'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Dakshinamurthy, Thakkolam

Sri Dakshinamurthy, Thakkolam

Guru bhagwan is being hailed as the preceptor of the devas. Guru bhagwan, one of the Navagrahas blesses his devotees with early marriage and offspring. Devotees of Guru bhagwan worship Dakshinamoorthy, the presiding deity of Guru. There are separate temples for Dakshinamoorthy in Tamil Nadu. Alangudi is a famous sthala for Guru bhagwan. Thakkolam Jalanadeswara sthala, which is called Thiruvural is the twelfth of the thirty-two Siva sthalas in Thondai Valanadu. Every year, Guru's transit is being celebrated here on a grand scale as a festival. Let us go to Thakkolam in Vellore district to have the darshan of Jalanadeswara during this festival. Thakkolam is situated at 30 km distance to the north of Kancheepuram and at 12 km distance to the south of Arakkonam.

History of the temple:

Dakshan, though gave his daughter Dakshayini in marriage to Lord Siva, wanted to be higher in authority than the Lord Himself. He wanted to conduct a yaaha. He purposely excluded the Lord from the list of invitees for the occasion. And, he was delighted over his behavior to think that he had insulted Lord Siva. Dakshayini, who was able to foresee her father's downfall, wanted to save him from this disaster. She came for the yaaha in spite of the Lord's disapproval.

But, Dakshan insulted her. On learning about this, Lord Siva sent Veerabhadra, who was a manifestation of the Lord. Veerabhadra, destroyed Dakshan's yaaha, replaced his head with that of a goat. (The temple of Veerabhadra is situated at the center of this sthala). Daksha, who could not bear the Lord's punishment, prayed to Him to bless him. The Lord pardoned and blessed him.

Sri Dakshinamurthy, Thakkolam

Dakshayini went around visiting many sthalas and offered worship to make amends for her disobedience in attending the yaaha despite the Lord's disapproval. Daksha was performing penance praying to the Lord on the banks of river Vrindha. When Dakshayini reached the banks of the river Vrindha, she made a Sivalinga with the sands of the riverbank. At that time, the river started flooding. To save the linga from being washed away, she embraced it with both her hands. The impressions of her chest can be seen on the Sivalinga. As Daksha worshipped the Lord with loud cries here, it was called "Dakhan olam", which, in course of time, became Thakkolam, we learn from the puranas.

Glory and special features

The place is also called Thiruvural, the reason being, that this place never had shortage of water. As water is perennially flowing from the subterranean springs, the place got the name. This ancient temple looks very beautiful. The color of the moola linga changes during both the Dakshinayana and Uthirayana seasons. This is a wonder. The color becomes white during Dakshinayana and red during the Uthirayana. The moolavar is the Sivalinga, made of sand. He is not being touched by anybody. The abhishek is done only to Avudaiyar.

Dakshinamurthy temple, Thakkolam

At the entrance of the sanctum, there's the statue of Somaskanda. He has been portrayed along with His consort in a sitting posture with one leg folded and with two Devaganas and two Bhoothaanas. This statue speaks of the antiquity of the temple.

He blesses people with Justice, Happiness, Fertility, wealth and promotion. He has a separate sannidhi for him in this temple.

Dwarabalakas stand at the entrance of the sanctum. At the inner prahara of the temple, the deities Vishnu, Brahma and Durga bless the devotees. The main deity is called Jalanadeswara and Umapatheeswara, the Goddess Giriraja kannika and Mohanavalli. The temple tank is Nandi theertham. Sambhandar has sung in praise of this temple in his Dewaram. Many sculptures are seen on the temple tower. The scene in which the Lord kicks Yama for the sake of Markandeya has been depicted with all the fineness and touch of reality.

The oldest of the stone inscriptions in the temple is the inscription of the Pallava king Aparaithavarma of the 6th century. We learn from this inscription that the temple had been built in the year 776 as a stone-temple. Thakkolam, which was once a very big commercial center, had been mentioned as "Thakola" in a book authored by a Greek historian of the 2nd century. Also, mention has been made about this place in a Budhist literature of the 5th century. King Rajendrachola has also made mention of this sthala in his memoir

Dakshinamurthy Temple, Thakkolam

Dakshinamoorthy :

Yoga Dakshinamoorthy in Thakkolam has His own glories. He has been portrayed in a sitting posture. One gets the feeling of taking to a living person while standing before this statue. It is said that sage Uditya worshipped a Sivalinga made by him inside this cave for redemption of his son from a curse. Worship services are offered daily to this linga. During the transit of Guru, devotees throng this place. They say that they are blessed with prosperity and peace.

There are six more Sivalayas in Thakkolam apart from this temple. And also, there are seven temples for Vinayaka, seven for village deities and one for Perumal. We can visit this temple of historical importance and pray for relief from our miseries with the blessings of Dakshinamoorthy.