॥ श्रीऐरावतेश्वराष्टोत्तरशतनामवालिः ॥

ॐ श्रीगणेशाय नमः । ॐ गौरीप्राणवल्लभाय नमः । ॐ देव्यै कथितचरिताय नमः । ॐ हालाहलगृहीताय नमः । ॐ लोकशङ्कराय नमः । ॐ कावेरीतीरवासिने नमः । ॐ ब्रह्मणा सुपूजिताय नमः । ॐ ब्रह्मणो वरदायिने नमः । ॐ ब्रह्मकुण्डपुरस्थिताय नमः । ॐ ब्रह्मणा स्तुताय नमः । ॐ कैलासनाथाय नमः । ॐ दिशां पतये नमः । ॐ सृष्टिस्थितिविनाशानां कर्त्रे नमः । ॐ गङ्गाधराय नमः । ॐ सोमाय नमः । ॐ रुद्राय नमः । ॐ अमिततेजसे नमः । ॐ पशूनां पतये नमः । ॐ पार्वतीपतये नमः । ॐ अन्तकारये नमः । ॐ नागाजिनधराय नमः । २० ॐ पुरुषाय नमः । ॐ महेशाय नमः । ॐ पुष्टानां पतये नमः । ॐ साम्बाय नमः । ॐ गुरवे नमः । ॐ कैवल्यपददायिने नमः । ॐ भवाय नमः । ॐ शर्वाय नमः । ॐ सदसस्पतये नमः । ॐ शम्भवे नमः । ॐ गिरिशन्ताय नमः । ॐ नीलग्रीवाय नमः । ॐ कपर्दिने नमः । ॐ वरिष्ठाय नमः । ॐ महीयसे नमः । ॐ विश्वम्भराय नमः । ॐ विश्वाय नमः । ॐ जगतां पतये नमः । ॐ सच्चिदानन्दरूपाय नमः । ॐ समस्तव्यस्तरूपिणे नमः । ४० ॐ सोमविभूषाय नमः । ॐ विरूपाक्षाय नमः । ॐ समस्तमुनिवन्द्याय नमः । ॐ देवदेवाय नमः । ॐ महादेवाय नमः । ॐ भर्गाय नमः । ॐ मायातीताय नमः । ॐ कर्पूरधवलाङ्गाय नमः । ॐ मेरुकोदण्डधारिणे नमः । ॐ कुबेरबन्धवे नमः । ॐ कुमारजनकाय नमः । ॐ भूतिभूषितगात्राय नमः । ॐ त्रिनेत्राय नमः । ॐ भवरोगविनाशाय नमः । ॐ भक्ताभीष्टप्रदायिने नमः । ॐ पञ्चास्याय नमः । ॐ इन्द्रदोषनिवृत्तिदाय नमः । ॐ इन्द्रेण अमृताभिषिक्ताय नमः । ॐ सुधाकूपजलाभिषिक्ताय नमः । ॐ रम्भया सुपूजिताय नमः । ६० ॐ रम्भालिङ्गितगात्राय नमः । ॐ इन्द्रेण स्तुताय नमः । ॐ कारणकारणाय नमः । ॐ पिनाकपाणये नमः । ॐ देवेशाय नमः । ॐ गिरीन्द्रशायिने नमः । ॐ अनन्तमूर्तये नमः । ॐ शिवया समेताय नमः । ॐ प्रपञ्चविस्तारविशेषशून्याय नमः । ॐ त्रयीमयेशाय नमः । ॐ सर्वप्रधानाय नमः । ॐ सतां मताय नमः । ॐ मृत्युञ्जयाय नमः । ॐ त्रिपुरान्तकाय नमः । ॐ जटाभारविभूषिताय नमः । ॐ अखिललोकसाक्षिणे नमः । ॐ सुसूक्ष्मरूपाय नमः । ॐ दिगम्बराय नमः । ॐ शूलपाणये नमः । ॐ सुरवन्दिताय नमः । ८० ॐ विष्णुसुपूजिताय नमः । ॐ अखिललोकवन्द्याय नमः । ॐ कल्याणरूपाय नमः । ॐ सदाशिवाय नमः । ॐ सर्वज्ञमूर्तये नमः । ॐ सकलागमाय नमः । ॐ भीमाय नमः । ॐ नित्याय नमः । ॐ कृपालवे नमः । ॐ भक्तपरायणाय नमः । ॐ समस्तार्तिहराय नमः । ॐ रम्भाशापविमोचकाय नमः । ॐ ऐरावतदोषनिवृत्तिकराय नमः । ॐ गजोत्तमवरदायिने नमः । ॐ पञ्चमुनिभिः प्रशस्तवैभवाय नमः । ॐ पञ्चमूर्तिस्वरूपाय नमः । ॐ पञ्चामृताभिषेकसुप्रीताय नमः । ॐ पञ्चपुष्पसुपूजिताय नमः । ॐ पञ्चाक्षरजपसिद्धिप्रदायकाय नमः । ॐ पञ्चपातकनाशकाय नमः । १०० ॐ भक्तरक्षणदीक्षिताय नमः । ॐ दर्शनादेव भुक्तिमुक्तिदाय नमः । ॐ पञ्चानाम्ना प्रसिद्धवैभवाय नमः । ॐ पारिजातवनेशाय नमः । ॐ ब्रह्मेशाय नमः । ॐ इन्द्रपुरीशाय नमः । ॐ पुष्पवनेशाय नमः । ॐ श्रीअलङ्कारवल्लीसमेत श्रीऐरावतेश्वराय नमः । १०८ From Sri Niyama Kshetra Mahatmyam Sri Nemam – Nemam nemam or shrii nemam is located on the southern side of the Cauvery belt in thirukaatupaLLi, Tanjore district, Tamil Nadu. Conforming to the traditions of Tamil Nadu’s township pattern, a Shiva temple by name airAvateshwara, facing the east and a Vaishnav temple, facing the west is found in this place. Pleased with the staunch devotion, stupendous rituals and persistent meditation of the people, the Lord voluntarily desired to go over to this holy place and shower His grace; and living there gives a sense of pride and happiness; His grace is carefully protected by the kshetra. kAshI and rAmeshvaram are considered to be important kshetra-s in Bharat. People however claim that the aura in, and the importance of, this kshetra are much higher than those two. One could feel innately in this place, the divine grace of the Lord spread all over India. The kshetra enjoys the following powers: - Proximity to the river Cauvery; - brahmateertha, sudhA kUpam (well), baaNa kUpam and similar teerthas’ capacity to purify the soul; - The demised person’s holy ash when buried, becomes a Linga to attain the realization of Shiva; - The Lord clears the sins and sorrow of the devotee who utters His names and/or the pancAkShara mantra and purifies his body, intellect and the soul; - The Lord’s consort shrii alankAravalli, makes everyone realize that she occupies a special place in their hearts as a mother, relative and lovable divine power to attain enlightenment by the personification of Her kindness. - She, the alankaari, manifests as the mother at every moment as alankAravalli, that Her divine grace is all-pervasive and omnipresent across the kshetra. Recognized by the purAnAs as one among the few important kshetras, its history can be found in brahmOttara kANDA of brahmANDapurANa. shri airAvatham iyer – kumAra swaminAtha iyer compiled its history from palm leaves and protected it in handwritten grantha lipi. His grandson, and owner of mAtangi publications, shri S shriidharan, has now taken the responsibility of publishing this book. Around shrii nemam, there are plenty of shivasthalAs which worship airAvateeswara as their presiding deity, some of which are: aayirathaLi, arikulakesareeshwaram, nirupakesareeshwaram, chandramalliishwaram, attupaLLi, etc. The Cauvery floods, the fight amongst the rulers closer to the place and the invasion of Malik Kafur had damaged thousands of temples, reducing this area from a mammoth town to a tiny village. With the Lord’s grace, it would get back its original size and glory. The purANAs would vouchsafe the fact that this kshetra existed in brAhma kalpa before the present svetavarAhakalpa. During the krutayuga, at the time when tirupArkadal (milk ocean) was churned to get the amrutA, a portion of this amrutA got spilled over in this place out of which a pArijAta tree sprouted to become a pArijAta vanA for the Lord to reside there; and the place to be called as pArijAta vanam, brahmapuri, indirapuri, puShpavanam, airAvateshwaram and nemam. Elders would say that as the people were living with lot of self-restraint and discipline, the place came to be called as nemam. History would also state that these elders were able to reach the abode of the Lord for the reason that shri alankAravalli voluntarily guided them to achieve the feat of bliss and enlightenment. When a devotee of shrii alankAravalli raised his left hand to deliver his blessings to a Chozha king, the king got angry that an inappropriate protocol was observed; the devotee explained to the king that the right hand which worships the Lord had immense illumination and keerthi (fame, glory) which a human cannot bear. The grace of shrii alankAravalli is matchless that both children and the Heavens would celebrate it with joy and happiness. Closer to nemam, there is a place called Pazhamaarneri. A resident by name mahAdeva dikShitar was a pundit and intellectual but was not very popular. He was praying to shrii alankAravalli to bless him with a child. On Her command, he went to Madurai to worship Goddess meenAkshi. At that time, Madurai was ruled by a famous king thirumalai nAyakan. He had a minister by name neelkantha dikShitar who did not honour the visitor. On learning that mahAdeva was sent by shrii alankAravalli, he rushed to pay his respects to mahAdeva and extended him a warm hospitality. This story was informed to us by Shri Mahaperiyavaa and it is mentioned in deivathin kural, volume 4. There is yet another story on shrii alankAravalli. You will find two deities with the same name here. Several thousand years back, either because of floods in cauvery or Malik Kafur’s atrocities, the idol of shrii alankArvalli got buried in the sands. The villagers searched for it most meticulously but failed; heartbroken, they made an identical idol and started worshipping it. It so happened the original idol that got buried surfaced itself one fine day, that the villagers raised another kOShTa and installed the deity there. It seemed to be yet another inscrutable and divine play of Hers to demonstrate that both of Them were one and the same. The crematorium in nemam is located near brahmateertham. Instead of dissolving the ash of the dead, it is buried near this teertham. The purAnA-s seek to explain that this act is much sacred and holier than dissolving the ash in Ganga. Devotees would have the darshan of the Lord airAvateshwara from outside the temple with the illumination gained from the glittering lamp in the sannidhi. In order not to obstruct the darshan, nandikeshvar sits in a deep pit. During the times of hot summer when the river bed gets dried up, it has been noticed that if you fill up this pit with the water sinking nandikeshvar, you do get rains to your surprise and awe. Inasmuch the Lord can be worshipped from outside, there is a small dvaara on the wall of the sanctum sanctorum through which you can happily have the darshan of shrii alankAravalli. On the southern side of the temple, Lord dakShinAmoorthy grants siddhi to those who have been initiated into different mantras. Then, you will find Lord Vishnu in His divine posture. The amudha koopam is located on the southern side; the brahma teertham and the baNa teertham are located outside the temple. Since the practice of conducting rituals near these teerthas are not in vogue, they have become pathetically dilapidated. Whence the way of living of our people changes to seeking His blessings, these teerthas, would naturally get back their purity and sanctity. There are seven kshetras around tiruvaiyaru called saptasthAna kshetras. Including nemam, the other six are: thirukAttupaLLi, thiruchennampooNDi, thirukaanoor, vAnavarAngudi, thiruchadaivaLandai and chendalai. With their deep insights and experience our elders have proved that when we worship the Lord with love, unflinching faith and care, He manifests himself as our Father, Mother, Friend and Teacher (guru) as well to enhance the value of our life. Encoded by Sivakumar Thyagarajan shivakumar24@gmail.com Prooferad by Sivakumar Thyagarajan, PSA Easwaran

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