Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Rachandar Tirumalai near Trichy and Thayumanava Swamy in Malaikottai, Childbirth Blessings

Rachandar Tirumalai Shiva Temple near Trichy is a boon for men and Thayumanava Swamy Temple in Malaikottai inside Trichy Town is a boon for women seeking childbirth!!

Agasthya Vijayam, a Tamil Monthly Spiritual Magazine which detailed about the Rachandar Tirumalai Temple. Their online website is as follows,

Rachandar Tirumalai is located at a distance of 20-30 Km outside Trichy Town in Tamil Nadu near the Trichy Theni Highway. It can be reached by a 40 minute drive from Trichy. The Google map location of Rachandar Tirumalai village is as follows,

Lord Shiva here is Known as Virachilai Eswarar and Parvathy Devi is known as Periya Nayaki. The Temple is situated on top of a Small Hill.

Agasthya Vijayam details that worshiping Lord Shiva here blesses men so that they have Good Children and Fertility issues if any are sorted out. Agasthya Vijayam states that one should also do the Dhaana/Charity of Slippers/Shoes to small children here.

Rachandar Tirumalai Shiva Temple and Theertham
Vinayaka Sannidhi
 Dwajasthambam/Kodi Maram with Murugan Sannidhi
Virachhilai Eswarar
 Periya Nayaki
Sthala Puranam

This Temple was built around 6th and 7th Century. When a King was travelling in forest region, he accidentally hit on the Shiva Lingam here hidden inside an Anthill with a Knife and Blood started coming out of the Shiva Lingam.  Later they unearthed the Shiva Lingam and they were guided divinely by Lord Shiva to construct a Temple here.

This Old Shiva Lingam exists here at the Backside of the Main Temple with a Cut on the top signifying this incident of the King

Moola Shiva Lingam with a cut on top
Sthala Vriksham
Virachhilai Eswarar Vimanam
 Gajalakshmi Sannidhi
 Navagraha Sannidhi
 Thayumanava Swamy in Malaikottai inside Trichy

Malaikottai is an important Landmark in Trichy and is a Temple carved out of Rocks in a Hill. It is an architectural marvel and gives a bird's eye view of Trichy Town on top of the Hill. Malaikottai means Fort in a Hill.

The Base of Malaikottai Houses Maanickya Vinayaka Temple and the Top most point in also houses a Vinayaka Temple.


Lord Shiva is known as Thaayumanava Swamy. Sthala Puranam states that there was a lady named Rathnavathy who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and she used to visit the Shiva Temple on top of the Hill regularly. When she was pregnant her mother was expected to come to her in laws house and oversee the Child Delivery process as it used to happen in earlier times. When she was about to deliver the child, she prayed to Lord Shiva for help.

The real mother could not cross the overflowing Kavery River near Trichy and reach her daughter. Lord Shiva took the form of the lady's mother and oversaw the Child Delivery Process. He even cradled the child and took care of it.

After some time the Real Mother visited the Daughter's House and everybody was astonished to see two forms of the same mother. Then Lord Shiva Showed his Real Form along with Parvathy in Rishaba Vahana to everybody.

After that only everybody realised that Lord Shiva Took the form of the Girl's Mother and performed the role of Mid Wife. Hence he is known as Thaayumanavan or the Lord Shiva who became the Mother. Since the Lord himself became a mid wife to oversee the Delivery Process, this Temple worship Blesses women to have a safe Childbirth Delivery Process.

In memory of this incident every year during the Chitirai Brahmotsavam Festival 5th Day, Rathnavathy's idol/Vigraham is brought near Lord Shiva's Vigraham and the Veil is put signifying the Childbirth. Later Lord Shiva Cradles the baby of Rathnavathy and all devotees are given the prasadam of medicine and oil which is generally given to new born children. Women who partake this prasadam are said to be blessed with safe Childbirth.

Chitirai Brahmotsavam-Lord Shiva as a Mother and Cradling Child

Thaayumanava Swamy Vimanam

Sloka for Safe Pregnancy and Smooth Childbirth

The English Lyrics of the Sloka for Safe Childbirth is as follows:

Hey Shankara, Smarahara, Pramaathinatha!
Mannatha, Saamba, Sasichuda, Hara Trisoolin!
Sambho ! Sukhaprasavakrith Bhava me Dayaalo !
Sree Maatrubootha Siva Paalaya Maam Namaste !