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Jambukeswarar Temple, Tiruchirappalli

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Admire the countless intensely colored sculptures of Jambukeswarar Temple, an important Hindu pilgrimage site in Tiruchirapalli. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this huge, 1,800-year-old temple centers on an underground stream of mysterious origin, which never goes dry. An intensely colored, flat-top pyramidal tower adorned with elaborate statues covers the water source, which gushes next to an image of Shivalingam. Marvel at a long corridor with 796 carved pillars and observe as the devotees bring in their offerings. Plan to visit Jambukeswarar Temple during your Tiruchirappalli vacation using our convenient Tiruchirappalli itinerary maker.
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  • Peaceful and relaxing temple. One of the major Lord Shiva temple in Tamil Nadu. This unique temple is one of the oldest and one of the beautiful temple (based on its archaeological carvings). A must v...  more »
  • One of the major Shiva Temples in Tamil Nadu. Historically very important Archaeological wonder. This temple represents the panchabootas the element of water. The diety of Lord Shiva is submerged in w...  more »
  • Good old temple and one among the PANCHA BOOTH STHALAM.Jambukeswarar Lingam is partly immersed in water (one of PANCHA BOOTHAAS ).Since Renovation is going on the area is full of dirt.Considering the ...  more »
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  • Very nice Temple with great dharshan. Calm and peaceful place to be. I visited in the afternoon, came to know that they don't close in the afternoon.
  • Pancha Bootha Temple for Water. With historic value of Spider and elephant. Builded by spider in its next birth as king. Temple design is not allowing elephant to worship. Please visit.
  • Neer talam.. Siva on an island of kaveri and kollidam. Must vist place near trichy. Architecture is mind blowing.
  • Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April and Aadi Pooram and Fridays in July-August are the festivals elaborately celebrated in the temple. Lord Jambukeswarar is a swayambumurthy. Of the Panchabudhas-Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Space on which world exists, the temple place belongs to Water importance-Appu sthala.    Mother Maha Saraswathi graces the devotees from behind the Lord’s shrine in a standing form but without Veena.  Nearby is Chandra the Moon with Karthika and Rohini.  Other important shrines are that of Lord Panchamukha Vinayaka (with five faces) and Sani Baghwan with Jeshtadevi.  Kubera Linga worshipped by Kubera is on the bank of Jambu Theertham to whom abishek is performed with three fruits-plantain, mango and jack on Aani Poornima day-full moon in June-July. Brahmma the Creator once loved a woman whom he created Himself, thus incurring Sthree Dosha.  He approached Lord Shiva for relief.  To help Brahmma Lord left Mount Kailas, when Mother Ambica expressed Her desire to accompany Him.  Lord told Mother that Brahmma is weak towards women and advised Her to stay back.  Mother suggested that She would come in His form with men’s dress and that Lord may follow in Her form.  Agreeing to the suggestion, both set out in disguise.  This event is described to prove the philosophy that Lord and Mother are but one.  They granted darshan and pardon to Brahmma .  During the Brahmmotsavam this event is celebrated on the banks of Brahmma Theertham.  As it is time of Brahmma’s prayer to Lord and mother, no hymn music is played. Mother Ambica is praised as Akhilandeswar – Ruler and Protector of the world.  This place is one of the Shakthi Peetas.  It is said that Ambica performs puja to Lord during middays.  The priest performing puja to Mother at this time, dresses himself in sari and wears the crown of Ambica, comes to Lord’s shrine with music plays to perform the midday puja thus showing Ambica Herself praying to Lord.  He performs abishek to Lord and Gomatha (cow) and returns to Ambica shrine.  Devotees worship the priest at this time considering him as Ambica Herself.  It is also said that Mother Ambica performed penance on Lord here in the month of Aadi-July-August, hence Fridays in Aadi is celebrated grandly.  On this Friday, the temple is open from 2.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. continuously.  Mother graces as Mahalakshmi in the morning, as Parvathi in the afternoon and as Saraswathi in the evening.  As Lord was a teacher-Guru and Mother a student in the place, there is more student devotees in the temple.  There are no doors in the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Jambukeswara but a stone window with nine holes.  Devotees have to worship the Lord through these holes only.  The nine holes of the window represent the nine outlets in the human body which we have to keep under control while worshipping Lord Shiva. While traditionally Annabishek is performed on the full moon day in Aipasi-October-November, the ritual is followed here on the full moon day in Vaikasi-May-June.   It is also noteworthy that there is a perennial spring in Lord Shiva shrine.   There will be more water in the sanctum in the rainy season in Aipasi-October-November. As Annabishek is not possible at this time, the same is performed in Vaikasi when the floor would be just wet only.  On the Aipasi Poornima-full moon day Lord is covered with sacred ash. A sage Jambu by name performed penance in this place on Lord Shiva.  Lord granted darshan to the sage and offered Naaval fruit (called blackberry) as Prasad.  While consuming the Prasad, the sage swallowed the seeds too as he thought it a sin to spit the seeds.  Reaching the stomach of the Rishi, the seeds began to grow into a tree and pierced his head thus leading to his salvation.  Naaval is called Jambu in Sanskrit.  The Water Linga created by Mother Ambica is under this tree.  As Lord granted salvation to Sage Jambu, He is praised as Jambukeswarar.    
  • This temple is situated in Coromandel between two rivers, Cauvery in south, kollidam in North. It is one of the five element shrines or Pancha Bootha sthalams and is renowned for the worship of lord Siva as representing the element of water (appulinga). As an Elephant was blessed here after worshipping here, this temple came to be known as ‘Thiruvanaikka’. As Lord Siva is seated below Jambu tree at this temple, it got its name Jambukeswaram. When Goddess Ahilandeswari penanced here, Lord Siva satisfied by her prayer blessed her. For this reason this temple is also known as Gnanashethram. A spider, which worshipped Lord Jambukeswarar in its previous life, was blessed to born as Kochengat cholan in its next birth. He constructed this temple about 2500 years ago. Uma Deviyar, Thirumal, Brahman, Attathikku Balakhar, Attavasukkal, Jambu Munivar, Gowthamar, Aghasthiyar, a spider known as Gananatharul maliyavan, an elephant named Pushbadhanthan, Suryan and Chandran attained glory by worshipping at this temple. Thirugnana Sambanthar, Appar, Sundarar, Arunagirinathar, Iyyadigal kadawarkon, Thayumanavar have enchanted the glory of Lord Jambukeswarar in theirliterary works. Goddess blessed poet Kalamega Pulavar with the talent to write poems at this temple. This temple is endowed with 5 praharams.(corridor) As lord Siva himself built the 5th praharam, appearing in the form of Spider, it is known as ‘Thiruneettan thirumathil’. It is here lord Siva blessed a spider and elephant to attain moksha. Monolithic stone pillars (made from single stone) are found in the mandapam, situated at the entrance of Aariyavittan tower in 3rd Praharam. Stone chains and 12 zodiac signs are beautifully carved on these pillars. Pillars found in 1000 pillar hall and in various parts of temple have artistic sculptural works. Temple cars In the year1910, 2 big temple cars were made for god & goddess. ‘Coratham’(used for procession) and several wooden Vahanas are present in this temple. Inscriptions 156 Inscriptions have been found at this temple. Inscriptions of King Madurai konda Parakesari varman paranthaka cholan is the oldest among them. Informations about renovations and wealth of this temple are found in these inscriptions