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Travel Base: Thanjavur

The ancient Subramanyar temple at Enkan is located near Nannilam near Thanjavur (Koradacheri). The presiding deity here is Bhramapureeswarar (Shiva) although the Arumugaswamy shrine is of greater significance as in Sikkal and Ettukkudi  and has been glorified by the Tiruppugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar.


Legend has it that the four faced Bhrama with 8 eyes (Enn Kann) worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Enn Kann.The shrine to Bhramapureeswarar is associated with Saint Appar.

There is another interesting legend  associated with this shrine.  The sculptor who made the Subramanyar image of Sikkal was awe struck by its quality that he vowed that no other such image should be made, and cut off his right thumb.

He was then prompted by Subramanyar in a dream, to fashion another image for the shrine at Ettukkudi. He followed the instructions in his dream, and when the image was complete, blinded himself so that he could not create images any more.

Another dream prompted him to create a third image of Skanda mounted on a peacock with the aid of a woman, when his chisel inflicted injury upon her; the blood that gushed forth splashed over his eyes, and in a flash he recovered his eyesight miraculously, and in a spate of poetry revered Skanda. The first phrase that he uttered upon recovering his eyesight was 'En Kann' - hence the name of the temple.

A beautiful image of Shanmukhar adorns the Shanmukhanathar Deva Sabha. The image with 6 faces is intricately carved. There are small holes in each of the 12 ears, with provision for decoration with ear rings.

The sancta to Bhramapureeswarar and Bhramanayaki are east facing ones. The Shanmukhanathar Deva Sabha is located behind these, facing south. There are also shrines to Dakshinamurthy, Natarajar Sivakami, Kasi Viswanathar, Bhairavar, Arunachaleswarar and other deities here.

The theerthams here are Netra Pushkarini, Saravana Poikai, Vriddha Kaveri, Bhrama Theertham and Kumara Theertham.

Festivals:  The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Thai. Skanda Sashti is celebrated in the tamil month of Aippasi. Other festivals here include Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Maasi Magam VAikasi Vishakam and Aadi Pooram.