Sunday, 29 November 2015


29th November 2015.
Sevas Pandiyan invited me to the 160th Uzhavaram  by SEVAS at Triplicane Tiruvetteeswarar on 29th November 2015. He also up loaded the map to my request.  This is one of the Thirunavukkarau’s Thiruthandakam Devaram padal petra Vaippu  sthalam. Postponing  all other activities ( vettivelaikal and Sunday sleeping ) decided to join the Uzhavaram.  After attending a marriage joined with Seavas ( reason for little late ). The main task of the Uzhavaran was to clean the temple, Nandhavanam and Thirukulam.  The Uzhavaram went on very well. Took many photographs for my collection and uploading in the website.
Iraivan : Sri Thiruvetteeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Shenbagambigai
Some of the important features of this temple are….
  1. This is one of the Saint Thirunavukkarau’s Thiruthandakam Devaram padal petra Vaippu  sthalam. The temple is facing east with 5 tier Rajagopuram.
  2. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi are in front.
  3. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Vallaba Ganapathy, Adhikara nandhi, Kasi Viswanathar with Visalakshi amman, Valli Devanai samedha Sri Subramaniyar, Bairavar and Navagrahas.
  4. In the front mandapam  entrance to inner prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar on the left and Subramaniyar on the right. The mandapam pillars has many reliefs of munivars, rishis, and Hanuman’s various forms.
  5. In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar, Veerabathirara, Balamurugan, Samayakuravarkal, Sekizhar, Paravai and Sankili Nachiyarudan Sundarar, Santhanakuravarkal, Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Lakshmi, Sarasvathy, Subramaniyar with valli devasena urchavars, 63var ( Panchaloka moorthangal ), Sandikeswarar, Palliyarai, Natarajar Saba ( Natarajar, Karaikkal ammayar, Sivakami and Manikkavasakar) and 63var.
  6. Moolavar Thiruvetteeswarar ( in koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Sudharsana Chakkaram, Perumal Mahavishnu, brahma and Durgai )   and Somaskandhar ( In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Jothisivam, Brahma and Durgai)  are in separate sannadhis facing east with separate Koshta moorthams.  Ambal is facing south with entrance, dwajasthambam, palipedam and Simha vahanam.
  7. The history of the temple is as follows. It was believed that the temple was built during 7th century and  damaged completely. It was observed that a cow was milking on a particular place near shenbaga odai ( Now called as Shenbaga theertham ). People excavated and found there was a shiva lingam with a scar on it’s top ( hence called as Thiruvetteeswarar ). The temple was reconstructed latter and Ambal moortham was found in the Shenbaga theertham and called Sri Shenbagambigai.
  8. During British period 1-11-1734 the temple income was relieved from Tax.
  9. During 16th and 17th century the Navabs ( Muslim kings ) gave donations to this temple.  Till date flower and milk are  being supplied to the temple by the Muslim charities for the artha jama pooja.
  10. It was believed that Sri Lakshmi worshiped Lord Shiva to marry Mahavishnu.
  11. In the course of fight between Lord Shiva and Arjunan to get the Pasupatha asthiram, Arjuna’s weapon hit the head of Lord Shiva and a scar was made on the lingam, hence Iraivan is called as ‘ Partha Pirakaralingam’- this was explained by Tamil Thatha U Ve Sawmynatha Iyyar.
  12. This temple is equivalent to Kasi and Sri Kalathi. Reliefs of Raghu and Kethu can be seen in front of moolavar sannadhi ceiling. Hence this temple is also a parikara sthalam for Raghu and Kethu dhosam
  1. The temple is kept open between 06.00 Hrs to 11.00 Hrs and 17.00 Hrs to 21.00 Hrs
  1. Sivachariyar Vijayakumar May be contacted on his landline number +91 44 28511228.
  1. The temple is in Triplicane very near to Star Theatre and Triplicane Post office Stop.
  2. City town buses are available from various parts of the city.

 The temple chariot with the 5 tier Rajagopuram 
 5 tier Rajagopuram 
 Dwajasthambam with temple front view 
 Palipedam with nandhi Mandapam 
 Navagraha Sannadi with Ambal temple vimanam 
 Navagraha Sannadhi with Rajagopuram 
 Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar sannadhi 

 Vallaba Ganapathy Sannadhi 
 Ambal temple dwajasthambam with Somaskandhar sannadhi vimanam 
 Ambal temple dwajasthambam with Somaskandhar sannadhi vimanam 
 Navagraha Sannadhi 

 Sevas in nandhavanam 
 Sevas in nandhavanam 

 Sevas in nandhavanam 
 Sevas with Nagars
 Naga Kanni  
 Naga Kanni and nagars 
 Sevas with Nagars
 Shenbaga Theertham – even though heavy rain there is no water in the tank 
 Sunadarar with Paravai and Sangili Nachiyar 
 Entrance top sudhai sirpam 

 Anjaneyar is playing a drum

 Sri Lakshmi is worshiping Lord Shiva 

 Ambal worshiping Lord Shiva 

Thirunavikkarasar – Appar 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


26th November 2015
After the marriage of my co-brother’s daughter, I went to the Namakkal to have the dharshan of Sri Anjaneyar, since my original plan of meeting Mr Aragalur Venkatesan was cancelled.  Also I have to board the Train Yercaud Express at Salem around 21.55 Hrs. Utilizing this opportunity went Namkkal. It was raining throughout my bus journey. The miracle was,  the rain stopped when I reached Namkkal. After  Anjaneyar’s dharshan tried  for Sri Narasimha Swamy’s dharshan. Understood that the temple will be opened only after 16.30 Hrs skipped the dharshan of Sri Narasimha Swamy. Managed to take some snaps   and returned back to salem without using my umbrella. 
Iraivan : Sri Narasimha Swamy
Thayar : Sri Namagiri Amman
This is a rockcut cave temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The history of the temple is associated with the killing of Hiranyakasibu by Lord Vishnu in the form of Simha head (Narasimmar – not a human being and not an animal ). Thayar is called as Sri Namagiri Amman. This cave temple is facing west  and arthamandapam and sanctum are inside the cave. The temple is with two prakarams with out a Rajagopuram, but with an entrance arch. This temple is being maintained by Archeological Survey of India ( ASI) and maintained by Tamil Nadu HRCE Department.  This is a Thirumoorth Stalam where we can see various avathara reliefs of Mahavishnu can be seen on the walls of the cave. Further details may be obtained from the temples website -
I went to the temple too early in the evening and could not see the rock cut sanctum

The Sri Anjaneyar  temple is just 300 meters away from Sri Narasimha swamy Temple.  Anjaneyar is in a standing posture  and facing  Sri Narasimha Swamy.  The sanctum is open to sky and there is a  story behind this.  Vadamala prayer  is a special  in this temple.

  1. The temples is kept open between 07.00 Hrs to 13.00 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 20.00 Hrs
  1. Temples web site :
  2. AC EO’s mobile number is 97500 42615 and office land line number is 04286 233999.
  1. TNSTC buses are available from many parts of Tamil Nadu and frequent buses are available from Salem.
  2. Fro Bus stand ( near arch ) share auto is available, which charges Rs 5 and the distance approximately 1.KM from bus stand.