Seerkazli is known by various names in the Hindu
'puranam' or mythology. The deity is known as
Brahmapureeswarar and the goddess as Thirunilai Nayaki. There are
other deities known as Thoniappar and Sattainathar worshipped
here. This is also the birthplace of the famous saint
Seerkazhi is situated in the district of Tanjore between
Chidambaram and Mayavaram on the Southern Railway. Busses ply
from Chidambaram, Mayavaram and Kumbakonam. The nearest airport
is in Trichi.
The temple is in the middle of the village with four tall
'gopuram' on each side with a high wall surrounding the
temple premises. There is a large 'theertham' within the
temple compound next to which there are two shrines, one for the
Goddess Thirupurasundary and the other for Gnanasambanthar. The
shrines to Thoniappar and Sattainathar are reached by climbing
the steps on the rear of the main temple.
When Sambanthar was three years old he accompanied his father
to the temple. The father Sivapatha Iruthayar, got into the water
in the temple 'theertham' for his ablution before
commencing 'pooja' in the temple. He immersed himself in
water and was absorbed in his prayer. Young Sambandar became
alarmed when he did not see his father for a long time and called
out, "Ammah, Appah". His father did not hear the call
from Sambanthar and continued with his prayer. When his father
did not appear Sambanthar started wailing. At this moment Lord
Shiva appeared with his consort. The Mother Goddess produced some
milk in a golden vessel and gave it to Sambanthar to console him.
When the father came out of the water he saw milk in the corners
of the child's mouth. He was first intrigued but later became
angry as he suspected that someone of a lesser caste had fed his
son with milk in violation of the practice among their creed. He
demanded the child to reveal the identity of the person who fed
him with milk. Sambanthar then opened his mouth and sang a hymn
in praise of Lord Shiva pointing at the direction of the temple.
Sivapatha Iruthayar realised that his son had not only received
milk from the almighty but also 'gnanam' (wisdom) by the
grace of God. From that day he was known as Gnanasambandar. After
this incident Gnanasambanthar was revered as a great soul and was
taken to all the holy places where he sang in praise of the
deities installed in those temples.
Opening Hours and Festivals
There are six daily 'pooja', three in the forenoon and
three in the evening. The Brahmotsavam takes place in the Tamil
month of Chiththirai. There are other festivals for the Goddess,
Gnana-sambanthar and Sattanathar.
The temple is open from 6am till noon and then from 4pm till
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