HISTORY AND MYTHOLOGICAL INFERENCE

The Legendary Connection between Sri Bitchandarkoil, Thirukandiyur, Tirupattur

Mythological references interpret that Lord Brahma considered Himself as overwhelming and dominating amongst the Hindu Trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva; since He was the Creator of the Universe.

This demonstration of pride provoked Lord Shiva, who cut off Lord Brahma’s 5th head and also cursed Him to wander in the Bhoolokha (Earth).

 

Sri Bhikshandar Kovil

Having cut off Lord Brahma’s 5th head, Lord Shiva got the Brahmaharthi Dhosham, and the plucked head of Brahma stuck to his palm. Lord Shiva started out on a pilgrimage to liberate Himself from the curse by begging for food with Lord Brahma’s skull as the begging vessel.

But whatever food was put into the vessel immediately disappeared. It was at Bitchandar Koil; that Lord Perumal requested Devi Lakshmi, as Poornavalli Thayar to offer food to Lord Shiva. Devi Lakshmi filled the vessel with food to end Lord Shiva’s hunger.

 

Thirukandiyur

However, Lord Brahma’s skull was still stuck to Lord Shiva’s palm. At the behest of Vishnu, Shiva bathed at Thirukandiyur and prayed to Goddess Kamalavalli and Lord Vishnu. It was at Thirukandiyur that Lord Shiva finally attained salvation and got rid of the stuck head. The water tank in the Temple is hence referred to as Kapaala Theertham.

 

Tirupattur
Having lost His 5th Head, and His powers, Lord Brahma started out on a pilgrimage of Lord Shiva Temples.

During the course of His pilgrimage, Lord Brahma visited Thirupattur and worshipped Lord Shiva with a Shiva Lingam under a Magizha tree with water from the nearby tank, now called Brahma Theertham.

He also installed 12 lingams around in this place and worshipped Shiva for a long time.

Being moved by Lord Brahma's prayers, Lord Shiva, on Devi Parvathy’s appeal, gave Him darshan under the Magizha tree and liberated Him from His curse, so that He could start His privileged duty of Creation again. Hence Lord Shiva is called Sri Brahmapureeswarar here.

Having set out on a long pilgrimage, Lord Brahma had lost his complexion and good appearance. Devi Parvathi blessed Lord Brahma, and gave Him back all His sheen.

Hence the Devi is venerated as Devi Brahma Sampath Gowri - The one who gave Lord Brahma's wealth back.

Since the fate of Lord Brahma, the Creator, Himself was changed by Lord Shiva at Thirupattur, one can expect a turning point in life by praying at this temple.

In brief,

  • Sri Bhikshandar Kovil is where Lord Shiva’s hunger ended.

  • Sri Thirukandiyur Temple is where Lord Shiva was relieved of His curse.

  • Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple is where Lord Brahma was relieved of His curse.
     

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