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Old July 13th, 2011, 08:02 AM   #41
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Mathura Kaliamman Temple, Siruvachur



Sri Madura Kali Amman Temple is situated in Siruvachur Village off Trichy-Chennai Higway 15 kms. south of Perambalur and 48 kms from Trichy. The temple is open during Monday and Friday only as on other days it is beleived that the Goddess guards the village from the hills nearby along with her guards - Sri.Selliamman and Sri Karuppanna swamy. The Goddess is known as Sri Madhurambhika

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Old July 26th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #42
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Vanabhathrakali Amman Aadi (Tamil month) festival

A number of devotees participated for Vanapatrakaliyamman temple in Coimbatore district of mettuppalaiyam.Flagging (Kodiyetram) festival took place on the last 17 whereas Kunda landing ceremony also placed. Kunda effort began with the mass devotion. The festival was attended by more than about 15 thousand devotees
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Srivilliputhur Andal temple car festival

Srivilliputhur Andal temple car festival has begun today. Car festival will be held on august 2. Cultural programmes and various competitions will be conducted till august 2.

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Old July 30th, 2011, 09:07 PM   #44
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Madambakkam Dhenupureeswarar Temple


This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located in the suburb of Chennai called Madambakkam, near Tambaram.

This temple is over 1000 years old (956-973 AD), which is said to have been built during the reign of Parantaka Chola II or Sundara Chola, father of Rajaraja Chola 1 (who constructed Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur). The temple is believed to be rebuilt of stone during the reign of Kulothunga Chola1.

According to legend, there was a rishi called “Kapila” who was performing penance towards Lord Shiva to attain Mukthi. He had a Shiva Linga for which he was performing pooja everyday. One day during his pooja, he was holding the Shiva Linga on his left hand and started doing Abhishekam with the milk on his right hand. He was caught with a Dhosha as he held the idol on his left hand, which is a sin, result of which he cannot attain Moksha. Because of the Dhosha, he had to take another birth as a cow and live the entire life praying the God, to attain Moksha. He took birth as a cow in a village (Sitreri) and was gazing near a lake in South of India. One day, the master of the cow saw the cow pouring its milk on a small stone buried in the ground. He angrily hit the cow for having wasted its milk. Unable to bear the pain, the cow tapped it’s leg on the ground where it hit the stone. The stone started bleeding. The man got frightened and called all the villagers who dug the ground and saw that it’s a Shiva Linga. The master of the cow prayed the God to forgive him.


Lord Shiva appeared and said that it was his act for the sake of Kapila Rishi, who was born as the cow. Kapila Rishi also apologized to Lord Shiva for having kicked on the head of the Linga. Lord Shiva forgave him and Kapila attained Moksha.

The people went and informed the king who was coming downside of Sitreri. The king arranged to construct a temple for Lord Shiva there and the God was then known as Sitrerinadhar and Goddess, Nampirattiyar.

The place where people met the king downside the lake is today’s Rajakizhpakkam. And the village Sitreri (means small lake) is now called as Madambakkam.

The presiding deity is called Lord Dhenupureeswarar (facing the east) and the Goddess, Dhenukambal. Unlike most temples, where the sanctum is either square or rectangle, this is apsidal in shape which is called as Gaja Brishta Vimana (Shaped like elephant’s back) in Sanskrit. This type of feature is found in few other Chola temples in and around Chennai.

Even today we can see a scar on the Shiva Lingam, caused by the Cow (Kapila) while it kicked the ground because of the pain when it was beaten up by its master.

Lot of contributions have been made to this temple by Vijayanagara rulers. Many sculptures in the walls of this temple, stand testimony to the subsidies given to this temple in the form of lands, livestock, jewels etc.,

There is a large tank adjacent to this temple filled with water. This also serves as water source for the people living around the temple.

Saint Arunagirinathar (15th Century A.D.), has composed a hymn on this temple.

This ancient village, now called Madambakkam, was also known as Ulaguyyavanda Chola Chaturvedimangalam in the past.

Festivals like Pradhosham and Panguni Uthiram are celebrated with pomp here.

Another rare feature of this temple is, it houses Lord Sarabeswarar on one of the pillars in it. Lord Sarabeswarar is another form of Lord Shiva who took form to bring down the anger and furiousness of Lord Narasimha. Lord Sarabeswarar took the form of Yazhi bird with human body and eagle's wings having Godess Durga and Godess Maha Prathyangira Devi each of his wings.

Poojas are performed here to Sri Sarabeswarar on Sundays during Rahu Kalam timings, which attracts hundreds of devotees here.

Both Saiva and Vaishnava sculptures and carvings on the pillars and walls, beautify this temple.

The temple now is under the control of Archeological Society of India.

The temple is situated between Tambaram and Medawakkam near Rajakizhpakkam.

There is also another rare temple nearby, housing 18 Siddhars, Sri Seshadri Swamigal and Maha Meru (Lalitha Parameshwari) which together with Dhenupureeswarar temple gives divinity to the whole village and every visitor entering there.

source Dinamalar Dhivya Dharshanam
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Centuries-old shrine to be renovated



Resurrection: The Nayanavaradeswarar temple, Kankoduthavanitham

The renovation work of the Nayanavaradeswarar temple, belonging to the 11th century, at Kankoduthavanitham (Friday Review, May 7, 2004) Tiruvarur district, is under way. Funded by devotees, major tasks such as renovation of sanctum sanctorum of the presiding deity, mukha mandapam, vimanam and installation of sub-shrines for deities have been completed.

V. Eraianbu, I.A.S., former secretary for tourism, visited this remote hamlet and sanctioned funds for construction of a big hall with all amenities. The temple tank has been renovated with its banks being strengthened by protective walls and bathing ghats at suitable points.

Funds are required to resurrect the three-tier rajagopuram, Nandhi mandapam and Vasantha mandapam besides laying new platforms for prakarams, electricity for the entire temple and setting up a separate niche for Pugazh Abaraneswarar Swayambu Lingam.

The kumbabishekam of the temple is scheduled to take place towards the end of the year. For contributions Contact K. Kannan, president of the renovation committee, at 94431 35129/ 04366-232019.

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Thiruneemalai Temple, Chennai

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 01:09 PM   #48
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Chidambara Ragasiyam

Chidambaram
Lord Shiva dances here in Chidambaram. Before we speak of the Dance , we will explore the stage that is Chidambaram. A temple is called ‘Kovil’ in Tamil. It literally means( Ko-il) the abode of the Lord. Whenever the mere name ‘kovil’ is mentioned, it specially means Chidambaram which is split as Chit( gnana or wisdom) + Ambaram (akasa or space).

Structure of a typical Siva Temple
A classical Siva temple as per Agama rules will have five prakaras or circuits each separated by walls one within the other. The outer prakaras will be open to the sky except the innermost one. The innermost one will house the main deity as well as other deities. There will be a massive wooden or stone flag post exactly in line with the main deity.The innermost prakara houses the sanctum sanctorum ( karuvarai in Tamil). In it sits Shiva, the supreme Lord.
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Symbolism behind the structure of a Shiva Temple
1. The temple is so constructed as to resemble the human body with all its subtleties.
2. The five walls encircling one another are the kosas ( sheaths) of human existence .
a. The outermost is the Annamaya kosa , symbolizing the material body.
b. The second is Pranamaya kosa , symbolizing the sheath of vital force or prana.
c. The third is Manomaya kosa, symbolizing the sheath of the thoughts, the mana
d. The fouth is the Vignyana maya kosa, symbolizing, the sheath of the intellect
e. The fifth and innermost is the Ananda maya kosa, symbolizing the sheath of Bliss.
3. The sanctum which is in the prakara symbolizing the Ananda Maya Kosa sheath ,
houses the lord, seated as the Jiva within us. It is to be noted that the sanctum is an
unlit space, just as if within the heart closed on all sides.
4. The entry Gopuras are likened to the feet, as resembling a person who is lying on the
back with the toe up.
5. The flag post depicts the sushumna nadi which raises from the Mooladhar (base of the
spine ) to the sahasrar ( vertex in the head).
6. Some temples will have three prakarams. There they represent the stoola, sukshma
and karana sareeras (bodies) of a human being Some temples have only one and they
represent all the five.

Chidambaram temple and its symbolism:
Saint Thirumoolar, whose legend is intricately woven with Chidambaram, says in his thirumanthiram

திருமந்திரம்
மானுடராக்கை வடிவு சிவலிங்கம்
மானுடராக்கை வடிவு சிதம்பரம்
மானுடராக்கை வடிவு சதாசிவம்
மானுடராக்கை வடிவு திருக்கூத்தே

Meaning: “Sivalingam is of the form of the human body; So is Chidambaram ; So is Sadasivam ; And so is his divine dance”.

1. The temple has the above five prakaras resembling the sheaths.
2. Nataraja gives dharshan from the sanctum called Chit Sabha with a golden roof.
3. The roof has 26,000 golden tiles (see picture), denoting the number of breaths of a person in a day.



4. These tiles are fixed to the wooden roof with the help of 72,000 nails depicting the number of nadis (the invisible ducts carrying energy to various parts of the body)
5. As the heart is to the left of the body, the sanctum in Chidambaram is also aligned slightly leftward.
6. On top of the Chit sabha roof, we find nine kalasas (made of copper) depicting the nine shaktis (powers)
7. The roof has 64 cross wooden reapers denoting the 64 arts.
8. The artha mandapa has six pillars denoting the six shastras
9. The mantapa next to the artha mantapa has eighteen pillars symbolizing the eighteen puranas.
10. There are five steps leading to the Chit sabha from the Kanaka sabha depicting the five lettered Panchakshara mantra ( Na ma chi vA ya)
11. The Chit sabha roof is supported by four pillars symbolic of the four Vedas.

Symbolism of Nataraja Swamy

1. Nataraja’s dance is said to indicate the five divine acts which are

a. Creation. Nataraja dances with a small drum called damarukam in one of his right hands. Easwra is nada brahmam. He is the origin of all sounds (nadam).This is the seed (vindu) from which the tree of the Universe emanated.

b. Protection (Operation)- In another of the right hands, he shows the ‘Abhaya Mudra’, meaning he is the kind protector.

c. Destruction; He has fire in one of his left hands , symbolizing destruction. When everything is destroyed by fire, only the ash will remain which the Lord has smeared on his body.

d. The foot which is planted shows the act of hiding

e. The raised foot shows the act of bestowing


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2. Nataraja swamy has the Vigraha ( icon) of Devi Sivakama Sundari to his left . This symbolizes Ardhanareeswara , ‘ the Lord who has the female as his left half’. To his right there is a screen. When the deeparadhana – showing lamps takes place to the swamy and to the left side , the screen is removed and we see five vertical long hangings of golden vilva leaves. We see nothing behind it. Sivakami shows the Saguna Brahman (the God with a form) that is Nataraja . The Saguna Brahman leads us to the Nirguna Brahman (the God without form or the God who has formlessness as his form). This is told as ‘Chidambara Rahasyam’ by the Dikshitars , who are the traditional pujaris in the temple.

3. Shiva’s dance is called the cosmic dance by many scholars. In Chidambaram, this dance is called ‘Ananda Tandava’

4. Lord Maha Vishnu also saw the Divine dance. In a nearby mantapa called Chitrakoota, Maha Vishnu, gives us dharshan in his fully reclining Yoga Nidra pose on the snake bed. If one stands on a small lotus sculpted on the floor slab in front of Narayana, one can at the same time see Nataraja in his right side.

5. Sages Patanjali and Thirumoolar also saw Nataraja’s dance in Chidambaram. Their figures are embossed on the Silver doors of the Chit Sabha.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 07:29 AM   #49
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The Venkataramana Temple Gingee

The Venkataramana Temple Gingee


The Venkatramana Temple, which is the largest edifice within the fortified town, was built by Muthyalu Nayaka (AD. 1540 - 1550). It contains a number of Tamil inscriptions. Quite a few monolithic ornamental pillars were taken away from this temple to Pondicherry and set up around the statue of Duplex, the Governor, during the French occupation of Gingee in AD. 1761. large well-planned temple complex, now abandoned and dilapidated, is at the south-east side of the outer fort. Most of the temple, except perhaps a small Chola core, was built by Muthiah Nayaka in the mid-16th century. Tall swing pavilions stand outside the compound walls, each with multiple brick towers.

Venkataramana temple is situated near the "Gateway of Pondicherry" in the South, faces East with high gopura. This temple was built by Muthialu Nayaka in 1540 A.D. - 1550 A.D. This temple is the place of worship till date. In this temple there are also deities of Devi, Aandaal and Narasima.

There are two prakaras, Kalyana Mandapa,Urchava Mandapa and Yaga Sala Mandapa with pillars. They are in ruin condition now and also no pooja is performed at present.
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அருள்மிகு உஜ்ஜீவநாதர் திருக்கோயில், திர&

அருள்மிகு உஜ்ஜீவநாதர் திருக்கோயில், திருக்கற்குடி, உய்யக்கொண்டான் மலை


மூலவர் - உஜ்ஜீவநாதர்
அம்மன் - அஞ்சனாட்சி
தல விருட்சம் - வில்வம்
தீர்த்தம் - பொன்னொளிர் ஓடை, குடமுருட்டி, ஞானவாவி, எண்கோணக்கிணறு, நாற்கோணக்கிணறு
பழமை - 1000 வருடங்களுக்கு முன்
புராணப் பெயர் - கற்குடி, உய்யக்கொண்டான் திருமலை
ஊர் - உய்யக்கொண்டான் மலை
மாவட்டம் - திருச்சி
மாநிலம் - தமிழ்நாடு
பாடியவர்கள் - திருஞானசம்பந்தர், அப்பர், சுந்தரர்


மிருகண்டு முனிவர் நெடுங்காலம் புத்திரப்பேறு இல்லாமல் இருந்தார். தனக்கு ஒரு மகன் வேண்டும் எனத் தவம் இருந்தார். சிவபெருமான் அவரிடம், “உனக்கு ஞானமற்ற அங்கஹீனம் உள்ள, ஆனால் நூறு வயது வாழும் மகன் வேண்டுமா? அல்லது அழகும், அறிவும் மிக்க, 16 வயது வரையே ஆயுள் உள்ள மகன் வேண்டுமா” எனக் கேட்டார்.

குழம்பிப்போன மிருகண்டு தனக்கு ஞானபுத்திரனே வேண்டும் என்றார். மகனும் பிறந்தான். அவனுக்கு மார்க்கண்டேயன் என பெயரிட்டனர். பதினாறு வயதும் வந்தது. எமன் துரத்தினான். மார்க்கண்டேயர் பல சேத்திரங்களுக்கும் சென்று ஓடி ஒளிந்தார். இறுதியாக உய்யக்கொண்டான் திருமலைக்கு வந்தார். தன்னை எமன் துரத்துவதை ஈசனிடம் சொன்னார். இறைவன் அச்சிறுவனைப் பாதுகாத்தார். இதன்பிறகே அவர் திருவேற்காடு தலத்தில் சிரஞ்சீவி என்னும் பட்டம் தந்தார்.

இக்கோயிலில் ஜேஷ்டாதேவியின் சிலை வித்தியாசமான வடிவமைப்பில் உள்ளது. இவளை “மூதேவி‘ என்பார்கள். லட்சுமியின் சகோதரி இவள். இவளைப் பார்த்தாலே காரியங்கள் நடக்காது என்பார்கள். இது தவறான கருத்தாகும் என சொல்லப்படுகிறது. இந்த தேவியை தரிசித்தால் விபத்துகளிலிருந்து நம்மை காப்பாற்றுவாள். எப்போதும் விழிப்புடன் இருக்கச் செய்வாள். நந்திவர்ம பல்லவனுக்கு இவளே குலதெய்வம். மேரு வைத்து பூஜை செய்பவர்கள் ஒன்பது படிக்கட்டுகளை அமைப்பார்கள். இந்த மலைகளை நவாபரணம் என சொல்வதுண்டு. இதில் இரண்டாவது ஆபரணமாக ஜேஷ்டாதேவி விளங்குகிறாள். திருவானைக்காவல் அகிலாண்டேஸ்வரி கோயிலில் ஜேஷ்டாதேவிக்கு சிலை உண்டு. அதுபோல, உய்யக்கொண்டான் திருமலையிலும் ஜேஷ்டாதேவி இருக்கிறாள். ஆனால் இரு புறமும் இரண்டு குழந்தைகளை வைத்திருக்கிறாள். ஒரு குழந்தை நந்திகேஸ்வரர் குழந்தை வடிவத்தில் இருப்பதுபோல உள்ளது. இவரை “மாடன்” என்கிறார்கள். மாடு போன்ற வடிவத்தில் உள்ளதால் மாடன் என்ற பெயர் ஏற்பட்டதாம். மறுபுறத்தில் அழகிய பெண் இருக்கிறாள். இவளை வாக்தேவதை(சேடி) என்கிறார்கள். ஆதிபராசக்தியே இங்கு ஜேஷ்டாதேவியாக இருக்கிறாள். அவள் தனது சேடியான (பணிப்பெண்) வாக்தேவதையையும் அழைத்து வந்திருக்கிறாள். மாறுபட்ட இந்த அம்பிகையை வழிபட்டு வாழ்வில் நிகழ இருக்கும் விபத்துகளை தவிர்த்துக் கொள்ளலாம்.

50 அடி உயர மலையில் இந்த கோயில் இருக்கிறது. கோயிலைச் சுற்றி பொன்னொளி ஓடை, குடமுருட்டி, ஞானவாவி, எண்கோணக் கிணறு, நாற்கோணக் கிணறு ஆகிய தீர்த்தங்கள் உள்ளன. தேவி “அஞ்சனாட்சி” என வழங்கப்பெறுகிறாள். இவள் மை தீட்டப்பெற்ற கண்களைக் கொண்டவள். மற்றொரு அம்பிகை “பாலாம்பிகை” எனப்படுகிறாள். இரண்டு அம்மன்களுக்கும் தனித்தனி வழிபாடு நடக்கிறது. மார்க்கண்டேயருக்கு மீண்டும் ஜீவன் அளித்ததால் சுவாமி “உஜ்ஜீவநாதர்” எனப்படுகிறார். எண்ணிய விருப்பங்களை ஈடேற்றுவதால் “கற்பகநாதர்” என்றும் இவருக்கு பெயர் உண்டு. சுவாமி சுயம்பு வடிவில் உள்ளார். இராவணனுடைய சகோதரர்களில் ஒருவன் கரன். இவன் இத்தல இறைவனை வழிபட்டு அருள்பெற்றான். கோயில் மலை மேல் உள்ளது. கற்கோயில். கிழக்கு நோக்கிய முகப்பு வாயில். படிகள் மீது ஏறி மேலே செல்லும்போது இடப்பக்கம் வினாயகர் உள்ளார். மேலேறிச் சென்றால் கவசமிட்ட கொடிமரம் உள்ளது. அதன் முன்பு மார்க்கண்டனைக் காப்பதற்காக, எமனைத்தடுப்பதற்காக கருவரை நீங்கி வந்த சுவாமியின் பாதம் உள்ளது. மேலும் படிகளேரி உட்சென்றால் முதலில் அஞ்சனாக்ஷி அம்பாள் சன்னிதி உள்ளது. இது பழைய சிற்பம். மேற்கு நோக்கியது. இத்திருமேனியின் திருக்கரத்திலுள்ள பூவின் இதழ் உடைந்துபோயுள்ளது. இதனால் புதிய அம்பாளை பிரதிஷ்டை செய்துள்ளனர். எனினும் அம்பாள் கனவில் வந்து உணர்த்தியவாறு இப்பழைய அம்பாளை அப்புறப்படுத்தாமல் அப்படியே வைத்துள்ளனர். இரு அம்பாளுக்கும் நித்திய வழிபாடு நடைபெருகின்றது. புதிய அம்பாள் பாலாம்பிகை சன்னிதி கிழக்கு நோக்கியது.

உள்ளே நுழைந்ததும் நேரே தக்ஷிணாமூர்த்தி தரிசனம். வலமாக வரும்போது நால்வர் பிரதிஷ்டையும், அம்பாளுடன் காட்சி தரும் வினாயகர் சன்னிதியும், வள்ளி தெய்வானையுடன் முருகன் சன்னிதியும் உள்ளன. கஜலக்ஷ்மி, ஜேஷ்டா தேவி, பைரவர், சனீஸ்வரர், சூரிய பகவான் ஆகியோரது சன்னிதிகள் உள்ளன.

மூலவர் ஸ்வயம்பு. மேற்கு நோக்கியவாறு உள்ளார். சதுர ஆவுடையார். அழகாக உள்ளார். மூலவருக்கு நேரே மண்டபத்தில் நடராஜா சன்னிதி உள்ளது. பக்கத்தில் பிட்சாடனர், சந்திரசேகரர், சோமாஸ்கந்தர் ஆகிய அழகான உற்சவ மூர்த்திகள் உள்ளன.

மார்க்கண்டேயரின் உயிரைக் காப்பதாக வரம் கொடுத்ததால் சிவனுக்கு, “உயிர்கொண்டார்” என்ற பெயர் ஏற்பட்டது. இவரே ஜீவன்களுக்கு ஆதாரமாக இருப்பதால் உஜ்ஜீவனநாதர் என்ற பெயர் ஏற்பட்டது. ஆடி பவுர்ணமியன்று இரவில், மார்க்கண்டேயருக்கு சிவன் காட்சி தந்ததாக ஐதீகம். எனவே, அந்நாளில் சிவனுக்கு சிறப்பு பூஜைகள் நடக்கும். தவிர, பவுர்ணமிதோறும் இரவில் சிவனுக்கு தேன், பாலபிஷேகம் நடக்கும்.
சாரமா முனிவரால் பட்டம் சூட்டப்பட்ட மன்னன் இங்கு சிவதரிசனம் செய்தபோது, சிவன் அவனுக்கு ஆனந்த தாண்டவ தரிசனம் காட்டியருளினார். பாதத்தை மட்டுமே பிடிமானமாகக் கொண்டு, இந்த நடராஜர் சிலை விசேஷமாக வடிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

மலைக்கோயில் “ஓம்” வடிவில் அமைந்துள்ளது. உஜ்ஜீவநாதர், அஞ்சனாட்சி அம்பாள் இருவரும் மேற்கு நேக்கியுள்ளனர். இவர்களது சன்னதிக்கு நடுவே கிழக்கு நோக்கி பாலாம்பிகை இருக்கிறாள். குழந்தைகளுக்கு ஏற்படும் பாலாரிஷ்டம் (ஒரு வகையான தோஷம்) நீங்க இவளிடம் வேண்டிக்கொள்கிறார்கள். தை மாதத்தில் ஓர்நாள் மாலையில் சிவலிங்கம், அஞ்சனாட்சி அம்பிகை மீது சூரிய ஒளி விழும். அந்நாளில் இருந்து 90 நாட்களுக்கு ஒருமுறை என, வருடத்தில் 4 முறை இங்கு சூரியபூஜை நடக்கும். பிரகாரத்தில் இடர்காத்தவர் என்ற பெயரில் சிவலிங்கம் இருக்கிறது. திருநாவுக்கரசர் தேவாரத்தில் இத்தலத்து சிவனை, இப்பெயரில் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளார். இங்குள்ள சுப்ரமணியரிடம் அருணகிரிநாதர், “திருப்புகழ் பாடும் அறிவைக்கொடு” என வேண்டிப் பாடியுள்ளார். வைகாசி விசாகத்தன்று இவருக்கு விசேஷ பூஜை நடக்கும். அன்று சுவாமி புறப்பாடும் உண்டு. கந்தசஷ்டியின்போது தெய்வானையுடன் திருக்கல்யாணம் நடக்கும். தைப்பூசத்தன்று முருகன், ஊருக்குள் சென்று ஐந்து கோயில் சுவாமிகள் சந்திக்கும் வைபவம் நடக்கும். சக்தி கணபதி, நால்வர், கஜலட்சுமி, ஜேஷ்டாதேவி, நவக்கிரகம், பைரவர், சூரியன், சனீஸ்வரர் ஆகியோர் பிரகாரத்தில் உள்ளனர். ஞானவாவி தீர்த்தம் பிரகாரத்தில் உள்ளது.

தேவாரப்பதிகம்:

தண்டமர் தாமரை யானும் தாவியிம் மண்ணை யளந்து கொண்டவனும் மறிவொண்ணாக் கொள்கையர் வெள்விடை ஊர்வர் வண்டிசை யாயினபாட நீடிய வார்பொழில் நீழல் கண்டமர் மாமயில் ஆடும் கற்குடி மாமலை யாரே.

-திருஞானசம்பந்தர்

தேவாரப்பாடல் பெற்ற காவிரி தென் கரைத்தலங்களில் இது 4வது தலம்.

திருவிழா:

பங்குனியில் பிரம்மோத்சவம், விநாயகர் சதுர்த்தி, நவராத்திரி, திருக்கார்த்திகை, தைப்பூசம்.

பிரார்த்தனை:

பிரயாணங்களின் போது எந்தவித விபத்தும் ஏற்படாமல் இருக்க ஜேஷ்ட தேவி வழிபாடு செய்யப்படுகிறது. இத்தலத்தை வழிபடுவோர் நீண்ட ஆயுளையும் நிறைந்த செல்வங்களையும் பெறுவார்கள் என்பது நம்பிக்கை.

நேர்த்திக்கடன்:

ஜேஷ்டாதேவிக்கு புத்தாடை அணிவித்து வழிபடுகிறார்கள்.

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தேவாரத்தில் கற்குடி எனப்பட்ட இத்தலம் தற்போது உய்ய கொண்டான் மலை என்று வழங்கப்படுகிறது. திருச்சி மாநகரின் வடமேற்கில் அமைந்துள்ளது. திருச்சி - வயலூர் சாலையில் உள்ளது. பேருந்து வசதிகள் நிரம்ப உள்ளன.
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This is probably the only temple where the Goddess has manifest herself in the natural form of an anthill complete with face, eyes, dainty eyebrows, parted lipts, hands, legs, and a pregnant belly. It gives you goosebumps as you circumambulate around her in the narrow and poorly lit space among the several hundreds of people who throng this temple everyday to seek her blessings.



 Lord Shiva and Parvathi were walking from Melmalayanur towards Ramapuram ( the place where this temple is located, which subsequently came to be known as Putlur because of the Goddess manifesting herself in the form of a Putru - an anthill). This place was a forest those days full of neem trees. Parvathi tired after the long walk, sat down and asked Lord Shiva to fetch her some water. Lord Shiva went searching for water but could not find any nearby. He had to go to the river Coovam ( looks like it had drinkable quality water then!) to bring the water. It started raining heavily and the river was getting flooded. So he had to wait a while for the rain to subside. Tired of waiting for the Lord, and exhausted with hunger and thrist, the Goddess lay down on the floor and an anthill (புற்று) grew over her. She became one and the same with the anthill.
Lord Shiva returned shortly after and found that Parvathi had permanabtly stayed there. So he too stood beside her and is called thandavarayan. Probably this is the only amman temple where you can find a nandi before the sanctum sactorium and this is because of the presence of Shiva behind the goddess.



 The temple, as I said is always crowded. People come and pray here for childbirth and other wishes. They usually buy five lemon and bangles from the shops outside. One lemon is taken by one of the several old ladies who can be found outside the temple. It is believed that one has to remove all "drishti" (casting of evil eye) before entering the temple. So these women circle the lemon thrice around your head, and ask you to crush it under your left foot. This is supposed to remove all dristi from you. On entering the temple, there is a trident ( trishul) on which three of the remaining lemon are pressed on. Then you move to worship the nandi, and enter the mandapam to go towards the sanctum sanctorium. One can see that the ancient temple has been modernised over time by laying glazed tiles on the walls and floor. Actually it would have been better if the original architecture had been retained and well maintained.


We find a huge pair of scales here, where devotees who have been blessed with children offer sugar,banana etc. equivalent to the weight of the child. As the serpentine queue moves slowly towards the sanctum sanctorium you wait with bated breath. The main sannadhi is small, dark and crowded. There is a strong stainless steel railing affixed all around the goddess so that no one touches and damages the structure. It is difficult to see very clearly through this railing. Just behind the goddess, through a small window like structure, you can see thandavarayan looking a little sad that he could not quench his wife's thrist in time. As you circumambulate and move towards the front portion of the sanctum sanctorium, you hold your breath in awe. The goddess completely covered in turmeric paste looks magnificient. The eyes, eyebrows, the parted lips, the visibly pregnant belly all look so natural. The bangles and the last lemon are offered here. The poojari takes your bangles and gives you others as prasad. He rolls the lemon now smeared with kumkum from a stone near the goddess's feet, and the devotees collect it in the pallav of their saree. Lemon garlands are also offered and returned with her blessings and people keep them in their vehicles, shops, pooja rooms, or over their front door as a charm. On coming out, we find another huge anthill ( this does not have a human figure)to the right of the sanctum sanctorium under the stala Vriksham - Neem Tree. People who seek childbirth, tie miniature cradles near this anthill or pieces of pallav of their saree in anticipation of the fulfilment of their desire.





 It is also very common for people to stay overnight here on full moon days. A special prayer is conducted at 5 am the next morning for these people who stay awake and pray through the night.
Location of the temple: This temple is near Tiruvallur.
How to get here: It is very easy to reach here by train. From Central one has to take a train, bound for Tiruvallur, Tiruthani or Arakkonam, and get down at Putlur station. Make sure it is not an express which stops only at limited stations. From there the temple can be reached either by walk or share auto.

By road: On the tiruvallur road, after crossing Nemam, go straight. There will be a board on the right saying Putlur. Just a few feet away, there would also be an ambedkar statue on the left side of the road pointing to the right. Take the right turn here. A bridge is being constructed. Just before the bridge, there would be a small mudtrack to the left. Go down that track. Very soon, you will reach a railway gate. The temple is about half a km from this railway gate. There are several share autos available to take the visitors at Rs.5 per person. Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays and full moon days are extremely crowded here.
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Any Rettai pillayaar Temple in tamil nadu?
Rettai Pillayar is there at Kumbakonam. It is on Neelathanaalur Road near to Kamarajar Nagar. The name of the temple itself is Rettai Pillayar Kovil.
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A MAJESTIC PRESENCE The Beermukku temple Photo: K. Ananthan
In theory, Ebbanad is just an hour and a half away (16 kilometres) from Ooty. Reality is far different. The winding, potholed hill roads coupled with great view ensure we reach it in little under three hours.

The drive through misty tea estates, and lush fields heavy with carrot, radish, beans and exotic vegetables like plump zucchini is something every city dweller will love.

Some farmers sell their produce on the roadside — cause for more delay. It is very difficult to peel your eyes away from the sacks bursting with freshly picked vegetables.

Early start


It is best to leave Ooty at dawn so that you can reach Ebbanad before the Sun reaches its zenith. Ebbanad is a small village with two schools, a couple of teashops and acres of vegetable plantations.

From here, there is a two-hour walk to Beermukku temple — no one seems to know why it is so called. Someone suggests it is probably a corrupted version of Bearmukku (a place frequented by bears?).

Accompanying us to the hill-top shrine are the local `cashier' and two Badaga elders. Despite our protests, they pack some sugar-rich bananas and tangy masala biscuits. Later, we realise why.

Divine view


The temple lords over the area, situated, as it is 1,000 steps above the foothills. From a distance it looks like a rounded mound with a cord of white wrapped around it (whitewashed steps which run through the temple). The local temple committee has put the rough-hewn steps in place, most of which have been sponsored by individuals whose names are painted on each step.

Despite the steps the climb is difficult for untrained legs. But there is a bonus. As you painfully make your way up and take frequent breaks to recoup, the verdant landscape acts as a balm to your tired feet.

At first, you can only see the peaks of the hills nearby, then a line of tall shola forests looms into view. A hundred steps later you can spot the secondary layer of forests, followed by the undulating plantations of Ebbanad.

Near the steps, the twiggy velankucchi maram and lantana camara grow aplenty providing some semblance of shade.

Pleasantly tired


A protest from you saying you can't take another step, and `cashier' dangles a treat — a yellow green banana that seems like manna. Refreshed by the surge of calories from the snack, I run up the last few steps before collapsing in a heap.

The view from here is worth all the trouble. If the tantalising glimpses of Ebbanad you saw till now enchanted you, then the view here is something that will take your breath away.

Here's what you get: Vast acres of grassland, mist rising towards the nearby peaks, birdcall and the lonely strains of an Irula cowherd singing as he grazes his herd in the grassland behind the hill. Elephants and bison are known to frequent this grassland.

Take a pair of binoculars and the estates of Kodanad, the Siruyur Mariamman temple on the Karnataka border, Masinagudi and the Irula settlement of Aaanikatti seem within touching distance.

The temple priest comes in once a month or whenever a villager wants to make an offering to the deity, Shiva. The `cashier' and his friends tell us that devotees carried every single brick and stone and drop of water that went into the making of the temple.

A labour of love


The climb down is more difficult. Gravity forces you down faster than you want to go and it feels like someone is pushing you from behind. Once, on the grassland, it is time to rejoice.

It is evening by now and the monkeys are out in full strength in the jungle, screeching for all they are worth. The walk from the foothills to the village takes about 45 minutes.

A road is being laid in time for the January 23 temple festival. Once that is done, vehicles can go up to this point. You can get someone from the village to guide you. Call M. Durai on 0423-2503311 for details.

How to go there

From Ooty, drive up to Pudumundu (2 km) and take the road forking right till Denadcombai (8 km from Ooty). From there take the road to the right.


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Temples of Tamilnadu

Thousands of holy temples in Tamilnadu. Some even dating back two thousand+ years. Marvelous architecture, Beautiful sculptures, Amazing space and interesting related stories.

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பெருமாள் என்றவுட னேயே நம் எல்லாருக்குள் ளேயும் திருப்பதி ஸ்ரீனிவாசப் பெருமாள்தான் முதலில் நினைவுக்கு வருவார்.

அவரும் அவரது திருமண் காப்பாகிய நாமமும் அவ்வளவு பிரசித்தி! அந்தப் பெருமாளை அப்படியே ஒத்தி எடுத்ததுபோல கம்பீர மாய் நின்று சேவை சாதிக் கும் அந்த விஷ்ணுவின் இன்னொரு அம்சம்தான் ஒப்பிலியப்பன்!

ஸ்ரீவைஷ்ணவர்கள் அவ்வளவு பேருக்குமே ஒப்பிலியப்பன் என்றவுடன் குடந்தையாகிய கும்ப கோணம் நகரமும், அந்த நகரின் எல்லையில் கோவில் கொண்டிருக்கும் அவனது திருச்சந்நிதியும் மனதை நிறைக்கும்.

அவன் ஆயிரம் நாமங்கள் கொண்டவன். தூணிலும் இருப்பவன்; துரும் பிலும் இருப்பவன். இதனாலேயே இவனோடு எவரையும் ஒப்பிட இயலாது- ஒப்பில்லாதவன்! அதனாலேயே ஒப்பிலியப்பனாகவும் திகழ்கிறான். இவனை உப்பிலி என்றும் வழுத்துவது நமது பேரன்பினால்தான். அதாவது உப்பில்லாத வன் என்ற பொருளுக்குள், துளியும் உவர்ப் பில்லாதபடி எல்லாருக்கும் பிடித்தமானவன்- நறுஞ்சுவை உடையவன் என்பவனாய் இவனை சான்றோர்கள் போற்றி மகிழ்வார்கள்.
இந்த ஒப்பில்லாத உப்பிலியப்பனுக்கு சென்னையிலும் ஒரு ஆலயம் உள்ளது என்றால் அது எத்தனை தித்திப்பான செய்தி!

குடந்தையில் குடிகொண்டிருப்பவன் அங்கிருப்பதுபோலவே அர்ச்சாவதாரியாக அதே சௌலப்பியத்தோடு சென்னை மடிப் பாக்கத்தை ஒட்டியுள்ள புழுதிவாக்கம் ராம் நகரிலும் கோவில் கொண்டு அருள்பாலித்து வருகிறான்.

தேடிச்சென்று தரிசிப்பவர்கள் வைத்த கண்ணை எடுக்க முடியாது. அத்தனை பேரெழில்! அத்தனை தேஜஸ்! அருகிலேயே ஸ்ரீராமனுக்கும் சந்நிதி. இங்கே ராமச்சந்திர மூர்த்தி பட்டாபிஷேக ராமனாய் சீதாதேவி யுடன் சேவை சாதிக்கிறான்.

உபதேவர்களாய் அனுமன் சேவை சாதிக்க, ஸ்ரீசுதர்சனமும் ஆழ்வாராய் நின்று சேவை சாதிக்கிறார். நித்யப்படி ஆராதனைகளோடு பவித்ரோற்சவம், தெப்போற்சவம் முதல் சகல உற்சவங்களும் இந்த ஆலயத்தில் வெகுசிறப் பாக நடந்து வருகின்றன.

ராஜகோபுர திருப்பணியும் நடந்து வருகிறது!

கோபுரத்து செங்கல்லில் ஒரு செங்கல்லாவது நம் கல்லாக இருப்பது நாம் எடுத்த பிறப்புக்கும் செல்லும் வழிக்கும் நல்லது.
அழியாத வினைகளுக்கு இது ஒரு பெரும் பரிகாரம். அன்பர்களின் கூட்டுறவினால்தான் ஆலய நிர்வாகம் செயல்பட்டு வருகிறது. அதன் பொருளாதாரத்துக்கு தாராளமாக அன்பர்கள் நிதியுதவி செய்யலாம். அவனைத் தேடிச்சென்று தொழுது கண்ணீர் உகுத்து,

"சொல்லாய் திருமார்பா! உனக்காகி தொண்டுபட்ட
நல்லேனை வினைகள் நலியாமை நம்பு நம்பி
மல்லா! குடமாடீ! மது சூதனே உலகில்
சொல்லா நல்லிசையாய்! திருவிண்ணகரானே!'

என்றும் பாடிப் பரவசமாவோம்!

Oppiliappan temple in Chennai now.

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The Great Living Chola Temples(From Wiki )


The Great Living Chola Temples are important Hindu Temples that were built during the 10th through 12th centuries CE in the south of India, and together have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples are the Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur, Brihadeeswarar temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram. The Brihadeeswarar temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvarar temple were added as extensions to the site in 2004. The site is now known as the "Great Living Chola Temples".[1][2]

The celebrated Saiva temple at Thanjavur, appropriately called Brihadisvara and Daksinameru, is the grandest creation of the Chola emperor Rajaraja (AD 985-1012). It was inaugurated by the king himself in his 19th regnal year (AD 1009-10) and named it after himself as Rajesvara Peruvudaiyar. Architecturally, it is the most ambitious structural temple built of granite. It has been regarded as a ‘landmark in the evolution of building art in south India’ and its vimana as a ‘touchstone of Indian architecture as a whole’. The temple is within a spacious inner prakara of 241 m length (east-west) and 122 m breadth (north-south), with a gopura at the east and three other ordinary torana entrances one at each lateral sides and the third at rear. The prakara is surrounded by a double-storeyed malika with parivaralayas. The temple with its massive proportions and simplicity of design provided inspiration for future designs in constructions not only in south India but also in south-east Asia.

Construction of this magnificent edifice was started in the year 983 AD and was designed to represent a Cosmic structure from Hinduism - Maha Meru, the 'big mountain' or the abode of Shiva. Originally called as the Rajarajeshwaram, this big temple has 2 gigantic sandstone archways. The first one with five tiers is called as the Keralanthagan Thiruvayil meaning the 'the Gateway of the Conqueror of Kerala'. This was in honor of his victory over the Cherans ruling Kerala - early in his reign. The second archway with 3 tiered structure is called as RajaRajan Thiruvayil named after the Emperor directly.

The sikhara, a cupolic dome, is octagonal and rests on a single block of granite, a square of 7.8 m weighing 80 tons. The majestic upapitha and adhishthana are common to all the axially placed entities like the ardha-maha- and mukha-mandapas and linked to the main sanctum but approached through a north-south transept across the ardha-mandapa which is marked by lofty sopanas. The moulded plinth is extensively engraved with inscriptions by its royal builder who refers to his many endowments, pious acts and organisational events connected to the temple. The brihad-linga within the sanctum is 8.7 m high. Life-size iconographic representations on the wall niches and inner passages include Durga, Lakshmi, Sarasvati and Bhikshatana, Virabhadra, Kalantaka, Natesa, Ardhanarisvara and Alingana forms of Siva. The mural paintings on the walls of the lower ambulatory inside are finest examples of Chola and later periods which depict the contemporaneous scenes with legendary ones.

Sarfoji, a local Maratha ruler, rebuilt the Ganapati shrine. The celebrated Thanjavur School of paintings of the Nayakas is largely superimposed over the Chola murals. The temple is rich in iconography as well as inscriptions which provide an account of events showing achievements, financial arrangements, donations and bearing an impression of contemporary society. Two great Chola Temples of the 11th and 12th centuries have been added to the 11th century Brihadisvarar temple of Thanjavur, inscribed in 1987. The Great Living Chola Temples were built by kings of the Chola Empire, which stretched over all of South India and the neighbouring islands. The site now includes the three great 11th and 12th century Chola Temples: the Brihadisvarar temple of Thanjavur, the temple at Gangaikondacholapuram and the Airavatesvarar temple at Darasuram.

The temple at Gangaikondacholapuram, built by Rajendra I, was completed in 1035. Its 53-m vimana (sanctum tower) has recessed corners and a graceful upward curving movement, contrasting with the straight and severe tower at Thanjavur. It has six pairs of massive, monolithic dvarapalas statues guarding the entrances and bronzes of remarkable beauty inside. The Airavatesvarar temple complex at Darasuram, built by Rajaraja II, features a 24-m vimana and a stone image of Shiva. The temples testify to the Cholas brilliant achievements in architecture, sculpture, painting, and bronze casting.

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There is a thread already on this. Vasu contributes mainly

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Maha samprokshanam of Sri Kothandarama Swamy Temple in Salem

SALEM, February 7, 2013
  • The temple features four musical pillars similar to the ones in the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai

Divine splendour:Renovated tower of ancient Sri Kothandarama Swamy Temple at Ayothiapattinam near Salem. -Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan


The jeernodharana ashtabandana mahasamprokshanam of Sri Kothandarama Swamy Temple at Ayothiapattanam here is to take place on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.

The over 400-year-old architecturally-rich temple built during the Nayak dynasty and maintained by the Hindu and Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR and CE) Board of the Tamil Nadu Government, is a treasure-trove with its intricately carved sculptures and excellent paintings that depict the life of Lord Rama.

Ayothiapattinam

Its ‘sthala puranam' says that Rama on his way back from Lanka, stayed a day at the request of sage Bharathvaja in the Salem jungles, which later came to be known as ‘Ayothiapattinam.’

There He re-enacted the coronation ceremony to the delight of the sage and Vibhishana. The Lord is seen seated on the throne with his consort.

The sage erected a small temple at the site where Rama stayed, which remained in the deep woods for long.

After the 16th century the first human settlement was formed around the temple during the Nayak rule in Madurai.

Villagers are said to have approached the local chieftain Masi Nayak, who on instructions from King Tirumalai Nayak, built the temple.

The temple's ‘maha mandap' has as many as 28 ornate pillars with exquisite statues depicting the life of Lord Rama.

Royal dagger

One of them has the Ayodhya king looking majestic with the royal dagger on his left.

The mantap has also four musical pillars similar to the ones in the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai. Horsemen and hunters chasing wild animals look life-like.

The Dasavatharam on one of the pillars is unique. The ceiling looks vibrant with beautiful paintings of Gajendra Moksham and Krishna Leela.

Consecration was last performed a century ago and the temple, including the 150-feet, five-storeyed tower, fortress-like wall and wooden car with carvings, is in a dilapidated condition.

The Tamil Nadu Government has formed the Temple Renovation Committee to carry out the repair works at a cost of over Rs. 30 lakh.

Members

The committee has 25 members for which industrialist Selvamaligai S. Manickam is the Chairman and Executive Officer HR and CE M. Sudha is its secretary and treasurer. M. Thirugnana Sambandar is the thakkar.

The State Government has accorded permission for the committee to carry out the renovation works at its majestic tower at a cost of Rs. 8.30 lakh and temple car and other works at Rs 21.90 lakh.

According to the committee chairman, ‘Selvamaligai' S. Manickam, contributions are welcome and cheques and demand drafts should be drawn in favour of the Tirupanikkuzhu, Arulmigu Kothandaramaswamy Tirukkoil payable at Ayothiapattinam, Salem district.

The Savings Account number at Indian Bank is 8874 59599.

Further details can be had from Manickam, chairman, Temple Renovation Committee, (94432-44567) and P. Chandraprakash, executive officer and secretary cum treasurer, Temple Committee, (94435-60839). In addition to this, it also has opened web sites www.arulmigukothandaramaswamytemple.org and www.salemayotiramar.org.

Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Minister for HR and CE M.S.M. Anandan, District Collector K. Maharabushanam, MPs, MLAs and senior government officials would be participating in the Kumbabishekam.

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  • The over 400-year-old architecturally-rich temple was built by Nayak dynasty
  • It is a treasure-trove of intricately carved sculptures and excellent paintings
  • Temple has 28 ornate pillars with exquisite statues depicting the life of Lord Rama
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Old February 8th, 2013, 10:38 PM   #59
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Very nice thread... Missing the college days where we all would gather and study at Srirangam 1000 pillar hall. That hall used to be cool every during 38 degree Celsius heat outside.
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Even I also felt that in kanchipuram temple. We need to search for the documentation how they did. What was standard that our forefathers were following. What was calculation and empirical formulas that they followed.
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