Vasishteswarawamy Temple at Thittai is an ancient temple near Thanjavur. This is one of the Nava Graha ( Nine Planets) Temples. The presiding deity is a Swayambu Lingam and gets his name because he was worshipped here by Saint Vashishtar.The Goddess is Ulaganayaki or Sugantha Kundalambal.
A unique feature of this temple is a drop of water falls on the Lingam (Main Diety) exactly every twenty four minutes from the roof of the Vimanam(tower above the sanctum). Two stones “Suryagaanthakkal”(sun stone) and “Chandragaanthakkal” ( moon stone) are placed at strategic points above the Vimana. These 2 stones absorb moisture from the atmosphere, convert into one water droplet, performing a natural Abhishegam to the diety, every 24 minutes. Another special here is that the “Guru Bhagavan” has a separate sanctum inside this temple itself.
I am going to be away for a fortnight on a tour of the State of Gujarat (Western India) and hence will not be posting/commenting until my return. Bye for now.
|The Chettiar who contributed financially to the construction of this temple|
|The Chettiars wife|
|The four holy saints who have visited this temple between 7th-9th centuries and sung hymns in praise of the Lord|
|Siva and Parvati seated on the celestial bull|
|Lord Ganesha seated on his mushika vahana ( mouse vehicle)|
|The holy Teertham or water tank|
|The Vimanam or entrance tower|
|Our group posing in front of the Vimanam|