Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Thanjavur - History, Timings, Festivals & Address

Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Thanjavur


Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Thanjavur

Chakravageswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Chakkarapalli in Papanasam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Chakravageswarar and Mother is called as Devanayaki. In general terms among the people, the place is known as Ayyampettai. As there are many places under this name, this is specifically called Thanjavur Ayyampettai. This temple is one of the 7 shrines associated with the Saptha Matrikas (Madhas / Mangais) around Ayyampettai / Pasupathi Koil area in the Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam) route. This Temple is associated with Mother Abhirami.

The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thevaram, the 7th century Tamil literature and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. This is the 134th Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 17th sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Tirugnanasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Lord Muruga of this Temple is praised in Thirupugazh by Saint Arunagirinathar. The temple is under the control of Swamimalai Murugan Temple.

Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Legends

Lord Vishnu Obtained his Discus by Worshipping Lord Shiva here

Vishnu obtained his discus (Chakram) after worshipping Shiva here, hence the name Chakkarapalli. This legend is similar to that at Tirumalper near Kanchipuram and to that at Thiruveezhimizhalai near Tiruvirkudi Veerattam.

People Worshipped Lord Shiva here

Saptha Mathas, Devas, Indhra, King of Devas and his son Jayantha worshipped Lord Shiva of this Temple.

Etymology

Lord Vishnu was blessed with the discus, and the bird Chakravaha Paravai worshipped Lord Shiva in the temple. Hence the name Chakkarapalli.

Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Thanjavur

Saptha Mangai Sthalams

There are 7 shrines associated with the Saptha Matrikas (Madhas / Mangais) around Ayyampettai / Pasupathi Koil area in the Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam) route and the temples are:

  • Chakramangai (Abhirami),
  • Arimangai (Maheswari),
  • Soolamangai (Kaumari),
  • Nandimangai (Vaishnavi),
  • Pasumangai (Varahi).
  • Thazhamangai (Mahendri) and
  • Pullamangai (Chamundi)

Navarathri Worship

As per Hindu Mythology, Mother Parasakthi visits these temples to have the dharshan of various parts of Lord Shiva during the nine Navarathri days.

Day 1

On Day 1 of the Navaratri, the Universal Mother along with Sri Brahmi Devi offered worship at the Chakramangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Third Eye – Siva Netra Chakra Darshan.

Day 2

On Day 2, She, along with Sri Maheswari Devi offered worship at Arimangai and got the darshan of the divine Ganga on Lord Shiva’s head – Siva Ganga Darshan.

Day 3

On Day 3, She, along with Sri Kaumari Devi offered worship at Soolamangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Trident – Siva Trisula Darshan.

Day 4

On Day 4, She, along with Sri Vaishnavi Devi offered worship at Nandimangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Leg Ornament – Siva Kazhal Darshan.

Day 5

On Day 5, the Universal Mother along with Sri Varahi Devi and Mother Kamadenu, offered worship at Pasumangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Hand Drum – Siva Udukkai Darshan (Damaruka Darshan).

Day 6

On Day 6, She, along with Sri Indrani Devi also known as Mahendri offered worship at Thazhamangai and got the darshan of the Crescent Moon on Lord Shiva’s Head Drum – Siva Pirai Chandra Darshan.

Day 7

On Day 7, She, along with Sri Chamundi Devi offered worship at Thirpullamangai and got the darshan of the Divine Serpents on Lord Shiva’s Neck – Siva Naga Bhooshana Darshan.

Day 8

On Day 8, She, along with Sri Vajreswari Devi (one of the Aadhi Moola Dwara Palaki gate keepers of the Mother) offered worship at the Thiruchelur Machapureeswarar temple.

Day 9

On Day 9, She, along with Sri Makuteswari Devi (one of the Aadhi Moola Dwara Palaki – gate keepers of the Mother) offered worship at the Melattur Unnathapureeswarar temple.

Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 08.00 a.m. to 09.00 a.m. and 05.00 p.m. to 07.00 p.m.

Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Festivals

Panguni Uthiram (March-April), Shivarathri in Vaikasi (May-June), Mahasivarathri in February-March, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple. This Temple is one of the seven places forming seven Holy Kshetras in and around Pasupathi Koil where the annual Saptha Sthanam festival is held in the month of Panguni. The Deities from the main temple Chakkarapalli are taken in a procession in very huge “kannadippallakkoo” weighing more than 2000 Kgs by bearers on bare foot over more than 40 Kms in two days nonstop except for few hours halt at Kudamurutti river sands for the fireworks show at 4 am.

Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Singers

The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thevaram, the 7th century Tamil literature and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. This is the 134th Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 17th sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Tirugnanasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Lord Muruga of this Temple is praised in Thirupugazh by Saint Arunagirinathar.
Saint Gnanasambandhar praises this shrine in his Thevaram hymns in the following lines. Chakkarapalli is graced by the Lord with his lightning bright long hair adored with Kondrai flowers and Moon and the golden snake. It is a prosperous land of scholars of the four Vedas revered universally. 

"படையினார் வெண்மழுப் பாய்புலித் தோலரை
உடையினார் உமையொரு கூறனார் ஊர்வதோர்
விடையினார் வெண்பொடிப் பூசியார் விரிபுனல்
சடையினார் உறைவிடஞ் சக்கரப் பள்ளியே.
வெந்தவெண் பொடியணி வேதியர் விரிபுனல்
அந்தமில் அணிமலை மங்கையோ டமருமூர்
கந்தமார் மலரொடு காரகில் பன்மணி
சந்தினோ டணைபுனற் சக்கரப் பள்ளியே."

Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Prayers

People pray for family prosperity, removal of obstacles in marriage alliances and progress in education. Devotees perform abishek to the Lord and offer clothings – vastras.

How to Reach Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Thanjavur?

The temple is located at about 250 meters from Chakkarapalli Bus Stop, 400 meters from Kovilady Bus Stop, Pasupathikoil Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Ayyampet Railway Station, 9 Kms from Papanasam, 17 Kms from Thanjavur, 13 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru, 12 Kms from Thingalur, 10 Kms from Thirupazhanam, 24 Kms from Kumbakonam and 70 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Thanjavur – Kumbakonam Road.

Chakravageswarar Temple Chakkarapalli Thanjavur Address

Chakravageswarar Temple,
Chakkarapalli, Ayyampettai,
Thanjavur District – 614211
Phone: +91 4374 311 018
Mobile: +91 9791482102 / 8056853485

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