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|Rinhaareshwar Shiv Temple|
Shree Mangal Ambikaai
– Rinahaareshwar - Mystic Chronicle of Rinahaareshwar's Egression.
'Rinam' in Sanskrit means debt. Rinahaareshwar is the Almighty who can solve our physical and mental insolvent debts and lead to blissful liberation. In Brahmaand Puraan, a mystic message states that, Maya Daanav, the divine sculptor, etched Shiv's Ling and placed it on the earth for worship. In this context Shiv in the incarnation of Rinahaareshwar appeared at a holy place, Peranampakkam which is about 1 Km west of Tiruvannamalai (Shiv's Holy shrine as Arunaachaleshwar – Ayan's orphic form as one of the five elements – fire form) from Polur. Rinahaareshwar's emergence is believed to solve the present day's human distress.
The Greatness of the Holy Place
Periya + Rinam + Pakkam = Peranampakkam.
Legend of the Land
Further, in Arunaachaleshwar's legendary chronicle (Seyyatru charukkam), it has been mentioned that, during 12th Century a Shiv Temple situated at the north eastern side of Tiruvannamalai was inundated. Since then it never emerged nor found. Today, it is well corroborated with the appearance of Lord Rinahaareshwarar at Peranampakkam. Moreover, a historical account justifies the fact that, in a tussle between Kulothunga Chozha (III) and landlords (Zameendaar) of Sambuvarayaar hierarchy, this Shiv Temple got ruined. Thus, this salvaged Shiv Temple being excavated is our Lord Rinahaareshwarar's abode.
Once the torrent created by Muruga completely washed away the elixir pot of Lord Vishnu kept for Lord Shiv's worship. From the elixir pot, the lotus, sacred thread, sacred grass, upper portion of the pot, an ornament adorned on the pot got shored off at different places and were called as Thamaraipakkam (Lotus), Poondi (Sacred thread – Yagyopaveet /Poonal), Pilloor (Sacred grass – Darbhaa, or Dharbaipil), Kalash Pakkam (Upper portion of the pot – Kalasham), Abaranapakkam (ornament adorned on the pot) alias Peranampakkam respectively.
The archeological inscriptions confirm that during 10th Century, the Chozha Kings named these holy places as mentioned above. Further during the reign of Vijaya dynasty, King Kanda Deva consecrated these holy lands for profound worship activities like lighting the lamps and regular rituals all through the day by the income earned through levying a tax on the people.
Created and Maintained by Sushma Gupta
Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on October 20, 2013