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Sri Pranava Vyakrapureeswar temple
 
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Moolavar: Pranava Vyakrapureeswar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Poongodi Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Ilandhai
  Theertham: Kollidam
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Umapuliyur
  City: Omapuliyur
  District: Cuddalore
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  The shrine is praised in the songs of saint Tirunavukkarasar.   The saint says, “ Omampuliyur where Lord Shiva is gracing the devotees is a place that is filled with fragrance in all the eight directions, performance of yajnas prescribed in the four Vedas, inhabited by people of spartan qualities learned in the scriptures and their meaning too.”   This is the 31st temple praised in the Thevaram hymns on the northern bank of Cauvery.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Jupiter transition day is celebrated annually in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  This is a Swayambu Jupiter temple.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Pranava Vyakrapureeswarar Temple, Omapuliyur, Cuddalore district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4144-264 845 
    
 General Information:
     
 

As the place has clouds of smoke due to the Homas – a puja performance through fire worship – saint Tirunavukkarasar calls it Omapuliyur in his hymn.  The other story is that Mother Uma learnt Pranava lesson in this place and so the name Umapuliyur which later changed as Omapuliyur.  There are 63 Shiva temples on the northern bank of Cauvery.  Lord Pranava Vyakrapureeswar temple with Lord Dakshinamurthy importance in Omapuliyur is 31 in the rank.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Parents expecting their children to achieve academic excellence, come with them to the temple, perform abishek and archanas to Lord Dakshinamurthy.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  On Thursdays and on Jupiter transition day, devotees perform special pujas to Lord Dakshinamurthy. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Mothr Uma was listening to Lord Shiva on the Pranava Mantra teaching.  As her attention turned off, Lord Shiva cursed Her to be born a human on Earth.  After severe penance, Lord came to her as Dakshinamurthy and completed the teaching.  Hence, the place has Guru (Jupiter) importance.  Also there is no Navagraha (9 planets) shrine in the temple.  Traditionally, Guru shrine is in the prakaras facing south.  In this temple, Guru-Dakshinamurthy graces in a sitting form in a Maha Mandap between Lord and Mother shrines. 

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Sage Vyakrapada came to Omapuliyur and prayed to Lord to grant him dance darshan in Chidambaram.  With significance to the visit and prayer of the sage, Lord is named Pranava Vyakrapureeswara.  Mother is praised as Poongodi.  A king Sadananda, a staunch Shiva devotee got his leprosy cured with a dip in the holy Varadanan tank here.

 

There is another event telling the greatness of the temple.  Two virgins from the celestial world came down to earth as swine and a human due to the curse of sage Durvasa.  They were chased by a tiger.  They ran to escape and reached Gowri Theertha.  A woman, after a bath in the tank was drying her hair.  A few drops of water from her hair fell on the virgins restoring g them to their original forms.

 
     
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