Sunday, 18 October 2015

UZHAVARAM WITH SEVAS AT SRI KOTHANDA RAMAR TEMPLE AT NANDAMBAKKAM

18th October 2015.
Joined the 159th Uzhavaram of  Sevas at Sri Kothanda ramar Temple, Nandambakkam on 18th October 2015.  Planned previously attend both Uzhavaram and Heritage Volunteers meet. Since the Volunters time was preponed to 10.30 Hrs skipped the meet and joined with Sevas for the Uzhavaram.  This uzhavaram main task was to cleaning of all the sannadhis. The tasks was over by 12.00 Hrs and had our lunch after announcement and Kootu prarthanai.  It was told that  12 years before the first Uzhavaram of Sevas was started in this temple. It was a proud moment for the Sevas who are continuously associated.
SRI KOTHANDARAMAR TEMPLE , NANDAMBAKKAM.
Moolavar   : Srinivasaperumal.
Thayar      : Sri Alarmelmangai Thayar.
Some of the important features of this temple are…..
  1. This place was mentioned as Brindaranyam in Valmiki Ramayan and Nandhavanam  in Kamba Ramayan. The name latter changed to Nandambakkam. Also the  names of  adjacent  Villages are associated with Ramayan like Ramapuram.
  2. While Rama passes through this village in search of Seetha, he stayed here as per the request of Sri Bringi Muni ( Bringi Malai – St Thomas mount ), Ramar Stayed here.
  3. Before 65 years when Parthasarathy of Triplicane came to Eekkattuthangal, came here also.
  4. The specialty of this temple is Sri Rama blesses us in pattabhisheka kolam with Seetha on his lap and Lakshman, Bharathan ans Sathrukkan are witnessing.
  5. The Temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram. Vilakku thoon ( now adorned with electric bulb ), Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Garudalwar are at the entrance.
  6. In the outer prakaram  sannadhi for  Astashara mandapam, Namalwar, Anandha Anjeneyar, Nandhavana Kannan, Sakkarathalwar, Paithra Urchava Mandapam, Maha urchava mandapam, Nandhavanam with Krishnar.
  7. In the muka mandapam sannadhi for Thirukachi Nambikal, Sri Ramanujar, Manavala mamunikal and Kannadi aria.
  8. In the inner mandapam sannadhi for Sri Anjaneyar, Sri Alarmel Mangai Thayar,  Andal and Sri Ramar Pattabisheka moortham ( facing south ).
  9. Dwarabalakrs are at the entrance of Sanctum. Moolavar Sri Srinivasa Perumal is with Sridevi and Boodevi.
  10. The temple  was built by the prime minister Sanjeevarayar of Sri Krishna Devarayar of Vijayanagara kingdom about 750 years before. There is no inscriptions available and the mandapam pillars and ceiling  are very old.
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. Sri Balaji of the temple in-charge may be contacted over his mobile 9841195446
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 07.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs.
HOW TO REACH:
  1. The temple is about a km from NandamPakkam, Chennai Trade centre.  Nandampakkam is on the way between Guindy to Porur all the buses leading to Porur, Poonamalle will stop at Chennai Trade centre.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :   CLICK HERE
 The five tier Rajagopuram ( Constructed during the year 2002 to 2003)
 Front view of the temple  Karudathoon, Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and garudalwar sannadhi 
 Narayana mandapam 
 Front view of the temple  Karudathoon, Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and garudalwar sannadhi 
 Vasantha mandapam 
 Front view of the temple  Karudathoon, Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and garudalwar sannadhi 
 Muka mandapam.- Vijaya nagar period Pillars and ceiling.
 Nammalwar
 Entrance to Nandavanam 
 Krishnan
 Nagaraja Kannan  
 Chakkarathalwar sannadhi 
 Chakkarathalwar  
 Chakkarathalwar urchavar 
 Chakkarathalwar sannadhi - Urchavars 
 Ramanujar & Manavala Munikal sannadhi vimanam 
 Andal Sannadhi vimanam 
 Sri Alarmel mangai thayar sannadhi Vimanam –Moolavar Vimanam -  Andal Sannadhi vimanam  


 Anjeneyar under the neem tree 
 An un-realistic elephant relief on the steps of  new Urchavr Kalyana mandapam 
A Vijayanagara Period Pillar in the dump yard 
 South side Rajagopuram behind Anjaneyar sannadhi 
Anjaneyar  
 Anjaneyar - a closer look 
 Ramar sannadhi in Pattabhisheka kolam – Seetha on the laps of Ramar and Bharathan, Lakshmanar and Sathrukkan 
 New Urchavar Kalyana mandapam ceiling painting 
 Urchava Vahanangal 
 Urchava Vahanangal 
 Dhakshinamurthy in moolavar vimanam 
 Anjaneyar sannadhi  
 Sorkavasal 
 Deepa mandapam – the details of deepam 
 Sevas at work   
 Sevas at work – boosting the energy 
Sevas at work
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:--- 

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:---