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.

Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Temple, Kanchipuram

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About the Temple & Location:

This Divyadesam is situated as a small sannadhi inside Ekambareshwarar temple in Big Kanchipuram.

Sthlapuranam :

When Paarvathi was doing Tapas beneath a mango tree, Lord Shiva wanted to test the strength of her tapas. So, he fired the Mango tree. At that time, Paarvathi seeked the help of Vaamanar. After hearing the help voice of Paarvathi, Sri Vaamanar with four hands with Sangu in one hand and Chakram on the other, took out the Chandran (Moon) from the head of Lord Shivan and with the cool rays out of it he made the fire cool and made the Mango tree grow once again.

After this, Paarvathi went back to do the Tapas. But, Lord Shivan wanted once again to test her and sent Ganga, the river. When she came very fast to destroy the tapas of Paarvathi, Paarvathi explained her that both of them are sisters. Inspite of hearing this, Ganga river doesnt want to stop and tried to destroy her and her tapas. At that time, Parvathi made a Shiva Lingam out of sand and hugged it towards her. At that time, both Shiva and Paarvathi got mixed to each other. This is the Sthala puranam of this temple.

Since, to help Paarvathi, Sriman Narayanan took the Chandran (Moon) from Lord Shiva’s head to prevent the Lingam done by sand from Ganga river, the Perumal is called as “Nila thingal thundathan” and so the sthalam is called as “Thiru Nilathingal Thundam”.

This Divyadesam is found inside Ekambareswar temple. Since, this temple is taken care by Siva Aacharyas, the poojas for Sri Vishnu is done by a Sivaachariyar only.

Moolavar and Thaayar:

The Moolavar of this Sthalam is Nilathingal Thundathan. He is also known as “Chandirra Chuda Perumal”.
Moolavar in Standing position facing West direction. Prathyaksham for Lord Shivan.

Thaayar :
Ner Oruvar Illa valli (Nilaatthingal Thunda thaayar).

Mangalasasanam:

Thiru Mangai Alwar – 1 Paasuram.
Total – 1 Paasuram.

Pushkarani:

Chandira Pushkarani.

Vimanam:
Purusha Sukthi Vimanam (Soorya Vimaanam).