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Shiva Represents Which among Five Elements in Panchayatana form of Worship

Panchayatana form of worship introduced by Adi Shankaracharya has assigned one element to one of the five deities in Hinduism. Shiva is the embodiment of Prithvi Mahabhuta (earth) among the five elements. The five elements are ether/space, air, fire, water and earth. The five deities in Panchayatana form of worship are Vishnu, Mother Goddess, Ganesha, Surya and Shiva. In this concept, the five deities are worshipped in the form of sacred stones found in five holy rivers. Shiva, the embodiment of Prithvi Mahabhuta, is worshipped in the form of Banalinga found in Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh.

Aravindalochanar Temple at Tolaivilimangalam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Ninth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Navgraha Ketu

Aravindalochanar Temple, also known as Thirutholaivillimangalam Aravinda Losanar Temple or Erattai Tirupati, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the ninth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Navagraha Ketu. The shrine is located 10 km east of Sri Vaikuntam. The place is mentioned by Nammalvar and is known as Erattai Tirupati because there are two temples located here. Story of Aravindalochanar Temple Legend has it that Lord Vishnu gave darshan to Saint Suprabar here at Thirutholaivillimangalam. The saint used to worship Lord Vishnu daily with lotus flowers. Srihari Vishnu appeared adorned with Lotus flowers hence the name Aravindalochanar. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Aravindalochanar. The murti faces east and is in standing posture. Urchavar is known as Senthamaraikannan Consort of Vishnu worshipped here is Karunthadakanni Thaayar. The shrine is located on the banks of Tha