Hanuman Uproots Shiva Linga Hanuman Pit Thirukkurankaval

Anjaneya, Hanuman is considered to be an Avatar of Shiva and some Purans mention Him as the Son of Lord Shiva.

Though Hanuman was an ardent Devotee of Lord Rama, He was a devotee of Shiva as well.

But there is an incident narrated in the Valmiki Ramayana, where Hanuman uprooted the Shiva Linga!

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Hanuman Worships Shiva.

Lord Rama, after the killing of Ravana, was advised to perform Prayaschitta, Atonement, for killing Ravana a Vedic scholar and a devotee of Shiva in Rameswaram, within two days from the date of killing Ravana.

Rama accordingly reached Rameswaram,while Hanuman and Jatayu were sent to search for A Shiva Linga

As they were delayed, Sita, asked by Rama , to. form a Shiva Linga out of sand , as the suspicious Muhurtha was about to end..

Sita did and at the same time Hanuman with the Linga was sighted.

Hanuman was upset that the Linga was not used by Sita .

Rama asked him to remove the Linga by the Sita so that Hanuman’s Linga could be installed,

Hanuman tried to uproot it, but finding the job tough, coiled His Tail around the Linga and uprooted it.

This fell few miles off Rameswaram and it is called Hanuman Pallam, Hanuman Pit.

In the process Hanuman’s tail was cut off.

Hanuman realized his folly and Rama advised him to perform Pooja for Shiva at Thirukkurankaval .

Hanuman did so..

Lord Hanuman realized his folly. It was pre-ordained that the lingam prepared by Lord Sita was to be used for the rituals and sought forgiveness from Lord Rama and Sita to regrow his tail.

Lord Rama suggested to Lord Hanuman that he seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva instead and suggested that Lord Hanuman visit Thirukurungaval and worship Lord Shiva there to get back his tail. Hence the place has acquired its name, Tirukurunkaval (Place where Lord Shiva was worshipped by a monkey-faced God) The testimony to this story is that it is one of the few Lord Shiva temples in the world, with a shrine to Lord Hanuman facing Lord Shiva.

It is also a metaphorical message that Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu (of which Lord Rama was an incarnation) are the same.

Thirukkurankukka/ Thirukkurankaval is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva in Myladuthurai, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the 5 prominent temples of Lord Shiva ending its name with ‘Ka’ and they are: Thiruvanaikka, Thirukkodikka, Thirunellikka, Thirkolakka and Thirukkurankukka.


Presiding deity –  Lord Thirukunthalanathar/Kunthaleswarar /Kundalakarneswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Kunthalambikai

Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar

Theertham – Hanumath Theertham

Sthalavruksham – Mango tree

Worshipped by – Lord Anjaneya

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli  & Deivayanai, Lord Surya, Lord Bhairava, Idols of Anjaneya, Anjaneya, Goshtamurtham – Lord Dakshinamurthi, Goddess Sri Durga,

Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Masi Makam, Amavasya, Chithirai Utsavam, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Thirukarthikai, Markazhi Utsavam




11 thoughts on “Hanuman Uproots Shiva Linga Hanuman Pit Thirukkurankaval

  1. A doubt in this particular post.. You have mentioned that Rama asked Hanuman and Jatayu to go in search of Shiva Lingam.. Was Jatayu not killed by Ravana while abducting Sita? Then how could have Rama asked Jatayu to look for a Lingam post Ravana’s death?

    Another mistake I wanted to point out.. In the paragraph that starts are “Lord Hanuman realized his folly…” please check the last line.. 🙂
    You have mentioned as Sita to grow his tail..



    1. You are right.Jatayu was killed by Ravana earlier.I shall have this corrected.
      ‘and sought forgiveness from Lord Rama and Sita to regrow his tail.’
      Hanuman asked Rama and Sita to regrow his tail.I could have added ‘and’ between Sita and to.Thanks and Regds.Kindly point out mistakes,if any, in my other post.


  2. Sir and Does the Vedas say that there was Aryan Invasion or Does it say that we Indians are the Aryans and we migrated from India to the rest of the world?
    Because Aryan Invasion theory is a total nonsense. Still European buffoons claim that they are Aryans in reality they are NOT. And rave about Vedas justifying Aryan Invasion theory without even knowing what Vedas are.


  3. > As they were delayed, Sita, asked by Rama , to. form a Shiva Linga out of sand ,as the suspicious Muhurtha was about to end..

    In the above I think you meant the “auspicious” Muhurtha was about to end….


  4. Sir since Vedas and other ancient texts were distorted by the British. Where can i get the original undistorted Vedas and our ancient Hindu texts?
    Or do we have translations of the original undistorted Vedas still with us?

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    1. Fortunately the Vedas have been transmitted orally.Hence they have not been corrupted.One has to be careful inreading the Vedas in Text form and they have to be checked for accuracy by referring to oral teaditions.


      1. Thank you very much Sir. Thank God Hinduism has not been corrupted even after so many devious attempts to destroy it.

        Sir are there still oral traditions of the Vedas left in India?


  5. From time immemorial some vested interests have tried to foment differences among adherents of Shaivism and Vaishnavism.But this story or legend tries to convey that there is no difference between the two and seemingly outward differences are only superficial.Inner core of all sects of Hindus or Sanatan Dharmiks is same.

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