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Sri Swarnapureeswarar temple
Moolavar: Swarnapureeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Umayal, Swarnambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Arasa Maram –Bodhi tree
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Tenponparappi
  District: Viluppuram
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Avani pouranami, panguni uthiram, piradhosham, sivanrathiri  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva graces in the temple as Shodasa Linga – with 16 stripes. The devotee can observe rays of Sun setting on the Lord through the horns of Balanandhi on Panguni Uthiram day between 6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. in March-April. This is a linga with Navapashana power made of Suryakandha – solar magnetic stone. The 5.5 feet tall Linga is mounted on Brahamma and Vishnu Peetas majestically.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. continuously without breaks.  
  Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Then Pon Parappi, Villupuram district.  
  +91-4151- 257057, 94432 40127. 
 General Information:

Lord Muruga on the outer corridor-prakara of the temple is 8 feet tall on His peacock vahan in a flying posture.  He appears majestically with His 6 faces and 12 hands with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.  In the place of Dwarapalakas in the sanctum sanctorum, there are two Shiva Lingas here.  There is a sculpture of Kakandabujangar in the sanctum.

It is noteworthy that the shrines of Guru Bhagwan-Jupiter and Durga are simple without any paraphernalia.  There is a fund of epigraphic details on the compound wall of the temple in Adigranta and Tamil letters.


People pray in the temple for good farm yields, for relief from debt burdens and removal of obstacles in wedding proposals.  Those facing adverse aspects of the planets Rahu-Ketu, Mars threatening their spouses, Kalasarpa doshas pray to Balanandeeswara during Rahukalam time here on their birth star days for reliefs. During the abishek with milk, honey and sandal, the devotee can observe a light blue line forming on Balanandeeswara

Thanks giving:
  Students offer abishek to Banalinga with milk mixed with pepper to gain good ranks. Those born of Avittam star perform abishek to Lord Shiva with honey 
 Greatness Of Temple:

The Shiva Linga is made of a single stone of Solar Magnetic power equal to the power of Navapashanas scaling 5.5. feet in height.  It is majestically mounted on Brahmma and Vishnu Peetas.  Thus all the three Lords Shiva, Vishnu and Brahmma are in a single form here.  The other special feature is that it produces bronze metal sound when tapped by hand.

The Samadhi of Kakanda Bhujangar is near the temple where a lamp is lit every day.  We may see that Nandhi turning slightly on a side in other temples to enable devotees to have the darshan clearly.  Here, the Nandhi being a Balanandhi without much growth of the horns allows a clear view of the Lord especially during the Pradosha days.

On the Aavani (August-September) full moon day and on the Panguni Uthiram day in March-April, from 6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. the devotee can observe the rays of Sun falling on the horns of Balanandhi and pass through the 70 feet distance to Lord in the sanctum sanctorum. 

As the temple has the power of Vayu and Panchaboodha Sthalas, the sanctum sanctorum is Ugra-hot in nature.  The Dheep in the sanctum is always oscillating as mentioned in the palm leaves of Kakanda Bhujangar.  The other wonder in the temple is that the abishek with 16 items as honey, milk, curd, rosewater, green coconut, turmeric, sacred ash, sandal, tirumanjanam, sugarcane juice, lime juice, pachamirtha, ghee, rice flour, oil, and holy water fall down from the head of the Shivalinga separately in 16 line tracks without any missing and finally confluence at the bottom.

Mother Swarnambika with all attributes of Mother Mahalakshmi graces the devotees facing east in a standing posture with Her face just turning towards Lord.  The Jeeva Samadhis of Kakanda Bhujangar and his wife Bahuladevi are at the direct view of Ambica.  Siddha Kakanda Bhujangar was born from the crescent moon adoring the head of Lord Shiva and had the power of taking the form of a crow-Kaka in Tamil.  Those facing problems from Moon and Saturn planets pray in this Samadhi.

As Nandhi in the temple is of a calf size, it is called Bala Nandhi-Child Nandhi.  Those facing adverse aspects of Rahu-Ketu planets, perform abishek to Balanandhi which turn blue.  Lord Vishnu behind Lord Shiva appears with Rudraksha to tell Kakanda Bhujangar that both are but one.

  Temple History:

About 1300 years ago, head of the Siddhas, Kakanda Bhunagar performed severe penance on Lord Shiva for 16 years and had the darshan of Lord with 16 faces.   He wished that future generations also should have this darshan and be blessed.  He made and installed this Shivaling with 16 stripes.  King Vanakovarayan ruling this Then Pon Parappi region built this temple with all the features that exclusively belong to the temple.

Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Lord is a Shodasa Linga with 16 stripes. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord through the horns of Bala Nandhi on Aavani Poornima day and Panguni Uthiram day in August-September and March-April respectively between 6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.
Scientific Based The 5.5 feet Shivalinga is made of solar magnetic stone – Surya Kantha Kal- equal to the power of Navapashanas, mounted on Brahmma, Vishnu Peetas.
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