Sri Ekambareswarar Temple

 

This is an ancient temple built by Paranthaka Chola.  Lord Vinayaka is adored as Varaguna Ganapathi

The temple is famous for its Kubera sculpture showing the Lord of Wealth on His Fish vehicle.  This is installed in 12 spots in the temple representing the 12 zodiac signs.  When viewed from an upper place, it is said that the idols combined together looks like OHM letter shape.  People throng the temple to worship Kubera for wealth.  According to Vedic scholars from Tiruvannamalai, no temple in the country has such Kubera installations.

The rays of Sun fall on Lord Ekambareswara on 19, 20 and 21 of Panguni month –March-April.  This is an ancient Shiva Temple.  The main tower-Rajagopuram is 100 feet tall visible up to a distance of 10 kilo meters.

There is also a sculptural marvel in the temple on the western Dwarapalaka pillar carved with such rare skill that it looks like a bull from one angle and an elephant from the other.

The shrine of Mother Kamakshi is on the northern side-Kubera corner.  In the inner corridor, there are 10 pillars producing different musical sounds if tapped with a dry sandal stick.

Temple History:

In days of yore, the place was a forest of Kadamba trees.  A trader on his way had to stay here at a night.  About midnight, he saw a fire ball splitting light, in the midst of which was a Shivalinga being worshipped by Devas and Rishis.  The trader informed the Chola king of what he saw.  The Chola king rushed to the spot along with Kulasekhara Pandiyan who was his guest then.

They saw an old man walking there with a red sugarcane as his walking stick.  He showed the king the place where the Shivalinga was hiding and disappeared in the form of a fire ball.  When they looked at the eastern direction where the old man disappeared, they saw Lord Dhandayuthapani on a hill.  In ecstasy, the kings built a temple for Lord Ekambareswara and a temple for Lord Dhandayuthapani, according to the history of the place.

A huge number of devotees pray to Kubera, the Lord of Wealth seeking prosperity, besides seeking fruitful marriage talks and child boon.  The temple is highly revered as an abode of solution for various problems faced by devotees in matters of health, litigations, recovery of lost things, trade etc.

Devotees perform special abishek to Lord and Mother with milk, curd, lime fruit juice, sandal, oil, green coconut offering vastras and they also undertake some kind of fasting. Some do charities. The nivedhana offered to Lord and Mother is distributed to the devotees.