Friday, 28 August 2015

SRI DEVI KARUMARI AMMAN TEMPLE , SASTRI NAGAR – KAKKAN BRIDGE, WEST VELACHERY ANNUAL FESTIVAL

29th August 2015
The annual festival of Sri Devi Karumari Amman temple is being celebrated during the first week of Avani , Tamil Month. A hill like structure has been erected and  an Amman statue is installed is the main attraction of this temple this year.

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE : CLICK HERE
Temple entrance
Sri Devi Karumari Amman Statue with hill like  structure
Vinaygar LED Display 
Amman LED Display – Technology is changed from incandescent bulb to LED bulbs
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA ---

Thursday, 27 August 2015

PATHA YATHRA TO NADU PALANI FROM MARAIMALAI NAGAR - CHENNAI

27th August 2015.
This is an Open Invitation to those who would like to take Patha Yathra from Maraimalai nagar to Nadu Palani a place near Achiruppakkam on Chennai to Trichy National High way. This Sri Dhandayuthapani Temple is between Palani and Vadapalani ( Chennai ), so this is called as Nadu Palani.

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE

To See my previous Posts :2012,  2012,   2014

The following are the Invitation and schedule. 



நல்லதே நடக்கும் நடுபழநி நாதன் அருளால் 
---ஓம் சிவாய நம :---

Friday, 21 August 2015

MADRAS WEEK 2015, A LECTURE BY Mrs CHITRAMADHAVAN ON TEMPLES IN AND AROUND MADRAS - CHENNAI AT TATTVALOKA, THEYNAMPET

22nd August 2015.
As a Part of Madras week 2015, attended the  lecture “Temples in around Chennai “ by Mrs Chitra Madhavan at Tattvaloka, Theynampet on 21st August 2015.  I am one of the 20 and odd participants, in that our Mam Padmapriya was also there. ( It shows that world is too small and we cannot  miss a person who was already known). In the lecture she covered the Shiva temples of Coovam ( Thiruvirkolam, Thirupachur, Ilumbayankottur. All the three temples are Padal petra sthalangal.  ( For details of my temples visit …..CLICK HERE )  She also touched the temples of Kapaleeswarar,  where the images Tripurantaka  story is available in the Rajagopuram.

The lecture’s the main subject was Tripurantaka the urchavar of Thiruvirkolam. The moorthams may be in  forms metal ie  Panchaloka, brass or  Stucco ( in the Kapaleeswarar temple Rajagopuram ) were explained. The images of Tripurantaka is  also available in various temples like Tanjore, Kailasanathar temple at Kancipuram   and Karnataka & Andrapradesh too. Lord Shiva Killed the three  sons of a demon through Vishnu as Arrow and Brahma as charioteer.  The other devas participated as bow, chariot, etc.  She told that the Gajabirusta Vimanam, belongs to Chola period, to support she quoted the inscriptions available at the temple.  Probably the base on the temple was constructed by  Pallavas and latter Gajabirusta vimanam was added or renovated by Cholas.  In the Back side of the moolavar, devaksohtam  we can see that Vishnu instead of Lingothbavar in many temples. This shows that the temples are very old.  This statement may not hold good for all the temples, since I had seen some of the temples in around    Madras  with Vishnu in Devakoshtam,  which are constructed in the recent years. ( This may be an unite effort of Shiva & Vishnu devoteesmay and this statement may not be correct too…)

She also explained  the Shiva temple  at Mappedu, where Veena Hanuman is installed. Quoted the other temples which has similar moortham at Kumbakonam Sri Ramaswamy Temple ( Raghunatha veena ) and Villivakkam Sri Dhamodaraswamy temple. Lord Shiva gave dharshan  to one of his Shiva gana Singi at this temple, hence Shiva is called as Sri  Singeeswarar. ( During Shiva’s dance at Thiruvalangadu , Singi could not see, hence Shiva gave dharshan at this temple  to Singi’s prayer).  

Totally the lecture was very nice and I could learn many things. Thanks to Chitra and Tattvaloka for arranging such a wonderful program.  Since the Photography was restricted I could take only three slides of Lord Shiva as Tripurantaka.  



--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA ---

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

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Kunrathur Sri Nagechara Swamy Temple
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Nandambakkam Sri Kothandaramar Temple
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Somangalam Sri Kamakshi samedha Sri Somanatha Eeswarar temple
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THE TEMPLE, THAT LOSTS ITS IDENTITY - VILLIVAKKAM - SRI SORNAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI AGASTHEESWARAR TEMPLE

18th August 2015
VILLIVAKKAM - SRI SORNAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI AGASTHEESWARAR TEMPLE
On 16th August I had been to Purasawalkam Sri Gangadheeswarar Temple  and had the dharshan of Sri Gangadheeswarar and Sri Oontreeswarar (Sri Oontreeswarar of Thiruvenbakkam, where Lord Shiva gave Oontrukol to Sundarar when he lost his eyes. The original moorthams were brought to this temple while constructing the Poondi reservoir.  Lord Shiva wishes  to stay  here itself  even after constructing a new temple at Thiruvenbakkam, the present Poondi. ( For details of my Thiruvenpakkam Visit -CLICK HERE )  

After dharshan of Sri Gangatheeswarar and Sri Oontreeswarar, thought of worshiping  Sri Agastheeswarar  at Villivakkam. I had been to this temple once and we used to cross the temple  around 05.00 Hrs on the way to Thirupathi Patha yathra every year on 1st January.  The temple looks new and lot of renovations has been carried out.  Since the temple was old searched for epigraph around sanctum wall. But I could not find any.

To my surprise  a stone with inscription ( only a portion of the epigraph) on the wall in the inner prakaram. Could not identify, in which language it was written.  With little light I found that the stone was kept up side down.  Some of inscription blocks  are used for the out side wall. We cannot trace under whose period the temple was constructed. Totally it was a mesh. There are some inscription on the base of Ambal sanctum also in a un readable condition.  


Tried to get the sthalapuranam, (  for knowing epigraph details ) but the book  shop was not open.  Epigraph details are not mentioned in the temple web site also.  In the name of renovation, with out knowing the importance of the epigraphic details the identity  and authenticity of the  temple was destroyed and the future generations  will be kept in dark. Here are some of the epigraphs...
This epigraphic stone is kept up side down. 
The epigraph on the base of Ambal sanctum base
The epigraph on the base of Ambal sanctum base
This epigraph is on the outside wall 
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA ---

Monday, 17 August 2015

PURASAWALKAM & VILLIVAKKAM SHIVA TEMPLES

17th August 2015
On 16th August I had been to Purasawalkam Sri Gangadheeswarar Temple .  This visit  was planned  to worship Sri Oontreeswarar of Thiruvenbakkam, where Lord Shiva gave Oontrukol to Sundarar when he lost his eyes. The original moorthams were brought to this temple while constructing the Poondi reservoir.  Lord Shiva wishes  to stay  here itself  even after constructing a new temple at Thiruvenbakkam, the present Poondi. ( For details of my Thiruvenpakkam Visit -CLICK HERE )  

From Guindy to Egmore went through  Train and from Egmore  Railway station walked up to temple.  The route was Egmore Railway station – Poonamalle High Road- Dr Alagappa Chettiyar Road – Sri Gangadeeswarar temple Road.

PURASAWALKAM - SRI PANGAJAMBAL SAMEDHA SRI GANGADEESWARAR TEMPLE.
This temple is at Purasawalkam, a part of Chennai City close to Egmore.
Iraivan : Sri Gangadeeswarar
Iraivi     : Sri Pangajambal
Some of the important features of this temple are....
  1. The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram.
  2. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and nandhi are at the front side,
  3. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Urchavar Mandapam with 63var,  Sidhi Vinayagar, Vaidheeswarar, Sri Balasubramaniyar, Kuruntha Malleeswarar ( North Indians do abhishekam on their own hands),Ambal Temple Simha vakanam with pali pedam and Dwajasthambam,  Sathya Narayana Perumal, Paana lingam without avudayar, Yaha salai, Navagrahas and Sri Ramalinga vallalar.
  4. In the outer prakaram walls sudhai reliefs of Shiva’s leela. They are Shiva’s anadha dhandavam, Carried mud to stop the water of vaigai for Pittu, Shiva kicking  Yeman for Markandeyar, Kannapparapplying his eyes of Shiva, Burning Muppuram, Ravanan lifting Kailash, Shiva gave dharshan to Karaikal ammayar.
  5. The sthala puranam sudhai sirpangal are Bhakirathan not respecting  Narathar and Narathar gave sabam, Bhakirathan worshiping Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva gave dharshan to Bhakirathan.
  6. In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Ambal, Naalvar, Maha Ganapathy, Naagars, Bhakirathan, Kasi Viswanathar, Sekizhar, Kulachirai Nayanar, Suryan, Sri Valli devasena Subramaniyar, Uchista Ganapathy, Sri Oontreeswarar, Minnoli ammai, Shanmugar, Durgai, Bairavar, Dhakshinamoorthy,  Palliyarai,  Bairavar, Chandran, Suryan, Natarajar Saba.
  7. Naalvar reliefs on the pillar in front of Moolavar snnadhi.
  8. Once this place was with large number of Pursu trees, hence this place was called as Purasavakam
  9. Sanctum is of agazhi type. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy,  Vishnu, Brahma and Durgai.
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The office telephone number is 044 26422487
  2. The temple web site : http://www.purasawalkamgangadeeswarartemple.tnhrce.in/
POOJA TIMINGS:
  1. The temple is kept open for dharshan between 07.00 Hrs to 11.00 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 21.00 Hrs
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Bus facility is available from various parts of the city.
  2. 2 KM from Egmore station vis Gandhi Irvin road – Nair Road – Dr Alagappa Chettiar Road – Gangadheeswarar rtemple road.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE 
The 5 tier Rajagopuran.
Entrance view of the temple after Rajagopuram
Moolavar Vimanam 
Lord Shiva’s Sudhai  statue – Bhakirathan is worshiping Lord Shiva.  It was said that there is a light and show about the history of the temple after 19.00 Hrs 
Sudhai relief of Shiva’s Leela – burning of  Muppuram 
Sudhai relief of Shiva’s Leela – Churning the par kadal – Vasuki the  snake – as thread and Mount meru as mathu  
The story of Gana pazham (ஞான பழம் )
Sudhai relief of Shiva’s Leela-Ravanan Lifting Kailash 
The temple sthala puranam -  Bhakirathan’s  court where Ladies are dancing and Narathar was respected when he visited Bhakirathan’s court. Narathar gave him sabam to get the decease of mega noi.  (மேக நோய் )
The temple sthala puranam -   Bhakirathan Worshiping Lord Shiva – Ganga flowed from Shiva’s head and Bhakirathan relieved from the decease. 
This set  of moorthams belongs to  Thiruvenbakkam, presently called as Poondi,  Shiva temple. While constructing the Poondi Reservoir Moolavar  Sri Oontreeswarar, Ambal Minnoli Ambal, Vinayagar, Subramaniyar, Bairavar were brought and kept in this temple. After some years the moorthams were installed in this temple itself. After completion of the Poondi reservoir the present temple at poondi was reconstructed  and when asked to shift the original moorthams, Lord Shiva has not given permission and stayed here itself.  One of the nandhi's horn is in broken condition due to hitting of Sundarar's oontrukol, which can be seen. The sivachariyar  told that 6 kaala poojas were performed at Thiruvenbakkam and now one Kaala Pooja is performed ( For my Thiruvenpakkam visit - CLICK HERE ).
After dharshan , thought of worshiping  Sri Agastheeswarar  at Villivakkam. I had been to this temple once and we used to cross the temple  around 05.00 Hrs on the way to Thirupathi Patha yathra.  Lot of renovations has been carried out  and kumbhabhishekam was also performed recently ( Due to renovation the temple lost it’s identity, how ? written separately ). Walked to the temple from Villivakam bus- stand. Tried to get the sthalapuranam, (  for knowing epigraph details ) but the book  shop was not open.  Epigraph details are not mentioned in the temple web site.   

VILLIVAKKAM - SRI SORNAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI AGASTHEESWARAR TEMPLE
This temple is at Villivakkam a part of Chennai City and close to  Bus terminus and Railway station.
Iraivan : Sri Agastheeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Sornambigai
Some of the important features of this temple are...
  1. The main entrance is from south with a Mottai Rajagopuram and the arch above was built in recent years.
  2. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and nandhi are at the east entrance in the outer prakaram. Sannadhi for Naagars, Lingas, Vilvambigai,  Aadhi Sankarar and Navagrahas.
  3. In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Surayan, Nandheeswarar ( with nandhi head ), Naalvar, Ganapathy, Urchavars, Kasi Viswanathar, Agasthiyar, Palani Andavar, Lakshmi, Saraswathy, Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Sandikeswarar, Bairavar and Chandran.
  4. Vinayagar and Subramaniyar are at the entrance of sanctum.  Dwarabalakars are little big in size and cute.
  5. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durgai.
  6. Sanctum is of Gajabirustam type and Agazhi type of construction.  Moolavar is in an elevated position. In nagabranam looks cute.
  7. Ambal sannadhi is in the same prakaram facing south.  Lord Shiva permitted Ambal to give dharshan to Agasthiyar  with gold ornaments, hence Ambal is called as Sri Sornambikai.  This sthalam is one of the 108 Sakthi sthalam.
  8. The history says that Agasthiyar Killed demons Vilvalan and Vatapi. To get rid of pramahathi dhosham Sri Veerabathirar helped Agasthiyar and got relieved.  Hence Sri Veerabathirar sannadhi is opposite to South side entrance and facing north.
  9. Mars created a spring and worshiped Lord Shiva.  Naagars are around Neem and Peepal tree on a raised platform. Devotees worship during Aadi Tamil month.
  10. The temple has Chozha Period inscriptions and proves that the temple exists  more than 500 years. ( A separate post is written about the inscriptions)
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The telephone number is 044 26172326
  2. TNHRCE Dept Executive officer 9790996743 & Clerk 9952038155
  3. Temple web site : http://www.villivakkamagastheeswarartemple.tnhrce.in/
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 06.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs with 4 Kaala poojas.
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Villivakkam is well connected with various parts of Chennai city and a KM from Bus terminus and Railway station.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
The south side entrance of the temple 
The south side entrance of the temple  Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi  on east side small entrance from Thirukulam  
Moolavar Gajabirusta Vimanam 
Moolavar Gajabirusta Vimanam - an another view  
Thirukulam 
Devotees worship Naagars under Neem and Arasa trees. 
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Monday, 10 August 2015

ONE DAY CHOLA & PALLAVA PERIOD HERITAGE TRIP TO THAKKOLAM, MELPADI, MAHENDRAVADI PULLALUR AND THIRUVALAM


9th August 2015
While I was grazing the Alayam Kanden web site, understand that Srimathi PadmaPriya Baskaran is organising a one day trip to Thakkolam ( click here ), Melpadi, Pullalur and Thiruvalm on 9th August 2015 for Ponniyin Selvan Group ( Click here  Click Here ). Even-though I had been earlier to Thakkolam and Thiruvalam temples as a part of pilgrimage yathara to cover 276 Devara Padal Petra shiva Sthalangal (for details CLICK HERE ) thought of doing once again with a group of heritage enthusiastic peoples. The process of getting accommodated in this one day trip was like a getting  confirmed ticket under thakal, ( waiting for the confirmed ticket after hitting payment option). Finally I got through and was eagerly waiting  for the Sunday.

Landed TTD deavasthanam half an hour earlier and had Sri Balaji’s dharshan. The tentative schedule given was altered  during travel. We could not have our breakfast under the peepal tree ( Image given earlier in FB), instead we had it at an abandoned tea shop  due to fault in one of our van. Again instead of MelPadi, we reached Thiruvalam temple Via Walajapet – Muthupettai – Ranipettai.

THIRUVALAM -  SRI VILVANATHESWARAR TEMPLE
Mrs Priya explained the history and reliefs in detail and went round the temple. Had the dharshan of Sri Dhanurmathyambal sametha Sri Vilvanatheswarar. ( For My Previous Visit details : CLICK HERE    
The new things learned in this trip are....
  1. The temple has the inscriptions of Pallava and Chola periods.
  2. The place was called in different names as per the inscriptions. Nandhivarman ( CE793) – Vaanapuram, Rajaraja Cholan (CE991) – Theekkali Vallam and in Arunagirinathar’s  Thirupukazh – Thiruvalam,
  3. The Iraivan was called in different names. Nandhivarma Pallavan III (CE863) – Theekali Vallamudaya Parameswarar, Mahavali Vaana  baana Raja ( Vikramathiya I) ( CE888) – Theekkali Perumanadikal,  Rajaraja Cholan ( ( CE991) – Thirutheekkali Alwar, Rajendra Cholan (CE1015)-Thiruvallamudayar, Vikarama Cholan ((CE 1123) –Thiruvallamudaya Mahadevar, Kulothunga Cholan III (CE1212) _ Thiruvallamudaya Naayanar.
  4. Sri Vinayagar is sitting on his vahanam –moonchuru holding mango in the right hand,
  5. The reliefs associated with the history of this temple are highlighted in the front mandapam during the recent renovation.
  6. The Adhi Shiva temple is at a lower level with lot of inscriptions. 
  7. As per Mr Venkatesh understood that Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan - Vanthiya thevan' s birth place is Thiruvalam. 
Kolattam by ladies
Cow is milking on Shiva lingam 
The priest bringing water from the hill for Shiva's abhishekam( The history of the temple )
When the demon Kanjan obstruct the way Nandhi killed the demon and tore to 64 pieces which forms as Shiva Lingas on the hill.( History of the temple )
Nandhi turned back to Shiva and watching not to repeat by anybody else ( History of the temple ) 
 The relief  on the pillar Bull and elephant 

 Symbols of Pallavas
Kannappar worshiping Lord shiva – removing his eyes and keeping his legs on Shiva’s eyes as a location – see the bow’s thread.
A relief on Adhi Vilvanathar Temple wall
 Adhi Vilvanathar Temple 
 Thiruvilayadal Puranam – Pittukku man sumanthathu 

 Iranya kasibu and Narasimhar
 Reliefs on Ambal sannadhi wall 
 Reliefs on Ambal sannadhi wall 
 Reliefs on Ambal sannadhi wall

MELPADI SRI SOMANATHESWARAR TEMPLE
From Thiruvalm we reached Melpadi. We are lucky and the temple was kept open. This temple and Arinjaya Cholan’s Pallipadai are under the control of Archaeological Survey of India ( ASI). Some of the important details are as follows.
Iraivan : Sri Somanatheeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Thabaskirutha Devi. For making this moortham it was believed that Kundavai was the model.
Some of the Important features of this temple are 
  1. The temple is facing east with entrance on south side. There is no Rajagopuram, but up to mottai Gopuram level. There is a second level Rajagopuram. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and nandhi are in the outer prakaram
  2. In the outer prakaram Sannadhi for Ambal ( No koshta moortham in the sanctum nitches ), Navagrahas and moorthams  of Pitchadanar, Shiva parvathy, Sapthamathakkal, Vinayagar  excavated at the temple ( Kept in an enclosure ), Bairavar, Yagasalai and madapalli.
  3. In the inner prakaram there is no sannadhi except Nandhi.
  4. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Vishnu ( in place of Lingothbavar ), Brahma  and Vishnu Durgai.
  5. Lot of inscriptions  around sanctum wall.  Moolavar vimanam is of stone dome type and the kalasam is also made of stone. The dome and the kalsam are dark black/ green colour stones.
  6. There is a  big stone bowl and a Shiva Lingam ( avudayar in broken condition). Our experts said that this was kept on from of the original moolavar to fool the invaders ie, Muslims.
 LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE : CLICK HERE
 second level 3 tier Rajagopuram view from Mottai Gopuram entrance
 The left side mandapam
 Moolavar Vimanam - Complete stone structure  
 Outer prakaram 
 Dwajasthambam, Nandhi and Palipedam 
Ambal Sannadhi in the outer prakaram
 In Koshtam – Dhakshinamoorthy 

 In Koshtam – Vinayakar 
 In Koshtam – Durgai
 Relief at the entrance of Mottaigopuram
 Sabtha mathakkal ( Not full )  & Vinayajkar 
 Sabtha mathakkal ( Not full )  & Vinayajkar 
 Relief of Subramaniyar 
A Pallava Style Pillar
 A stone bowl and Shiva lingam ( banam broken)

ARINJAYA CHOLAN PALLIPADAI.
This temple is also maintained by ASI. This was built in the year AD 1014 by King RajaRaja I,  over the mortal remains of his grand father Arinjaya Chola ( AD 956 – 967), who died in a war at Arur near Thakkolam. The temple is called Choleswara. There are many inscriptions all over the sanctum wall. The vimanam is made of dark green stone with kalasam ( point is missing ). The same colour stone is used for the Pothiyal ( Pillar support). In Koshtam  Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durgai. The moorthams were damaged on many parts, but still the beauty can worth to see.  

The inscriptions are mainly about donations made in the form of ewe to supply ghee to burn the perpetual lamp in the temple till moon and sun endure, Rajaran’s meikeerthi, the boundaries of the land given for construction of the temple, watering to illuppai field ( from the seeds oil is extracted to burn the lamps).

From the inscriptions the place Merpadi belongs to Tunadu, a subdivision of Perumbanapadi in a district of Jayankonda Chola Mandalam. The ancient name of the Melpadi is mentioned as Rajsrayapuram and the temple  Choleswara was called as ArinjigaiIswara or Arinjiswara. The temple is also called as Pallipadai ( Portion of the inscription image is given below). For further reading ... CLICK HERE 
 Arinjaya Chola’s Pallipadai shrine   
 Arinjaya Chola’s Pallipadai shrine Dawabakas  
 Dhakshinamoorthy
Dhakshinamoorthy - a closer look
 Vishnu
Brahma
Durgai 
Durgai - a closer look
 Krishna killing demon – in the form of bird 
 Rajarajan is worshiping Choleswara 
 Lord Shiva at Tharukavanam 

MAHENDRAVADI – A SINGLE STONE ROCK ( A LARGE BOULDER ) CUT VISHNU TEMPLE BY PALLAVA KING MAHENDRAVARMAN.  
After visiting Melpadi, we reached Mahendravadi via Sholingar- Banavaram. Mahendravadi is very much near to a quite large tank ( Mahendravarma tataka ) with high raised bunds. Mahendravadi must be a large city during Mahendravarman period. Since the time was around 14.00 Hrs decided to have our lunch before visiting the rock cut Vishnu temple ( incidentally the lunch also suits for Vishnu – Puliotharai )

The rock cut shrine was dedicated to Lord Vishnu ( from the grantha inscriptions – the god name was Murari. ). The Narasimha statue available is of very recent one. The cave consists of 4 pillars with 4 pilasters. Between front two Pillars and inner two pillars forms muka mandapa and inners two pillars up to wall forms artha mandapa. The four pillars are of cubical at the top and bottoms and octoganal at the centre. The Pothiyal ( Pillar support to ceiling ) are not artistically carved. The front two pillar cubical portions and pilasters are carved with Lotus medallions on all the four sides of top and bottom.

The Dwarabaklakas are  on either side of the sanctum standing in tribanga posture without thandam and resting their hands on the waist. Both are eroded or worn out very much. On the right side dwara balaka is wearing necklace, Mukuta and Yajnopavita.  For further reading please ....CLICK HERE.
LOCATION OF THE ROCK CUT CAVE : CLICK HERE
 A Name board on the road
The Rock cut temple
 The Rock cut temple - A closer look 
 The Rock cut temple - still a closer look 
 Narasimhar
 Dwarabalakas
Un eroded Dwarabalaka – on the right – see the necklace  and pathra kundalam on his ears 
 Artha mandapam 
 Muka mandapam 
Muka mandapam Pillar with pothyal
lotus medallion
The translation of grantha  inscription is – Splitting the rock, Gunabhara caused to be made on ( the bank of ) the mehendra tataka ( tank) in the great city of  Mahendrapura this solid, spacious temple of Murari ( Vishnu), named Mahendra-vishnugriha, which is highly praised by good people, ( and which is) an abode of beauty pleasing the eyes of men. 

After visit to Rock cut Vishnu temple we had seen a Vinayagar temple on the opposite side of the road in a dilapidated condition. Trees were grown on the vimanam and roots splits side walls. The walls are constructed on a rock  and a relief of Vinayagar is carved on the surface of the rock. 

The crumbling treasure 
The crumbling treasure 
Vinayakar relief in the sanctum - carved on the surface of the boulder
PULLALUR OR POLLILUR.
The place Pullalur  area had witnessed may wars of which the wars otherwise called as Mysore wars between Britishers and Hyder ali & Tippu Sultan are important. Another important one is the war between Pulakesi –II and  Pallavas. This place is also referred in a historical novel written by Kalki’s Sivagamiyin Sabatham. The Monuments 2 obelisks were erected in midst of paddy fields by the Britishers.  
The first war  was in AD 1780, in which Hyder Ali /Tippu sultan captured Colonal Willam Baillie and taken to Mysore and kept in a dungeon. The obelisk dedicated to Lieutenant Colonel George Brown.
 The Mysore war monuments erected by English  – two obelisks 
Sacred to the Memory of Lieutenant Colonel George Brown
When Lieutenant of Grenadiers in ??? Regiment
he lost his Right Arm
On the storm of Conjevearam Pagoda occupied by Ye French
on the 18th of Apri ????
and fell
in a general Action fought on this Field between the English
Forces and the Troops of Hyder Ally??? Bahaduer
on the 27th of August 1781
esteemed by every Rank
a gallant Soldier,
an able Officer,
and ???? ??? an Honest
Man ???
In the second war on 27th August 1781, led by Sir Eyre Coote defeated Hyder and Tippu.  In both wars English solders suffered may causalities. The first Obelisks erected at Pullalur was in memory of Colonel George Brown who lost his right arm and the second obelisk was in memory of Captain James Hislop who lost his life.  
 Sacred to the memory of Captain James Hislop
who was killed by a Cannon Ball
from the Enemy near this Spot,
The Field of Battle,
27th August 1781
while serving as Aid de Camp to
Lieut. General Sir Eyre Coote kbe
Commander in Chief
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His professional Abilities
and private Virtues,
Were felt and acknowledged by all his
Contemporaries.
Mr Anwar explains the sequence of war with the location map 
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It was around 16.30 Hrs, when we completed the Pullalur visit and decided to call off the day’s visit, skipping Thakkolam. From Pullalur we reached Sunguvar Chatram  and had coffee. The van dropped me around 19.00 Hrs  at Guindy with unforgettable memories.

I extend my sincere thanks to Srimathi Padmapriya Baskaran, Mr Venkatesh, Mr Vaidyanathan and other organizers Photo walkers (who published in the media before we return home) for organizing a wonderful one day trip without any flaw. I really appreciate the efforts put in organizing such a tour. The break fast and lunch was very excellent and the arrangements are very good. Hope you organize may tours like this in future. See you all bye  till the next tour..hope we will meet once again with Lord Shiva’s blessings.
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---