Thursday, 5 September 2013


05, September 2013
In this week end Temple’s visit on 08-09-2013,  thought of covering the Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalangal near Tindivanam. This is the second visit to these temples. So prepared the details once again for the three temples ThiruArasili, Irumbai Mahalam and Thiruvakkarai. Landed Tindivanam Bus stop got a direct bus to Ozhinthiyapattu (Thiruarasili ). 

31. THIRUARASILI ( Now this place is called as Ozhinthiyapattu)

This is the 31st Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva sthalam in Thondai nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.

Iraivan : Sri Arasilinathar, Sri Aswatheswarar, Sri Arasileswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Periyanayagi, Sri Azhakiyanayagi

Some of the special features of this temple are …..
  1.  The temple was built by the kings of Salukkiyars.
  2. Salukkiyars, Vaamadeva Munivar worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple. Salukkiyars worshiped Lord Shiva in a Prathosham day, hence Prathosham is famous here.
  3. In the outer prakaram Naalvar Vinayagar, Sandikeswarar, Vallidevasena Sri Subramaniyar, Navagrahas, Kala bairavar and Suryan. There are lot of sudhai sirpam and paintings around the entrance and prakaram walls.
  4. Ambal in a separate sannadhi facing south with simha vakanam.
  5. Dwajasthambam with Nandhiyamperuman facing moolavar in the front mandapam through a salaram.
  6. In koshtam Dhakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma, Vishnu durgai and Vaishnavai.
  7. We have enter to the artha mandapam through south side entrance. Moolavar is very short and aavudayar is also at the lower level.
  8.  There are many old tamil inscriptions around the karuvarai walls. These Tamil inscriptions belongs to  Vikrama Chozha  Devar,  Kulothunga Chozha Devar period. During their period this place was called as “Oimanattu Thiruarasili” and “Jayankonda Chozhamandalathu Oimanattu Vijayarajendra Chozhavalanattu PeruvemburNattu Thiruarasili”
  9. There is a Thiruganasambandar madam built by "Srimathi Jayalakshmi” on the left side of the temple and seventh day’s   festival is sponsored  through the interest  from a deposit made by her.
  1. From Thindivanam to Pondychery bus route get down at Ozhunthiyapattu “ Junction from there the temple is about 2 KM ( Bus route via Kiliyanur – the last Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam – and Thailapuram)

  1. The Land line number is 04147 - 235 472.
East entrance mandapam with Rajagopuram 
Entrace to the main shrine 
Moolavar Vimanam with Dhakshinamoorthy sannadhi
Sri Valli devasena samedha Sri Subramaniyar sannai
Durgai amman sannadhi with moolavar vimanam
Vishnu durgai in Koshtam
Ambal Sri Periyanayagi
Ambal simha vakanam
Old Tamil Inscriptions 

After Dharshan walked back to Main road to catch a bus to Thirucitrambalam Koot road to go to Irumbai mahalam. On the way a passerby offered a lift for a KM distance through his TVS 50.  From the Main road reached the Thirucitrambalam Koot road through a share auto. To my luck a devotee offered me a lift in his car to reach Irumbai Maahalam.

32 – THIRU IRUMBAI MAAHALAM ( Now this place is called as Irumbai )
This is the 32nd and last of the Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. There are 3 maahalam where Shiva gave dharshan, of these this the center of the three ( North – Ujjain, south Ambar Maahalam and this is at the center  ). Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.

Iraivan : Sri Maahaleswarar, Sri Maahalanathar
Iraivi    : Sri Madhu Sundara nayagi, Sri Kuyi Mozhiammai

Some of the important features of this temple are …….
  1. There are two arches on the east and south side. When we enter through the south arch, in the outer prakaram wall murals of sthala puranam and Paintings.
  2. Paintings are also done all round the Vinayagar and Subramaniyar Sannadhi
  3.  In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar, Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Vayu Lingam, Hanuman, Sandikeswarar, Kala Bairavar, Navagrahas ( With vahanam and their concerts )
  4.  In koshtam Vinayaga r, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Vishnu Durgai.
  5. We have to enter through south side entrance to the inside mandapam. All round the walls covered with pethal sheets with engravings . Siddhar Kaduveli siddhar’s relief is  engraved in the mandapam and right side of the karuvarai entrance.
  6. Moolavar is of three pieces bounded by a pithalai plate.  ( The story behind this given below )
  7.  Ambal is in front of south entrance in standing posture ).
  1. There is a place called Thiruchitrambalam Koot Road on the bus route Tindivanam to  Pondy, from there Irumbai is 3 KM after crossing the National Highways ( By pass road ).
  1. 1.   The temple is open From 07.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs on all the days and there is no specific phone number to contact.
  2. More details may be obtained from the temple’s web site
South side entrance arch

Moolavar Vimanam with Dhakshinamoorthy sannadhi
Vinayagar sannadhi with Sri Subramaniyar sannadhi
Palipeedam, dwajasthambam with nandhi mandapam 

The Sthala Puranam of this temple connected with moolavar  crack / pieces goes like this ......

Once Kaduveli Siddhar was in penance under a peepal tree. He used to stretch his hand  to get the leaf falling from the tree for food. That was his food during the penance. Due to the penance the heat generated not allowed to rain in the area.  People suffered with hunger.

When the king Kulothungan came to know about this,  he announced that who ever  make awake Siddhar from his penance will get the reward. So a Thasi by name Valli gave food when the siddhar stretched his hand for leaf. The Siddhar to get conscious after eating the normal food.
After that, while he was watching the dance of  Valli,  her angelet ( Kolusu / salangai ) was  untied by itself and the siddhar tied the same. 

By seeing this the people  talked low of Siddhar. He got angry  and sung a song. By this the moolavar was  exploded in to three pieces.
The song is as follows 

"வெல்லும் பொழுது விடுவேன் வெகுளியை 
செல்லும் பொழுது செலுத்துவேன் சிந்தையை 
அல்லும் பகலும் உன்னையே தொழுவேன் 
கல்லும் பிளந்து கழுவெளியாமே "

The people realized the power of Kaduveli Siddhar and begged to forgive them. Again siddhar sang another song and the two pieces joined together
His song to join the pieces is follows 

"எட்டும் இரண்டும் அறிந்த எந்தனை 
எட்டும் இரண்டும் அறிந்த உந்தனை 
எட்டும் இரண்டும் ஒன்றதாகுமே "

Kaduveli Siddhar was blessed by Lord Shiva and the siddhar entered in to the jothi of Iraivan.
King and Kaduveli siddhar
Paintings of Shiva at the south side entrance. 
Kaduveli Siddhar had done his penance under this tree

Navagraha Sannadhi : Suryan – Usha Brat Isha,  Chandran – Keerthika, Angarakan – Sakthi Devi, Budhan – Gana Devi, Guru – Dhara Devi,                     Sukran - Sirungini Devi, Sani – Jesta Devi, Raghu – Singi Devi and Kethu – Chitra leka .

On return a devotee asked me  to come along with him to Panchavadi Hanuman Temple and also he promised me to drop back at Thiruchitarambalam koot road. Hearing my plan of going to Thiruvakkarai he dropped me at the koot road to get a bus to Perambakkam where I can get share autos to Thiruvakkarai. Reached Thiruvakkarai around 12.00 Hrs thinking that the temple might be closed, if  I make delay. After reaching, I learned that the temple will be kept open through out the day.  I had my lunch at the temple’s annadhanam ( Lord Shiva gave me food once again ).

This the 30th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. People quickly knows if you call it as Thiruvakkarai Vakkarakali Amman Temple.

Iraivan : Sri Chandra Mouleeswarar, Sri Chandrasekreswarar
Iraivi     : Sri Amirtheswari, Sri Vadivambigai

Some of the important details are ………
  1. The rajagopuram is of 7 tiers. When we enter through rajagopuram Vakkarakali amman is in front with Vakkara Lingam Sannadhi ( worshipped by Vakkarasuran ). The half of the nandhi is only visible out side.  The  Kundalini muni’s generation Vakkarasuran ruled that area and was killed by Kali after worshiping Sri Chandrasekar ( Lord Shiva ). 
  2.  After the Vakkarakali amman temple on the right Vasanthamandapam. Once it was in a dilapidated condition and now looks beautiful after  reconstruction and renovation.
  3. On the left Palipeedam with nandhi mandapam in front of 2nd level Rajagopuram ( Kili Gopuram ). Nandhi is little large in size.
  4. On the left of second level Rajagopuram   Dwara Ganapathi and Murugan on the right.
  5. In the outer prakaram Ambal temple is on the right  and on the left  moorthnagal of Sabtha mathakkal, Kundalini  Muni’s jeeva Samadhi / sannadhi )with a Shiva Lingam on the top. ( In koshtam  Dhakshinamoorthy, Thirumal,), Sannadhi  Varadharaja Perumal ( Facing west ) and Garudalvar  and Hanuman are in opposite ), Navagrahas ( Sani’s vahanam is facing south ) and Murugan sannadhi.
  6. In the front mandapam sannadhi for Vinayagar, 16 faces Shiva Lingam, Veerabathrar with 8 hands.
  7.  We can reach inner prakaram after crossing the big size Dwarabalakars with simha vakanam. In the inner prakaram Sannadhi for  Naalvar ( Here also there is no greedam for sundarar ), Vinayagar, Vallidevasena Subramaniyar, Vaathabi Ganapathy, Pichadanar, Lingothbavar, Brahma, Bairavar, Arthanareeswarar, Durgai, Kundalini Munivar, Nageswarar, Kalabairavar, Sandikeswarar, Agasthya Lingam, and Natarajar Saba ( Kept locked  - Natarajar dance is vakkara dance with leg above hip ).
  8.  In koshtam Dhashinamoorthy, Mahavishnu, ( Thayar on the opposite side ), Brahama, Durgai. Brahma is in the nitch and others are in the ground level since they are big in size.
  9.  In the artha mandapam Chandran, Suryan, Vinayagar, Dwara balakar ( second level ), Arumugar and veerabathirar.
  10. Moolavar is not of regular type  and has three faces. Front side Shiva and Brahma & Vishnu faces are both sides. 
  11. Old tamil inscriptions are found around karuvarai walls.
  1.  Town buses are available from Tindivanam bus stand.
  2.  There is place called Perumbakkam on the Pondy to Tindivanam bus route via Mailam ( a Famous Murugan Temple ). From there Thiruvakkarai is about 6 KM. Share autos are available.
  1. The temple is kept open from 07.00 Hrs to night 20.30 Hrs throughout the day with out lunch break.

  1. The Land Line number is :0413 - 268 8949


After dharshan at Thiruvakkarai returned to Perampakkam through a share auto. From there through a Private bus reached Mailam. 
An arch erected at Perampakkam about 6 KM from Thiruvakkarai 
View of the Rajagopuram from the entrance of the street
Vakkarakali Amman Sannadhi Vimanam with Rajagopuram on the back
Vakra Lingam  Nandhi half submerged
Vasantha mandapam built like chariot - horse pulling the chariot
Simha pillars - see the carvings of open mouth with teeth  and hair
Vasantha mandapam - reconstructed after dilapidated condition 
A big size nandhi in front of 2nd level

Second level 3 tier Rajagopuram 
Entrance arch after second level Rajagopuram 
Kundalini Siddhar Jeeva samadhi 

Moolavar Vimanam 
Lakshmi Ganapathy on the north side compound wall
Old Tamil Inscriptions 

The temple is on a small hill with neatly paved stone steps. It has a concrete route for the vehicles to climb. The rajagopuram is of 5 tiers. Even though it was a Sunday after noon there was not much of crowd. Since this is the marriage season I could see lot of newly wedded couples seeks blessings of Lord Murugan. The temple used to kept open with out lunch break.
Entrance arch - at end of steps 
the 5 tier rajagopuram on the east side
Vasantha mandapam
Moolavar vimanam
Sudhai sirpam over the Top level compound wall
Mandapam while climbing down - Sudhai sirpam of Palani Andavar 

After Mailam Murugan’s blessings reached Tindivanam through a Town bus. Got down at the beginning of the bridge and reached  the Chennai bus stop under the bridge. Boarded  a bus to Acharapakkam after seeing the name was written behind the bus. Otherwise I would have choose to reach Chennai.  I did not collect details of Acharapakkam temple before starting this  week  end visit. The temple is about 2 KM off main road. This is my second visit to this temple.

29 – ACHIRUPAKKAM  ( Now this place is called as Acharapakkam )

This is the 29th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.

Iraivan : Sri Aatcheeswarar, Sri Aatchikondanathar, Paarkapureeswarar,                             Sri Sthiravarapureswarar, Sri Mullaikkanamudayar.
Iraivi    : Sri Ilangiliammai, Sri Sundaranayagi, Sri Balasukambigai,                                     Sri Athisundarambal.

Some of the important features of this temple are as follows…..
  1.  The Achirutha Vinayagar sannadhi is on the east mada street just before the main temple. The story behind the temple is, when Lord Shiva went to destroy the three puram( Tharagan, Kamalatchan, Vidhvan mali  who ruled at Thiruvadhigai near Panruti ) ie Devars as ratham, Suryan and Chandran as wheels, The four vedhas as Horses, Meru as bow, Vasuki as string, Thirumal as arrow and Brahma as sarathy, without given any the part to Sri Vinayagar.  So vinayagar has played his role as usual by breaking the  axle. Realizing this Lord Shiva  blessed Vinayagar and proceeded to Thiruvadhigai  and destroyed three puram. 
  2.  The main temple is facing east with 5 tier Rajagopuram. There are two Shiva sannadhi. The Palipeedam, dwajasthambam and nandhi are facing Aatcheeswarar ( Emai Aatcheesar ). But the main entrance is towards Umai aatcheesar sannadhi. There is an interesting story behind this. The Pandya king who found out the Lord Shiva’s moortham after following the udumbu in side Kontrai tree asked the minister to built a Shiva temple. So the Minister built the temple on his name as Emai Aatcheesar. The king got angry on the minister, so the minister has built another sannadhi and told the King that one is Umai Aatcheesar.
  3. On the right side of dwajasthambam Ambal  Ilangilammai is in a separate Sannadhi. On the left Sabtha maathakkal,  Naagras, Kondraiadi Eeswarar, and Navagraha  Sannadhi.
  4. In the inner prakaram on an elevated level from left are Polla Pillayar with sidhi & Pudhi,  Naalvar, 63var in stone, Alamelu Mangai Thayar, Srinivasa Perumal, Umai Aatcheesar ( Shiva and Parvathy Thirumana Kolam in sitting posture behind moolavar) with his concert Uma Parvathy, Palani Andavar, Sri Lakshmi, Durgai, Sarasvathy,  Aarumugasamy with valli devasena,  63var in Cheppu moorthangal,  Urchava moorthangal, Natarajar saba, Arunagiri Nathar in north east corner, Bairavar with brama kapala malai,  and Suryan.
  5. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma, and  Durgai.  Lot of old Tamil inscriptions found around the karuvarai wall.
  6. Moolavar Emai Aatcheesar is short on  short Aavudayar.  As per the history the artha mandapam from where we used to pray was a well and was closed with stone  slabs. 
  7. The Temple chariot  construction is in progress.
  8. The temple outside and inside was not kept neatly. Lot of vegetation has grown in the outer prakaram and inner prakaram behind umai Aatcheesar sannadhi.
  1. Achrapakkam is on the National highway  Chennai to Villupuram before Tindivanam. The temple  is about 1.5 KM off main road.

Achirutha Vinayagar Sannadhi
The 5 tier Rajagopuram 
Nandhi Mandapam with Dwajasthambam
Entrance to the main shrine
Emai Aatcheesar Vimanam ( Lot of vegetation has grown )
Umai Aatcheesar sannadhi vimanam 
Kondrai adi Eeswar -Shiva under Kondrai tree
Old Tamil inscriptions
Wooden carvings for chariot
Yazhi - Wooden carvings for chariot
Wooden carvings for chariot
Wooden carvings for chariot ( Please note the hair curls ) 

In this week end temple visit I was able to cover 4 Paddal Petra Shiva Sthalangal and a Murugan temple. After dharshan of  Aatcheesar walked back once again to Acharapakkam National hi way bus stop  to catch bus to Chennai. Reached home around 20.30 Hours, through Perungalathur – Thambaram by bus and from Thambaram to Guindy by Train, since I had my return ticket to Guindy. From Guindy by Motor cycle which I had left in SPIC Office, where I worked earlier.



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