Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

Sreevanchiyam Temple

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About Temple:

Tiruvanchiyam Temple is a huge temple and a muktistalam. It is here the Ganges bathed in the Gupta Ganga theertham to rid herself of the sins of those bathing in the Ganges. It is the 70th in the series of Tevara Stalams located south of the river Kaveri.

Legends:
Mahalakshmi prayed to Shiva here and was united with Mahavishnu here. Yama worshipped Shiva here and so did Brahma, Parasarar, Indra and Atri. The sandal stalavriksham gives the name Chandanaranyam to the shrine. Mahalakshmi`s `Vaanchai` and her prayers were answered give it the name Tiruvanchiyam.

Temple:
It has three prakarams and several gopurams and vimanams. The temple occupies an area of three acres. The large Gupta Ganga tank is located close to it. The original stone structure dates back to Kulottonga Chola I (1075-1120). Renovation of the entire temple and the shrine took place during the rule of Rajaraja Chola II (1146-1172 CE).

A dip in the temple tank on Sundays in the month of Scorpio is considered sacred here. There are two separate shrines to Dakshinamurthy. There is a shrine to Yama, and Shiva is taken in procession on Yama`s mount on the Bharani asterism in the month of Maasi.
The miracle of a Naga kannika (Snake princess) who worshipped Shiva and became one with Him as Ammai Appan.

Festivals:
The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Kartikai. Aadi Pooram, Navaratri and Sundays in the month of Kartikai are also considered special.

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