|Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal Temple in Thirukandiyur, Dinamalar|
In Hinduism three gods - The Great Trinity are very important and they are Vishnu (Narayana - protector), Shiva (Sankara - destroyer) and Brahma (creator). A perusal of Hindu temples across India would reveal the fact that that are very few places where the Great trinity are worshiped on the same premises In Suchindram, near Nagercoil (Kanyakumari district) the idol of Shiva and in Thirukkannapuram, near Nannilam, Tamil Nadu the idol of Vishnu are believed to be symbolic of the Trinity. In the North, there is a separate temple for Lord Brahma at Pushkaram, Rajasthan. In the heartland of Chola Nadu Bikshandarkoil (Uttamar Kovil), near Tiruch and Thirukandiyur, near Thanjavur are two places where Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma are worshiped in the same place. An interesting fact emerges that these two places have a close link with Shiva's curse and his salvation from sin by Lord Vishnu.
Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal Temple in Thirukandiyur, a small village, about 11kms from Thanjavur, on the way to Thiruvayaru and Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu has a famous temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, and the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandham, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. Built in the Dravidian style of architecture, Vishnu, here is worshiped as Hara Saabha Vimochana perumal since he gave relief to Shiva (relief: Vimochana; the sin: saabha of Shiva also called Hara). His consort is Lakshmi as Kamalavalli Thayyar. Utchavar is Kamalanathan. Moolavar _perumal is in standing posture, facing east. The Vimana (small tower) above the sanctum is called Kamalakruthi Vimana.
The main gateway - Raja gopuram - tower has five levels (tiers). The temple is said to have been built by the Medieval Cholas of the late 8th century AD. Additional contributions were made by the Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayak rulers. A granite wall is built around the temple, enclosing all its shrines and water tank. This temple is located in between the rivers Cauvery and Kodamuruti.
|Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal Temple in Thirukandiyur,Tamilnadu Tourism|
Besides, Lord Shiva built a temple for himself near this place - Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar temple which is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams. Thirugnana Samandar, a well-known Tamil Saivite seer sang in glory of this temple. Lord's consort is Mangalambigai. In the Tamil month of Vaikasi the act of Shiva punishing Brahma is enacted as part of the festival. It is the fifth of the seven sapthastanas of Aiyarappar temple at Tiruvaiyaru. Tamil saint poets, Appar and Samandar of the 7th century sang devotional hymns and glorified this temple. The holy tree is vilvam and the holy water source is Brahma Theertham. In the Tamil month of Masi, on the 13th, 14th and 15th the Sun's rays fall on the Sivalingam in the Grabagraha - sanctum sanctorum. There are shrines for Bhairavar, Suryan, Vinayaka, Skanda, Ardhanareeswara and Vishnu Durgai. There was a separate temple for Brahma, but it fell into ruins over a period of time and the idols of Brahma and Saraswati are kept in the Siva Temple.
|Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar temple,Kandiyur en.wikipedia.or|
Brahmostavam, celebrated during the Tamil month of Panguni (April–May), Aipasi Pavithra Utsavam in Aipasi (October–November), Vaikunta Ekadashi in Margazhi (December–January) and Karthikai Deepam in Karthikai (November–December)