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Pancha Bhoota Sthalams

5 sacred temples of Shiva, each representing a prime element of Nature.

Thiruvanaikaval - Jambukeshwarar 1. Kanchipuram - Ekambareshwarar (Prithivi Lingam) (Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu): Devi Parvati performed penance in Kanchipuram under a mango tree (on the bank of river Kampa) to become reunited with Lord Shiva. She worshipped a Prithivi Lingam. Lord Shiva appeared before Her and took Her back as His consort. (PP-3.1)

2. Thiruvanaikaval - Jambukeshwarar (Jala Lingam) (Tiruchirapalli district, Tamil Nadu): Devi Parvati performed penance at Thiruvanaikaval (as directed by Lord Shiva) to get clarification of certain doubts. She worshipped a Jala Lingam made out of the water of river Kaveri. Lord Shiva appeared before Her and clarified her doubts. (PP-1.60)

3. Thiruvannamalai - Arunachaleshwarar (Agni Lingam) (Thiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu): Lord Shiva manifested as an infinite Taijasha Linga (Column of Fire) at Arunachala whose ends could not be found by Brahma and Vishnu. On the request of the Devas, Lord Shiva then manifested in a smaller form as the Arunachala Mountain for their worship. (PP-4.22)

4. Srikalahasti - Srikalahasteeshwarar (Vayu Lingam) (Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh): In Krita Yuga, Vayu worshipped this Linga at Maha Kailasha on the peak of Sivanandaikanilaya. In Treta Yuga spider Sri worshipped this Linga and attained salvation. In Treta Yuga, serpent Kala and elephant Hasti also worshipped this Linga and attained salvation. (PP-3.19)

5. Chidambaram - Natarajar (Akasha Lingam) (Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu): Lord Shiva danced the Ananda Tandava in the Thillaivana which was the ancient name of Chidambaram. (PP-1.1)



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