Deivanayaka Easwarar Temple, Ilambayankattoor, Kanchipuram

Sri Deivanayaka Easwarar temple is located in the village named Ilambayankattoor, in the district of Kanchipuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Deivanayaka Easwarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Kanakakujambikai.

The holy tree of this temple is Mara Mallikai – Jasmine. The holy water of this temple is Mallika Pushkarini. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Ilambayankattoor.

According to the local legends and Hindu religious scholars, “The temple is praised in the hymns of saint Tirugnanasambandar with a poetic beauty describing the environment of the place filled with plays of elephants and peacocks in pairs, where Lord acknowledges his song as His own. It is in this place of all beauty, named Ilambayankattoor, Lord Shiva has chosen His Abode. This is 13th shrine in Thondaimandalam region praised Thevaram hymns.”

The most important festivals of this shrine are Guru (Jupiter) transit days, Arudra Darshan in December-January, Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Skanda Sashti in Aipasi-October-November, Margazhi Danur Puja in December-January, Thai Poosam in January-February, Mother Soundara Nayaki procession during Navarathri in September-October, Deepavalli, Pongal, English and Tamil New Year days plus Tirukarthikai in November-December are celebrated in this temple.

It is to be noted that as the petals of Kondrai flower, Lord Shiva largely appears so soft in this shrine. Cow Puja (Gopuja) is conducted daily in the temple. Sun God worships the Lord with his rays from April 2 to 7 and from 5 to 11 in September in this particular temple.

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