Bhu Varaha Swamy temple Srimushnam
About Bhu Varaha Swamy temple
Bhu Varaha Swamy temple is a Hindu temple, located at Srimushnam, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Bhu Varaha Swamy and his consort Lakshmi as Ambujavalli Thayar.
The temple had contributions from Medieval Cholas of the 10th century with later expansions by Thanjavur Nayaks king Achuthappa Nayak. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all the shrines and the bodies of water. There is a seven-tiered rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower, in the temple.
Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Chariot festival, celebrated during the Tamil Month of Vaikasi (April–May), being the most prominent. The festival also symbolises Hindu-Muslim unity in the region - the flag of the chariot is provided by Muslims in the region, they take offerings from the temple and present to Allah in the mosques. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.
During the festival deity of Bhu Varaha Swamy is taken for seven days around the villages of Srimushnam. The chariot festival is a symbol of Hindu - Muslim unity in the region, with the flag of the temple chariot offered by the local Muslims. They also accept the offerings from the festival deity and present it to Allah in the mosques. The Muslim devotees thank Allah to have brought Bhu Varaha Swamy to their place.The other festivals are Sri Jayanti Utsavam during Aavani, Navaratri,Vijayadashmi, Deepavali and Makara Sankrantri.
The festivals of the temple has been practiced during the Nayak times as indicated by the inscriptions on the walls of the first precinct. The inscriptions indicate patronage for the festivals to be conducted during the presence of Sun in 12 zodiac signs during various months of the year. There are two Brahmotsavams celebrated in the temple, one each during the Tamil month of Masi and other during the month of Chittirai (April -May).
By Rail:One can take any South bound train from Chennai and get down at Vriddachalam Junction
By Road: Direct buses from Chennai to Srimushnam.Srimushnam is about 235kms from Chennai via Tindivanam-Vikravandi-Panruti-Neyveli-Vadalur and Sethiya Thope. One can reach in 4 hours.Several buses from Vriddachalam to Srimushnam via Rajendrapatnam (about 30-45mts)
Prarthana Sthalam :
This is a Prarthana Sthalam for childless couples. Ladies, who have bath in the Nithya Pushkarani, go around the Arasa tree 12times, offer milk and fruits to small kids and recite the Varaha Kavacham are said to be blessed with Children.
This is also a prarthana sthalam for the unmarried.
Special Prasadam at this temple
One of the specialities at this temple is the offering of Korai Kazhangu as prasadam to the Lord.