Vasishteswarar Temple, Thittai
|Thittai Vashisteswarar Temple|
|Location||Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India|
Vasishteswarar Temple is located in the village of Thittai, 11 kilometres from the town of Thanjavur is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vasishteswarar. The temple dates from the 12th century AD and was built by the Cholas.
Vasishteswarar temple is situated in the village "Thittai" near Thanjavur. As the village is situated south of the Cauvery river, it is also called "Thenkudi Thittai".
The presiding deity is Swayambootheswarar and the Goddess, Ulaganayaki. As the main deity is a Swayambu Lingam he got the name "Swayambootheswarar".
The main deity is also called as Vasishteswarar as he was worshipped here by Saint Vasishtar.
The unique feature of this temple is that a drop of water falls on the Shiva linga every 24 minutes from the ceiling. This is because of a very special stone called Chandrakanth kept on the roof. This stone absorbs moisture from the surrounding air and converts into a drop of water.
This temple attracts huge crowds because of the above stone as well the presence of the temple for Raja Dakshinamoorthy.
"Thittai" - the name of the village means "Thittu" in Tamil, (i-e) a Mound. When the whole world was surrounded by water because of "Pralayam", Brahma & Vishnu worshipped the Lord Maheshwara for protection. After wandering much for a safe place, they found this only mound, which did not drown in the Pralaya waters, where there was a Shiva Lingam.
They performed Pooja to the Lingam and worshipped Lord Shiva, who appeared before them and deligated their duties of Creation and Protection. It is believed that this is the only place, which was not destroyed even during Pralayam.
Unlike many other temples, here the complete temple is built using the stone. Not only for the main deities, but also all other Sannidhi's are constructed using stones, right from floors, pillars, walls and roof.
A unique feature of this temple is a drop of water falls on the Lingam (Main Deity) exactly every twenty four minutes (1 Naazhigai) from the roof. But for a small hole, there is no source of water or anything, on the Vimana of the main deity.
Two stones "Suryagaanthakkal" and "Chandragaanthakkal" which are placed at strategic points above the Vimana are the reasons for the droplets of water which falls on the deity.
These 2 stones absorb moisture from the atmosphere, convert into 1 water droplet, performing a natural Abhishegam to the deity, every 24 minutes (1 Naazhigai), be it the day or night.
A small piece of yellow cloth (Dhothi) which covers the Lingam is always wet because of this. If one can wait patiently, they can view this amazing act.
That shows the scientific and architectural brilliance of our ancestors who have made this temple.
The temple tank situated opposite the temple is called "Chakra Tirtham" which is believed that it was created by the Chakra from the hands of Mahavishnu.
Another special here is that the "Guru Bhagavan" has a separate Sannidhi with a separate Vimana inside the temple complex, located between Vasishteswarar and Loganayaki Sannidhis. Even in the Gurusthalam Aalangudi, one can see that Dhakshinamurthy facing South in the Praakaaram is worshipped as Guru. This is the only place where you can see Guru Bhagavan who is the Raja Guru, in standing posture with 4 hands holding his weapons and a book. Chitra Pournami and Guru Peyarchi are most important festivals here.
The temple is situated on Thanjavur - Melattur Road on the way to Thirukkarugavur, at the 10th Km from Thanjavur.
Kumbakonam, Tanjur is the nearest railway stations. We have bus facility from kumbakonam and thanjur railway stations.
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