Dating back to around 1800 years ago, the Jambukeswarar Temple was constructed under the aegis of Kocengannan of the Chola dynasty. According to legends, Goddess Parvati took the form of Akilandeswari and undertook penance at this place. During this period she made the lingam with the water of the Kaveri River. The temple hence represents the water element of the Panchabhoota Sthalam. The five major Shiv temples of Tamil Nadu each represent one element and together represent the Mahabhuta.
Five enclosures or precincts make the temple complex. The outermost is a mile long wall, two feet thick and twenty five feet high which according to legend was built by Lord Shiva and his workers. The next precinct holds a small water tank which is fed by natural springs and a hall with 796 pillars. The middle precinct has two towers (gopurams) – one 100 feet tall and the other slightly smaller at 73 feet. The next precinct holds several shrines and a 65 feet high tower (gopuram). The inner most precincts has the sanctum sanctorum where you find the Appu Lingam. Inscriptions, sculptures and statues date the temple complex to the Chola era.
Since according to the legend, Akilandeswari worshipped Lord Shiva here, even today the priest of the temple conduct the noon prayers dressed as a woman. The prayers are offered to Lord Jambukeswara, the form of Lord Shiva as the main deity of this temple and to the GauMata (Cow Mother). The noon prayer is considered very auspicious and is attended by the largest number of devotees in the day. One of the highlights of the noon puja is the use of the Karam Pasu, a special variety of black colored cow.
The temple complex runs a school which trains students in playing the Nagaswaram (a pipe instrument) the traditional musical instrument and if you are interested they could give you a short training course in it. The temple is very popular and is of interest to both devotees and tourists.
|Visit Duration||45 minutes to 1 hour|