24-12-2012: Sirkazhi, known for the famous temple for Lord Shiva and is also associated with the birth of Tirugnanasambandar, one of the 3 most revered Saints of that time. When Saint Sambandar as a 3 years old child was crying on the banks of the temple tank, Goddess Parvati appeared in person and fed him with Gnanapaal, (milk of wisdom). Thereafter, Sambandar started singing in praise of the God Shiva with his first and famous Pathigam "Thodudaya Sevian".
The Lord here has three sanctums in a three tiered sanctum. Brahmapureeswarar at the lower level, Thoniyappar. at the mezzanine level & Sattainathar at the top level.
According to mythology, when the great deluge (pralayam) started submerging the whole earth, God Shiva carried the 64 arts in a Thoni (boat) with him and landed at Sirkazhi which was not submerged in the great deluge. God Brahma after worshiping Shiva here, started afresh his job of creating life forms. Because Brahma worshiped Shiva, he is known here as Brahmapureesar and also as Thoniappar for carrying the 64 arts with him in the Thoni (boat).
To this town also belongs a famous son of the soil - Isaimamani "Padma Sri" Dr. Sirkazhi Govindarajan, the great singer with the golden voice, is respected by millions all around the globe as a maestro of Indian Classical, Devotional and Film music, with an excellent voice range and tonal purity. His ringing voice, rendering the songs with expression and expertise, with clear pronunciation of the language, and with classicism intact, was his specialty.
|The Temple Tank containing holy tirtham or holy water|
|The large courtyard with corridors all round for circumambulation|
|The Beautiful Brahmapureeswarar Vimanam above the sanctum - You can also see the Lord Brahma seated on a lotus along with his consorts|
|The Three Temples - for Brahmapureeswarar at Lower level,Thoniappar at the first floor ( see the small window with golden roof above) and Sattainathar ( see the corrugated roof top).|
|View of the Vimanam of Ambal Sanctum as seen from Sattainathar Sanctum|
|View of the vast corridored courtyard seen from the Sattainathar Sanctum|
|Devotees meditating at Sattainathar Sanctum|
|Idol of Bhairavar|
|Idol of Bhikshadanar|