eternally established here along with all of His divine energies, His consort and other energies (Parivari Devatas).

Lord Shiva is the manifestation of the highest consciousness, divinity, and the most ancient primeval God worshiped from unknown times. Being Shiva’s own home, these 275 temples 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 Shivasthalam, each of the 4 temples are surcharged with healing, wish-fulfilling, and bliss-granting presence of Lord Shiva where he appeared to bless, protect, and shower his boons on His devotees, and remains there. The Lord casually played his “divine leelas” here expressing His unique , different energies. So, each temple is bestowed with that specific energy, eternally.

Sacred Water Body, Teertham at Pannatheru Temple, Madurai AadheenamThe devotees in turn themselves energized the space with their sacred presence through intense penances (tapas), and miraculous powers.

Each 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 worship (puja), and making an ardent pilgrimage to these temples undoubtedly showers blessings on us.


Paadal Petra Sthalams, the 275 energy centers marked by Lord Shiva

The 4 NayanmarsNo one can reveal the true legacy of God, other than His own surrendered devotees. The greatness of these temples was perfectly revealed by the “Thevaram”, the devotional poetic hymns sung in complete love for Shiva. In the Thevaram, the Nayanmars (servitors of Shiva) sang in sets of 10 verses, known as the Pathikam, in which the sacredness of these temple sthalas (energy centers) are vividly glorified with the feats and mercies of Shiva.

Paadal Petra Sthalam means 275 temples, energy centers of Lord Shiva that are revered by the apostles of Saiva Siddhanta, the chief Nayanmars also known as Saiva Kuruvars – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Tirunavukkarasar (Appar) and Sundaramoorti Nayanmar (Sundarar) from 7th – 9th century A.D.

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, Thiruvannamalai, and Rameshwaram form are some of the widely known temples that are Paadal Petra Sthalams, i.e. Shivasthalams.

Madurai Aadheenam temples belong to the “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.

The Greatness of Temples, Kshetras (Energy Field)

The 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aaadheenam, Srila Sri Guru Maha Sannidhanam Paramahamsa Nithyananda Gnana Sambandha Desika Paramacharya Swamigal beautifully explains to us the need for temples, the energy field, i.e. the kshetra that gets created permeating everything around them.

“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 the whole citizens, the whole group is in ecstasy and working out of ecstasy. That is why those great temples that are built are still standing. It creates Kshetra.

Kshetra means the cities developed by the Vedic Masters. All policy decisions were under Raja Guru, the Enlightened Master because he knows how to plan and he was constantly taking care only the fulfillment was expressing.

A temple is not just the home of God, it is the storehouse of divine energy. It is the place to drop your troubles and relax into the deep meaning of life. The space is like an air strip for you to take off and experience the higher dimensional energy of the Cosmos”.

Madurai Aadheenam temples are such sacred kshetras (energy fields) marked by Lord of Lords, Shiva having its 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 Pandiyas, the Marathas, and the Nayak rulers of Tamilnadu extended their special patronge to the “Paadal Petra Sthalams” temples.

The inscriptions carved in stone bear details of the endowments made by the royal patrons, and the sculptural genius, the wall murals and the sprawling complexes display their reverence for them.

Under the divine guidance of H.H Srila Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda, now the whole kshetra (energy field), the 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 reshaping with a living incarnation in all its glory, and vibrancy.


Sri Agnishwarar Temple, Kanjanoor

The Agnishwarar Temple is one of the ‘Shivastalams’ temples in the village of Kanjanoor, 18 kms north-east of Kumbakonam. Kanjanoor is also considered to be the 36th in series of the “Thevara Sthalams” located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri. It is also one of the nine Navagraha Sthalas i.e. temples linked to the 9 planets in the Thanjavur area located in the Kaveri Delta region dedicated to planet Venus, called Sukra.

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Sri Saatchinatheswarar Temple, Thiruppurambiyam

Saatchinatheswarar Temple or Tiruppurampayam Temple is also one of the ancient ‘Shivasthalams’ (adobe of Shiva) located in the Tiruppurampayam. Dating back to 5th century, the temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thevaram as the 46th  ‘Paadal Petra Sthalam‘. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in his incarnation as Dakshinamurti, the first-ever guru.  The present name of the presiding deity  is “Saatchinathar” and His eternal consort, “Kuraivialla Azhagi” (beauty unsurpassed). The temple is one the rare 24 shrines special to Lord Dakshinamurti and is surrounded by Manniyaru, Kollidam and the Kaveri.

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Sri Kachaneshwarar Swami Temple, Kachanam

This Shivastalam  is regarded as the 122nd  in the series of “Devara Sthalams” i.e. “Paadal Petra Sthalam” in the Chola region south of the river Kaveri. Kaichinam is also known as Kachanam. 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.There is a shrine to Rishabha Dakshinamurti here as in Tiruvaimur. The utsavamoorti (celebration deity) here is Tyagarajar, because Lord Shiva once gave darshan (vision) to Lord Indra (god of heaven) in the form of “Tyagarajar” and relieved him from his misdeeds. Performing puja (worship offerings) here, bestows the merciful blessings of “Lord Kachaneshwarar” of liberating us from negative acts, when sincerely prayed to.

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Sri Pannagaparameshwara Swami Temple, Pannatheru, Thirumugathalai

Sri Pannagaparameswara Swami Temple is located at a beautiful scenic spot in a small village called Pannatheru. The temple also has the samadhi or final resting place of the 290th pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam.



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