Saturday, 15 October 2016

SRI KAMANATHA ISWARAR TEMPLE, ARAGALUR – ATTUR FORT – A HERITAGE WALK

09th October 2016.
Then we came to the interesting part of our temples visit at Aragalur, a Shiva and a Perumal temple. These two temples are of very old and the details are as follows.

SRI KAMANATHA ISWARAR TEMPLE. ARAGALUR
Iraivan : Sri Kamanatha Iswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Periya Nayagi

Some of the important details are…
The temple is known for Ashta bairavars namely Kala Bairavar, Ashitanga Bairavar, Samhara bairavar, Ruru Bairavar, Krothana Bairavar, Kapala Bairavar, Rudra Bairavar and Unmatha Bairavar.  

The temple is facing east with an entrance arch. After the arch, there are mandapams on both sides and  entrance to Ambal sannadhi.

The seventh Bishma Bairavar is on the left side of Rajagopuram under a small mandapam in the form of Palipedam.

The Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi are in front of the 3 tier Rajagopuram and the eighth Bairavar as Kapala bairavar on the top tier of the Rajagopuram facing South.

In the inner parakaram sannadhi for Saptha Mathakkal, Iyyanar, Lingas, Subramanyar, 63var, 6 Bairavars ( in different places ), Navagrahas, Chandran. The sanctum sanctorum consists of a Sanctum, Artha mandapam and a Muka mandapam.

The king Vanakovaraiyar with his wife Punniyavatti Nachiyar. Vanakovaraiyar ruled this Makathai mandalam  with Aragalur as capital.
The sun rays will fall on the moolavar during Panguni Uthira festival Pura nakshatra day.  

There are  many inscriptions around the sanctum wall of  Chozha, Pandya, Vanakovaraiyars  periods, which speaks mainly about donations given for the daily poojas. One of the inscription speaks about Krishnadevarayar who exempts the tax for the Archakars

People throng in this temple in large numbers for the Midnight pooja conducted on the 8th day ( Ashtamai day ) after the Pournamai ( full moon day ).

It is believed that saint Vashita worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple. 

TEMPLE TIMINGS
The temple will be kept open between 07.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.30 hrs to 21.00 hrs.. The timings will change during important function days, Ashtami days and Sundays.

CONTACT DETAILS.
Std Code 04282 Mr Venkatesh of Selvam Medicals may be contacted  for assistance through his mobile 9047514844, 8870284864 and 9894025312

HOW TO REACH :
Bus facility is available from Salam Attur, Thalaivassal and Kallakurichi.
Route Bus nos 6 and 31  is available from Atuur Bus stand.
Sharadha a private bus also runs from Attur to Aragalur.
Mini bus facility is available from Thalaivasal and V. Koot Road.

LOCATION :CLICK HERE 


 A Nayak  Period Mandapam in a dilapidated condition ( People used call this as 1000 pillar mandapam ) 
 16 Pillar Mandapam 

 Kapala Bairavar on the Rajagopuram 
The King Vanakovaraiyar with his wife Punniyavatti Nachiyar. 
 Iyyanar

 Vinayagar in the Kanni moolai
 Natarajar with Sivakami
 Kala Bairavar 
 Pandya kings official embalam 

 A Vinayagar under the tree

…… to be Continued ( Sri Karivaradharaja Perumal, Aragalur)
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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