Perichikoil Suganthavaneswarar Temple, Sivaganga

Sri Suganthavaneswarar temple is located in the village named Perichikoil, in the district of Sivaganga, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Suganthavaneswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Sameebavalli. The festival deity of this temple is Somaskandar. The holy tree of this temple is Vanni. The holy water of this temple is Well water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Shivagama. This temple is nearly 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Perichikoil.

The most important festivals are 2 day Aani festival in June-July, 10 day Panguni Uthiram with float festival and flag hoisting in March-April; Tirukarthikai in November-December, Arudra darshan-Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January;  Aipasi Skanda Sashti and Annabishekam in October-November,  Shivarathri in Febuary – March, Aavani Puttu-pudding festival in August-September;  Pongal,  Deepavalli, Navarathri, Masi month, English and Tamil New Year days, 10 day Brahmmotsavam in Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Car festival along with floating festival are conducted in grand manner in this particular temple.

Special pujas and rituals are conducted on all festive days and auspicious days at this temple. According to the local legends and pundits, “The shrine has a special tower for Bhairava. He is worshipped as Kasi Bhairava. It is said that Bogar, a great Siddha installed Bhairava here. He is holdingweaponsinight hands wearing a garland of skulls. There are three worshipping him while Baladeva is holding the dog vehicle. Special Pujas are performed to Bhairava on Full Moon days. There is also another Bhairava in the front hall.”

Address: Sri Sugantha Vaneswarar Temple, Perichikoil, Via Kandramanickam, Sivaganga district. Tamil Nadu

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