|Proper name:||Sangameswarar Temple|
|Location:||Kooduthurai, Bhavani, Erode|
|Architecture and culture|
|Architectural styles:||South Indian, Temple|
The temple was built at the confluence of three rivers namely, Cauvery, Bhavani and Amirtha river.
The temple was praised in old Tamil literatures Thirupugazh, Pillaithamizh by Arunagirinadhar, Thirugnanasambandar as Thirunana.
Sri Sangameswarar temple is one of the important Tamil Nadu tourism spot. The temple is also called as, "Kooduthurai" (Koodu-Join, Thurai-shore) due to the confluence of Kaveri,Bhavani and Amirtha river. River Amirtha flow as Antharvahini, just like Saraswati at Triveni Sangamam of Allahabad. The place is also known as Dakshina Triveni Sangamam. The place is revered due to the Triveni Sangamam and people from all around India come here to perform the last rites. Besides that, the temple witnesses a swarm of newly married couples during the celebration of "Aadi Perukku" , 18th day of "aashada" month.Though Shiva is the main deity of the temple, there are separate sanctorums ('sannidhis') for God Vishnu and Goddesses Lakshmi as well, thus standing as an example of Shaiva-Vaishnava harmony. The tree of the temple ("Sthala Viruksham") is 'Ilandhai', Indian Plum tree.
History and myths
Kubera, son of Vaishrava was gifted an aircraft to visit Shiva temples across the country in recognition of his devotion to Shiva. While he was flying near the river Cauvery, Kubera was surprised to see a deer, tiger, cow, elephant, snake and rat drinking water near an Ilandhai tree on the river bank without enmity, to answer his wonder Kubera heard a voice from the sky saying it was a place visited by vedas, inhabited by gandharvas and advised him to worship the shivalingam under the ilanadhi tree.
The temple's Ilandhai tree gives fruit on all season which was used for everyday puja even today. There are stories saying that there was a cave connection existed between Chidambaram and Sangameshwarar temple and pujas were performed at the same time in both the temples.It was said from generations that every inch under the temple has one shivalingam.
Inside the temple
Rock status of this temple represents the beauty of stone carving and the culture of the people. When water or milk poured on the two identical stone statues in font of ambal sannidhi- Hindu goddess, one smiles at you, while the other sheds tears at you. A British district collector who became a devotee of "Vedhanayagi" for saving his life donated a 'swing' ('Oonjal' in tamil) made of ivory to the temple as a reciprocation. This swing with Brish Collector's signature can still be seen in the temple.
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