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.

Thiru Sempon Sei Kovil – Sri Per Arulaalan Perumal Temple, Seergazhi

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About the Temple & Location:

This sthalam is also one among the Thirunaangur Divyadesam and lies in Thirunaangur in Tanjore district in Tamil Nadu. It’s about 5 miles away from Seerkazhi. Bus facilities are also available.

This sthalam is called with other names like Hema Rangam, Nagapuri, Nangai Nagaram

Sthala Puranam:

In the Ramayana time, Rama killed Ravana who was a Brahmin. So he was caught by the sin of killing a Brahmin. To get rid of this sin, he came to Rameswaram to worship the Sivalingam made by Sita devi.

Then he came to this place and stayed in the Thrida Nethra Maharishi’s Ashram.

According to his advice, he made a golden cow and stayed upon it for 4 days. Later he donated it to a Brahmin.

The Brahmin sold the gold and constructed this temple. As the gold got from Sri Rama was the reason behind the formation of this temple, this place is called as “Sem Ponn Sei Kovil” where Sem Ponn means pure gold.

Lord Shiva in order to get rid of his Brahmaharthi dhosam performed the Ekadasa Rudhra Ashvametha yagam. When the Yagna was about to complete, Lord shiva had the dharsan of Lord Narayana along with his wives Periya Piratti, Bhoomi Piratti and Nela devi, Lord Brahma and all the devas.

In order to bless Lord Shiva, Lord Narayana took 11 forms in and around Thirunaangur as follow:

Thirukavalampadi

Gopalakrishnan along with Rukmani and Satyabama.

Thiruvannpurushothamam

Purushothaman along with Purushotama Naayaki.

Thiru Sempon SeiKovil

Perarulaalan along with Allimaamalar Naachiyar.

Thirudevanar Thogai

Deivanaayagan along with Kadal Magal Naachiyar.

Thiru Mani Koodam

Varadharaja Perumal along with Thirumagal Naachiyar and Bhoomi Piratti.

Thiru paarthanpalli

Thamarai Kelvan along with Thamarai Naayaki, in standing posture in all the above Kshetrams.

Thirumanimaada kovil

Narayana Gyana Nandha Vilaku along with Pundarigavalli.

Thiruvaali Thirunagari

Amrudhavalli Vedharajan, Narashimar along with Amrudha Kada valli.

Thiru vaigunda vinnagaram

Vaigunda Naadhan along with Periya Piratti.

Arimeya vinnagaram

Kudamaadu Koothan along with Amrudha Kada valli, in sitting posture in above 4 Kshetrams.

Thirutheythri Ambalam

Shenkann Maal along with Shenkamalavalli, in sleeping posture of the type Bhujanga Sayanam.

Totally 11 forms of which 6 in standing posture, 4 in Sitting posture and finally 1 in sleeping posture.

As an wish of Lord Shiva, Lord Narayana is accompanied by 11 forms of Para Shakthi (Godess) inherting the power of all the 108 Shakthi peedams on those 11 forms inorder to give their devotees Shakthi and Gyana. It’s been said all the above perumals together gets us out of all our dhosams and sins.

As the Lord gives away love generously to his devotees along with Lord Shiva, he is called as Perarulaalan (ie) person of generously. Perarulalan gives wealth to his devotees as Lord Ranganatha, Utsavar is named as Hemarangar and Semponn arangar.

Lord Shiva and Vishnu merging into a sing deity blesses us at all the eleven Thirunaangur Thirupathi’s. The reason behind the formation of the total number of 11 is the Ashtaksha Mandiram “Om Namo Narayanaya” of 8 syllable reduces in to the “Om Narayanaya” mandiram of 6 syllable to combine with Lord Shivas Panchatsaram “Namashivaya” of 5 syllable to give a total of 11 syllables – 11 Thirunaangur thirupathi’s.

To indicate the non ending generosity of Perarulaan even during night time, the Thaayar has the name of Alli (Lilly flower) blooming in night.

In order of respect to the Golden cow of Sri Rama, the Vimaanam is named Kanaka Vimaanam (Kanakam – gold) and Pushkarani Hema Theertham and Kanaka Theertham.

An historical note registered the temple says that once there lived a Brahmin Mukunda elder son of Kashyaba. He chanted the Ashtaksha Mandiram continuously for 32 thousand times here to gain abundant wealth from Perarulaalan and was succeded in his attempt.

Specials:

1. Among the 108 Kshetrams, this is the only Divyadesam were the Perumal itself gave the money to construct his own temple.

2. The Grand Garuda sevai along with the 11 Perumals of Thirunaangur Thirupathi’s.

Moolavar:

The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Perarulaalan. Other name are Hema Rangar, Damodharan and Sem Pon Arangar. The Moolavar is in the Nindra (Standing) Thirukkolam facing his thirumugham towards east direction. Prathyaksham for Rudhiran.

Thayaar:

The Thaayar of this sthalam is Allimaamalar Naachiyar.

Utsavar:

The Utsavar found in this sthalam is Sri Hema Rangar.

Mangalasasanam:

Thirumangaialwar – 10 Paasurams.
Total – 10 Paasurams.

Pushkarani:
Nithya Pushkarani.

Vimanam:

Kanaka Valli Vimaanam.

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