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The temple of Thiruvathigai, or of Sri Veerattaneswarar, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is located in the village of Thiruvathigai, about 2 kilometres east of Panruti town. The presiding deity, Veerattaaneswarar .
- Moolavar : Veerattaneswarar
- Amman / Thayar : Perianayaki
- Thala Virutcham : Sarakondrai
- Theertham : Shoola theertham
- Old year : 1000-2000 years old
- Historical Name : Adhikarapuri
- Location : Tiruvadhigai,Cuddalore,Tamil Nadu
The place and the temple are closely connected to Saint Tirunavukkarasar ‘s history. While born to Saivite parents and raised by his Shiva devotee sister Thilagavathy, Marul Neekiar, who was his baptismal name, embraced Jainism and rose there with the name Dharumasenar to Guruhood.
His sister, a staunch devotee of Shiva, devoted herself to Lord Shiva ‘s service by upholding the temple, prayed to the Lord seeking the home of her brother to come to Saivism.Lord Shiva induced Obvious extreme stomach ache.
Nobody will cure him in the camp at Jain. He came to Thilagavathy ‘s sister, dropped to her knees for help. The affectionate sister took the brother to the shrine of Veerattaneswarar, chanted the five letters of Panchakshara — Na Ma Shi Vaa Ya — and placed the holy ash on his forehead. Apparently even ingested the ash and his deadly stomach pain was miraculously healed instantly.
Out came Appar’s first hymn spontaneously called Kodhil Neediya Tirupathigam starting with the line “Kootru Aayinavaru Vilakka hileer” Lord Shiva, delighted with his poetic capacity, honoured Appar with the title of Tiru Navukku Arasar-Tirunavukkarasar meaning King of Tongues.
Devotees seeking Lord Veerattaneswarar’s grace are relieved of the three fundamental evils that are adhered to with humans-viz. Aanavam-arrogance, kanma, the life after life and confusion that follows. Devotee visiting this temple is reaping the joy of seeing the Lord at His Kailash abode. In his Tirupugazh hymns Saint Arunagiriar had praised the temple Lord Muruga.
Lord Shiva also is revered as Sri Samharamurthi (Tirukedilavanar) of this temple. Lord Ammai Appar is also believed to pray Himself in the sanctum sanctorum. Like Sri Tirupurasundari, mom is also praised.Lord Vinayaka is decorated as Vinayaka Siddhi.
Other Holy temple springs are the Shoola theertham, the temple well, Chakkara Theertham, a tank and the Kedila River.
The Temple of Thiruvathigai was originally built in the 6th century AD as a Jain temple by the Pallava king Mahendravarman I. On its conversion from Jainism to Hinduism, however,
Mahendravarman demolished the current temple, and in its place constructed a temple for Shiva. The temple holds a few remaining artefacts from Jain.
There is also another Shiva temple and a nearby Vishnu temple, supposedly built from the ruins of the demolished Jain temple
It is assumed that King Raja Raja Chola I stayed in this temple for a long time before building Brihadeeswarar Temple to study the architecture.It is assumed that King Raja Raja Chola I stayed in this temple for a long time before building Brihadeeswarar Temple to study the architecture.