27th November 2016.
This Kappalur Heritage visit was arranged by R.E.A.C.H Foundation for it’s 7th batch Epigraphy students. Since I am also an alumni of the Epigraphy class, Mr Ramnath included me for this Visit. As planned we, 38 heritage enthusiasts started from Chennai through 2 vans and a car around 05.45 hrs. Total journey was around 4.30 hours, on 27th November 2016. We reached Kappalur from Chennai via Uthiramerur, Vandavasi, Polur . On the way we had our breakfast under a road side tamarind tree. Mr Ramnath had taken much pain to carry from Tindivanam. It was a pleasant journey with lot of information pouring in from Mr Ramachandran, Mr Vakula Varadharajan and Mr Madhusudhanan the rocking star of our group also added flavor to it. Learned a lot throughout the journey and from the field visit.
The Village Kappalur is a heritage treasure. It has 20 temples, Nadukal, Hero stones, Komarikal, Vijanagara period granite panel slabs erected in 4 corners of the village and many. The main aim of this field visit was to learn to read the inscriptions and hand on experience of taking estempage of the inscriptions. Mr Ramachandran encouraged the students to read the inscriptions. From the inscriptions it was learnt that the original name of the Village was “Kamapullur” and has the contributions of Pallava, Chozha, Early period Chozhas, Rashtrakudas, Latter period Pandyas, Sambuvarayar and Vijayanagar rulers. We started our field visit from Sri Kamesuwarar Temple.
SRI KAMESUWARAR TEMPLE
Iraivan : Sri Kamesuwarar
Iraivi : Sri Kadina Kujambal.
Some of the important features are..
The temple is facing east with Palipedam and Nandhi mandapam. Even though the we enter through mottai Gopram Main entrance to the sanctum sanctorum is from east.
Dwarabalakas are at the east side immediately after the main entrance on the both side of a granite jolly work. The main entrance to the sanctum Sanctorum. The shrine consists of Sanctum, arthamandapam and a maha mandapam. Moolavar is on a round avudayar.
In the mahamandapam, Urchavars, Suryan and Vinayagar. The Pillars of the mandapam bears the inscription about the donation made for burning the lamp.
In koshtam, Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy ( installed separately not fit in the niche), Vishnu in place of Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai.
In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Naalvars, Two Vinayagars, Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Shiva Lingam & Ambal, Annapoorani, Natarajar Saba ( with a separate vimanam ), Sandikeswarar, Bairavar and Navagrahas. The bell is in the north east corner of the outer prakaram.
Ambal is in a separate sannadhi with front mandapam on the right side of moolavar sannadhi
The inscriptions are there around sanctum athistanam ( base). There is a separate Rajendra Chozha two side inscription granite slab measuring 185 cm x 138 cm, on the north west corner. The inscription says that Chief of army Rajara Bhiramarayan’s son donation of goat ninety for burning a perpetual lamp, land donated to nandhavanam ( Garden ), and land donated for pooja with neivedhyam to Dhakshinamurthy.
THE TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept open between 09.00 Hrs to 10.00 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 20.00 Hrs
Mr B Raghupathy may be contacted on his mobile 9442810617
HOW TO REACH:
About 5 KM from Polur. Since the frequency of the bus is limited, hire a taxi from Polur.
LOCATION :CLICK HERE
The emblem of Vijaya Nagaras ( at the entrance of Ambal sannadhi )
EPIGRAPHY FIELD VISIT
Rajendra Chozha two side inscription granite slab measuring 185 cm x 138 cm ( North side )
Rajendra Chozha two side inscription granite slab measuring 185 cm x 138 cm ( south side )
....... to be continued ( Sapthamathirika Temple )
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