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Ekambareswarar – Story of Shiva as Ekambareswarar

Shiva is worshipped as Ekambareswarar in the form of Pirthvi Linga (one of the panchabhoota lingas) at the Ekambareswarar Temple in Tamil Nadu. The story of this form of Shiva is associated with Goddess Parvati.

Legend has it that once when Shiva was in deep meditation and Goddess Parvati, who was in a playful mood, closed the eyes of Shiva. This led to total commotion in the universe. An angry Shiva scolded Goddess Parvati and asked her to go and meditate on earth.

Goddess Parvati then went to earth and created a Shivling and started worshipping it. This is the famous Pirthvi Linga, which is one of the Panchabhoota Lingas.

Shiva tried to test the devotion and loyalty of Goddess Parvati. To overcome the tough situations, Goddess Parvati was helped by Vishnu.

Finally pleased with the devotion of Goddess Parvati, Shiva united with Her. The reunion happened under a mango tree.

Eka – means one; Ambara means mango; and Ishvarar is Shiva.

Shiva is worshipped as Ekambareswarar in Kanchipuram and also a temple in Chennai.