Thanks to Sundar for this message. I knew this fact already and I am sure many of you are aware. Still posting for others who may not know this..
For non-Tamil readers -people make a common mistake in temples by making sound in front of chandikeswarar. He is a great shivanadiyar and always in meditation on lord shiva. We shouldn’t disturb his meditation by making any sound. Since he protects Shiva Temple’s property, we need to show both our hands in front of him to assure that we are not taking anything from the temple..
My mother used to say that without making any sound pull out a tiny thread from what we are wearing and place on steps in that sannidhi. (to count our visit).
Creative non sense. As usual no Sastric reference given to support these claims. Age old practice is to use middle finger and thumb to create sound and recite the shloka that starts as Nilakanta Patham Bhoja….
Prayer to Chandikeswara
(It is common to clap hands or make sound with fingers before Chandikeswara temple,He is supposed to be the one who keeps the account of our visits to the Shiva temple. By making sound we are informing him that we have visited Lord Shiva, as Chandikeswara is always in deep meditation)
Neela kanda padambhoja parisphuritha manasa,
Shambho seva balam dehi Chamdeswara Namosthuthe
Oh Lord who opens his mind to the lotus like feet of Lord Neelakanda,
Give us the results of Serving Lord Shiva and I salute you Chandeswara.
is this not true? I’ve been thinking that this in fact is true….maybe I should check with some shivacharyars to clarify this.
Just a doubt: Is HE CHandi kesar or CHandikeswarar.?
Tamil people often mispronounce sanskrit words (due to lack of Vargam in teh language). Sanaihi charaha : (slow moving) Sanischara becomes saneeswarar. Padmanabha becomes Badmanapa and so on.
The visarga : becomes sa if the next akshara is ch (Sakara Desha Sandhi). Again, due to shchutva sandhi, it becomes sha. Only for ca, cha, Ta, Tha, ta and tha – visarga : becomes sa. Otherwise for ka, kha and pa, pha, there is another visarga sandhi rule. In Lalitha Sahasranamam, there is a name for Ambal – Chandika in verse 145. So, it is Chandikeshwarar just like Kameshwarar for Kameshwari.