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Shiva as Bhuteshwar - Symbolism Of Bhuteshwar Form Of Shiva

Bhuteshwar is one among the 1008 names of Lord Shiva. As Bhuteshwar, Lord Shiva is the lord of the elements. Legend has it that while Brahma was indulged in creation, the gentler animals that he created did not get any food as they were not ready eat other animals to suffice hunger. The animals prayed to Pashupati – Lord Shiva as the lord of the animals. Lord Shiva agreed to help the animals and soon he meditated. The heat from his intense meditation brought forth herbs, creepers, plants, shrubs, grass and trees. The hungry animals thrived on the vegetation. Now Brahma wondered on what the plants will feed on? Shiva said that they will live on the elements – earth, air, light, water and ether. Thus Shiva is the lord of the elements – Bhuteshwar. Bhuteshwar Shiva is thus the lord of the pancha bhutas. With the blessing of Bhuteshwar a person can attain mastery over the five elements, thus a person can determine the destiny of his/her life in the physical realm. G

Kaliamman Temple at Andipatti in Tamil Nadu

Kaliamman Temple at Andipatti near Theni in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The temple is believed to be more than 500 years old. The murti of Goddess Kali is in sitting position. She is sitting on her right leg with left leg pressing to the ground. She has four arms and holds a small drum, snake, skull and trident. A five-headed snake forms canopy to the murti in the temple. Goddess Kaliamman is worshiped for attaining success in new ventures. Business people, farmers and students offer prayers here. She also provides redemption from sins. All new ventures are started after offering prayers to her. Legend has it that the murti of Goddess Kali was found in a nearby river. The most important day in the temple is Friday. The full moon day and no moon day also attract thousands of devotees. The temple also has murtis of other deities including Hanuman and Ganesha. Andipatti Kaliamman Temple Timing 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. 5.00 PM to 9:00 PM Location