15th, March 2016.
Once during usual conversation in our office, one of my colleague told me that he studied his Plus 2 at Ponneri and his mother’s sister is working at Pazhaverkadu Light house. So I asked him to take me to Pazhaverkadu to see the light house and some of the Shiva temples in and around Pazhaverkadu. Thought of visiting the Shiva and Vishnu temple, which once came in the media about the reconstruction and our R.E.A.C.H Foundation and Temple revival team also associated with that. It happened long back. During the beginning of this month once again I reminded my Collegue. He accepted to take me on 13th March 2016. I was little thrilled to see the light house and Pazhaverkadu Duch cemetery and some of the Shiva temples in and around Pazhaverkadu. Since he is staying at Kathivakkam, a part of North Chennai and asked me to come to Kathivakkam railway station.
Started around 04.30 Hrs from Home at West of Velachery via Guindy, Park and central reached Kathivakkam through Nellore Passenger train around 07.30 Hrs. My friend Mr Boominathan wa witing since 06.00 hrs and took me to all the places through a loaned Bullet Motor cycle from his brother. While starting he asked me to ride, politely said ‘No’ and preferred as a billion rider, since I am only accustomed to the old Bullets which has brake on the left and gears on the right ( after the leg injury both of my old bullets are idle at home and a bullet lover, is a different story ).
We went through Kamarajar Port, North Madras Thermal Power station ( ETPP), L&T Ship building Yard / Port, Kattupalli, ABENGOA Sea water desalination Plant, Kalanji, Karungali and finally reached Pazhaverkadu. The route is along sea shore and the road was too bad to ride. The road went through forest in some areas with out any human habitations. On the way about 5 KM before Pazhaverkadu ( Karungali ) we could see the reconstructed Shiva temple on the banks of River Kosasthalaiyar River ( Some people mention this as river Arani?. )
SRI SIVAKAMA VALLI SAMEDHA SRI CHINTAMANEEWSWARAR TEMPLE AT KARUNGALI.
During our visit the temple was closed and few Devotees were waiting for the monthly / annual rituals to their ancestors. And do not know, when the Gurukkal will arrive for the pooja.
Iraivan : Sri Chinthamaneeswarar
Iraivi : Sri Sivakamavalli
Some of the important features of this temple are…
- The temple occupies between the river Kosasthalaiyar river and Sea with out any human habitation 2 KM around the temple on the sand.
- The temple is facing east with out even compound wall with old temple pillars as fence posts.
- The original temple is very old and it was told that the temple was built during Chozha’s reign. The temple has been reconstructed recently with concrete completely altered the old structure. I do not know the inner changes. The Locals discovered this temple, when the kalasam was protruding through sands.
- Lord Shiva has five faces and they are Isanam, Thatpurusham, Vaamadevam, Sathyojaatham and Agoram. This temple represents the Agoram. All the five temples are are on the banks of this river Kosasthalaiyar River (Brahmarayanya) and this temple is on the place where the river merges with sea.
- It is believed that the temple was created by Sattaimuni and latter constructed by the Chozha Kings about 1000 years before.
- The sanctum vimanam is of Gajabirustam type.
- Sannadhi for Kalabairavar, Navagrahas are out side the sanctum sanctorium and Vinayagar, Subramaniyar are named after Chinthamani.
- It is believed that the temple is equivalent to Kasi and Rameswaram. And it is a best place to give rites to the ancestors on full moon day and no moon day.
- This temple Shiva is a Kula deivam for the local fishing community and Chitra Pournami is celebrated in a grand manner.
- The temple timings are not known and one kala pooja is conducted.
- Gurukkal Shanmugam may be contacted through his mobile 98402 14130 for further details.
- This temple can be reached through road ( many parts are not motorable ) via, Ennore Port, L & T Ship Building Yard/ Port, Kattupalli.
- Alternatively up to Kattur by bus and from Kattur by boat to cross the river.
………….To be continued ( Pazhaverkadu Light House ).