(Utthamar Koil, Kadhamba shetram)
Puranam has the following incident mentioned with respect to this
divya desam. Brahma born out of the nabhi of Narayana was continuing
to worship Narayana. One day, God decided to test the depth and
sincerity of the prayers of Brahma. He is said to have come to Kadamba
vanam, took the form of the Kadamba Viruksham (Tree). When Brahma
realized that Narayana was not to be seen, he searched for Him and
reached Kadamba vana. He realised the Narayana was one among the
Kadamba virukshams. He took some water in his kamandalam, poured
it on the kadamba trees. The abhisheka water which flowed over the
trees and then colleted in a palce and became a tank. Brahma then
repeated the Dwadasakshara mantra. Pleased with the sincerity of
Brahmas prayers, Perumal appeared before him. The tank came to be
known as Brahma theertham. On the bank of this theertham, later
kadamba rishi did severe penance. Narayana appeared before him as
wll. The tank, since then, came to be known as Kadamba theertham
and the town Kadamba kshetram.
It is also said that Siva once commited Brahmahathi by plucking
one of Brahma's five heads. Sicne then, the fifth head got stuck
to his hand nad tried to get rid of the kapalam. To atone for this
sin, Siva visited number of divya kshethrams and eked out his living
by begging for alms. Every time he got alms, the bowl will get only
half full and so he could not get rid of the sin. He evnetually
reached Kadamba kshetra. Perumal asked thaayaar to give some alms
to Siva. The grace of Sri was such that the bowl got filled up and
Siva was able to atone for his Brahmahathi dosha. It is believed
that Siva continued to stay here as Bikshandar.
Another story connected to with this kshetram deals with the dharshan
given by Perumal to Janaka Maharaja. Once upon a time, Janaka Maharishi,
went on a pilgrimage entrusting the kingdom to to the Minister.
In course of time he reached the Kadamba theertham. As advised by
Gowthamar, he tooks the assistance of Kashyapar and other rishis
and performed a yaga. At the end of the yaga, for some reason, they
felt the result was not acheived. This upset the Maharishi. During
this time, a rishi with his sishyas came along, noticed the plight
of Janaka Maharishi, and instructed them to pray to Kadamba viruksham.
They did exactly as told and an asareere was heared saying O King!
The yaga became infructuous because unknown to you, the havis has
been made impure by a wandering dog. Hence the yaga is not able
to deliver the expected result. Please prepare fresh homa dravyams
and your wishes will be fulfilled. Accordingly the yaga was performed
afresh. In answer to the prayers of Janaka Maharishi, Lord Narayana
lying down on Adisesha with Brahma on the nabhi kamalam and Siva
as Bikshadanar staying by the side appeared before Janaka Maharishi
and the other rishis assembled there. Janaka Maharishi is said to
have built this temple for the Tirumirthis and installed the idols.
It is also said that a King by name Satkirthivarthanan, who has
no pregeney, came to this kshetram and offered sincere prayers to
Perumal and in the course of time was blessed with a Son. As a thanksgiving
measure he built the Udyoga Vimanam with five kalasams on the top,
as well as the mandapam and the prakaras in the temple. Besides
on Chithiria pournami day he performed an utsavam for Perumal, lived
here for a long time and attained moksha.
Thirumangaialwar - 1399
||Purushottaman, Poorva Dhevi
- Also a Sivan temple for Bhikshandar
- A Sannadhi for Sri Brahma is present here only.
- This kshetra is also called as Trimurthy sthalam.
|Direction and Posture
||Bhujanga Shyanam and East-faced.
|Access to the temple
||We have to cross the river Cauvery from Srirangam to reach here.
About 1 mile from Sri Rangam and 3 miles from Trichy Junction.
||Kadamba Maharishi, Sanagadhis, Ubharivasu
Moolavar of this Sthalam is Purushothaman. He is found in Moolavar
in Bujanga seva facing East direction. Prathyaksham for Kadhamba
Munivar, Thirumangai Alwar, Ubarusaravasoo, the four persons Sanaga,
Sanaathana and Sanathkumarar.
|How to Get There
It is located next to Sri Rangam after crossing the Kollidam
Bridge in Trichy - Madras Road while coming from Trichy. From
here only the road divides into three and one road leads to Musiri,
Thuraiyur etc., another leads to Lalgudi, Ariyalur etc., and another
leads to Madras. While coming by train you can get down either
at Uttamar Koil or at Pichanndar Koil Station. It is hardly around
two kilometres from Sri Rangam and 7 kms from Trichy. There are
plenty of buses available for this temple. All buses leading to
Ariyalur, Lalgudi, Samayapuram, Moovanur, Thuraiyur, Musiri etc.,
will go to this temple