Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thiruppaasoor Sri Vaaseeswarar

Thiruppaasoor (திருப்பாசூர்) village is located about 50 kms from Chennai on the road going from Thiruvallur to Thiruthani and is about 7 kms from Thiruvallur Railway Station.

Thiruppaasoor has a vast and beautiful temple for Lord Shiva. The main deity here is called Sri Vaaseeswarar and Goddess Sri Thankaadhali (தன்காதலி) Ambaal.

It is believed that the Goddess worshipped Lord Shiva here and joined him to bless the devotees at this temple.

Thiruppaasoor got its name from the ancient Thamizh word ‘Paasu’ (பாசு) which means Bamboo. It is said that the entire place was a bamboo forest during ancient days. Once the local hunters saw a cow pouring its milk on its own in the bamboo forest and they dug up the place to find this beautiful Shiva Lingam.

On hearing this, Karikaal Chozha, the then ruler of this place, had visited Thiruppaasoor and built a temple for the Lord here.

While people dug up the place, an axe like tool which was used to dig the ground hit on the Shiva Lingam and created a scar on Him. The axe like tool was called ‘Vaasi’ in Thamizh and hence the Lord here is called as Sri Vaaseeswarar.

There were about 16 ancient stone inscriptions found in this temple. According to the inscriptions, this place is referred in ancient days as Thondai Mandalathu, Eekkaadu Kottathu, Kaakkalur Naattu Thiruppaasoor.

It is also said that, Karikaal Chozha, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva had to wage a war against Kurumbars who were troubling him. Some Jain saints, who were supporting Kurumbars, made a serpent attack the king. Karikaalan surrendered the Lord here and prayed for rescue. Pleased with his prayers, Lord Shiva tamed the serpent and saved Karikaalan.

The Lord is said to have accepted the Goddess here as ‘His love’ and hence the Goddess got her name Thankaadhali (தன்காதலி). Usually in most of the Shiva temples, we can see the Goddess shrine at the left side of the sanctum of Lord Shiva. But here, the Goddess is seen on the right side of the Lord and also facing east, which is unusual and rare.

Even today, the poojas and rituals are performed are first performed to the Goddess and then to Lord Shiva.

Upon entering the temple, one can find a group of Vinayagar (Lord Ganesha) statues. This is another rare feature of this temple. There are about 11 Ganeshas in a group at the same place and of various sizes. Here Vinayagar is called Ekadasa Vinayagar (Ekadasa means 11 in Sanskrit).

It is said that Lord Vishnu took bath here in Soma Theertham and worshipped Lord Shiva to get relieved of His Dhosham. There is another shrine for Lord Shiva called ‘Vinai Theertha Easwarar’ (வினை தீர்த்த ஈஸ்வரர்), who was worshipped by Lord Vishnu.

There is a Sri Chakram in front of the sanctum, which was installed by Sri Aadhi Sankaraachaarya, for which poojas are performed regularly. Sri Subramanyar, Sri Somaskandhar & Navagrahas are found in the praakaaram. Sri Dhakshinamurthy has a small separate mandapam facing South. Sri Lingothbavar is found behind the sanctum.

Sri Vishnu Durgai, Sri Veerabadhrar and Sorna Bhairavar are found at the northern side of the praakaaram.

Thirunaavukkarasar, Thirugnaana Sambandar & Ramalinga Vallalaar have visited this temple and have sung praises on the Lord here.

There is a beautiful 4 pillared Urchava Mandapam at the outer praakaaram used for rituals during festivals.

It is said that, apart from Sri Ambaal, many sages and saints like Maarkandeyar, Brighu, Roma Rishi, Bharadhwajar, Kaasyapar, Vashishtar, Naaradhar, Sugar, Abhimanyu, Viswamithrar and Vyaasar have worshipped Sri Vaaseeswarar here.

The Sthala Viruksham for this temple is Bamboo and there are two Theerthams for this temple; Soma Theertham and Mangala Theertham.

The wonderful scenic view of the temple from the roadside itself is sure to attract anyone to visit and have the Dharshan of the Lord.


  1. Excellent Post... As usual...
    Welcome back...
    Where had you been since quite sometime?

  2. very good. please provide bus route and no.
    God bless us.

  3. nice to see u have come back with ur divine blog.

    ungal sevai thodara engal vaazhthukkal

  4. Nice presentation. Whenever possible, please also provide little bit of historical data, reference to the inscriptions, etc. so that the write up becomes more authentic.You have been doing this.

  5. Hello Saravanan,

    Simply Superb. Wish you to visit many more temples and write.

    Have a nice time.

    N Guruvelavan

  6. Vanakkam!

    I have been following your postings on temples around Chennai and am astounded at the fund of information you provide. Although I have heard of some of these temples, I never realised that they are situated within reach of Chennai.

    I am seventyseven and may not be able to visit even some of them which I have not seen. Your articles , however, afford me the pleasure of going on an armchair tour now and then.

    Pray keep up your writings. May the Lord give you continued strength and support to continue. Thathathsu!!

    A. Rangnathan

  7. saravanan ji , bahut hi dilchsp hai aapaka blog , mujhe bahut pasand aaya hai , shukriya mere blog par aakar hausala afjaai ke liye .
    main baar -baar aapko padhna chahungi

  8. I proud about my grandpa because his native place is Tirupasur.