Chayavaneashwara Temple - Tamil Nadu
Chayavaneashwara Temple, Trichy
The Chayavaneswara temple dedicated to lord Shiva is located in place known Chayavanam (Chaikadu) near Kaveripatnam where River Kaveri meets the sea.
Much sanctity is attached to this temple and the pilgrims after ablution at the confluence worship Lord Chayavaneswara and seek his blessings. According to Hindu customary rites a bath at the confluence of a river with the sea is considered religiously meritorious.
There is an absurd but interesting legend attached to the temple to state its significance. It is said that the temple is closely connected with Iyarpagai Nayanar, one of the sixty-three Nayanmars (Saivite saints) of the South. According to the legend, Nayanar used to contribute generously to the temples and was known for his charitable nature towards 'sadhus', especially, Saivite saints. He has earned a repute of feeding them well and satisfying all their desires. It is said that one day an old man in the form of Saivite saint approached him and asked him to give his wife as a gift to him. Iyarpagai Nayanar instantly gratified the old man's request and without hesitation sent his wife to him. All the relatives and friends and society definitely found his act as morally degrading and they condemned him. However, he insisted that wife should follow the 'sadhu', which she did as a respect to him. Touched by his great devotion towards his devotees, Lord Shiva who has just come to test the faith of Nayanar revealed his true form blessed him with salvation.
How to Reach Chayavaneashwara Temple
: Nearest domestic airport is Tirichy is 5 kms.
: Tirichy has railway station well inside its city limts.
: Tirichy is well connected by TNSRTC, KSRTC & Private bus services. It is connected to all major cities nearby such as Palani, Kodai Road, Theni, Dindigul, Kumuli, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai .