21 August 2009

Pancha Bootha Sthalams/Temples of Lord Shiva

Shiva is worshipped as the embodiment of the primary elements of wind, water, fire, earth and space. Here, I take you on a tour to the shrines dedicated to Nature's five elements known as the Panchabootas - Wind, Water, Fire, Earth and Space. Lord Shiva epitomes these five elements. They are:
  • Sri Kalahasteeswarar, Kalahasti (Kattru / Wind): Shrine of the Wind in Kalahasti near Tirupathi, is situated on the on the banks of the River Swarnamukhi.
  • Ekambareswarar, Kanchipuram (Nillam/Earth):Built by the Cholas, the shrine is the abode of Lord Shiva worshipped as the Parvathi Lingam, was later rebuilt by the Pallava kings
  • Natarajar, Chidambaram (Agayam / Space):Nataraja is Lord Shiva in the Ananda Tandavam. Chidambara Rahasyam, the concept of nothingness (aroopam) is the speciality of this temple.
  • Jumbukeswarar, Tiru Aanaikkaa (Neer / Water): Dedicated to Water this temple is near Trichy and Srirangam; a natural spring is within the sanctum.
  • Annamalaiyar, Thiruvannamalai (Neruppu / Fire): The most revered Lord Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu is seated on a hilltop.
The following Post of mine will begin with the first of the Panchabootham Sthalams "Kalahasteeswarar, Kalahasti[Kattru/Wind] Sthalam/Temple.


aroopam said...

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