The world famous Shiva temple which is regarded as “Abode of Eternity” and “Southern Kailash” of Kaliyuga. Suitated at on top of hillrock Periyamalai (Great Mountain) at Injimedu village, Vandavasi taluk, Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.
The Hillock is located in a isolated remote village. The deity is very elegant, vibrant and attractive. Among the Hillock Shivalingas, it may be the tallest. It is said Lord Shiva himself performed penance on top of this greatest and tallest mountain of Krithayuga.
This temple here is more than 2500 years old. The Mythiest Lord Shiva is suitated here in the names of THIRUMANI CHERAI UDAYAR in the form of idol Linga, along with his wife Matha Parvathidevi in the name of THIRUMANI NAYAGI. Shiva Linga is of 5 feet 6 inches and of Matha Parvathi is 6 feet.
A Spring Tide
Even now there exists a Spring Tide (fountain) on top of the Hillock. It’s a Holy water which has the power to heel many diseases. And it’s been bottled and distribute to devotees. The Miracle here is that the King Cobra is guarding the Spring Tide (fountain)
This Ancient temple is considered to be existing from Krithayuga as per the available Mythological and Historical records.
Mythology has it that the wedding of Lord Shiva with Parvathidevi was performed at Mount Kailash, the eternal and etheral Abode of Lord Shiva. All the Devas, Rishis, Saints, along with Lord Vishnu and Bramha with their consorts assembled to witness the marriage. As a result the northern part of India sunk in whereas the Southern part raised sky high. There was a huge imbalance and tide. Due to this imbalance and tide Lord Shiva sent Agasthiya Muni to rectify the imbalance, than the Muni Agasthiya arrived to Periyamalai ( Great Mountain) and pushed the Periyamalai (Great Mountain) into the Womb of Earth, than the imbalance was maintained. It is also said that the most of the Great Mountain is inside the Earth, only the head of the mountain is been seen. The saint witnessed the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvathidevi from the top of Hillrock The Amavasya Thithi also commenced from the Holy Hillock.
Nandi as Lord Shiva’s Vahana
The great Rishi Shiladhara’s son Nandi meditated here for the blessings of Lord Shiva here in Periyamalai. Hence Lord Shiva blessed Nandi and accepted him has Vahana (Vehicle).
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