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Sri Chakravakeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Chakravakeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Devanayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: River Cauveri and Kaka theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Ayyampettai
  City: Chakkarapalli
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Saint Gnanasambandar praises this shrine in his Thevaram hymns in the following lines.   Chakkarapally 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.    This is the 17th temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Panguni Uthiram (March-April), Shivarathri in Vaikasi (May-June), Annabishekam in Iypasi (October-November) and Thiruvadirai in Margazhi (December-January).  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  The Presiding deity is majestically tall and is a Swayambu Linga. The shrine is praised in Tirupugazh by Saint Arunagirinathar  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Chakravakeswarar Temple, Ayyampettai, Thanjavur Dist.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91-4374-311 018 
    
 General Information:
     
 

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.

 

The temple is facing east.  There is no flag post for the temple.  At the entrance, the shrine of the Goddess is on the right side.  The sanctum sanctorum is built of stone and the tower is on the west.  There are not too many sculptures in the tower. Around the corridor are the shrines of Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahmma and Durga and Lord Muruga.

 

The Maha Mandapa has the shrines of Sun, Moon, Bhairavar and Nalvar the four saivite saints – Thirugnanasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar.

 

The epigraphy in the temple mentions the place as Rajaraja Chaturvedimangalam of fertile Chola Kingdom Vilanadu.  Another one contains the rules and regulations of the Sabha – Panchayat.  Only those above the age of 40 can contest election for the Sabha and he should not have contested for 10 years earlier.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

People pray for family prosperity, removal of obstacles in marriage alliances and progress in education.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to the Lord and offer clothings – vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The celestial beings called Devas and Jayandhan the son of Indira the king of Devas worshipped in this temple.  Lord Vishnu got His discus by worshipping Lord Shiva here, hence, the deity of the temple is named Chakravakeswarar.

 

The temple has also the reputation of one of the Sapthasthalas – the seven important shrines worshipped by Brahmi, Maheswari, Gaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Mahendri and Chamundi.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Lord Vishnu was blessed with the discus, and the bird Chakravala paravai worshipped Lord Shiva in the temple, are the two stories mention in the history of the place.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The presiding deity graces the devotees as a swayambulinga.
 
     
 
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