Tuesday, 13 October 2015

THE COOUM – A CULTURAL MAPPING- ON DAY TRIP TO COOUM/ THIRUVIRKOLAM, SIVAPURAM, KESAVARAM ANAIKKATU/DAM, KESAVARAM SHIVA TEMPLE, IDAIYARPAKKAM, SITRAMBAKKAM AND SENJI

12th October 2015.
Continuation to the previous post……

SITRAMBAKKAM – SELLIAMMAN TEMPLE
We had our good lunch at Idayarpakkam Shiva temple and  reached Sitrambakkam Selliamman Temple. A patron with inscriptions inscribed on all the sides  around a  flower relief kept as a step stone of a small shrine. I think the patron has relation to this temple selli amman Temple, may belongs to some other temple. (as per PadmaPriya, it may belongs to Thenkaranai Village. )

The patron is about ” Aalavayil Somasiyar’s son in-law or nephew constructed a Koil during Parameswara Varman’s reign “ .  As per the inscriptions this belongs to679 AD and the  temple might be  constructed on the banks of River Cooum.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE

The inscriptions of the patron
Selliamman Temple 
SENJI JANAME JAYA ESWAR TEMPLE.
The temple is in bad shape and one kala pooja is conducted under TNHRCE’s aid. The moolavar is kept in artha mandapam, fearing of sanctum may crumble at any time.  Some more statues lying in the artha mandapam.  We can not judge whether the Vimanam is holding the tree or the tree is holding the Vimanam. Beautiful reliefs like Shiva and Parvathy, Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar with bow on his left hand.  Koshta moorthams were in a damaged condition. The colour of the koshta moorthams are in green, which is  different from the main structure.  
There are two more sannadhis on the back side of the sanctum sanctorum. The temple was built like mada koil.  The inscriptions available are not in readable condition. It may belongs to Chozha Period.  The Podhiyals of the mandapam is  of different style from what we used to see.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE CLICK HERE
 Temple view with palipedam 
 Waste water stagnating on the north side of the sanctum 
 A separate Structure – in crumbling state 
 Mada type entrance 
 Beautiful carvings - Shiva and Parvathy 
 Beautiful carvings
 Vimanam looking from south- Dhakshinamurthy in koshtam

 Vinayagar – in green stone 
 A wonderful carving 
 Dhakshinamurthy -in green stone 
 Lingothbavar 
 Trees on the Vimanam 
 Trees on the Vimanam 
 Trees on the Vimanam 
 Shrine at the back sanctum – May be Sri Valli Devanai Subramaniyar sannadhi 
 Moolavar was shifted to the mandapam 
 The Podhiyals of the mandapam is of different style 
May be of Ambal idol
 Beautiful carvings
SENJI PERUMAL TEMPLE:
This Perumal Temple is on the next street of the Village Senji. One Kala Pooja is  performed in this temple also. The temple is with sanctum, arthamandapam and muka mandapam. Karudalwar is at front. In arthamandapam  Alwars and in sanctum Thayar is on the laps of Perumal. The person in-charge  said moolavar name is Karivaradha Perumal. Since thayar is on the laps of moolavar, this may be Lakshmi Narayanar.  In Koshtam  Paramapatha nathar looks cute with out much damage sculptured in green stone like in Shiva Temple.

We are not sure that this temple is a reconstructed one or somebody would have done some exercise to rebuild, since numbers in Tamil are engraved on each stones. 
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE : CLICK HERE
 Temple view
 Temple view Palipedam and Garudathoon
 Idols scattered 
 Beautiful view of Paramapatha Nathar - in green stone 
 Thayar on the laps of Perumal - may be Lakshmi narayanan
Alwars in artha mandapam 
Inscriptions are not visible.

I extend my sincere thanks to Mr Vaidhyanathan, Mr Venkatesh, Mrs Padmapriya allowed me join this trip in place  of Mr Anandkrishnan ( who opted out from this tour ), Mr Anandhakrishnan, who has given me the chance, Mr Ramanath, Mr Saswath, Mr Hariharan, other participants of this tour and many un-known faces who helped   for this excellent visit  with good breakfast ( without ravakesari) and Lunch to the Cultural and heritage sites on the banks of Cooum river.  Thanks to all once again.
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---

4 comments:

  1. Well written. I like the idea of "cultural mappings"!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the comments
      om Shivaya nama:

      Delete
  2. This is really a nice post.Very nice blog. Thanks a lot.!
    Stone Manufacturer

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the comments and compliments
      Om Shivaya nama:

      Delete