Jambukareswarar temple

Shri Jambukeswarar Temple – Thiruvanaikaval, Tamil Nadu

We talked about “Panch Bhota Sthalams” in one of our posts before. These are set of 5 Lord Shiva temples dedicated to the five elements of life i.e earth, water, fire, air and space. The temple we talk about today is Shri Jambukeswarar Temple in Thiruvanaikaval, Tamil Nadu, India.

As we have mentioned before, below are 5 Panch Bhoota Sthalam temples:

lementTemple NameCityCalled as
EarthEkambareswarar TempleKanchipuramPrithvi Lingam
WaterJambukeshwarar TempleThiruvanaikavalAppu Lingam
FireThiruvannamalaiArunachaleswara TempleAgni Lingam
AirKalahasti templeShri Kalahasti (near Tirupati )Vayu Lingam
SpaceThillai Natarajar TempleChidambaramAkasha Lingam
All the 5 Pancha Bhoota Stalam Temples

So, Shri Jambukeswarar temple is one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas (the 5 Shiva temples).

The presiding deity is the Appu Lingam – the water element.

It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all the Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung glories of the deity.

Why should you visit Shri Jambukeswarar Temple

Shri Jambukeswarar is a very ancient Shiva temple and hold a very important place in Hinduism. The temple is one of the Pach Bhoota Stalams and also one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams.

  • Shri Jambukeswarar temple was built by Kochengannan (one of the Chola Kings ) around 12000 years ago.
  • This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 60th Shiva Sthalam on the northern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Vadakarai).
  • Shiva Linga in the temple is Swayambhu (self-manifested).
  • Lord Jambukeswarar is facing west and Goddess Akilandeswari is facing the east.
  • As I mentioned before this is one of the “Pancha Bootha Sthalams” and it represents Water element (called as Appu and hence Appu Lingam).
  • This is the first of the 70 Madakkovils built by King Kochengat Cholan.
  • All the three saints (Moovar) have rendered hymns on Lord Shiva of this temple.

It is believed that devotees worshipping here are blessed both in this birth and in next birth. People worship goddess Ahilandeswari here for good education and intelligence, marriage and wishes for child.

It is believed that by going around the fifth corridor (known as “Thiruneetran Thirumathil”) one’s prayers gets fulfilled.


Legend of Shri Jambukeswarar Temple

Once Ma Parvati mocked Shiva’s penance for betterment of the world. Lord Shiva got angry and directed her to go to the earth to do penance. Ma Parvathi left Kailash and came to Jambu forest to do penance. She came in the form of Akilandeswari . She made a lingam out of water of river Kaveri (also called as river Ponni) under the Venn Naaval tree and commenced her worship.

Hence, the lingam is known as Appu Lingam (Water Lingam).

Lord Siva at last gave darshan to Akilandeswari and taught her Siva Gnana. Akilandeswari took Upadesam facing East from Shiva, and Lord Shiva stood facing west. ( Hence this area is also called as Gnanashethram. And people come here for blessings for education and intelligence. Also since lord Shiva is seen as Guru here to goddess Parvathi, wedding festival is not celebrated here unlike other shiva temples)

As per another legend, there were two Siva Ganas (Siva’s disciples who lived in Kailash), ‘Malyavan’ and ‘Pushpadanta’. They always used to fight with each other.

In one such fight Malyavan’ cursed ‘Pushpadanta’ to become an elephant on earth and the latter cursed the former to become a spider on earth. So they both were reborn as Spider and Elephant and came to Jambukeswara forest

They both continued Shiva worship. The elephant collected water from river Kaveri and poured it over the lingam and the spider created a web over the lingam so that dry leaves do not fall on the lingam. However the elephant saw the web and thought it to be a dust and hence tore it and cleaned the lingam. This continued for many days.

The spider became angry one day and crawled into the trunk of the elephant and bit the elephant to death and also killing itself in the process.

Siva, in the form of Jambukeswara, was deeply moved by the deep devotion of the two and hence relieved them from the curse.

As an elephant worshipped Siva here, this place came to be known as Thiru Aanai Kaa (thiru means holy, aanai is elephant, kaa means forest).

Later the name ‘Thiruaanaikaa’ become ‘Thiruvanaikaval’ and ‘Thiruvanaikoil’.


Shri Jambukeswarar Temple Architecture

The temple is a beautiful example of Dravidian Style of Architecture and the immense importance given to temple architecture during chola period.

The massive outer wall covering the fifth precinct, known as the Vibudi Prakara, stretches over a mile and is two feet thick and over 25 feet high

The east facing main tower (Rajagopuram) has 13-tiers and the west facing Rajagopuram has 7-tiers. This temple has 7 main towers and 5 corridors.

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Shri Jambukeswarar Temple address and timings

Address: Sri Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikkaval Post, Trichy Tamil Nadu 620005.

From 06.00 AM to 01.00 PM and 03.00 PM to 08.00 PM.

Morning Darshan6 AM 12 PM
Evening Darshan3 PM 8 PM
Ushakkala Pooja6:30 AM 7:30AM
Kaalashandhi Pooja8 AM 8:45 AM
Uchikkala Pooja11 AM 12 PM
Saayaraksha Pooja5 PM 5:45 AM
Ardhajama Pooja9 PM

Important Festivals at Shri Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Vaikasi – Vasantha Urchavam (10 days)
  • Aadi – Aadipuram festival (10 days).
  • Purattasi – Navarathiri festival (10 days)
  • Thai – Thai Poosam, Thai theppam (Float) festival – Special poojas are performed during Fridays of Thai month.
  • Panguni – Brahmotchavam (40 days)
  • Car festival and Panchaprakara festival

Hope you liked this information. This is a very very important temple and center for Lord Shiva. People in this region are blessed to have this divine presence near them. Do visit this temple whenever you get a chance.

Have a blessed darshan!

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Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram – One of the Pancha Bhoota Stalam temples

Hinduism places a great importance to the five prime elements of nature ie. earth, water, fire, air and space and it said that our bodies are made of these 5 elements. These elements are present every where and so we have 5 shiva temples each dedicated to one of these five elements. These temples are called as “Pancha Bhoota Stalam“. Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram is one of these 5 Pancha Bhoota Stalam’s and is associated with the element of earth ie ma Prithvi


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Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
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Which are the Panch Bhota Stalam temples

In total we have 5 Pacha Bhoota Sthalams temples ( each one a shiva temple). Each dedicated to one of the Panch Bhootas or the 5 elements. kambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram is one of them, dedicated to earth and hence also called as “Prithvi Lingam”. The complete list is as below.

ElementTemple NameCityCalled as
EarthEkambareswarar TempleKanchipuramPrithvi Lingam
WaterJambukeshwarar TempleThiruvanaikavalAppu Lingam
FireThiruvannamalaiArunachaleswara TempleAgni Lingam
AirKalahasti templeShri Kalahasti (near Tirupati )Vayu Lingam
SpaceThillai Natarajar TempleChidambaramAkasha Lingam
Pancha Bhoota Sthalam Temples

Presiding Deity of Shri Ekambareswarar Temple

The presiding deity of Shri Ekambareswarar temple is Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva is worshiped as Ekambareswarar or Ekambaranathar, and the Shiva Lingam is known as Prithvi lingam here. His consort Parvati is depicted as Gowridevi Amman. Ekambareswarar temple is one of the five temple of pancha bhoota sthalam temples and hence a very important center of Shiva Worship.

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
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What is Shri Ekambareswarar Temple famous for?

Shri Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram is one of the largest temple complexes in India. The temple complex is in more tan 25 acres and there are 4 gopurams ( entraces) on each side with the southern entrance being 55 meters tall ( 11 floors).

The temple has many big halls and the most famous of it is the “thousand pillars” hall which was built during the Vijayanagar empire.

Legend Behind Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

As per local legend it is said that Ma Parvati was once cursed to become dark like Kali and to get rid of this curse she started doing penance under temples mango tree. Shiva tried to test her by distracting her. But he was not successful. Ma Parvati had made a Shiva Lingam from the sand of the nearby Vegavathi river. Finally she was able to win over Lord Shiva who was touched by her devotion.

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
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History of Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

It is said that this famous temple of Kanchipuram has been there from 600 AD. So it is one of the oldest temples in India.

This temple was further developed during the empire of Vijayanagar during 15th century. The temple is built upon the area of around 25 acres and its southern gopuram also called as Raja gopuram is one of the tallest in India.

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram Pooja Timings

Pooja DetailsPooja Timings
Koo Pooja06:00 AM
Ukshakala Pooja06:30 to 07:30 AM
Kala Santhi Pooja07:30 to 08: 30 AM
Uchikala Pooja11:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Pradhosa Kaalam05:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Sayaratchai Pooja06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Arthajama Pooja08:00 PM

What you should mus see at the temple

  • Prithivi lingam : Main Shiva Linga, denoting the element earth
  • Sahasra Lingam – 1008 lingams carved in a single lingam
  • 3500 year old Mango tree,(Sthala Vriksham). Ma Parvathi prayed for Lord Shiva under the tree.
  • Thousand pillared hall (Also called as Airam kal Mandapam).
  • Nilaathingal Thundathan(Mahavishnu )

How to reach Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is very well connected. It is 69 Kms from Chennai and 280 Kms from Bangalore.

If you are travelling by Chennai, by road is best option. Generally it takes around 2 hrs to reach.

If you are travelling from Bangalore, by road it will take around 6 hours. Roads are very good so many people tend to go by their own car. It is also better because then you can visit lots of other temple easily there.

There are ample parking space.

The route is pretty straight.

Bangalore = > Krishangii => Vellore => Kanchipuram

There are many trains from Bangalore to Kanchipuram.

Otherwise the best way is to come to Chennai by train and take a bus or cab from there.

The temple itself is around 2 kms from Kanchipuram bus stand.

So guys if you are in Kanchipuram, this temple is a must visit. A very important center of worship for all Shiv Bhakts, this temple must be on your list.

Mus visit once in in lifetime.

If you have already visited this temple. Do share your comments / feedback!

Om Namah Shivay!

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