Tuesday, 13 September 2016

A HERITAGE VISIT TO MADAMBAKKAM, OTTIYAMBAKKAM, NANDHIVARAM ( GUDUVANCHERY ) AND VANDALUR

10th September 2016.
This Heritage visit was arranged  through R.E.A.C.H Foundation for it’s Epigraphy students by Mr Ramanath on 10th September 2016. Mr Ramanath accepted my willingness to join with them ( as an old student, I hope ). Though it was not a planned visit,  19 heritage enthusiasts  in their car and motor cycles participated in this visit.  I was fortunate  to hear the history, architecture and inscriptions of Chozhas and Pallavas once again from  Mr Ramachandran and Mr Vakula varadharajan after a long gap.  We had covered Madambakkam, Sri Dhenupureswarar, a Chozha Period Shiva Temple, A Buddha Statue at Ottiyambakkam,  Nandeeswaram Sri Nadeeswarar a Nandhivaraman  a pallava period temple and a Vijayanagara Period Gajaprishta sanctum Perumal temple at  Vandalur.

SRI DHENUPUREESWARAR TEMPLE AT MADAMBAKKAM, CHENNAI , TAMIL NADU.
This is a Chozha period Shiva Temple with lot of reliefs on the 14th century muka mandapam pillars. Even though I had been to this temple earlier,  it was a different experience  this time (For the details of my earlier visits CLICK HERE ). We looked the reliefs in different perspective. The  mandapam reliefs has the mixture of both Saiva and Vaishana cult.  The Temple became famous after  the people believed in  Sarabeswarar, whose relief is in one of the pillar. Sarabeswarar is the combination of Simha and elephant , who can fly. The avathara reduces the  anger of Sri Narasimhar.  Mr Ramachandran pointed out that the Sarabeswarar is a Jain concept.  We had seen the various reliefs like Sri Subramaniyar on the elephant gifted by Indiran, Shiva Killing the tortoise ( Kachabesar), Kortravai, Narasimhar in a standing posture which is rare to see, Naalvar on the four sides of the pillar, Jwarahareswarar,  etc.  Mr Ramachandran  explained  some of the inscriptions inscribed around the sanctum Gajaprishta wall. 
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE : CLICK HERE  
 Yamuna Standing the makaram
 Yamuna Standing the makaram

 The magical number – Tamil numbers – add in all direction will give the same answer First Row 8 – 1 – 6, second row 3 – 5 – 7 and third row 4 – 9 - 2
 Sarabeswarar and bottom Narasimhar 
 Uchista Ganapathy 

 Shiva with five heads
 Bootha gana pothyal
 Mr Ramachandra Sir is  explaining to us 
 Another form of Somaskandhar – on Shivas lap 
 Mr Ramachandra Sir is  explaining to us 
 Jwarahareswarar
Jwarahareswarar
 Veena Saraswathy? 
 Veena Vinayagar  
 Another form of Lord Shiva with 5 heads 
 Narasimhar in standing posture – a rare relief

 Another form of Lord Shiva - Kachabesar
 Appar, Sundarar Manikkavasakar 
 Appar, Sundarar Manikkavasakar 
 Appar, Sundarar Manikkavasakar  

 Lord shiva with Dhakshan with goats head 
 Narasimhar in standing posture – a rare relief  
 Lord Shiva’s Urthuva thandavam 
 Subramaniyar with Marriage gifts. – on  Iravatham gifted by Indiran – earlier before Peacock elephant was his vahan 


------ to be continued .

--- Om SHIVAYA NAMA ---

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