|Maanikkavaacakar: the Saivite Saint Poet is the
author of the renowned Tiruvaacakam and Tirukkovaiyaar
that comprise the 8th Tirumurai of the Saivite liturgy.
The Saint Poet spent much of his life in the
Pandya Kingdom. Chidambaram,Tirupperunturai Tiruvannamalai
and Uttarakosamangai are some of the shrines linked with the
|Miracles associated with the life of Maanikkavaacakar
at Tirupperumturai and Madurai are narrated in the Tiruvilaiyaadal
association with Chidambaram: Several miracles
are associated with Maanikkavaacakar's tenure at Chidambaram.
Darisanam: Visit Templenet's earlier
feature on Arudra Darisanam - covering aspects of the Maanikkavaacakar
festival at Chidambaram.
|Tiruvaadavur near Madurai is the
birthplace of Maanikkavaacakar. A grand temple to Shiva is located here;
there is also a shrine to the Saint Poet here.
||Tirupperunturai near Arantaangi
near Thanjavur houses a grand temple to Shiva built by Maanikkavaacakar. This temple is a
treasure house of sculptural wealth.
spent a portion of his life Uttarakosamangai
in the Pandya Kingdom, near Rameswaram with a grand shrine featuring an emerald image of
|The Natarajar temple at Chidambaram,
one of the greatest cultural centers of India, is closely associated with the life of
composed the Tiruvempavai hymns while at Tiruvannamalai.
The Tiruvempavai hymns occupy a special place in the Maargazhi worship services.
in the Tiruvaacakam
|hymns of Maanikkavaacakar
|Chidambaram, Madurai Tirupperunturai, Tiruvaadavur, Uttirakosamangai and Tiruvannamalai are associated with the
life of the Saint Poet.
||Avinaashi: located in Kongu
Naadu, near Coimbatore is a Shivastalam held in great regard - and is also associated with
Sundara moorthy Nayanar.
||Tiruvaarur: located near Thanjavur
enshrines Tyagaraja - Somaskanda and is a shrine held in great reverence in the Saivite
tradition. It is the foremost of the Sapta Vitanka Stalams.
|Tiruvaanaikkaaval: located near
Tiruchirappalli is one of the Pancha Bhoota Shivastalams. It is a very ancient and a well
visited shrine, located near Srirangam.
||Tiruvidaimarudur: The vast temple
complex here, near Kumbhakonam enshrines Mahalingeswarar - and is also known as the
||Eengoi Malai near Tiruchirappalli is an
ancient Shivastalam associated with the legend of Agastyar taking up a form of a fly to
get past the surging thousands to worship Shiva.
|Kanchipuram: The sprawling
Ekambreswarar temple at Kanchi, is one of the Pancha Bhoota Shivastalams representing the
||Tiruvaiyaru: The vast temple complex at
Tiruvaiyaru is an ancient center of worship, also closely associated with the Saint Appar.
||Kadambur: This ancient temple is built
in the form of a chariot replete with sculptural work and is considered to be have been a
model for later temples of this type.
|Kailasam: The snow covered Mount
Kailash in the lofty Himalayas is considered to be an Abode of Shiva.
||Tirukkalunkunram: Located near Chennai,
this vast twin temple complex, on a hill and at the foothills, is an ancient one with
sculptures from the Pallava period.
||Kutralam: The holiday resort of
Kutralam, located in verdant surroundings near Tirunelveli, houses the Chitrasabha, one of
the five dance halls of Nataraja.
|Tiruchirappalli: The Rockfort temple
complex at Tiruchirappalli enshrines Taayumaanavar (Maatrubhuteswarar) and Ucchi
||Panaiyur: is one of the five
Shivastalams associated with palm trees, that have been revered by the Tevaram hymns.
||Tiruppazhanam is considered to be one
of the Saptastanam temples of Tiruvaiyaaru, located near Thanjavur.
|Tiruppurampayam near Kumbhakonam is known
for its shrine to Dakshinamurthy and is associated with the legend of the great deluge.
||Tiruppoovanam: is located between Madurai and
Rameswaram in Pandya Naadu. Nataraja's Taandavam here is known as Bhramha Taandavam.
||Tiruvaanchiyam: is located near Nannilam near
Thanjavur. Manikkavacakar sings of the miracle of a Naga kannika (Snake princess)
who worshipped Shiva and became one with Him here.
|Tiruvenkaadu: located near
Mayiladuturai has grand shrines to Aghora Veerabhadrar and Natarajar (Aadi Chit Sabha).
Devur, Idavai, Ooriyur, Kalladam, Kavaittalai, Kazhumalam, Chandradeepam, Santamputtur,
Paandur, Paalai, Puliyur, Poovalam, Velamputtur
||Tirutturutti: located near
Mayiladuturai at Kutralam, is connected to several interesting legends surrounding Shiva's
marriage with Parvati.