Monday, 29 April 2013


29, April 2013
It was little uneasy to  me  when the Sunday approaches. Also I had planned to carry out some domestic work on Sunday. Since my wife agreed to follow up with the contractor,  planned to visit some of the Shiva Temples.  In this visit I want to test my self and my bullet bike, (which I transferred to my son.)  Prepared the list of temples  from Poonamallee to  Thakkolam.  Even though I had been  to these temples already, thought of making it once again.

Filled petrol for 4oo rupees and checked the air in the tyre after Porur, reached first to POONAMALLEE Sri Vatheeswararn Temple.  There was no crowd at 07.00 Hrs and the archakars were preparing for the abhishekam. Had the dharshan and proceeded to MAPPEDU.  In this temple also Archakar was called from his house and opened the main shrine. From there I went to COOUM and had a peaceful dharshan.  My next visit  was Ilumbayankottur. On the way I had been to NARASINGAPURAM  Perumal temple.  Luckily the archakar’s residence is in  the temple premises  at ILAMBAIYANKOTTUR and he opened the temple  (disturbed him from his morning sleep after breakfast around 11.00 Hrs ). During my last visit I had seen some of the students were practicing the vedhas. But this time nobody was there in the temple premises.    The road between Coovam and Ilumbyankottur was really tough also there was no traffic on this village route.  On the way to Thakkolam purchased vegetables from the roadside vendor. ( Purchased brinjal, Ladies finger each Rs 10 for ½ Kg. and drum stick 6 nos at a cost of Rs 10/- ). It was around 11.30 Hrs when I reached THAKKOLAM and the temperature was too hot. After dharshan returned to Chennai through PERAMBAKKAM.  The temple at Perambakkam was closed and the side gate was found opened. Along with a local devotee went round the prakaram.

When I reached Chennai  around 13.45 Hrs, I was completely exhausted, since I had skipped my breakfast and temperature was too high. The total distance I travelled was 133 Km and my bike didn’t gave any trouble.  Lord Shiva was with me throughout my travel and Thanks Lord.

I am splitting this post in to Two, one is for the Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalangal in THONDAI NADU and other for the  rest of the temples.


14. THIRUVIRKOLAM ( Now this place is called as Cooum )

This is the 14th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
Iraivan        : Sri Thiripuranthaswamy, Sri Thiruvirkolanathar
Iraivi           : Sri Thiripura Sundarai, Sri Thiripuranthagi

Some of the important features of this temple are…
The Rajagopuram is on the south side, constructed during recent years. Ganapathy and Sri Valli Devasena sametha Subramaniyar at the entrance of Rajagopuram and the temple is facing east.

The ambal is in a separate temple at the entrance of Rajagopuram.
There are two Dwajasthambam one in front  Shiva and other in front of Ambal ( Simha vaganam in front of ambal instead of Nandhi ).
Natarajar Saba is in a separate sannadhi and the dance is called as rasha nadanam..

Moolavar vimanam is of Gajabirushtam type.
In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Brakadheeswarar, Achirutha Vinayagar, Shanmuganathar, Balasubramaniyar, Chokkanathar with Meenakshi, Sandikeswarar, Bairavar with out dog..

In koshtam Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma, and Durgai.
In the outer prakaram Ambal Temple/ sannadhi, Navagrahas.
Moolavar is of sand under rudhraksha mandapam and theenda thirumeni. Abhishekam is done only for aavudayar. 

In old days the moolavar colour used to change depending on the natural calamities like flood, war etc.

Bus frequency is un predictable. Hence, get down at Coovan junction on the way to Poonamlee to Thakkolam / Arakkonam route from there 1 KM.

For more details Mr Balsubramaniyan of Naalvar Iraipani Mandram may be contacted on his mobile 9444808886.

Gajabirushta Vimanam
5 Tier Rajagopuram
 Ambal Sannadhi
 Raja Gopuram with Ambal Sannadhi Entrance
Urchava Moorthangal 
 Urchava Moortham - Chandra sekar 
It is not the National High way - The state highway between Poonamallee & Thakkolam  - forest on both sides. 
 Another stretch of highway with banyan trees on both side looks cool to pass through

13. ILAMBAIYANKOTTUR ( Now this place is called as Ilambaiyankottur )

This is the 13th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambadar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. 
Iraivan        : Sri Arambeswarar, Sri Deiva Nageswarar, Sri Chandrasekarar
Iraivi           : Sri Kanaga Kujambigai, Sri Kodenthu Mulaiammai.

Some of the important features of this temple are….
The temple is facing east and there is no Rajagopuram, only entrance from west.
The Dwajasthambam is standing separately without kavasam. Nandhi and Palipeedam are at the ground level under a small mandapam.

There are two Ambal sannadhi one is in the inner prakaram and other is outer prakaram.

In the Outer prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar and Subramaniyar.
In the inner prakaram sannadhi for ambal ( Kanaga Kujambigai ), Suryan and chandran.

In koshtam Nirutha Ganapathy, Yoga Dhakshinamoorthy ( Right hand on the left chest – a rare moortham ), Maha Vishnu ( in place of Lingothbavar ) Brahma and Durgai.

Moolavar is Theenda Thirumeni and covered completely with Nagabaranam. Through vibhuthi hole the red colour of the moolavar is visible.

From Coovam Ilambayankottur is 5 KM via Narasingapuram. Route is little tough and there is no proper road.
Auto is available from Perambakkam.

Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile  9600043000 and 9444865714. 

 Dwajasthambam with front mandapam
 Front mandapam
 Nandhi with Palipeedam
 Un installed damaged statutes

12. THIRUVOORAL  ( Now this place is called as Thakkolam )
This is the 12th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. 
Iraivan        :Sri Jalanatheswarar
Iraivi           :Sri ThirirajaKannigambal.

Some of the important features of this temple are …..
The Rajagopuram is of 3 tiers on the west side of the temple and the temple is facing east. 

Sudhai sirpam of Lord Shiva kicking Yaman for markandeyar is worth to see.
In the outer prakaram Sannadhi for Subramaniyar,  Thirukkulam ( not maintained properly and there is no drop of water ), Palipeedam, Dwajasthambam, Nandhi and Ambal Sannadhi.

There is no direct entrance from East only stone jolly work window.
The main entrance to maha mandapam is from south side and Sannadhi for Natarajar Saba, Navagrahas, Dharma Sastha and Subramaniyar.

In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Sabthamatahkkal, Naalvar, Valli Deivanai Samedha Sri Subramaniyar, Ganapathy, Ganapathy with 10 hands ( One hand found broken), Bairavar, Mahavishnu, Suryan, Chandran.In koshtam Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu  ( in place of Lingothbavar ), Brahma and Durgai ( In standing like Kannan playing flute ). Dhakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu and Brahma are in sitting posture very rare to see.

Moolavar is of sand ( prithivi) Theenda Thirumeni. 
The place is called as Thakkolam, because, Thakkan cried ( oolam -ஓலம்  ) by sensing the end of his life.

Direct bus is available from Poonamalee bus stand.
Arakkonam bus from Chennai passes through Thakkolam.


 Maha vishnu in sitting posture - in place of Lingothbavar - Right hand abaya hastham and left hand on his thigh.
 Vinayagar one hand was damaged - with sidhi on his left side
 Brahma  also in sitting posture beautiful to look
Vishnu  Durgai - watch the standing posture - like kannan  playing flute
 Un-installed damaged statues
 Dwajasthambam, palipeedam and Nandhi - granite stone window to see moolavar
 Front entrance of Main shrine
 Entrance of Ambal sannadhi
Three tier Rajagopuram of west side 

Iraivan        :  Sri Vaidheeswarar
Iraivi           :  Sri Thaiyal Nayagi

Some of the important Features of this temple are…
The temple is facing east and Sun worships Lord Shiva during Tamil Masi Month ( dates  21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.) There is a  Small entrance at the east with thirukkulam with proper fencing.
The Rajagopuram  is on north side and there is a Shiva Lingam at the entrance near compound wall.

PaliPeedam, Dwajasthambam and Nandhi are at the entrance of Maha mandapam.
In koshtam Narthana Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu in place of  Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai.

In the inner Prakaram Sannadhi for Navagrahas, Urchava moorthangal, Veeran, Ganapathy, Kashi Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Kumbeswarar, Kailasanathar, Annapoorani, Mahalingeswarar, Aadhi Sankarar installed Srichakkaram, Shiva Chakkaram and Shunmuga Chakkaram, Subramaniyar, Mahalakshmi. Natarajar Saba, Bairavar, Naalvar, Chandran and  Suryan,
Ambal is in a separate sannadhi.
In the outer prakaram has only Ko-salai.

The  temple is .5 Km off from main road before bus stand.
The Contact Phone number is 044 26491444. 

 View of temple complex from the north side Rajagopuram
 Dwajasthambam with mahamandapam
 East side 3 tier mini Rajagopuram
 Pudai siram on the entrance wall of Rajagopuram

 North side Rajagopuram

Iraivan        : Sri Singeeswarar
Iraivi           : Sri Pushpakujambigai

Some of the important features of this temple are…
The Place Mappedu was originally called as Meipedu.
The Rajagopuram is on the south side and the temple is facing east. There is a Dhakshinamoorthy moortham on the left side of the Rajagopuram entrance.

In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Aasthana Vinayagar, Subramaniyar, Aadhikesava Perumal, Veerapaaleeswarar, Bairavar, Veenai Anjaneyar ( A veena is on the hands ), Suryan.

Palipeedam, Dwajasthambam and Nandhi  are on the east side entrance of main shrine but the door is kept locked. We have to enter through south side entrance.
In artha mandapam Vinayagar on both side and there is no other moorthams.
Natarajar Saba is in Mahamandapam.

In koshtam Rudhra Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy ( Mahavishnu in place of Lingothbavar), Brahma and  Vishnu Durgai.
On moolavar vimanam, sudhai sirpam of Shiva’s Narthanam, Gajasamkara moorthy, Veena Dhakshinamoorthy, Pitchadanar, Naalvar, Kannappar, Egapaatha moorthy, on the east side Shiva and Parvathy on the Rishaba Vakanam are worth to see.

It was believed that the temple was constructed during Chozha King Aadhithya Karikalan (AD 967).
Why Shiva is called as Singeeswarar - refer my latest post on Tripurantaka lecture by Chitra Madhavan ....CLICK HERE

The Mappedu is on the bus route Poonamalee to Thakkolam.

Sivachariyar Sridhar Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile 9444943644 and 94443225093.


 View of Temple complex
 East side view of temple complex
 Dwajasthambam with palipeedam and nandhi

 Entance to the main shrine
 5 tier Rajagopuram
 Moolavar Vimanam
Sudhai sirpam on the moolavar vimanam 
Pudai sirpam at the entrance of raja gopuram - The lengthy one with Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma with their vahanas. 

Iraivan        : Sri Lakshmi Narasinga swamy
Iraivi         : Sri Maragatha valli.

Some of the important features of this temple are….
The Village is named after the Lord of this temple. The Rajagopuram is of 5 tiers and the temple is facing east. Lot of cows are in front of Rajagopuram.

Moolavar is Narasimhar (one of the avatharam of Lord Vishnu ) in sitting posture and Sri Lakshmi on his left thigh. In the mahamandapam Aalwar’s thirumenikal. At the entrance of Rajagopuram Palipeedam, Dwajasthambam and Garudalvar.

Thayar is in a separate temple/ sannadhi facing east in standing posture. There is also a separate temple/ sannadhi for Aandal. In prakaram Moortham of Ashta Lakshmigal constructed separately.

2 KM before Perambakkam on Poonamllee to Thakkolam / Arakkonam bus route.
Mid way between Coovam to Elumbayankottur and 2 KM from Coovam after colony. 



 Moolavar Vimanam

 Main entrance
5 tier Rajagopuram 

Iraivan        : Sri Choleeswarar
Iraivi           : Sri Kamkshi Ambal.

Some of the important features of this temple are….
There is no Rajagopuram and only there is an entrance arch.
Ambal sannadhi is in mahamandapam.

In outer prakaram, sannadhi for Sakthi Vinayagar, Kashi Viswanathar, Sri Subramaniyar, Bairavar, Navagrahas, Suryan, Chandran, Iyappan, Prathosha Lingam.
In koshtam Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma, Durgai.
Perambakkam is about 33 KM from Chennai on Poonamallee to Arakkonam route and 5 KM before Thakkolam. ( The Place is not on the main road )


 South side entrance
 Dwajasthambam with palipeedam and nandhi - No entrance from east side
 Moolavar Vimanam
Brahma in Koshtam 

Monday, 8 April 2013


08, April 2013
I was instructed by our Chairman to inspect the maintenance jobs  carried out at his personal Ooty Guest house. Since the inspection was planned during first week of April, decided to undertake this Velliangiri Yathra. When I called my friend Mr Azhagesan, to join this trip, he readily accepted and some of his office friends also expressed their willingness to join with us. When we announced our plan of  going  during day time others withdrawn from the yathra.

As usual I stayed at our Company’s guest house  ( Now I retired from SPIC )  and by 07.00 hrs , on 6th April 2013, started our yathra. Up to Isha  Yoga centre We could able to get the bus and from there 1.5 KM we walked to Poondy, the foot hills of Velliangiri. When we reached the base temple there were lot of devotees returning  from top after dharshan, who had under taken their yathra on the previous night. After base temple dharshan we started climbing up  around  08.00 Hrs. 

It took 1 hour to reach Vellai Pillayar sannadhi at the  top of the first hill. After crossing the bamboo forest in the second hill and reached the third hill. There were tall grass on both sides  of the third hill. There was no shade to rest on the 4th, 5th and 6th hills. But about 20 shops were put on the en-route. The path was up and down and we are able to get the first sight of THEN KAILAYAM SHIVA’s CAVE from the 5th and 6th hills.  It was too hot than we expected. We could see the plastic papers, biscuit covers chocolate wrappers strewn along the route up to 4th hill. ( Too bad )

We found extremely difficult to climb  the 7th hill in the scorching sun and we exhausted completely. Around 13.00 Hours finally reached the top. There was no crowd on the top. The temperature was also normal. Usually it will be too chill and cold breeze will be  from western Ghats. After peaceful dharshan and a  rest of about 30 minutes, started climb down and reached to the foot hill around 19.00 Hours. ( planned to reach by 18.00 hrs ). While climbing down also we had taken the same time of 5 Hours due to halt at many places.  I got pain in the left leg, otherwise it was okay. We had seen  few birds,  squirrels and lot of monkeys during our yathra.

  1. Take at least 2 litres of water  in case if you take day time yathra or otherwise 1 litre of water is okay. ( Water is available at Aandi sunai, Kaithatti sunai and at 6th hill – water may contains some contamination hence it is not preferred. But many people consumes – I had a severe stomach disorder during my 3rd Yathra, after that I avoid that  murky water)
  2. Some Fruits to boost energy ( Grapes is okay ).
  3. Food – may be curd rice will reduce the heat of the body.
  4. Some chocolates ( Candy man will do.)
  5. Glucose powder one packet.
  6. Torch light ( a small 2 battery cell torch will do ) .
  7. A practice of walking without chapel for about 15 days at-least will help for smooth climb ( Some peoples climb with foot wear, and shoes – It will be your belief – nobody stops you climb with chappel ).
  8. Bamboo stick, which is available at the base temple at a cost of Rs 20.00 ( difficult to climb up/ down without that)
  9. There are about 20 shops on the en-route, where you can get Soda, Lemon soda ( opposite to Vellai pillayar ), Mango, snaks, Sukku Coffee with out milk,  Kambu ( a millet ) koozhl. Shops are available up to base of the seventh temple. These shops will be open  only during season of 15 days before and after Chitra pournami ( Full moon day ) ie APRIL .
  10. There are some shops sells the medicinal herbs /plants too.
  11. Wants to do abhishekam & archana ?, materials has to be taken from the base temple.
  12. A mandapam is there at the base temple to take rest, wants to stay in the night also possible.
  13. Head tonsuring and bathing is possible at the base temple.
  14. Please do not throw plastics covers on the hill please bring back to base.
  15. Many people take bath at the starting of seventh hill. ( It is your choice ).
  16. Many people likes to take yathra during night to avoid sun heat. ( Sun rise will be a beautiful from the top hence it may be preferred).
  17. Wishes to enjoy the beauty of the hill, cloud floating under your feet may like to travel during day time.
  18. People undertake yathra during Maha Shiva Rathri and less during monthly amavasai ( No moon day )
  19. Try to take knife, bandage cloth, band aid -  may not help for self, but may be helpful for the other devotees.
  20. Ladies – ( Like Sabarimala) are restricted to undertake the yathra.
  21. The yathra will be pleasant if you carry less luggage. The back bag is preferred, since the hands will be free.
  22.  Try to undertake yathra in group, which will be helpful  during emergencies. 
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  Vazhukku parai with 234 steps cut on rock

 View of  Top hill from 6th hill with greenary on the background

 Route on 6th hill

 Vinayagar  temple in the 7th hill route open to sky

View of temple entrance from 7th hill route

  Vinayagar sannadhi

 Ambal sannadhi

 Velliangiri Andavar

 Top hill view  from down side

 Devotees dig for vibhuthi

Devotees dig for Kungumam ( The soil colour changes within 10 meters )

Wayside shops -Medicinal herbs for sale 

Sparrow - very cute  

 Nature's twist