Shree Edaganathar Temple

Temple’s Peculiarity:

This magnificent temple lies in the Vaigai river bed. This temple is erected to commemorate the victory of saivites over Jains and to emphasis that Shiva is the greatest God of all. It is also hailed as the 4th Thevara stala in Pandyan Kingdom.

Mythology:

Madurai ruler Koon Pandyan was an adept follower of Jainism and he supported Jains by providing all their needs. Once he was hit by a dreadful disease, Jains tried their best to eradicate his disease but all attempts were in vain. At this time a petite Brahmin boy came and cured his illness, from that moment onwards Koon Pandian became a pious Siva Devotee. Unable to bear their failure Jains challenged the petite boy to prove that his religion is superior by undergoing Analvatham (fire war) and Punalvatham (water was). Both their manuscripts were set in fire but to everyone’s surprise the small boy’s manuscripts were untouched by the fire, the same thing happened in Punalvatham, Vaigai river engulfed the Jains scripts returning back the boy’s scripts. This miracle happened in Thiruvengadam and thus the Siva temple was erected.

Specialty:

This is a spectacular building sprawling across an area of 5 acres. The huge aisles are emblazoned with verses from Thevaram, the presiding deity is Lord Shiva (Edaganathar) with his consort Parvathi.

Festivals:

All Siva festivals are celebrated in grandeur. The Sambanthar’s victory over Jains is called as Ethireriya Utsavam is celebrated during Vaikasi.

Travel

This temple is located at Sholavandan which is 24 km away from Madurai.

Bus:

Busses from Madurai Periyar will take you directly to this temple.

Train:

Sholavandan has a railway station and the temple is at a walkable distance from the railway station.

Airport:

The nearest airport is in Madurai.

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