Southern TamilNadu – Day One

Its weekend & time to gear up for yet another trip.  This time with my office colleagues to southern Tamil Nadu. We have been planning this trip for so long and once the chance came we aren’t going to miss this time.

As usual I was a bit late to begin with since it was an early morning start. We were five members including my boss Mr.Sridharan, traveling in his vehicle.

We started at 8 am from Chennai and marching towards Trichy which was our first target. The 4-way highway laid was exceptional so we didn’t need to slow it up much except for the toll-booth.

Once we all were together inside the car there was no limitation for joy & happiness in air. It was similar to Hangover movie except we didn’t have a groom among us.

We crossed Trichy but still no one was stopping for lunch. I was the only one demanding to halt for a midday meal, else were contempt prolonging the drive.

Finally we reached the outskirts of Madurai at quarter past one & had our well deserved lunch in Temple City restaurant. It was mesmerizing to see food after such long time & hopefully people reading the blog would understand what I mean.

Madurai to Srivilliputhur

After that we took off and reached Srivilliputhur around 3:15 PM, approximately 80 Kms away from Madurai. I was told by my boss whose native is Rajapalayam that this place is famous for its Palgova & Paal Alwa. Those going to srivilliputhur it is must to taste these sweets & you can find lot of shops for it. After a long discussion we chose a shop & every one bought the sweets.  Then it’s time for some divine interruption as we were standing opposite to the famous Andal temple (Srivilliputhur_Divya_Desam) but still the temple wasn’t opened so we thought of taking some snaps in front of it. Unfortunately the security personals didn’t allow us to take the snap of the gopuram yet we took shots apart from the temple roof.

Once the pagoda was opened for dharshan at 4 PM we went inside in midst of the rush. Lot of people going to Sabarimala were there standing in queue to see the lord. So we planned to go the garden were the Goddess Andal was born and the shrine of pallikonda perumal.

After finishing that we returned to the main shrine. We went around the temple and were able to see the beautiful pictures of all the divyadesams. Having heard so much about this temple it was great to visit it. Nearby the Andal temple another landmark to be visited here is the Vaidhyanatha Swamy temple. The Legend reveals that the Lord here is believed to have cured King Thirumalai Nayakar Stomach Ache.

Andal Temple to Vaidhyanatha swamy temple

Then suddenly one of us reminded that we need to commence the journey and already we have spent sufficient time.

Srivilliputhur to Rajapalayam

From there we started to Rajapalyam which is the home town of my chief who was the driving the car at that time. Once we entered the town I could feel the anxiety and enthusiasm in his eyes and he began to spell out his auto-biography. Located beneath the Western Ghats this town is quite famous for its spinning mills which we were clearly visible when we were crossing the roads. He was explaining his childhood life to us, the school he studied & the surroundings he spent the time.

Once he finished his story we reached his home. Other than me every one seemed to be calm & we were offered a warm tea. We had a chat with his father eagerly asking him about the town. If you are there at Rajapalayam it is wise to visit Sathuragiri shiva (Sathuragiri Temple) temple.

After all the talk we again moved but now with a bit of excitement. Courtallam was on the cards now so everyone had to plan how to spend the night in the beautiful waterfalls. We reached there around 8:30 PM and now had to book a room. We first went to an auberge which I don’t want to name it but had ordinary stuff. One of my colleagues was furious about the place and wanted to go off instantaneously.

Those who don’t know much about courtallam, it is located on Western Ghats in Tirunelveli district. There are five main waterfalls around it namely “Peraruvi”(Main Falls), Chitraruvi (Small Falls), Shenbagadevi falls,  Aintharuvi (Five Falls) & Pazhaya Courtallam (Old Courtallam).

Then we found an inn nearby the five falls. Thanks to my chief once again who got this information from his friends.  Everyone was comfortable with it, so we dropped our baggage’s there and went for the shower to five falls.

We went to Aintharuvi and had a great bath. The ideal time to have a bath is during night which i experienced during this trip. I wasn’t interested to go back to the room at all but my stomach had different ideas. So after bathing we went to some local restaurant and had parotta’s which are quite famous. At last we reached the inn after a daylong travel at 12 PM without any plans about next day schedule.

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Eye-Catching UttarKannada

     Uttar Kannada

In the foothills of the ever green and beautiful Western Ghats is where i and my uncle had the privilege to spend three days  .

I would like to share my experience as well as the places I visited during this trip.

We started from Bangalore and had nearly five hour journey before we reached a place called “Tarikere” (Chikmagalur District).

There was a hoarding displayed in the NH stating that “Amrutesvara Temple, Amruthapura” 8KMS inside from the highway and we thought of visiting the temple.

Amrutesvara Temple, Amruthapura:

The air was damp and a cool breeze was blowing. I was just peeking out of the car window having a glimpse of the town and all of the sudden we reached the temple.

This ancient temple was built by Hoysalas in 11-12th century. The greeneries surrounding the temple were really a treat for my eyes. I can see a lot of coconut and palm plantations around the temple.

When we moved slowly inside I could distinguish the architectural exquisite in the temple. The typical Hoysala symbol a person fighting with a Lion was all over visible in the sculptures. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva called in the name of “Amurtheshwarar” and the goddess “Sharadha”.

After that again we connected to the NH and preceded our travel planning to reach Kollur by night. Before reaching Kollur thought of visiting Jog falls but as usual we were late. We had dinner in a place called Honnavar. The time was already 8.30 – 9 PM and it  was too late to reach Kollur which was still 90 kms away so we decided to stay in“Murudeshwara65 KMS away from Kollur.

The main attraction in this town is “Murudeshwara Temple” which is near the sea shore. You can also see a gigantic Shiva statue in front of the temple.

The next day morning we started our journey back to Kollur and we reached the legendary “Mookambika Devi temple in 80 minutes.

Mookambika Devi Temple

The whole shrine was crowded with full of devotees and in that I could see lot of Keralites.

The temple is located at the banks of the river Sauparnika. It is dedicated to the Goddess Mookambika who is in the form of Jyothirlinga integrating both Shiva and Shakthi. The great Hindu philosopher Adi Shankara has established “Shree Chakra” here.

The time we reached was about 8 am so some pooja’s were going on therefore the crowd was held up and all were waiting for the dharshan. It is mandatory to remove the shirts for Gents to go inside the shrine. After all the wait finally the ice broke, people started to go inside the shrine and we had an excellent dharshan. We came out, went around the temple and found the individual sannathi’s present for Ganesh, Shiva and Veerabhadra.

There are buses and trains which connect Kollur to “Tamil Nadu” & “Kerala”. It’s wise to visit  “Gokarna”  (140 Kms away from Kollur) and “Sringeri” (110 Kms away from Kollur) which are other well-known places nearby Kollur.

Its time to drive again and our next target was to visit Yana which is nearly 140 KMS from Kollur. I was very hungry but it took nearly two hours to reach Honavar to have my lunch in the same hotel where we had the dinner yesterday.

After quenching my hunger we began and it took another one hour and thirty minutes to reach Yana. The vehicle stopped much before the exact place and the local people told us that we have to walk nearly 3 KM  to reach the landmark.

Yana:

Yana is known for its natural rock formation and in that lies a Shiva temple. Before commencing our trip we had done some research but the experience was altogether different.

We were trekking inside the forest and i could hear birds chirping in the trees. The forest was dense and the monsoon has just finished so there was water all the way. The soil was soaking in water and i had to very conscious about my foot landing.  When we are so close to nature we don’t need words to express our feel.

I took out my camera and started shooting the pictures. It’s very difficult to take photographs of nature; the simple reason behind is you don’t know which one to leave.

Near the pavement area is saw a huge water stream rushing in between the rocks and trees. It was quite noisy yet a delight for my eyes.

While walking I saw people crossing me and intuitively I started enquiring them about the distance. At last we reached the temple, after all the noises from birds to streams this was quite opposite. We slowly approached towards the shrine and inside there was a priest who started to explain the legend behind this wonderful place.

The demon king Bhasmasura by severe penance obtained boon from Lord Shiva. The boon was such that when the king placed his hand over any one’s head they would burn into ashes. In order to test his powers he tried to place his hands on Lord Shiva’s head itself. Knowing this Shiva disappeared from that place and sought the help of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu transformed himself to a beautiful Mohini who lures Bhasmasura. Mohini challenges the demon king for a dance competition for which he agrees to compete. During the dance Mohini performed a dance move with hand over the head. Without realizing the demon king placed his hand over the head and he was burnt to ashes.

There are two rock hills, the bigger one  Bhairaveshwara Shikhara (“Shiva’s hill”) and the smaller peak Mohini Shikhara (Mohini’s Hill). During Maha Shivaratri festivities are held here for 10 days.

The rocks there have very rich Limestone deposits. After all these energy consuming arduous walks we finally returned back to the wagon and started to head towards Sirsi.

In Sirsi we went to Marikamaba temple which is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

What struck me the most is the maintenance of the temple which was really good. A must visit pagoda if you are there in Sirsi.

It was very difficult for us to find a accommodation at Sirsi on that particular day. In the end we got a nice room in Hotel Shivani. Time was already half past nine and as usual when i saw the couch pounced back on it without any further examination.

The defiance of getting up after having such a exhausting trip last evening is invariably tough. The next morning we commenced our journey and were marching towards a awesome place called Sahasralinga..

Sahasralinga:

Sahasralinga is about 12-13 KMS away from Sirsi. I could hear the flow of water in the river while passing through it. The river there is called Shalmala and i saw lot of Shiva Lingas on its path.

I took lot of snaps of it and without any doubt its one of the beautiful sights i have ever seen.

Sahasralinga – Video Link

Sonda – Vathiraja Mutt

After completing Sahasralinga we were steering to Vathiraja Mutt. It was raining but still i wanted my car window to be opened slightly to have a look outside.

We arrived near the Mutt and i began to walk inside. Bell was ringing, slogas were chanted and my uncle was busy inquiring some information in the Mutt’s office.

All around the Mutt i could see lot of flowers so i thought its time for my camera to shoot some pictures. The Brindhavan of Sri Vadirajateertha was crowded by people and suddenly i heard a voice saying can you come here. No price for guessing it was my uncle calling me standing outside of the brindhavan.

Its required to remove the shirts to enter the shrine. I went inside, completed one full round and came back .If you wish to spend some time peacefully this is the right place to be in. There are lodging available which is provided by the Mutt itself.

It was time to have morning meal and we found a small tea shop nearby the Mutt. It was already jam-packed and i couldn’t resist myself anymore. I entered hoping i do get a seat and eventually i got one.

Idlli’s and dosa’s were dancing in my plates and its not the the time to count how many. The food offered was so delicious you couldn’t even compare it with so called 5 star and 7 star hotels.

Banavasi – MadhuKeshwara Temple:

From Sonda we were back to Sirsi and from there parading towards the old town of Banavasi.

While we were travelling i saw lot of corn and Sunflower plantations.

Once the capital of Kadamba dynasty now the prime attraction of this town is the Madhukeshwara temple which was built in 9th century. The main deity is Lord Shiva. Every year annual cultural fest is conducted in Banvasi by the Karnataka government.

This particular landmark is an architectural masterpiece and you can find the carvings of the deities all around the temple. One of the unique feature of this temple is the Nandhi itself which is tilted slightly so that i can see both the God and Goddess in a single shot.

Another notable feature is the Ganapathi idol which is cut-down to Half and the remaining half is said to be present in Varanasi.

You can find the sculptures of all mythical Hindu Gods in this temple.

Jog Falls:

Its time to have some enjoyment and no better place to have it than Jog Falls. We again commenced our journey towards Shimoga and before reaching there thought of spending some time in the gorgeous Jog Falls. During the travel i spotted public in the roadside halting wherever they found it to be comfortable. It was evening time and water was gushing in between the rocks on the falls. People of all ages were very crazy capturing photos of them and their family.

From there we moved to Shimoga , halted there and next morning initiated our journey to Bangalore. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and hopefully people who read this also feel the same.

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மங்கையர்குல மாணிக்கங்கள்

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 ஏழுதியவர் : ஆர். பொன்னம்மாள்           வீலை: ரூ 120/-

ஜயதேவரின் பத்தினியான பத்மாவதியிடம் கிரௌஞ்ச ராணி ”கற்புத்தீயால் காமுகனான வேடனை எரித்தாள் தமயந்தி என்கிறீர்கள். இப்போதும் அப்படிப்பட்ட பதி விரதைகள் இருக்கிறார்களா?” என்ற வினாவை எழுப்புகிறார் சதி பத்மாவதி. எத்தனை பேர் என்று வகைப்படுத்தியிருக்கிறார் மங்கையர் குல மாணிக்கங்களின் ஆசிரியை.

நாளுக்கு நாள் பெருகிவரும் விவாகரத்துக்களைத் தடுக்க இது போன்ற நூல்களைத் திருமணப் பரிசாக கொடுப்பது தம்பதிகளை வாழ்த்துவதற்க்கும் மேலானது.

இந்நூலில் திருமணமே செய்து கொள்ளாத ஔவையும் இடம் பெற்றுள்ளார். நாட்டுப் பற்றையும், தமிழையும், பொது நல சேவையையும் உயிராகக் கொண்டு வாழ்ந்தவர் ஔவை. ஸதி என்ற பெயர் தாட்ஷாயணிக்கு உண்டு. பெற்ற தந்தையே கணவனைக் கீழ்த்தரமாகப் பேசிய போது ”யாகம் அழியட்டும்” என சாபமிட்டு உயிரை மாய்த்துக் கொண்ட தேவி சதி. இதில் இடம் பெற்றிருக்கும் எல்லோருமே தேவிகள் தான்! பாரத நாட்டுக்குப் பெருமை சேர்த்த மாதரசிகள் இவர்கள். மணிமேகலை பசிப்பிணி தீர்த்த அன்ன பூரணியாய் திகழ்கிறாள். அங்கவை-சங்கவைக்கு திருமணம் செய்து வைக்க அயராது பாடுபட்ட ஔவை திருமணஞ்சேரியிலுள்ள அம்பிகையின் சக்தி பெற்றவராய் விளங்குகிறார். பனைமரத்துண்டை நட்டு, உடனே அது பனை மரமாகி, பூத்துக்காய்த்து, மூன்று கனிகளையும் தந்த அதிசயத்தை நிகழ்த்திய தேவியாய் காட்சி தருகிறார். பேயைப் பாடியே போகவைத்த போது துர்க்கை யாகிறார்.

இராவணன் மனைவி மண்டோதரியும், இந்திரஜித்தின் பத்தினி சுலோசனாவும் தங்கள் கற்பை நிரூபித்த விதம் மெய்சிலிர்க்கச் சொல்லப்பட்டிருக்கிறது. ரஜபுதன பத்மினி, இந்துமதி, சுரசுரி, ஏகாவலி, ஹேமலதை ஆகியோரின் வரலாறும் அதிகம் அறியப்படாதது. ஸ்வயம் பிரபா இராமாயண காலத்துப்பத்தினித் தங்கம். சீதையைத் தேடி குகைக்குள் நுழைந்த அனுமான், அங்கதன், ஜாம்பவான் முதலான வானர சைன்யங்களின் பசியையும், தாகத்தையும் தீர்த்து தன் மந்திரத்தால் சமுத்திரக் கரையில் நிறுத்தியவள். அவள் உதவியில்லாவிடில் ஹனுமன் இலங்கைக்குப் போய்கணையாழியைக் கொடுத்து சூடாமணியைப் பெற்றுவர முடிந்திருக்குமா? வண்டிக்குக் கடையாணி போன்ற அவள் உதவியை மறக்கக் கூடுமா?

ஒரு வேடக்காரனைப் பெறக் கூடாதென்று கல்யாணத்தையே தியாகம் செய்த சபரியும் இதில் உண்டு. அதனாலேயே அவளது எச்சில் கனிகளை விரும்பி உண்டார் ஸ்ரீராம பிரான்.

சீதையில் தொடங்கி யமனோடு வாதிட்ட சாவித்திரி, சூரியனையே உதிக்காமல் செய்த நளாயினி, தீயில் பிறந்த திரௌபதி, மூம்மூர்த்திகளையும் குழ்ந்தைகளாக்கி உணவூட்டிய அனுசூயை, அசுவினி தேவர்களுக்கிடையே கணவனை அடையாளம் கண்ட சுகன்யா, இந்திரனால் மோசம் போன அகலிகை, வசிஷ்டரின் பத்தினியான அருந்ததி, ஜயதேவரின் துணைவியான பத்மாவதி, வேடனை எரித்த தமயந்தி, கோகர்ணத்தில் பதியோடு அலைந்த மதயந்தி, துஷ்யந்தனை காந்தர்வ விவாகம் செய்து கொண்ட சகுந்தலை, செடியாய் இல்லங்களில் பூஜிக்கப்படும் பிருந்தா(துளசி) பரசுராமரால் சிரம் கொய்யப்பட்ட ரேணுகா, திருவள்ளுவரின் பத்தினி வாசுகி, மிஸ்ரின் பிரம்ம சூஸ்திரத்துக்கு உதவியாயிருந்த பாமதி, காவேரியாய் சோழ நாட்டை வளப்படுத்தும் லோபா முத்திரை, பாண்டியனுக்குப் பாடம் கற்பித்த கண்ணகி, வாலியின் மனைவியான தாரை, தீயினாலும் தீண்ட மூடியாத ஆதிரை, சர்ப்பயாகத்தை நிறுத்திய அஸ்தீகரின் தாயான ஜரத்காரு, காவிரிப் பூம்பட்டினத்திலிருந்து நாகப்பட்டினம் வரை காவிரியிடம் இறைஞ்சியபடி ஒடி வந்த ஆதிமந்தி, ஆட்டனத்தியின் சுக வாழ்வுக்காக உயிர் துறந்த மருதி, மகாலட்சு‌மி – விஷ்ணுவின் புதல்வனான ஏகவீரனை மணந்த ஏகாவலி, கணவன் கேட்டு ‘இல்லை யென்பதா’ என ஈசனை வேண்டி மாங்கனி வரவழைத்த புனிதவதி, ஸ்ரீராமனை ஈன்றெடுத்த கௌசல்யா தேவி, இரு மைந்தர்களையும் ஸ்ரீராமனுக்கும், பரதனுக்கும் துணையாக அர்ப்பணித்த சுமித்திரை, அரிச்சந்திரனின் சத்திய சோதனையில் சமபங்கு ஏற்ற சந்திரமதி, நாககன்னியாரிடமிருந்து புருஷனை மீட்ட இந்துமதி என்று புத்தகத்துக்குக் கனம் சேர்த்த பதிவிரதைகள் படிப்பவர் மனதை கொள்ளையடிக்கிறார்கள். கதைக்குள் கதை, ஏராளமான விஷயங்கள். சம்பவத்தைக் கண்முன் நிறுத்தும் சித்திரங்கள் என 288 பக்கங்களும் வரிக்கு வரி விருந்து. பாராயணம் செய்தால் உண்டாகும் பலன்களும் பதிப்புரையில் சொல்லப்பட்டிருக்கிறது,

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Hoysala’s Empire – Temple’s and Architecture

Hoysala’s Empire – Temple’s and Architecture

Hoysals was one of the sailent South Indian Empire that ruled what we call now the modern state of Karnataka and some minor parts of present day Tamil Nadu between 10th and 14th centuries.

Lot of temples were built during their era which includes the famous “ChennaKesava Temple” at belur and “Hoysaleswara Temple” at halebidu which had an Indo-Aryan Influence.  Hoysala temple sculpture indicates there vehemence on delicacy and craftsmanship in their focus on describing feminine Peach, grace and physique. Their tectonics is defined as one of the defining milestone in Indian Architecture.

The temples are constructed using SoapStone and the epigraphs are written in “Kannada” language. The deities are mostly Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu(the two major gods worshipped by them).

Hoysaleswara – Halebidu(Dwarasamudra):

Halebidu was the capital of Hoysalas empire in the twelfth century.

This shrine is devoted to Lord Shiva which was built during 12th century by “Vishnuvardhana”. It is situated about 16 kms from belur, 150 kms away from Mysore and 30 Kms from Hassan.

There are two shiva shrines namely “Hoysaleswara” & “Shantaleswara”(Named after the Queen of Vishnuvardhana – Shanthala Devi). The temple has four entry points, two on east one on south and North respectively.

You can find friezes of elephants , horse riders & lions which is a common thing in Hoysala Architecture. Sculptures of Shiva & Parvati, Vishnu(Dasaavatharam), Ganesha, Durga and Kali and other god & goddess can be found around the temple.

Chennakesava Temple – Belur

The word “ChennaKesava” means “Beautiful Lord” in Kannada. This magnificent temple is located at 40 Kms from Hassan.

 

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திருவடிசூலம்(திரு இடைச்சுரம்)

தொண்டை நாட்டுத்தலம்

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இறைவன்: ஸ்ரீ ஞானபுரீஸ்வரர்(சுயம்பு), இடைச்சுரநாதர்,     திருவடி சூலேஸ்வரர்

அம்பிகை: கோபரத்னாம்பிகை, இமயமடக்கொடி

ஸ்தல விருட்சம் : வில்வம்

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செல்லும் மார்க்கம் : செங்கல்பட்டு – திருப்போரூர் சாலையில் 10 கீ.மீ  தொலைவிலுள்ள ஷேத்திரம் பேருந்து நிறூத்த்திலிருந்து சுமார் ஒரு கி.மீ தூரத்தில் மலையடிவாரத்தில் அமைந்துள்ள பதியிது.

செங்கற்பட்டு ரயில் நிலையத்திலிருந்து திருப்போருர் செல்லும் பேருந்தில் ஏறி திருவடி சூலம் சாலை நிறுத்த்தில் இற்ங்கி ஒரு  கீ.மீ சென்றால் ஸ்தலத்தை அடையலாம். சாலை யோரத்தில் கோயில் பெயர்ப்பலகை வைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. தனியார் வாகன்ங்கள் ஆலயம் வரை செல்லும். ஊர்க்கோடியில் கோவில் உள்ளது. புராதனமான கோயில். மலைகள் சூழ்ந்த இயற்கைச் சூழ்ந்த இயற்க்கை சூழலில் வயல்களையொட்டி அமைந்துள்ளது.

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ஸ்தல புராணம்: மலைகளுக்கு இடையில் உள்ள ஸ்தலம் என்பதாலும் இடையன் வடிவில் ஈசன் இங்கு பிரத்யட்சமாகி அருள் புரிந்த்தாலும்(இடை + ஈசுவரம்) இப்பதி இடைச்சுரம் எனப் பெயர் பெற்றது.

தகஷிணாமூர்த்தியின் சீடர்களுள் ஒருவரான சனத்குமாரர் தன் பொற்பாதங்களை இங்கு பதித்து மரகதலிங்கமான ஸ்ரீஞான புரீஸ்வரரை பூஜித்திருக்கிறார்.

அகலிகையின் பதியான கெளதமரிஷியும் இடைச்சுரநாதரை ஆராதித்துப்பல பேறுகள் பெற்றுள்ளார்.

உமா தேவியார் இப்பகுதியல் பசுவடிவம் கொண்டு வந்து மரகதலிங்கத்தின்மீது பால் சொரிந்து வழிபட்டிருக்கிறார்.

Gopuram

ஆலய அமைப்பு : சுமார் 2000 ஆண்டு புராதனமான ஆலயம். இத்தலதில் விருட்சத்தில் பதினோரு முக வில்வதளம் விசேஷமாகும். இதை ஞான புரீஸ்வர்ருக்கு சாற்றி வணங்கினால் எண்ணியது ஈடேறும் எனப்படுகிறது.

க்ருங்கல் கட்டுமானம். முகப்பு வாயிலுக்கு முன்னால் இடப்பக்கம் வரசித்தி விநாயகர். வலப்பக்கம் தாமரைத்தடாகம் இருக்கிறது. தெற்குப்பார்த்த வாசல் – இரண்டு பிராகாரங்கள். வெளிச்சுற்றின் ஈசான்ய பாகத்தில் பிரம்மாண்டேஸ்வரர் மேற்க்கு நோக்கி அருள், பிரம்மாண்டேஸ்வரி சன்னிதி தெற்கு முகமாகத் தரிசணமளிக்கிறார். கூடவே இரண்டு சிவலிங்கங்களும் உள்ளன.

சற்றூதள்ளீ பலிபிடம் நந்திமண்டபம் காணப்படுகின்றன. ஸ்தல விருட்சம் வேம்புடன் பிண்ணிப் பிணைந்துள்ளது. சன்னிதிக்குப் போக தெற்க்கே ஒருவாயிலும் உள்ளன. மகாமண்டபத்தையொட்டி ஸ்வாமி சன்னிதி கிழக்கு முகமாகவும், அம்பாள் சன்னிதி தெற்க்கு நோக்கியும் அமைந்துள்ளன.

உள் முகப்பு வாசலில் பிரவேசித்து, மண்டபம் கடந்து, பிரதட்சிணமாக வந்தால் சைவ நால்வரைத் தரிசிக்கலாம். வள்ளி தெய்வயானை சமேத முருகப் பெருமானும், கணபதி, பைரவரையும் அடுத்து காணலாம்.

கருவறை அழகி அமைப்புடையது. நல்லகற்றளி. மூலவர் சன்னிதிக்கு இரண்டு பக்கமும் விக்னேஸ்வர்ரும், சுப்பரமண்யரும் காட்சி கொடுக்கின்றனர்.

அம்பிகை தெற்க்குமுகமாக நின்ற திருக்கோல நாயகியாய் எழிலுற அருள் பொழிகின்றாள்.

Temple - Interior

ஸ்ரீ ஞான புரீஸ்வரர் மரகதலிங்கம். சுயம்பு மூர்த்தி. தீபாராதனை சமயம் பச்சை ஒளி பிரகாசமாய் தெரிகிறது. சதுரபீட ஆவுடையார். கிழ்க்கு முகமாகத் தரிசன மளிக்கிறார். கோஷ்ட மூர்த்தங்கள் முறைப்படி அமைந்துள்ளன.

அருகே ஒரு அரசாணிக் குளமும் இருக்கிறது.

SwamiSannathi

திருவிழா: சிவராத்திரி 4 காலங்களிலும் முறையாக நடைபெறுகின்றது. பிரதோஷ விழா சிறப்பாக்க் கொண்டாடப்படுகிறது. இரண்டு கால ஆராதனை நடக்கிறது.

கல்வெட்டு : குலோத்தூங்க சோழன் கல்வெட்டு ஆலயத்துள் இருக்கிறது. அதில் குலோத்துங்கனின் ஆலயப்புனருத்தாரணம், நித்திய பூஜை, மற்றும் விளக் கெரித்தல் ஆகியவை பொறிக்கப் பட்டுள்ளன.

பல்லவர் பாணியிலும், விஜயநகர மன்னர்களின் கட்டுமான மாகவும் அமைந்த ஆலயமிது.

தரிசன நேரம்: காலை 7-30 முதல் 11-00 மணி வரை:

மாலை 4-30 முதல்  7-00 மணி வரை:

நவராத்திரி , ஆடிப்புரம், ஐப்பசி அன்னாபிஷேகம், சித்ரா பெளர்ணமி, பங்குனி உத்திரம் திருகல்யாணம் ஆகியவையும் விசேஷமாக நட்த்துகின்றனர்.

Temple Surroundings

பலன்: புதன் தசை, புதன் புக்தி, ஜாதகத்தின் புதன் நீசமாயிருக்கப் பிறந்தவர்கள் இந்த ஞானேஸ் வரருக்கு தேன் அபிஷேகம் செய்து ஒருமண்டலம் அருந்தினால் தோல் நோய்கள் குணமாகும். தம்பதியரிடம் அன்யோன்யம் பெருகும்.

திருப்பணி  வேலைகள் நடந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றன. பங்கு கொண்டு புண்ணியம் சேர்க்க விரும்பும் அன்பர்கள் திருக்கோவிலை தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும். தைமாதம் நடக்க விருக்கும் குடமுழுக்கில் பக்தர்கள் கலந்து கொண்டு குறைகளைக் களைந்து கொள்ளவும்.

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Kapaleeswarar Golu Photos 2010 – Day 1

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Kalahasti

Kalahastiதிருக்காளத்தி

This holy temple is present in the Chittor district of A.P, 40 kms away from “Tirupathi” & 120 kms away from Chennai.  It is famously called as “Kalastri(காளாஸ்திரி)” by local people.  This is vayu sthalam (வாயுத்தலம்) one of the panjabootha sthalams.

The meaning of the name kalahasati is that three animals namely “Spider”, “Snake” & “Elephant” has worshipped this lord.

ஸ்ரீ-காளம்-அத்தி  –> சிலந்தி-பாம்பு-யானை.

This temple is also called Malai (மலை ),  Kailasagiri  (கைலாசகிரி).

This temple is a famous “Raghu-Kethu (ராகு-கேது)” stalam.

When u go near the temple you can see the tall Galli Gopuram (காளி கோபுரம்). This was constructed by the famous ruler Sri Krishnadeva raya in 1516 A.D.


After passing on this we can reach the main entrance known as “Pishashala Gopuram (பிக்ஷசாலா கோபுரம்)”. This was completed by “Veera Narashima Yadhavarayar” on 12th century.

This temple is placed in anti-clockwise (அப்பிரதக்ஷண) direction. When you enter there are sannathi’s for “Vinayagar” & “Balanayanambaal”. Next to that, there is “Panchamukeeswarar” sivalingam. Then when you move forward there is “Bathala Vinayagar” sannathi which  has a narrow entrance and one has to go 20 steps underground to get his darshan. There is belief that this ganapathi is placed at “Ponmugali river (பொன்முகலி)”basement because once sage “Agasthiyar” came to this temple and forgot to worship this ganapathi. Due  to this that river dried out. Knowing this the sage agasthiyar felt sorry and worshipped God Ganapathi at bathalam (River basement). Opposite to this there is sivarathiri mandapam.

Then near opposite  to swami sannnathi, there is hollow hole filled with mud in the floor. During “Karthikai Deepam” in this place only “Sokhapanai (சொக்கப்பானை)  would be placed. In this palm tree (பனை) dried leaves are placed.  In this sesame (எள்ளு) is made as Agal Villaku  and in that gingelly oil is poured with threads placed and they are lightened. After all of them are  burnt they would take the left out thinks in that villaku and would grind and would apply as a tilakam (பொட்டு) to the lord. This is very famous here.

Then when we move forward we will be able to see “Thirumanjana Gopuram“. From here you will be able to see ponmugali river. From here only “Kannapar” brought the water and made “Abishekam” to the lord. In this temple you can see the statue of “ Ramanathan Chettiyar (இராமநாதன் செட்டியார்)” who on 1912 gave 9 lakh rupees for some completion of work to this temple and also performed “Maha Kumababeshekam“.

There are two kodimarams in this temple. One is covered by “Kavasam” and another is 60 feet made up by a single stone. The main gopuram is called “Dakshina (தக்ஷிண) Gopuram“. There is a well inside this called “Saraswathi theertham“. There is belief that people who are not able to speak properly when given this theertham will be cured.

All three “Thirunayana sambandar“, “Thirunavukarasar” and “Sundarar” have sung Thevara hymns in praise of this lord.

God – Sri Kalahastheeswarar swami (ஸ்ரீ காளஹஸ்தீஸ்வர சுவாமி), Kalathinathar.

Goddess – Gyanaprasunnambikai ( ஞானப்பிரசுன்னாம்பிகை), Gyana poongothai.

Sthala Viruksham – Makizham ( மகிழம்)

Theertham – Swarnamukhi.

The lord is suyambu lingam. The swami is covered by “Gold Kavasam” which is very attractive and beautiful. In this kavasam 27 stars are placed. During wearing and removing this kavasam hand should not be placed on the lingam. The Siva Lingam is very tall.

In this lingam the basement portion is like spider (சிலந்தி வடிவம்), in the middle looks like tusks of elephant (யானையின் தந்தங்கள்), and in the top looks like five headed snake (ஐந்து தலை நாகம்).  Then in the right side of the lingam there is the mark where “Kannapar” placed his eye.

Opposite to the lord there is “Whitestone Nandhi” & a “Bronze Nandhi“. Holy Ganges water is only used for the lord for performing abishekam. This temple will not be closed in afternoon, will be opened in morning and closed at night. In this temple there is no “Arthajama pooja (அர்த்தஜாமப் பூஜை)”, at 8 pm after “Sayarathai pooja (சாயரட்சை)” the temple will be closed.

After the dharshan of the lord if we go further we can see “Sahasra Lingam“. Since this temple is to resolve problems caused by Navagraham’s so there is no establishment for them. There is only a separate sannathi for “Sanneswarar“. Then there are sannathi’s for “Kala Bairavar“, “Kanaga Durga” & “Dravpathi amman“.

Then after that we can reach the Goddess sannathi. Below the feet of the goddess the “Arthameru (அர்த்தமேரு)” which is placed by the Great “Adi Sankara”. In the Ottiyanam (ஒட்டியானம்) of the goddess “Kethu’s image” is placed. During all Friday’s ambaal is suited with “Gold frock ( தங்கப் பாவாடை)”.

During we revolve the ambaal sannathi there in a corner there is a image in the floor showing “Three heads joined together“.  In this place there is a powerful sakthi yanthiram. It is important to sit there and meditate for few minutes.

During mughal rule  most of the temples were damaged. In order to avoid these another siva lingam was placed before the main moola lingam. As they came, they damaged this and went off and then after some time the main sannathi was opened. This  Siva lingam is also placed. A big “Spadiga Lingam” is also present.

After having dharshan of all sannathi’s as we come outside and see a small mountain namely “Kailasagiri“. Locals call it as “Kannappar malai (கண்ணப்பர் மலை)”. There are steps to climb and if we do can see a Shiva Lingam.  There is also a sannathi for “Kannappar”. From this small mountain we can view the entire town.

The area covered by this mountain is 25 kms.   This temple is called as “Dakshina Kailasam“, “AkandaVilvaranyam” & “Baskarashethram“. The famous saying is that “ஸ்ரீ காளத்தி பிரவேச மூத்தி” that means if we stay in this place we would attain salvation.

Kailai Paathi Kalathi Paathi  (கயிலைபாதி காளாத்திபாதி)” is the book written by the famous poet “Nakirar” in this place.

During “Maha Siva-Rathiri” there is a ten day celebration across the town which is very famous.

In this place there is “Kalayana manadapam and a lodge” by “Thirumalai-Thirupathi devasthanam“.

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Sirkazhi (சீர்காழி).

Sirkazhi (சீர்காழி)

This holy temple is located near Chidambaram. This place is mostly known for its association with “Thirunayana Samandhar” where he was born and the “Nyanapaal” (ஞானப்பால்) which he drank given by the Goddess and God inside the temple premises.

This temple lord is worshipped by God Murugan, Goddess Kali, God Brahma, God Vishnu, Prakaspathi (குரு), Indran, Chandran, Agni, Aadisheshan, Raghu, Kethu & the sage Vyasar.

This temple other names are listed below

1. As God Brahma worshipped this lord the name “Brahmapuram” (பிரமபுரம்).

2. In this temple the lord is in the form of Bamboo (மூங்கில்) so “Venupuram” (வேணுபுரம்).

3. The Devas who was afraid of the Suran came here for protection hence the name “Pugali” (புகலி).

4. Deva Guru Prakaspathi worshipped this lord so the name “Vengguru” (வெங்குரு).

5. During the time of destruction (பிரளய காலம்) the Lord with Goddess Uma Devi stays here hence “Thonipuram” (தோணிபுரம்).

6. Varaha Murthi has worshipped the lord hence the name “Puntharai” (பூந்தராய்).

7. Since Goddess Kali argued with Thillai Peruman (தில்லைப்பெருமான்) she worshipped the lord so the name “Sri Kali” (ஸ்ரீ காளி (or) சீகாழி).

8. Sage Paracharar (பராசரர்) worshipped hence the name “Kochai Vyam” (கொச்சை வயம்).

9. Raghu devoted the lord so the name “Sirapuram” (சிரபுரம்).

10. Sage Uromasa (உரோமச) devoted the lord so the temple got the name “Kazhumalam” (கழுமலம்).

The temple is located in the middle of the town and has four beautiful gopurams. Kananatha Nayanar (கணநாத நாயனார்) has devoted this lord.

God- Brahampureeswarar (பிரமபுரிஸ்வரர்), Thoniyappar, Sattanathar

Goddess- Periyanayaki, Thirunilainayaki (திருநிலைநாயகி)

Sthala Viruksham- Parijatham (பாரிசாதம்).

Theertham- Brahma Theertham (Includes 22 theerthangal)

In brahma Theertham only Thirunayana Samandhar had “Nyanapaal” (ஞானப்பால்) given by Goddess. For that rememberance only “Thirumulaipaal Urchavam” (திருமுலைப்பால் உற்சவம்) takes place here in Chithirai Peruvizha second day. There is famous saying that “.திருமுலைப்பால் உண்டார் மறுமுலைப்பால் உண்ணார்

Three forms of the lord are present here.

  1. Adibagam (அடிபாகம்) Brahampureeswarar (பிரமபுரிஸ்வரர்) which is performed by Brahma.
  2. EdaiPaguthi (இடைப்பகுதி) i.e. middle one is (தோனியப்பர்) which is Guru Vadivam who gave Nyanapaal (ஞானப்பால்) to Samandhar.
  3. Sattanathar (சட்டைநாதர்) is the ultimate one-Sangama Vadivam (சங்கம வடிவம்).

Thirunayana Samandhar, Thirunavukarasar and Sundarar have sung Devara hymns in praise of this lord. This temple is maintained by “Dharmai Aathinam”.  Manikavasakar, Arunagirinathar, Pattinathu Adigal, Nambiyandar Nambi and many more have sung many songs about the significance of Sirkazhi and Samandhar.

East Rajagopuram is the main entrance. The famous Devara hymn sung by Samandhar immediately he drank the Nyanapaal “தோடுடைய செவியன்…” is sculptured inside and outside the temple premises. When we go further inside the temple we can see the lord Brahampureeswarar who has ashes (விபூதி) in his body and wearing pattu (பட்டு) dhoti around him near the shrine you can the sculptures of Thirunayan Samandhar’s important events that took place in his life. Sannathi’s for somaskandhar and aruvathimuvar are also there.

Then if we climb the mount steps there we can reach Thoniyappar (தோனியப்பர்) sannathi. It looks like kailash. From here we can have a clean view of Brahma Theertham.

At the top of the mount there is “SattaNathar”. We should go inside a narrow way and should climb wooden steps and should get the blessings of this lord. Men should not wear shirts and women should not wear flowers in their head while worshipping this lord at the shrine.

Every Friday after 10 pm finishing the arthajama pooja (அர்த்தசாம) the lord is covered by Punugu and oil. (புனுகுஎண்ணெய்)

Then Vadai and Payasam done in ghee are given as neivethyam (நிவேதனம்) to the lord.

Sirkazhi Arunachala Kavirayar (அருணாசலக் கவிராயர்) has sung the Sthala Puranam of this temple.

Nambiyandar Nambi has sung many poems like “Mumanikovai” (மும்மணிக்கோவை), Thirusanpai viruththam (திருசண்பை விருத்தம்) etc in praise of Samandhar.

Festivals:

For thirunayan Samandhar pooja is performed daily.

Thirumulaipaal Urchavam” (திருமுலைப்பால் உற்சவம்) takes place here in Chithirai Peruvizha second day

Thai Amavasai, Vaikasi Moolam, Ipasi sathayam are the days where special pooja’s are performed.

Daily four time’s pooja is performed tothe Lord in the top of the mount “Sattanathar”.

Navarathiri and Aadipuram are famous for the Goddess Thirunilainayaki (திருநிலைநாயகி).

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Thirumeeyachur

Thirumeeyachur


This temple is located in at MayiladuthuraiThiruvarur road. From there we have to go to “Peralam” and then turn to Thiruvarur salai and travel, then will have to reach “Kambur” (கம்பூர்) road railway gate, from there 2K.M we can arrive at “Meeyachur (திருமீயச்சூர்)”.

History:  In this temple God Surya (சூரியன்) has worshipped both the God and Goddess. The temple is faced in east direction. Thirunayana Samandhar has sung Devara hymns in praise of this lord. The Vimanam here is of the Gajaprishta (கஜப்பிரஷ்ட) style.

In this temple there are sannathi’s for Vinayagar, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhavar, Brahma, Uma-Alinganamurthy, Durga and Rishabantikar. Goddess Lalithambika is very famous here and she gives all her blessings to the devotees arriving at this temple.

God- Meganathar (மேகநாதர்)

Goddess- Soundara Nayaki (செளந்திர நாயகி), Lalithambikai (லலிதாம்பாள்).

Sthala Viruksham- Vilvam.

Theertham- Surya Theertham

Inside this temple there is another Devara Sthalam namely “Thirumeeyachur Ilangkovil” (திருமீயச்சூர் இளங்கோவில்).

God- Sakalabhuvaneswarar (சகலபுவனேஸ்வரர்).

Goddess- Megalambikai (மேகலாம்பிகை).

God Kali has worshipped this lord. Thirunavukarasar has sung Devara hymns in praise of this lord. Many Festivals like Aadipperukku, Karthikai Deepam, Arudhra Darisanam, Ratha saptami, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navaratri & Skanda Sashti are celebrated.

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