Thoovanayanar Thoovainathar Temple

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Thoovanayanar Thoovainathar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Tiruvarur East Street in Tiruvarur of Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu, India. [1] Historical name of this place is Arurparavaiyunmandazhi. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, as the moolavar presiding deity, in his manifestation as Thoovainathar. His consort, Parvati, is known as Panchin Mennadiyal. [2]

Hindu temple house of worship in Hinduism

A Hindu temple is a symbolic house, seat and body of god. It is a structure designed to bring human beings and gods together, using symbolism to express the ideas and beliefs of Hinduism. The symbolism and structure of a Hindu temple are rooted in Vedic traditions, deploying circles and squares. It also represents recursion and equivalence of the macrocosm and the microcosm by astronomical numbers, and by "specific alignments related to the geography of the place and the presumed linkages of the deity and the patron". A temple incorporates all elements of Hindu cosmos—presenting the good, the evil and the human, as well as the elements of Hindu sense of cyclic time and the essence of life—symbolically presenting dharma, kama, artha, moksa, and karma.

Tiruvarur district District in Tamil Nadu, India

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Tamil Nadu State in Southern India

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Significance

It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar. [1]

Paadal Petra Sthalam

The Paadal Petra Sthalams are 275 temples that are revered in the verses of Saiva Nayanars in the 6th-9th century CE and are amongst the greatest Shiva temples of the continent. The Divya Desams by comparison are the 108 Vishnu temples glorified in the poems of the contemporary Vaishnava Alvars of Tamil Nadu, India

<i>Tevaram</i>

The Thevaram denotes the first seven volumes of the Tirumurai, the twelve-volume collection of Śaiva devotional poetry. All seven volumes are dedicated to the works of the three most prominent Tamil poets of the 7th century, the Nayanars - Sambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar. The singing of Thevaram is continued as a hereditary practise in many Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu.

Nayanars group of 63 Hindu saints

The Nayanars were a group of 63 saints in the 6th to 8th century who were devoted to the Hindu god Shiva in Tamil Nadu. They, along with the Alwars, their contemporaries who were devoted to Vishnu, influenced the Bhakti movement in Tamil. The names of the Nayanars were first compiled by Sundarar. The list was expanded by Nambiyandar Nambi during his compilation of material by the poets for the Tirumurai collection, and would include Sundarar himself and Sundarar's parents.

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References

  1. 1 2 Thoovoi Nayanar Temple, Arur Paravayunmandali.
  2. "Sri Thoovai Nathar temple". temple.dinamalar.com. Retrieved 20 December 2015.

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