Thirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar TempleBeing the geographic centre of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Tiruchirappalli holds outstanding significance in terms of education, transportation and trade and commerece. Besides, Trichy is a distinctive spiritual junction that the region is the home of several important religious sites like Srirangam Sri Renganatha Swamy Temple, Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Rock Fort Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswarar Temple, River Kaveri, Chowk Maidan Masjid and so on.
In addition, Tirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple is an important name that cannot be missed out from the Trichy travel guidebook, after all who will not desire to seek blessing from Lord Brahman himself for a turning point in their lives! Let's get to know more about the significance of Tirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple.
Significance of Tirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar TempleThe vast Hindu mythology passes on a unique connection between the Tirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple and Lord Brahma, one of the Trimurthi and the God of Creation, losing his fifth head!
Legend has it that Lord Brahma regarded himself as the supreme power and took pride against Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva for being the creator of the universe. The manifestation of Lord Brahma's pride kindled the emotions of Lord Shiva, which led him to chop off his fifth head and condemned him to eternal punishment to roam in the Earth as well.
Having realized his demerits, Lord Brahma sought to get the blessings from Lord Shiva, began a spiritual journey to Shiva temples. As a part of the pilgrimage, Lord Brahma visited Thirupattur and worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of Shiva Lingam. He further consecrated 12 Shiva lingams and incessantly worshipped him for a long time.
The 12 Shiva lingams consecrated and worshipped by Lord Brahma in this temple include
- Sri Brahmapureeswarar (also the moolavar/main deity)
- Sri Sudharaneswarar
- Sri Arunachaleswarar
- Sri Pazhamalai Nathar
- Sri Ekambareswarar
- Sri Thayumanavar
- Sri Kalathi Nathar
- Sri Pathala Eswarar
- Sri Manduga Nathar
- Sri Kailasa Nathar
- Sri Sabthagereswarar
- Sri Jambukeshwarar
Being on a spiritual journey to seek the blessings from Lord Shiva for a long time, Lord Brahma had lost his riches in terms of physical appearance. Goddess Parvathy offered her blessings and granted him back all the lost sheen to Lord Brahma. Therefore, Goddess Parvathy in this temple is called as Devi Brahma Sampath Gowri, which can be interpreted as the one who granted Lord Brahma's riches back.
As the destiny of Lord Brahma, the god of creation, himself was altered by Lord Shiva at Thirupattur, devotees can anticipate a turning point in their life by visiting this temple.
Apart from the sannidhi of the presiding deity and goddess sannidhi, Thirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple houses several sannidhis within the temple complex that include almost seven Vinayakar sannidhis, Lord Brahma sannidhi, Lord Subramanya sannidhi, Lord Dakshinamurthy sannidhi, Saptha maatas sannidhi, Sri Gaja Lakshmi sannidhi, Sri Chandikeshwarar sannidhi, Lord Suryan sannidhi, Navagraha sannidhi and so on.
Lord Brahma ShrineLord Brahma in this temple is a six feet tall deity. Lord Brahma is in meditative pose seated in Padmasana posture on a lotus. The deity here is regarded as an Alangara Priyan as Lord Brahma is often decorated using Turmeric from head to toe, called as 'Manjal Kaapu'. The shrine is located in the inner precinct of this temple (inner praharam), in the left side before the sannidhi of the presiding deity.
Tidbits for Devotees:Location: Thirupattur, Manachanallur Taluk, Tiruchirappalli
Temple Timings: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Moolavar (Presiding Deity): Sri Brahmapureeswarar
Amman/Thayar (Goddess): Devi Brahma Sampath Gowri/Brahmanayaki
Thala Virutcham (Temple Tree): Mazhila maram
Theertham (Temple Tank): Brahma Theertham
Historical Name: Tirupedavur
Architecture: Dravidian Architecture
Administration: The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
Ucchi Kalam - 11:30 PM to 12:00 PM
Sayaratchai - 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Artha Jamam - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Brahmotsavam festival, Maha Shivarathri, Tamil month Thai maasaporapu, Kathigai, Navarathiri, Vinayaka Chathurthi and so on
- Thirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple also houses the Jeeva Samadhis of Maharishi Patanjali, the founder of Yoga and Saint Vyagrapadhar
- Usually, in Hindu temples, devotees stand on either side of the moolavar (main deity) to worship. However, in Thirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple, devotees are asked to stand right in front of Lord Brahma as it is believed that he will bring changes in the fate of the devotees for good