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Vaikom Temple site
Vyaaghra-layesh temple of
Shiv has a long story behind it, continued from even before Raam's times - from Khar
Time. It is located at Vaikom village - 33 kms South from Ernakulam, and 40 kms North
of Kottaayaam, Kerala.
It is believed that
its Ling was brought and kept here by Khar Raakshas and converted into a Shiv
temple by Parashuraam Jee. When Parashuraam Jee consecrated Shiv Ling here, both
Shiv and Paaravtee Jee appeared before him and blessed him that from that day on
Shiv would live there and fulfill all wishes of his devotees and give them Moksh.
It is also believed that Shiv lives here in three forms and fulfills his devotees'
wishes in three ways. In the morning, till his Pantheeradee Poojaa is done, he
lives in the form of Dakshinaamoorti, the Guru of all, and grants wisdom, knowledge
and understanding. In the noon time, up to the Madhyaahn Poojaa, he lives in Kiraat
Moorti, by which he gave Paashupat Astra to his devotee Arjun, and grants success
to his devotees in all of their endeavors and removes all obstacles - Sarv Kaarya
Jayam or Sarv Vighnop Shaanti. In the evening he lives in the form of Shakti
Panchaaksharee, the benign Lord of Kailaash, along with his whole family (Paarvatee,
Ganesh Jee and Kaarttikeya Jee seated happily) and grants his devotees all worldly
things plus whatever they ask for.
Prasaad of Vaikom Temple
The most important Prasaad of Vaikom Temple is its Bhasm which is taken
out from its kitchen fire place. It is believed that Shiv (Vaikkathappan)
himself works there in the form of a Braahman. It is holy remedy for fear,
poison, wounds and even hysteria. Innumerable devotees have testified this.
Gangaa Prapath Teerth
Once Parashuraam Jee returned to this place and got very sad seeing that people
and animals here were suffering for lack of water. he invoked Shiv and told him
about it. Shiv Jee asked him what did he want from him. he said - "Prabhu,
Make this place a Teerth for the devotee who will come in Kali Yug with lots of
sins. They can take bath, drink water and do Tarpan here." So it s believed
that Shiv put some Gangaa water from his matted locks and filled a tank nearby
for this purpose. This tank is the northern side of the Temple.
The legend has it, that once Maharshi Nidaagh came here to
Vyaaghrapaad was meditating on Shiv here. Nidaagh requested him to accept him as
his disciple. Vyaaghrapaad taught him Shiv Mantra and Upaasanaa Yog and blessed
him saying everything could be achieved through Shv Bhajan. So Nidaagh started
doing it. On an 8th day, when both Vyaaghrapaad and Nidaagh were worshipping
Stambh Ganapati and Shiv, pleased with their Upaasanaa, Shiv appeared in its
North-east corner and performed Aanand Taandav (Dance of Bliss - he performed
this dance in
Chidaambaram Temple also). Some water from his matted locks fell down on the
ground. Shiv blessed those drops and named it Shivaanand Teerth and disappeared.
Both Vyaahghrapaad and Nidaagh sprinkled some of that water on their bodies and
drank some. This Teerth has been converted into well and its water is used only
for Poojaa's purpose.
We don't know which Nidaagh is this Maharshi, but there is one Nidaagh who is
Naarad Puraan, 1/22 and Vishnu Puraan, 2/8. he was the disciple of Brahmaa's son Ribhu. Why should
this Nidaagh come to Vyaaghrapaad to become his disciple?
Once two learned young Braahman, Shankar and Mukund, from Kanyaa Kumaare were
going to Kaashee, so on their way they halted at Vaikom. They enjoyed the Bhajan
and the food there. Mukund left for Kaashee alone without Shankar. After he had
left, Shankar got very sad thinking about that now he would take bath alone in
Gangaa. He was so much heartbroken that he fell ill. He had a high fever. One
day he was in deep sleep after a sincere prayer, that Shiv appeared in his dream
and asked him to take bath in eastern pond. He told him that all his desires
will be fulfilled there. Next day in the morning Shankar went to that eastern
pond and took bath in it. As he came out from the pond, he knew that he
was in Gangaa Teerth. he praised Shiv.
At the same time
Vyaaghrapaad Rishi came there and told him that his friend Mukund will return
after 18 months and then he may go to Saayujya of Shiv with his friend.
The same Teerth is known as Aarati Haaran Teerth, or Aarati Vinaashan Teerth
(remover of sorrows)