Tillaivana, Thillaivana: 1 definition


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Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras

Tillaivana is the name of a forest later known as Vyāghrapura, associated with the sotry of Madyanthinar as explained in the sthala-purāṇa of the Thillai Nataraja Temple in Cidambaram (Chidambaram) which is one of the Pañcasabhā or “five halls where Śiva is said to have danced”.—According to legends, the origin of the sthala is described thus: There lived a sage who had a son named Madyanthinar. The sage taught Madyanthinar Vedas, Śāstras and ways to attain supreme wisdom. He also told Madyanthinar that there was a svayambhu (self born) liṅga in the forest of Tillai and, if one worshiped that liṅga, his/her desire would be fulfilled. On hearing this, Madyanthinar left his father, went to Tillaivana, and found the powerful liṅga under a tree. In Tillaivana he erected a hut for him and worshipped the liṅga everyday. Siva blessed Madyanthinar with the limbs of a tiger to climb the trees without slipping and the sight to see in darkness too. Siva blessed Madyanthinar with such blessings so that, as per his wish, he could collect the flowers before sunrise even if there was fog everywhere. The lord, after showering these graces, named him Vyāghrapāda (man with tiger’s limbs) and so the forest came to be called Vyāghrapuram and Puliyūr.

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