Tuesday, 17 October 2017

SRI VENKATESA PERUMAL TEMPLE, PULIVALAM NEAR THIRUVARUR.

14th October 2017.
These week end 14th and 15th October 2017, temples visit are a part of Thiruvarur temples visit organised by Ratham for Prof. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan. 14th Saturday 2017, post lunch was planned to visit Perumal temple at Pulivalam and Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple at Kulikarai.  It was started drizzling, when we arrived the temple  and the climate was  also pleasant.

Moolavar : Sri Venkatachalapaty also called as Sri Appan Perumal
Some of the important features of this temple are..

The temple is facing east with a 3 tier Rajagopuram. The Sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum artha mandapam and muka mandapam. The mandapams are in marata style construction called Vavval nethi mandapams. In the Muka mandapam Dwajasthambam Palipedam and Garudalwar.  In koshtam Narasimhar and Perumal sitting on adhisheshan. In the sanctum moolavar Sri Venkatachalapathy is in standing posture. In front Arthamandapam Urchavar Sridevi & Bhoodevi samedha Srinivasa Perumal, Chakrathalwar, Anjaneyar, Santhana Gopala Krishnan.

Sannadhi for Gopalakrishnan with Sathyabhama & Rukmani, Alwars, Lakshmi Hayagreevar Anjaneyar, Andal and a Sthambam written as Sri Perumal (Experts of the opinion that this must be Shiva linga).  Sri Muthusamy Dheekshithar had composed hymns on Sri Venkatachalapathy of this temple.

The temple must be 300 to 400 years old and constructed with bricks. May be Vijayanagara period.   Anjaneyar Temple is on the opposite side of the Road.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs to 20.30 hrs

CONTACT DETAILS:
HOW TO REACH:
Pulivalam is very nearer to Thiruvarur and Lot of buses are available from Thiruvarur bus terminus.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE



 Vavvalnethi  front mandapam 



 Stucco images on the Vimana

 Written as Sri Perumal and experts of the opinion that this must be a Shiva Lingam.


 Mr Bharath singing the song composed by Muthuswamy Dheekshithar

 Anjaneyar temple 
Thermutti mandapam (  may be ) 

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Monday, 16 October 2017

SRI KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE, KULIKARAI, THIRUVARUR.

16th October 2017.
This Shiva Temple was planned to visit on 14th Oct 17, after the dharshan of Sri Venkatachalapathy of Pulivalam. This was a part of Thiruvarur Temples visit organised by RATHAM for Prof. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan. It was raining very heavily when we reached near the Village and Could not approach due to water logging on the roads leading to the Village, so   we returned back to Thiruvarur. After confirming with the Sivachariyar, had been the temple again on 15th October 2017.  Though the temple has to be opened  from 17.30 hrs, Sivachariyar kept opened the temple around 16.30hrs for us. Had the dharshan of Sri Kasi Viswanathar and Mr Bharat  & mr Sunil sang the song composed by Muthusamy Dhekshithar  on Lord Shiva of this temple.

Iraivan : Sri Kasi Viswanathar
Iraivi    : Sri Visalakshi
Some of the important features of this temple are...

The temple is facing east with a 2 tier Rajagopuram without Dwajasthambam. The Sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Antarala, Arthamandapam, Mahamandapam and a Muka/ Narthana mandapam. 

In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Sandikeswarar ( Two ), Gajalakshmi, Kala Bairavar, Shiva Lingas , Navagrahas aare in a single line facing moolavar ( west Direction ). In Maha mandapam sannadhi for Sri Bhoodevi & sridevi samedha Sri Perumal, Naalvar, Arthanaresswarar, Vinayagar and Sri Valli Devasena  Sri Subramaniyar. Sri Natarajar and Kali stucco releiefs are on the outer prakaram wall.  Abutting Mahamandapam sannadhi for Natarajar and Somaskandar.  Sri Chakra is painted on the ceiling in front of Amman and Moolavar sannadhi.

In koshtam, Ganapathy, Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai. Moolavar is little short, swayambu and was brought by M/s Bhava family from Kasi about 300 years before. The present Sivachariyar is the 4th generation  priest looking after the poojas. Moolavar is under a rudhraksha mandapam. 

Kumbhabhishekam was conducted recently on 08-09-2016. It was learnt that  Sri Muthusamy Dheekshithar stayed in this temple for some time and composed songs on Shiva of this temple.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.30 Hrs to 20.30 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Thyagaraja Gurukkal may be contacted for further details and his mobile number is 9952538193.

HOW TO REACH :
Kulikarai is on the train route and Thiruvarur to Thanjavur
Bus is available from Thiruvarur.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE









 Navagrahas in a single row facing moolavar 

 Sri Chakra was painted on the Ceiling 

 Two sandikeswarars 
Copper plate
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Friday, 13 October 2017

ASHTA LAKSHMI TEMPLE, AT BESANT NAGAR, CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU.

08th October 2017.
After dharshan of Arupadai Veedu Murugan, at Sea shore had seen this Ashta Lakshmi temple. Since it was very near, went to this temple also and had the dharshan of 8 forms of Lakshmi. The temple was built  similar to Uthiramerur, ThiruKottiyur, Thiruthangal, Kanchi and Madurai Perumal temples.

The presiding deities are Maha Vishnu,  his consort Maha Lakshmi  and Lakshmi’s  eight forms  are installed at different levels under one Vimana.  
Some of the important features of this temple are..
The temple is facing east with an entrance arch on east and north side. ( east side is kept closed ). The temple is built like Om, the vedic mantra, hence called as Omkarashetra. The Vimana is of Ashtanga Vimana consists of 8 parts in three  floors. The three forms of Lord Vishnu ie,. Standing, Sitting and Reclining are depicted  in each floors.

In the Ground floor Maha Vishnu and maha Lakshmi are in standing posture. In front the Urchavars with Andal.  On the back and sides of ground floor are Aadhi Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi and Thairiya lakshmi. In the 1st floor Gaja Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi, Vijaya lakshmi and Vidhya Lakshmi. On the top /second floor is the  Dhana lakshmi.  

In the complex Sannadhis  are for Padmavathy Thayar ( only drawing ), Dhasavathara mandapam, Kirushnar, Guruvayurappan, Chakkarathalwar with Narasimhar, Kamala Vinayagar, Veera Anjaneyar and Dhanvanthiri.

This temple was constructed under the leadership of Mukkur Srinivasa Varadachariyar and the Devotees. The foundation stone was laid in the year 1974 and kumbhabhishekam was performed on 5th April 1976. The temple is under the control of Tamil Nadu HR&CE Department.

TEMPLE TIMINGS
The temple will be opened between 06.30 Hrs to 12.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs. The scheduled timings may be extended during festival days.
CONTACT DETAILS
The official web site of the temple :  http://ashtalakshmitemple.tnhrce.in/
The land line numbers +91 44 24466777 and 24917777 may be contacted for further details.

HOW TO REACH:
Almost about 2 km distance from Thiruvanmiyur and Besant Nagar Bus Terminus. From there the temple can be reached through Auto.
Town buses are available to Thiruvanmiyur  from  Villivakkam, Tollgate, Broadway.
Town buses also available  to Besant Nagar from Vada Palani, Perambur, ICF, Ayanavaram and Neelangarai.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE





---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Thursday, 12 October 2017

ARUPADAI VEEDU MURUGAN TEMPLES, ON THE SEA SHORE AT KALAKSHETRA COLONY, BESANT NAGAR, CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU

08th October 2017.
After the dharshan of Kasi Viswanathar, Sri Maruntheeswarar and Sri Pamban Swamikal at Thiruvanmiyur, my next destination was to this Arupadai Veedu Murugan temples  at Besant Nagar on the sea shore. When I reached the temple it was around 07.00 hrs and no body was there except the cleaning attendants. A girl student was taking photographs of the temple for her project and I also joined with her for taking some pictures of the temple through my I phone.

HISTORY
Dr Alagappan who constructed Hindu temples at United States also constructed these temples in granite stones after getting blessings of Sri Maha Periyava, in the year 1984. It was his ambition that devotees of Muruga should get blessing of arupadai veedu  Lord Murugan in a single place.   Dr M G Ramachandran, the then Chief minister of Tamil Nadu sanctioned one acre of Land on the sea shore.  The architect and sthabathi was Mr Muthiah Sthapathy one of the best sthabapthis available in temple architecture.

The temples in this complex were  constructed in phases completely using granite stones. The Swamimalai temple was constructed first in the year 1995 in remembrance of Sri Maha Periyava, whose original name was Swaminathan. The three temples Maha Ganapathi ( New York Ganapahi ) , Palani and Thiruttani was constructed and consecrated in the year 1998.  The three other temples namely Thiruchenthur, Thiruparankundram and Pazhamudhir Cholai were constructed and consecrated in  21st June 2002, in presence of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamikal.  Idumban, Navagrahas, Vel mandapam,Yoga Bairavar, Shasti Mandapam, Sri Govarthini Samedha Sri Sathyagireeswarar temple abutting Thiruparankundram Temple  were added at a latter stage with concrete.  The Four tier Rajagopuram  a stone structure was also added  in the complex.

LAYOUT
Thiruchendur Murugan, Senthil Andavar temple is facing east immediately after the Rajagopuram with a palipedam and Dwajasthambam. Mahaganapathy or the New York Vinayagar is at the centre, which is at the back side of Senthil Andavar sannadhi.  PazhamudirCholai and Thiruparankundram ( is facing North) are on South. Palani malai temple is on the south west facing west, Thiruthani Murugan is on the North west and Swami Malai Temple is on the south east ie at the north side entrance. Elephants are the Vahanas to Thiruthani murugan and Swamimalai Murugan Temple in which Thiruthani Murugan Sannadhi Vahana  Elephant  is facing  east direction ie the same direction of Lord Muruga.  A granite Vel with Mandapam is  in front of Swamimalai Murugan Sannadhi.

MIRACLES
Many miracles happened to the devotees were reported after worshiping Lord Muruga of this temple. Students in larges numbers used to pray Swamimalai Murugan Gurunathan, to score higher marks.  The trustees thought of purchasing a VEL for Swamimalai Murugan, when they approached Vummidi Jwellers, they said it was made ready, before the Trustees approached them. was placed. Added to this Sri Pamban Kumaragurudasa Swamikal, an ardent devotee’s jeeva Samadhi is close to this temples.

FUNCTIONS
The festivals like Thai pusam, Panguni Uthiram, Aadi Kiritikai and Skanda Shashti are celebrated in a grand manner. Homams like Skanda homam, Rudra Homam, Ganapathi Homam are regularly conducted at the request of devotees.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between  07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
The temple office may be contacted on the landline number +91 44 24900203

HOW TO REACH:
Just a KM from Besant Nagar Bus Terminus.
Autos are available from bus terminus.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE












---OM SHIVYA NAMA--- 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

SRI KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE ( KASI KAYILANGIRI GANA JYOTHI BALARAMALINGA NATHA SHIVALOGAM ), AT THIRUVANMIYUR, TAMIL NADU.

08th October 2017.
When I came to know about this siddhar Jeeva Samadhi, thought of Visiting this place. Also it was learnt that Pooja will be conducted between 03.30 hrs  to 05.00 hrs.  This further increased my eager to make a visit. So on this Sunday ie 08th October 2017, I was able to reach the temple around 05.00 hrs, before closing of the temple. Had the dharshan of Kasi Viswanathar. 

The Shiva Linga is of swayambu and Nandhi is in front mandapam.  It was learnt that Siddhar Sri-la-Sri Balaramalinga Nathar worshipped Lord Shiva Kasi Viswanathar and attained Jeeva Samadhi at this place. His Jeeva Samadhi is in between Moolavar and Nandhi. 

On pournami days special poojas are conducted  three times during night hours. The poojas are conducted  by one of  the Siddhar Balaramalinga nathar's disciple  from Saidapet.  

It was told that the temple is more than 1000 years old. The kallala tree's roots spread on both sides of the entire  sanctum walls.  The inside sanctum was paved with granite stone slab with out disturbing the kalala tree's roots.  
( This blog post will be up dated after getting further details of the Siddhar )

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be opened between 03.30 hrs to 12.00 hrs and poojas will be closed around 05.30 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
HOW TO REACH :
About a KM from Thiruvanmiyur Bus Terminus and about 750 meters from Thivanmiyur Sri Maruntheeswarar Temple.
The temple 50 meters of Kuppam Beach Road

LOCATION:CLICK HERE






---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---