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Sri Sukhavaneswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Sukhavaneswarar, Vananathar, Kilivannamudayar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Swarnambikai, Maragathavalli, Pachaivalli
  Thala Virutcham: Pathiri tree
  Theertham: Amandukam
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: Sukhavanam, Chaturvedamangalam
  City: Salem
  District: Salem
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Arunagirinathar  
     
 Festival:
     
  10 day Vaikasi (May-June) festival, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Chithirai festival in April-May, Panniru Thirumurai, in October-November and Ammai Appar festival in September-October are the festivals celebrated in the Temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  The principal Linga is slightly slanting on a side with a scar caused by a hunter. The stage or platform of the Linga called Avudayar is of two parts connected with Vishyu and Somasundara part joined together. This is a strange aspect of the temple not found in other places.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Sukhavaneswarar Temple, Salem.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91-427-245 0954, 245 2496 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Saint Arunagiriar has sung the greatness of the temple in his Tirupuazh hymns.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray to Vikata Chakra Vinayaka in the temple with coconut, fruits, sugar and perform archanas for the welfare of children with Balarishta (Bala-children, Arishta-illness) aspects from the planets.  It may be noted that the invocation song in Kandapuranam by Kachiappa Sivachariar is addressed to Vikata Chakkara Vinayaka.

 

Those worried about the adverse aspects of lizards falling on their bodies indicating omens, come to the temple for relief.  Child boon, marriage, job opportunities are other prayers submitted to the Lord here.

 

Sage Sukha worshipped in the temple taking a parrot form.  Hence, the place came to be known as Sukhavanam and the Lord Sukhavaneswarar.  The temple is mentioned in the hymns of Arunagiriar and is linked with events as the Lord granting darshan to Aadiseha, Chera king, the Devas worshipping the Lord in the form of Bodhi tree (Arasamaram) and the celebrated Tamil woman poet Avvaiyar conducting the marriage of her adopted daughter.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to the Lord and Mother with Turmeric paste, Sandalwood paste and panchamirtham and also offer vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Planets Rahu and Mars are installed in different places against usual tradition.  Praying to these planets would ensure a happy marriage and good jobs.  The symbols of Lizard and Udumbu-also a creature belonging to this family- above the Navagraha shrine relieves the affected ones, according to faith.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Creator Brahmma was telling to some about the mystery of His creations being different from one another.  Sage Sukha, noted Shiva devotee, hearing the secret conversation, informed the same to Saraswathi, Goddess of Wisdom.  Angry Brahmma cursed Sukha to become a parrot and said that he would be relieved of the curse if he prays to Lord Shiva in the Papanasam region (present temple area).  Sage Sukha turning a parrot, came here with a huge number of parrots and began praying to Lord Shiva.

 

A hunter came to the spot and wanted to drive away the parrots which hid themselves in an ant-hill.  The hunter cut the ant-hill when parrot Sukha spread his wing to protect the Sivalinga in.  Parrot Sukha ws also attacked causing profuse bleeding and death.  Blood also oozed out from the Linga.  Realizing the truth, the hunter killed himself.  Sage Sukha getting his own form, prayed to the Lord to be here in the name of Sukhavaneswara which the Lord oblige.  The temple came into being.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The principal Linga is slightly slanting on a side with a scar caused by a hunter. The stage or platform of the Linga called Avudayar is of two parts connected with Vishyu and Somasundara part joined together. This is a strange aspect of the temple not found in other places.
 
     
 
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