Tuesday, 29 November 2016

SAPTHA MATRIKAS ( THE SEVEN DIVINE MOTHERS ) TEMPLE – A HERITAGE AND EPIGRAPHY FIELD VISIT – KAPPALUR, NEAR POLUR IN THIRUVANNAMALAI DISTRICT

27th November 2016.
This  temple is dedicated to saptha matrikas. This temple is facing west with a palipedam and a soolam.  A half buried relief panel is kept in front of soolam. They are in the form of reliefs  fitted on the wall in U shape with a Vinayagar on the right . We could not identify them individually due to erosion. This temple was called as “Pidari” amman temple as per the inscription on the back side athistanam / base of the temple. It was told that these saptha matrika reliefs  are 1200 years old. There are some more relief panels installed  at the entrance, front and side too. Two are for the male. One may be Iyyanar. It was told that Saptha matrikas are  female deities on the another form of male gods, like Brahma – Brahmi, Varaha Perumal – Varahi, Vishnu – Vaishnavi, Indiran – Indrani, Shiva - Maheswari  etc,.

The inscriptions are found at the back of the sanctum adhistanam and front side. It was told that the front side inscription stone kept on the floor might have been brought from some other temple of the same village. 

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 Brahmi
 The first panel may be Iyyanar










 Might be Varahi  




 Pothu Raja ( readers are requested to throw some light on this ) He is used in the functions. 
 The inscription is at the back of sanctum- says that the temple is  Pidari Amman Temple
This inscription fragment stone was laid on the floor might have been brought from somewhere

... to be continued ( Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple )
 --- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---


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