The Sanctum

THE SANCTUM


There are two Dwajasthambhas in each corridor. At the entrance to the sanctum, there are statues of two Dwarapalakas, known as Veeravaahu and Veeramahendra. Pilgrims first worship a huge Ganesha by name Kariamanicka Vinayaka and Devi Parvati. In the sanctum, a beautifully decorated image of Lord Subramanya holding a diamond-studded Vel stands facing east. Here He is represented as a Brahmachari. In one hand He holds a rosary of beads and in the other, flowers for Shiva puja. Abhishekas are performed with vibhooti (holy ash), sandal paste, milk and panneer (rose water) among other sacred items. Enshrined behind the sanctum are five Lingas. The processional deities of Sri Shanmukha with His consorts Valli and Deivayanai are by the side of the sanctum. The


33 verses of Subramanya Bhujangam sung by Adi Shankara are inscribed on the walls. In an adjacent shrine, Lord Nataraja and the four Saivite saints Appar, Sundarar, Sambhandar and Manickavachagar are worshipped.


On the outer corridor, there are shrines for Valli and Deivayanai with Palliyarai (Sayanagruha). Vishnu in Anantasayana posture and Gajalakshmi are enshrined in a rock cut niche. The scene of Surasamhara is exquisitely carved in bas relief. There are also shrines for Venkatachalapathi, Santhana Krishna, Siddhi Vinayaka, Sahasra Linga, Pancha Bhootha Lingas, Shankaranarayana, Kashi Vishwanatha, Nataraja, Devi Shivakami, Shaneeswara and Bhairava. There is, however, no separate shrine for Navagrahas in this temple.


Vibhooti prasad offered in leaves from panneer tree is a special feature of this temple