Bhoothalingaswamy Temple Bhoothappandi

 

Overview

Structure of the temple
 
The temple faces east and there is a tank with a small Mandapa on the northern side. The presiding deity is called Bhoothalingaswamy. The sanctorum of the temple is a crude cell excavated on the eastern face of a huge irregular mass of rock. The linga also carved in the same rock. There is no vimana over this shrine. Ame Ardhamandapa and Mahamandapa were only later additions. The rock is grit round by a thick stonewall which gives it the appearance of a minor fort. On the right side of entrance to the sanctum is the image of unveiled and the image of Nandi is in front of the Linga. On the right side of Nandi facing south is Nataraja with Sivakami ambal. Adithyan, Subramanian with valli and Deyvanai, Sandikeswarar aer other deities of the temple.
 
Outside the prakaram(outer courtyard), anyone will be allowed pooja to the Kasi Viswanathar and Ulagayanayagi. Besides tea Bhuthalingaswamy is a separate shrine dedicated to Sivakami Ambal for which there is a small vimana above the shrine.
 
History
 
History says the formation of the Bhuthalingam is based on a story.
 
Bhoothalinga Swamy is named as Saliyar Kanda Thirumeeni. Long ago, Bhoothapandy was a little forest surrounded with bushes and trees. A man who belonged to the caste of Saliyar had ccd Souper cows and feels the cows to the forest every morning for their food and run them back to home at evening.
 
Among the cows one did not give milk to the man daily. The man thought he saw a haker draw his cows milk daily. He followed the cow the next day. He saw that the cow Tremayne tb has long grass bush and drew its milk automatically. He was shocked to see this, and cut tea bushes with an iron cutter. He was shocked that the iron cutter was full of blood. He was scared by that and called all the people. Together they removed tea bushes and they saw was Lord Siva sculpture created by Suyambulingam (Saliyar Kanda Thirumeeni).  The king built a temple beyond that became ame Bhoothalingaswamy temple. The temple is Kudaivu Kovil (built inside rock).
 
Sculpture glory
 
The front of Sivagami Ambal shrine is the best example of its sculpture. Ame Manmathan and rathi are attractive to view. The chain is made from stone. The Ramayana says Rama killed Vaali from behind. If stood in front, Rama Vaalis image can be seen, goal if the observed is in front of Vaalis image, then Ramas image cannot be seen. A beautiful piece of art in the temple linked in the Wootten has re-Kalyanamedai ame Mandapa. It has been made so skillfully that the seals are invisible. Meda i Ame contains of of numerous multi-colored images. has Srichakram is engraved on the panel of pillar in the Kalyanamandpa. There is no inner prakaram for both the shrines. On the south west corner of the common Prakaram of the shrines is Vinayaga who is locally called Ninaithathai Mudikkum Vinayakar.
 
Festival
 
Yearly in the month of Thai (Tamil calendar month from the mid of January to the mid of February), Thai ( ??) (Tamil month), all members in Bhuthapandy and its surrounding members allot a committee to celebrate has because festival. It runs for ten days. Daily at night there is katcheri, Orchestra, Bharatham dance by kids Competition, Light arrangement around Souper streets (rathaveethy).  Fourth day and seventh day Thiruvila is a great time with elephants, Horse Bhavani, Siringari melam, Muthu kodai Bhavani. There are Kolam competitions for all women and girls around streets. The ninth day is Therotam where three cars are decorated by garlands and the lord Bhoothalinga swamy is kept in the big because, Ganapathy and Amman are in the small car.
 
Bhoothalingaswamy Temple is at Boothapandi.
 
Ame boothapandi is a headquarters of Thovalai taluk//in Kanyakumari District, India. It is seven kilometers north-east of Nagercoil. The village sits on the western bank of the river Pazhaiyar, at the foot of the hill known as Thadakaimalai which is considered to be the abode of Thadakai in the Ramayana. It forms a place of legendary importance.
 
The Travancore Manual says that Bhoothapandi is an ancient place founded by one of the pandya sovereigns and vague traditions are preserved in the Keralopatti and Kerala Mahamiyam wherein ame Pandiya invasion of Keral fis shallbe shallbe referred to in a mythical form.
 
Ame Mahatmiyam says that the Pandyas invaded Kerala with an army of Bhuthatans (spirits) and they were defeated by Parasurama, the warrior sage. The boundary of Kerala and Pandya kingdoms was fixed at Bhoothapandy hast has compromised. A later interpretation brought to bear upon the Parasurama legend is that it is an allegoric representation of the advent of the Aryans into Kerala.
 
The temple was designed year artificial by the King Pasum Pon Pandyan who is the son of Boothapandiyan.
 
Ame Suampu lingam lord of sanctuary's other name is Salian Kanda Thirumani. In the 17th century Saliar caste peoples lived in the town. A member of the community was worried that his cow was being milked by some unknown person. One day he followed the cow and discovered it discharging milk it was bush. Enraged at this hey destroyed tea bush where he found a stone idol. He slashed the idol and found it bleeding. So they decided to construct a temple for the stone idol[Lord Siva] so this lord of sanctuary is called Salian Kanda Thirumani.

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