Sankarankoil - Temple

The Southern part of India -Tirunelveli abounds in temples and Sankarankoil in Tirunelveli district is one of the five famous Shiva sthalas.

The presiding deity, Sankaranarayanar is a unique blend of Hari ( Narayana) and Shiva (Shankar), thus the name Shankaranarayanar.

Sankarankoil - Temple

The Lord has reiterated the fact that Hari and Shiva are one through this icon. The left side of the deity is smeared with sandal paste with a cobra , moon and deer denoting Shiva while the right side has Hari with Chanku and Chakra.

Legends of the temple

The temple is full of legends and let's take a look at few of them .

Gomati Amman, consort of Shiva, wanted to worship Shiva and Hari as one God. So, she undertook a penance at Pungavanakshetra for nine days in the tamil month of Aadi to worship them as one. On a full moon day, as desired by her, Sankaranarayanar appeared and blessed her.

There is another legend which says that Sambha and Padma ( serpent kings worshipping Shiva and Vishnu respectively) wanted to know as to who was superior Hari or Shiva ? It is at this place that they were shown that Shiva and Hari are the same .

Spiritual and historical facts are interspersed with the genesis of the temple.

Ugra Pandian who ruled this area used to visit Madurai on an elephant to worship Meenakshi. One day the elephant fell into a pit and did not move. Meanwhile a Harijan informed the King with panic that a cobra clinging to a Sivalingam besides an anthill is found in a dense jungle near by. The King at once rushed to the spot and witnessed the divine sight with awe. He then built a temple around the Lingam which is Sankaranarayanar koil or Sankarankoil.

The earth obtained from the anthill has therapeutic powers which has a holistic way of healing skin diseases. The scared earth is available in the temple in the form of globules.

(To be contd)

Usha Raja

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Posted by thirunavukkarasu.a on 08 Apr 2011 01:35 PM
@Hariharan - Our family does follow a similar kind of tradition at Sankarankovil at Tirunelveli Dt. They say this lady is our ancestor and we visit her temple, but were told that it was due to a Brit and not due a muslim sultan. This could be a different version to this story, but we do've the tradition of following this and i'm also wondering you could be one of our distant relatives. You can contact me at keerthi.jeyaraj@gmail.com , we shall discuss further about this.
Posted by Keerthi Jeyaraj on 26 Nov 2010 08:48 PM
@Hariharan - Our family does follow a similar kind of tradition at Sankarankovil at Tirunelveli Dt. They say this lady is our ancestor and we visit her temple, but were told that it was due to a Brit and not due a muslim sultan. This could be a different version to this story, but we do've the tradition of following this and i'm also wondering you could be one of our distant relatives. You can contact me at keerthi.jeyaraj@gmail.com , we shall discuss further about this.
Posted by Keerthi Jeyaraj on 26 Nov 2010 08:47 PM