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#4 of 22 Places To Visit in Tiruchirapalli
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Thiruvanaikkaval, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 620005, India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
5:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:30 PM
visit duration
Around 2 hours

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Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sree Akhilandeshwari, Jambukeswarar Temple was built around 1800 years ago by the Kocengannan, one of the Early Chola Kings. The temple is one of the five major Shiva Temples Panchabhoota Sthalam representing the element of water. The remaining four Panchabhoota Sthala are the Ekambareshwar Temple in Kanchipuram (earth), the Thillai Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram (sky), the Thiruvannamalai Aruneshwara Temple in Tiruvannamalai (fire) and the Kalahastheewara Temple in Kalahasti (wind). The sanctum, is the Shiva lingam in the form of Appu lingam (water lingam). According to legends, Parvathi, to conduct her penance in the form of Akilandeswari, made the lingam out of the waters of river Kaveri.

Inside the temple complex, there are 5 enclosures, called precincts and may not be immediately apparent to you so massive is the complex. The first massive outer wall you find your way, called Vibudi Prakara, is a mile long, 25 feet high and 2 feet thick and is said to have been built by Shiva with the help of his workers. The 4th precinct has a hall with 796 pillars and a small tank fed by springs. The 3rd precinct contains the 2 gopurams (gateway towers), one 73 feet tall and the other 100 feet tall. The 2nd precinct has another gopuram 65 feet high and several small shrines. It is the last precinct where the sanctum with the Appu lingam is. The inscriptions and sculptures you see in the temple and the complex date back to the Chola era.

Since Akilandeswari worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple, even today, at noon the priest dresses like a female and offers his prayers to Jambukeswara, and Gau Maatha (Cow). The noon prayer is very famous and a number of devotees attend it every day. A special variety of black cow, called Karam Pasu, is used for this occasion. Annabhishekam to lingam (ablution with cooked rice) is a daily ritual performed in the temple. The temple also runs a school for training in nagaswaram, a classical pipe instrument in Tamil Nadu.

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Santhosh Kanna
Santhosh Kanna
“Lord Jambukeswarar temple”
Jun 21 2014
Amazing temple complex which houses lord Jambukeswarar and Godess Akilandeswari, to have darshan of shiva in close please avail ticket else free darshan is restricted through the small window. Also the temple complex is photographers delight (it hous ...... read more