Thukkachi Abatsahayesvar temple

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Rajagopura (Main entrance) in a dilapidated condition Thukachi abatsahayesvarartemple1.jpg
Rajagopura (Main entrance) in a dilapidated condition

Thukkachi Abatsahayesvar temple (also known as Sri Abathsahayeswarar Sowndaranayaki Ambal temple) is a Shiva temple in Thukkachi village near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India. [1]

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History

The temple is in Thukkachi village, on the banks of the Arasalar River, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of Kumbakonam. The village derives its name from Durga Achi, after the goddess Durga seen in the temple, which over time got corrupted to become Thukkachi. The original temple was built by Rajendra Chola I (ruled between 1014-1044 CE). Legend says that Vikrama Chola suffered from vitiligo and visited many temples to pray for respite from the disease. Lord Abathsahayeswarar (Shiva) visited him in his dream when he was camping near Thukkachi, and asked him to worship him for 48 days. The king was completely cured in due course and subsequently ordered the expansion of the temple. [1] The temple is also known as Southern Kalahasti after the temple town of Srikalahasti in Andhra Pradesh. [1] [2]

One of the smaller entrances Thukachi abatsahayesvarartemple4.jpg
One of the smaller entrances

Structure

The presiding deity of the temple is known as Abathsahayeswarar (Shiva) who faces east. His consort is Sowndaranayaki Ambal (Durga) who has a separate niche and faces south, unlike in other Shiva temples where she faces north. The other deities in the temple include Sarabeshwarar, Varahi, Jestadevi, Saptamatas, Dakshinamurthy, Vinayaka, Subramaniar with his consorts Valli and Devasena, Mahalakshmi, Lingotbhavar and Kuberar.A small shrine of Chandikesvara is also present, facing north. [1] [2] [3] The temple is famous for its sculptural and architectural beauty. It once had seven Prakaras but currently only has three. The Sarabeshwarar shrine of the temple is considered to be the first of the three Sarabeshwarar temples built in the temple town of Kumbakonam. [3] [4] The Vimana of the presiding deity's shrine is similar to the one at Darasuram Iravatesvara temple. [3]

Renovation

In 2015, on the advice of the state government, work began on renovating the temple, which had been left in disrepair. The Indian government contributed 5.5 million rupees, while devotees have also contributed to the ongoing restoration efforts. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Chola shrine getting a facelift". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  2. 1 2 Thukkachi also known as South Kalahasti, ( Tamil : துக்காச்சி என்னும் தென் திருக்காளத்தி!), Dinamani, Tamil daily, 16 December 2016 Archived 19 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. 1 2 3 Cleaning works in Thukatchi Abatsahayesvarar Temple, ( Tamil : துக்காச்சி ஆபத்சகாயேஸ்வரர் கோயிலில் கோவிலில் இறை திருக்கூட்டம் உழவாரப்பணி), Dinamalar, Tamil daily, 19 July 2011
  4. Siva's Sarabeshwarar avatar to contain Narasimha, ( Tamil : நரசிம்மரின் ஆக்ரோஷம் தணிய சிவபெருமான் எடுத்த அவதாரம்!!), Chennaitodaynews, in Tamil, 7 January 2016

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